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Scanbot - for scanning paper, whiteboards and more

2017-06-12 08:22 #0 by: Niklas

I have been using Scanbot since it was first released and still use it heavily. It creates pdf:s from photos.

Once a month I send all my book-keeping material to a financial consultant. She then returns financial reports a couple of days later.

What I send her is a pdf that I produce using Scanbot. It almost couldn't be easier. All I have to do is place the documents, one by one, in front of the iPad camera. The app searches for the document, takes a photo, identifies the part that is the document, crops and skews it so it is square or rectangular, converts it to black and white (if that is what I want) and creates a multi-page pdf. I have bought an in-app OCR (optical character recognition) feature that converts the images to text before I send the pdf document to the consultant. The whole process is much faster than using a traditional scanner with a computer and the result is as good.

The book-keeping material is just one of all the ways I use Scanbot. I also scan all important paper documents I receive so I can throw the paper away. Contracts, letters, business cards, receipts, invoices, schedules... It even scans whiteboards and converts them to pdf:s.

There are many more features in Scanbot that I will not go into. Read the description in App Store or try it out yourself.

Scanbot is a free app with in-app purchases to make it even more powerful. There is also a paid version where the extras are included.

If you still use a fax to send documents, Scanbot can do that too. You buy the fax service in the app.

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2017-06-12 11:17 #1 by: Evelina

I've been looking for an easier way to scan books, or articles I need for school work. I don't like the amount of time it takes to scan books at school. I usually just take photos but this seems much better. Thanks! 

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2017-06-12 11:32 #2 by: Niklas

Yes, and you can also use it with existing photos from your photo library. :-)

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2017-06-12 11:39 #3 by: Evelina

Cool! I'll download it. 

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2017-06-12 12:48 #4 by: Niklas

If you mostly take pictures of whiteboards, you should try Microsofts Office Lens app. It is very good at that. It is free as well.

Office Lens

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2017-06-24 07:45 #5 by: Joab

Have you compared Scanbot with Scanner Pro?
https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/scanner-pro-pdf-document-scanner-app-with-ocr/id333710667?mt=8

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2017-06-24 13:05 #6 by: Niklas

Yes, but years ago. Then Scanner Pro lost because I found the use of Scanbot to be much faster/easier. Scanner Pro has been around for longer than Scanbot. I haven't checked how Scanner Pro compares now.

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