That meant scanning documents into my Mac, organizing them, and doing the general housecleaning needed to start a new year. Along the way I found two problems and solved one with a very good Mac scanning app.
What Price Ease Of Use?
First, right up front, let me tell you that scanning documents is no fun. The Mac at school had two scanning apps that were close to useless so I shopped around the Mac App Store.
Second, what I found while shopping was a mixture of good news and bad news. Yes, I found a great app that scans great, is easy to use, and the optical character recognition (OCR) actually works.
Third, I found the app by luck. I clicked an icon when I didn’t mean to.
What I got was a review of the PDFScanner app and it had about 800 five and four star reviews.
Yet, when I did a search of the Mac App Store for ‘scanner‘ apps PDFScanner was displayed as having no reviews at all. The listing without the number of reviews was highly misleading. It’s a great app (hence the review scores).
PDFScanner couldn’t be much easier to use. Drop the document onto your scanner. Open PDFScanner. Select the appropriate settings. Click the Scan button.
What I needed was a scanner app that supported multiple languages (for me, English, French and German), and PDFScanner does that and half a dozen additional languages.
Also, it’s fast. Very fast. And there are options built-in to help straighten documents, then save as a PDF.
In other words, PDFScanner was exactly what I wanted and needed and it has hundreds of positive reviews. But Apple’s display of PDFScanner in the search results of the Mac App Store listed it with zero reviews.
It pays to shop around.