During the past 30 days, we published a series of blog posts and video tutorials on cloud storage services - Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive – and how to link them to the DocScanner app. In the mobile era, cloud storage has become the standard for storing files and transferring them between devices and users. We listed here five top reasons why you should use one.
1 Access your documents anywhere
The main advantage of keeping your documents in the cloud is that you can access them virtually anywhere with an internet connection. All cloud storage services have their own apps you can install on your mobile device. Most cloud storage services can also be used via browser, so accessing your files on a laptop or PC should be as fast and convenient as with your mobile device. Browser access can also be great for situations where you need to access your files using a device other than your own.
2 Share your documents easily
In addition to being able to access your documents anywhere, sharing is another important reason to use a cloud service. Usually, the person you decide to share a file or a folder with needs to be a user of that same cloud storage service. Whether it’s lecture materials or work documents, sharing in the cloud is super easy & fast!
3 Keep your documents safe
Mobile devices can get broken or lost quite easily. Using a cloud storage as a depository for your files ensures they are safe should your device get broken or lost. When using cloud storage services with DocScanner, you can set DocScanner to auto-upload your documents to the cloud. This way you can keep all your DocScanner documents safe. DocScanner also supports iCloud. Upload your DocScanner documents to the iCloud, and make them available on all your iOS devices. The iCloud can also recover your documents when installing DocScanner on a new device, or when doing a re-install.
4 Get cloud storage space for free or at very low cost
Almost all cloud storage services operate on the freemium model, where you get a certain amount of space free of charge, and more when you pay. At the moment, premium subscription for Evernote gives you 1 GB of monthly uploads and costs only five dollars per month. Even if you decide to go for the free plan, you still get 60 MB of monthly uploads – still enough for dozens of documents. A 100 GB subscription to Dropbox costs $99 per year, or $8.25 per month, and basically gives you a second hard drive. If you don’t need that much, you can still have 2 GB for free.
5 Accumulate a personal file archive in the cloud you can use in different occasions
Showing photos to your friends & relatives? Sharing lecture materials with other students at school? Storing receipts in the cloud for accounting? Why not to accumulate a personal archive in the cloud you can access anywhere, anytime? Use different cloud services for different purposes. Upload documents and receipts to Evernote, share photos on Dropbox, and collaborate on office documents on Google Drive.
A Google cloud integration has existed in DocScanner ever since 2010. That’s when the Google Docs was introduced to the app. Since then, Google Docs has evolved from an online office suite into Google Drive, a full-featured cloud file storage and synchronization service. Offering 5 GB of free online storage, and more if you pay, Google Drive is a considerable alternative as a cloud storage for your files.
Knowing this, we shot this video tutorial showing how to connect Google Drive with DocScanner. We also set DocScanner to auto-upload scanned documents to Google Drive. This way, you can upload all the documents you scan automatically to your selected folder on Google Drive, and make your life run smoother.
After trade shows, seminars, and business meetings you usually have a handful of business cards from new people you have just met. Now what do you do with the cards? Maybe you put them in your rolodex, or photograph them with your iPhone using some business card manager app. How about if you could learn more about a person than it says on the card?
Well, now you can. The latest app from the DocScanner team, the ScifiScanner shows profile information from social networks when saving business cards on the phone. After photographing a business card with ScifiScanner, the app shows you profile photos and other information it has found about the person on social networks. All this extra information is stored with the card.
The app saves all the card images & contact information to its own in-app file manager, where they can be sorted & searched. For those wanting to export the saved contact information, ScifiScanner connects with Google Contacts.
All in all, ScifiScanner is a refreshing idea on how the social dimension can be brought to a business card scanner & contact management app. Download ScifiScanner on the App Store here!
DocScanner has been a longtime friend of Evernote, a cloud-based note taking & archiving service. In this 1½ minute video tutorial, we demo with the latest version of DocScanner iOS, the v6.0.12, on how to link Evernote with DocScanner, and how to set DocScanner to auto-upload documents to Evernote.
For those unfamiliar with Evernote, it’s a cloud service that allows the user to create, upload, tag, and search notes & documents. Many DocScanner users use Evernote as a depository for their documents they have created with DocScanner. If a user has OCR’d or tagged a document in DocScanner, the extracted text and tags will transfer to Evernote with the document, making them extremely searchable.
The DocScanner app can transform your iPhone into a handheld portable scanner in just seconds. But what other real world items than a scanner your iPhone can substitute? We listed here a handful of apps that can easily substitute, or even replace real items when installed on the iPhone.
Flashlight.*. Ever since iPhone 4, Apple has included a powerful LED flash on the back of each iPhone, next to the camera lens. The flash also couples as a flashlight, as the LED can emit light continuously. To activate continuous lighting, you’ll need an app called “Flashlight.*” by Apptures. Now there are many flashlight apps out there, but we chose this for its simplicity.
Get Flashlight.* on the App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flashlight.*/id404181268?mt=8
Thermometer. Still peeking on the outside thermometer to see how hot or cold it is? Well, install the Thermometer app by Presselite in your iPhone, and you can see the outside temperature anywhere. While not exactly a real thermometer, as the iPhone doesn’t have a thermal sensor, Thermometer uses the phone geolocation and weather service data to determine the temperature.
Get Thermometer on the App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thermometer/id357949214?mt=8
645 PRO. While the iPhone’s own camera app is just great for snapping pictures, sometimes it would be nice to have the same settings available that you have in your SLR. Here’s where the 645 PRO app by Michael Hardaker comes in the picture. The 645 PRO basically makes your iPhone a DSLR. It has many adjustments you can find only in real SLRs and DSLRs – like auto-focus lock and auto-exposure lock. The 645 PRO also has a collection of different virtual lenses and films to choose from.
Get 645 PRO on the App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/645-pro/id518235205?mt=8
iHandy Level. Wish to check if a shelf or a painting is aligned straight, but don’t trust your eyes to do that? The iHandy Level app by iHandy Inc. solves it. Part of a 5 piece carpenter app collection, it’s simply a level in your iPhone.
Get iHandy Level on the App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ihandy-level-free/id299852753?mt=8
TrueMetronome. Are you learning to play an instrument? Are you a musician? Then you might find the TrueMetronome app useful. Having all the features that a classic metronome has, the TrueMetronome app is a considerable substitute for the real one.
Get TrueMetronome on the App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/truemetronome/id574204413?mt=8
Get USB Disk on the App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usb-disk/id370531520?mt=8
edjing. edjing is a dual turntable on your iPhone. Couple the edjing app with a wireless AirPlay speaker, and you’ll have a portable DJ setup! Import songs from iTunes song library to edjing. Use the turntable to scratch songs like a real DJ.
Get edging on the App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edjing-dj-turntables-songs/id493226494?mt=8
|DocScanner. Need an app to convert paper documents to PDFs? DocScanner is the original scanner app for iPhone & iPad. Known for its matchless image quality, DocScanner creates PDF documents in a snap. The most complete scanner app in the market, DocScanner comes with built-in OCR with 36 languages, AirPrint support, iCloud sync, and auto-upload to cloud storage services such as Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive. It’s practically a scanner in your pocket.
Get DocScanner on the App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/docscanner-scan-multipage/id312391317?mt=8
The DocScanner iOS app was recently updated with a new user interface theme. With the introduction of this new, darker theme, DocScanner makes a partial return to its original, darkened appearance.
The v6.0.11 update also makes page counts visible in the document manager, if a document has more than one page. The page count is displayed stylishly in a circle on the top of each multi-page document, allowing the user to quickly & easily see the page count.