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.
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 DocScanner app has recently been featured in a new book “Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking With The iPad & iPhone” by Taz Goldstein. In his 362-page book, Taz – a director and a producer of award winning films, television productions, and corporate projects – introduces & reviews hundreds of iDevice filmmaking accessories and apps.
Apple has indeed revolutionized entire industries with its range of iDevices and other unique products – and filmmaking is definitely no exception about this. When coupled with the right accessories and apps, an iDevice practically transforms into anything. In the chapters, Taz covers many handy apps that can replace software and devices with 4-5 figure price tags. He also goes through a series of iPhone & iPad accessories that can convert an iDevice to a fully functional movie camera.
In the section dedicated to DocScanner, Taz tells that he uses the app because “it produces the best-looking photo-based scans he has seen from any iOS device”. I’m glad to hear we have a one more advocate for DocScanner’s top class image quality. Taz also praises the DocScanner autodetection feature, which detects the document at hand and automatically snaps a photo of it. He says that “when scanning a document with DocScanner, the app does most of the work for you, making it your lowest-paid crew member”, making a reference to DocScanner’s time saving, fully automated scanning process. All in all, Taz’s evaluation of DocScanner is very positive, and can be found on pages 125-126.
I personally enjoyed reading through Taz’s app & accessory reviews, and as an app fan, learned about dozens of new apps one can use in making video productions. The book is virtually full of useful tips on how to get the most out of your iDevice in filmmaking. Highly recommended for anybody interested in the subject.
Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking With The iPad & iPhone is available at Peachpit.com.
What could be a better way to start a new year than introducing a new app!
PhotoRevival is a universal iOS app for digitizing & reviving your old photos. Simply capture your photos with the device camera, then use PhotoRevival to restore them. In PhotoRevival, you can choose from 23 different filters to apply. When finished with the restoration, you can share your photos instantly on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr – or upload them to the cloud.
If you want, you can paste your photo to a Polaroid sheet, and write a message on it with your finger. On the top of all this, PhotoRevival can import from HP network attached flatbed scanners via WiFi – use your scanner to bring photos to PhotoRevival with the utmost quality.
About to buy a flatbed scanner? Just hang on for a second, we’ve got something to tell you. If you can use an iPhone, or an iPad app as a substitute for a bulky flatbed scanner, there is little point in buying a one more device on your table. The DocScanner app does everything that a flatbed scanner can do. Let’s compare these two, and see which one comes out as a winner.
ROUND #1: BUYING PROCESS
Flatbed: You can buy one in the nearest hypermarket, or place an order online. Either way, you’ll have to leave your house for shopping, or wait at least one or two business days.
DocScanner: If you have your iPhone or iPad at hand, you can install DocScanner right away from the App Store. WINNER!
ROUND #2: PRICE
Flatbed: A decent flatbed costs about 50 dollars or more.
DocScanner: You can download DocScanner on the App Store for less than 5 dollars. WINNER!
ROUND #3: ECO-FRIENDLINESS
Flatbed: If you buy new, a flatbed scanner usually comes with resource consuming cardboard & styrofoam packacing. Not to mention resources used to manufacture the product itself.
DocScanner: Uses your existing iPhone or iPad as a technical platform. WINNER!
ROUND #4: SCANNING SPEED
Flatbed: Usually takes up about 20-30 seconds to scan an A4 page, after which there usually is a post-processing phase to adjust the image, and to convert it as a PDF file.
DocScanner: With the latest generation of iPhones & iPads, takes up less than 10 seconds to scan a whole page and to execute automatic PDF generation. WINNER!
ROUND #5: IMAGE QUALITY
Flatbed: Usually produces a superb image quality. WINNER!
DocScanner: DocScanner is famous about its industry leading image quality. In optimum conditions, the DocScanner app produces a perfectly flatbed equal image quality. If this is not enough, you can import wirelessly from HP network attached flatbed scanners into DocScanner. WINNER!
FINAL ROUND: PORTABILITY
Flatbed: A sizy plastic block weighing 4 pounds or more, and with a need for external power source is not exactly one can call “portable”. Portable scanner models exist, but they usually cost way more than a basic flatbed.
DocScanner: DocScanner is as portable as your iPhone or iPad. WINNER!
The match ended 6-1 to DocScanner. DocScanner was especially strong in price, scanning speed, and portability, while the image quality round was a draw. DocScanner was also easier to buy and a more eco-friendly alternative than a flatbed.
Old or new, sometimes there are interesting articles in the newspapers you wish to digitize for showing friends & relatives, or for archiving for later use. In fact, now you don’t even need a flatbed scanner to do that. All you need is the DocScanner document scanner app, and an iOS or Android based smart device with an integrated camera, and you are good to go. In some cases, the article might not even fit into a scanner, so a smart device with a digital camera is a much better way to digitize it.
So here’s how to do it
3. To share the article, you can export it to your favorite cloud storage. DocScanner currently supports Evernote, Google Drive and Dropbox. You can also email the article to one or more recipients using the built-in email feature.