The iPhone’s camera has decent photo quality, of course, but it can be used to scan barcodes so you can compare prices between stores while you shop. That’s old news. The new news is the option use the iPhone’s camera as a personal scanner.
Scan Me, Baby, One More Time!
Scanning documents or graphics isn’t new, of course. Scanners that plug into a Mac or PC have been around since the last century.
Today’s scanners are usually less expensive, work faster, have more features, yet are easier to use.
What about that scanner in your pocket? You know. Your iPhone. All it takes to make the iPhone a scanner is an app.
Genius Scan is a free PDF scanner app. Actually, PDF isn’t the right description because it can scan and save files in PDF and JPEG.
Tap open Genius Scan and point your iPhone’s camera toward whatever you want to scan.
Genius Scan detects the page frame, corrects perspective, and gives you onscreen alignments.
Documents are easily scanned and pieced together with multiple scans.
Wait. There’s more.
Genius Scan can send scans as email, and the non-free version even lets you export files to Box, Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs.
It’s a great way to scan receipts, but anything you scan can also be printed via AirPrint. PDF scans can be saved to iBooks or any PDF reader on Mac or iPhone.
The Genius Scan Plus version costs a few dollars but has a few more useful business features, such as sending receipts to Expensify. This is far more useful than you might think because it can scan almost anything.
The only negative I’ve seen so far is that documents with tiny print may not scan well for legibility. Otherwise, well done.