DocScanner is your multi-functional copying & archiving tool for all kinds of documents. Capable of much more than just basic scanning of documents, here are three things you can use your DocScanner for:
1 Declutter your desk
Got a desk covered with documents, business cards, receipts, and other types of clutter? Use DocScanner to declutter it. How? It’s simple, as DocScanner can tell the difference between document types. In addition, it can auto-sort the documents to separate folders by their type. Just scan all the documents that clutter your beautiful desk! Now with digitized copies of your papers, you can trash the clutter if you want with no worries.
2 Make your scanned documents searchable
DocScanner creates PDF documents by pasting the scan result as an image to the document. To make the document text copyable and searchable, DocScanner comes with a handy OCR feature. Use the OCR to transform the PDF into plain text. Having the document as plain text makes it possible to copy & paste it to any iOS app, such as Gmail, Mailbox, or Notes. The extracted text is attached to the PDF as metadata, making the document searchable in any environment.
3 Share your documents in the cloud
DocScanner can upload scanned documents to Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive. By storing your scanned documents to a cloud storage service, it’s easy to access them virtually from anywhere with an internet connection. If you want to share your documents, you can easily allow access to the cloud folder where your documents are located.
The DocScanner app is well known for its productivity increasing features that can save you a great deal of time. Designed to scan & archive your documents with just a single tap, we listed here five key ways on how to improve your productivity with DocScanner.
#1 Let DocScanner take care of all the adjustments
Most scanner apps prompt the user to adjust the document after scanning – drag corners, correct white balance, rotate document – all that stuff. DocScanner, however, does all the adjustments for you. No need for time consuming manual adjusting. Just place the document on an even surface, tap once, and let DocScanner take care of the rest.
#2 Batch scan & sort documents using DocScanner’s auto-sort feature
Time to unclutter your desk covered with all kinds documents, receipts, and biz cards? Storing different types of documents to different cloud storage services? Then make use of the auto-sort feature. With auto-sort, DocScanner can tell the difference between a document, business card, receipt, and a whiteboard. Additionally, you can set different document types to be uploaded to different folders or different cloud storage services. See the auto-sort in use with Evernote on this Youtube video.
#3 Tap once to scan & auto-upload documents to the cloud
#4 Use DocScanner’s OCR ability to convert documents to plain text, and to make their content searchable
As you may know, DocScanner comes with an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) ability as a standard. Use the OCR feature to convert documents to plain text. Once the OCR has extracted the text, it is pasted to the PDF document as metadata. This way you can make your documents searchable on your iDevice, and on any laptop or PC. See a document being OCR’d on an iPad in this Youtube video.
#5 Sync DocScanner documents between iOS devices through iCloud
Since the release of DocScanner 6 iOS, there’s been a possibility for iCloud syncing between iOS devices. If you happen to be a proud owner of both an iPhone and an iPad, you can have your DocScanner documents available on both your devices. Just turn the iCloud on in the Settings menu. Once switched on, all your documents are backed up in the iCloud. The iCloud can also save the day, and your documents, when installing DocScanner to a new iDevice, or when doing a re-install.
The DocScanner image quality has been evaluated as “a cut above the rest” by the Wall Street Journal. DocScanner produces the sharpest and most paperlike PDF documents from any paper document.
#2 It increases your daily productivity
DocScanner is designed to be the most productive scanner app in the market. To achieve this goal, DocScanner automates much of the traditional scanner app functionality. In addition to one-tap scanning & uploading to file hosting services such as Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Docs, DocScanner features a realtime preview of scan result, document type auto-recognition, auto-sorting by document type, and automatic document post-processing for non-stop scanning.
#3 It works seamlessly with your Apple devices
DocScanner is a universal iOS app. It works natively both on the iPhone and the iPad. In addition to app universality, DocScanner supports iCloud for easy synchronization of your documents between your Apple devices. DocScanner is also available as a Mac app.
#4 It helps you to extract text from documents
DocScanner is one of the few document scanner apps on the market with a built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR). With OCR, you can painlessly extract the text out of your documents. The DocScanner OCR is available on 36 different languages.
#5 It comes with wireless features that add extra value to you
DocScanner supports AirPrint for easy, wireless printing. It also offers a possibility to use a network attached HP flatbed scanner as an external image source. This feature is available as an In-App Purchase (IAP).
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.
Did you download DocScanner for iOS last week? A lot of people did, as DocScanner was ranked as the #1 productivity app in dozens of countries. Great! Here’s a short introductory to file hosting services you can extend your newly downloaded DocScanner with.
DocScanner saves all scanned documents to its own document organizer. In addition to that, DocScanner supports a range of file hosting and synchronization services. We know that there are many of such services out there, so we have selected the five most potent ones to be used with DocScanner – each of them with their own advantages.
The basic functionality of Evernote is built around notetaking. This makes Evernote perfect for adding comments and tags to your scanned documents. With Evernote, you can create shared notebooks to easily share documents with anyone. If needed, you can password protect a shared notebook to limit access to it. Check also this earlier blog post on Evernote: How to manage receipts effectively with DocScanner and Evernote.
A cloud based file hosting service at its purest, Dropbox is one of the simplest ways to upload your scanned documents online. The best thing about sending files with Dropbox is that the recipient doesn’t need to have it installed on his device, as Dropbox can generate a shortened URL for downloading any file with any browser.
Google Drive is a highly relevant service because of its word processing application. DocScanner features an Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which can extract the text out of a scanned document to be processed with a word processor. Extract to Google Drive word processor to edit the text of the scanned document. The biggest advantage of this is that you can use the word processor to check and autocorrect the OCR output.
The iCloud can be a valuable feature if you are a person with more than one Apple device. A file synchronization and back-up service, iCloud syncs your DocScanner documents so that they are available on all your Apple devices running DocScanner.
- If you like to add comments and tags to your documents, Evernote is good for this.
- If you just need a simple file hosting service without much additional functionality, use Dropbox.
- If you need to edit the text in your scanned documents, use Google Drive and its word processor.
- For backing up and synchronizing your files between two or more Apple devices, iCloud is the best.