So here are our best picks for barcode scanners and readers that will help you to decode the unreadable information in just a few clicks. It's useful for scanning receipts, business cards and in particular, printed documents. The Groupon app allows users to buy and redeem their vouchers on their mobile device, track their voucher use and share their Groupon vouchers to friends and family through social media.
QR Scanner & Reader
Evernote Scannable quickly scans stacks of business cards, notes from a meeting, and documents using nothing more than your smartphone and its camera. It's even faster than Evernote's own in Genius Scan Plus is a solid, basic mobile scanning app, and inexpensive enough to be a handy asset installed on your smartphone.
It's a good value for the money. Adobe Scan is an impressive app that automatically detects, captures, and converts printed text to digital form, but you need a paid subscription to get all its features.
Intsig CamScanner promises many attractive features such as super-fast OCR, document sync, and many document sharing options. But the disappointing OCR quality mars the results. Microsoft Office Lens scans documents, cards, and whiteboards with your Android phone, making them more readable, and in some cases editable. ScanBot is a Swiss Army Knife of scanning tools, with reliable image capture, text recognition, and document annotation.
Shoeboxed is a receipt-capturing app with a few nice extras rather than a general purpose document scanning app. As long as your needs match its features, you'll be happy. Don't try to stret TurboScan provides an excellent way to capture document images, as long as you're ready to manage those images on your own. In a world quickly moving towards the digitization of every document, mobile scanning apps remain necessary tools, as some organizations cling to using printed paper documents.
Things like goverment and hospital forms still tend to be printed on paper, and we can't forget business cards. Because not everything has moved to digital media, the most productive solution is simply to quickly transform any paper you're handed into digital copies and data, which you can store and edit on your computers and mobile devices. We create a remarkable amount of information digitally—spreadsheets, software documentation, receipts, financial records, even baby's first Photoshop image—and that's just the beginning of what for most people is a gargantuan data mountain.
But a huge amount of that information is still on ephemeral paper: If you need to capture that data or image for posterity, or at least for your tax records, you probably need a scanner. Your first thought might be to purchase a standalone scanner or choose an all-in-one or multifunction printer that includes scan-and-fax features.
That makes sense when the workload is heavy, frequent, and concerns material that can be easily passed through a printer's feed mechanisms so primarily separate, letter-sized pages. A high-end scanner gives you precise control over image resolution, image correction, and optical character recognition OCR , usually along with a fast paper feeding mechanism.
That's appropriate if you have a 2-foot stack of important legal proceedings to turn into text for analysis or you were given five banker's boxes of family slides to import into an online photo album.
For casual scans, however, as well as scans of items not easily passed through a printer-style device, you no longer need a full-on desktop scanner. That's particularly important for things like capturing a brainstorming session off a white board. Want to save grandma's recipe before it's lost? Share a long excerpt from an old Analog magazine without typing it in by hand?
Capture travel receipt data? There is, indeed, an app for that. The camera you have handy is the best one to use, and that means the astonishingly capable one bundled into your smartphone. The availability of a mobile scanning app that runs off your smartphone and uses your phone cam to snap the image can encourage you not only to capture more information, but also to properly parse and leverage it later. Abbyy FineScanner primarily because of the superior quality of its text recognition and the persnickety amount of control it gives for the actual scanning process.
It takes a while to get the hang of its user interface, but the results justify the investment. Evernote got the Editors' Choice nod because of its slick interface and deep integration with not only its Evernote parent app but also competing data storage services such as Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. That said, however, it's hard to make a bad choice in this category, because even the free versions scan images quickly and accurately. It's important to match up your needs to the right app, however, because each puts more emphasis on one or another feature.
The key issues are the type of documents you want to capture, where you want to save or share them such as in the cloud , and what kind of post-processing you need such as recognizing the text on the page and turning it into a Microsoft Word document. If your primary need is to turn scanned images into editable text, look for advanced OCR features.
For example, when Abbyy FineScanner captures the pages of an open book, it separates the two pages and straightens them before analyzing the text. If you intend to capture text in PDF format, consider whether those need to be encrypted files which Intsig CamScanner, for example, supports.
Also consider where documents should end up. Apps you already use will influence your choice of scanning app. Most of the apps can save the images in the cloud, but Shoeboxed is integrated with a large selection of other web services, such as Intuit QuickBooks Online , Xero, and Salesforce. Most importantly, the scan quality is stellar, though your mileage may vary by your phone's camera.
Once you've captured an image, there are tons of ways to edit it by adjusting the color, contrast or brightness, or by cropping the image. You add can watermarks and annotations too, plus add tags so you can search for scans later.
There are also built-in collaboration tools, where you can invite other people to make edits to your scans. The list of features goes on, including search and connections to popular cloud storage services, like Dropbox or Google Drive.
With OCR, you can search documents by keywords or phrases, which works phenomenally. You'll need to create an account to use the app, but this lets you upload your scans automatically to CamScanner's website, which makes it really easy to get them on your computer. This simple app lets you scan documents, whiteboards and photos and import them to your Microsoft account.
If you rely on those services a lot, Office Lens is a great choice for you. Scanbot Android and iOS. One of my favorite scanning apps, Scanbot has a fantastic friendly design that is foolproof to use. The app automatically scans documents when you point the camera at a piece of paper, which is convenient. Then you can crop the scan and pick the final scan from four versions with different brightness and contrast effects. You can also use Pro for free with ads.
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Sep 12, · Scan barcodes on products, or Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc. Almost every question and negative review comment is addressed by one of the following. Please save everyone time by reading these first: Nobody is stealing your information. The app allows you to share contacts, apps, and bookmarks in a QR Code/5(K). Oct 29, · Free! Easily Scan ANY Barcode / QR Code or search to quickly find the BEST price and coupons. Works on iPhone and iPad. Download NOW. Scans like a red laser! “Wow, this app quick scanned and found lower prices, saving me a bundle.” – Jamie R. “An easy to use App that really helps my shopping.” – Tom H/5(K). • Price Check by Amazon: Good for a quick barcode scan and ballpark price comparison, but the fact that it's limited to Amazon and its associated sellers limits utility. • eBay: This is an eBay app with a scanner widget, not the other way around.