Dropbox has been around for quite some time now, and new apps using it keep surfacing regularly. A one more way to use up your precious Dropbox quota is of course the DocScanner app.
Available for both iOS and Android, DocScanner is a document scanner app for mobile devices. It uses the device camera to capture the document, then processes it to look like it has been scanned with a regular desktop scanner. It simply transforms your mobile device to a handheld portable scanner.
Once finished with the scanning process, DocScanner creates a PDF document out of the real thing. The cool thing about DocScanner is that you can set it to auto-upload your scanned documents to Dropbox, immediately after they are processed.
Linking your Dropbox account to DocScanner is fast. If you already have Dropbox installed on your device, just a couple of taps in DocScanner is all you need to do. You can preset one or more Dropbox folders to receive documents from DocScanner.
A one DocScanner generated PDF document takes up around 1 MB, so with the free 2 GB plan you can upload up to 2,000 documents to your Dropbox account, and even more if you decide to go for the pro plans.
The DocScanner+Dropbox combo is already popular among students who use it for sharing digitized class handouts and lecture notes online. An invaluable tool for digitizing all paper documents, DocScanner just isn’t complete without Dropbox.
The major components affecting smartphone and tablet performance are evolving faster day by day. This progress is good news for the future of document scanner apps. Scanner apps require the most processing power during scanning and OCR. The faster the components, the faster the app can digitize and perform OCR.
We noticed in DocScanner 6 iOS‘s case that hardware processing power had increased significantly from the previous generation. For example, the third-generation Apple iPad can detect a document and digitize it in just a couple of seconds. The just released DocScanner S for Android does the same on Samsung Galaxy S III in about same amount of time. And when the iPhone 5 hits the shelves in September, it will surely reach the same level of performance as the iPad 3 and Galaxy S III.
Also the DocScanner app itself is getting faster. The latest version of DocScanner 6 iOS is 15 % faster than the previous one. It might be safe to say that in 1-2 years to come, you may expect a scanner app that is able to digitize a document in a blink of an eye with the latest hardware.