PHOTOSCAN BY GOOGLE PHOTOS
SCAN PHOTOS WITH YOUR PHONE. Free | www.google.com/photos/scan
As the name implies, this new Google-developed app allows you to scan in your old photos using a smartphone camera. Simply open the app, hover your phone over the photo, follow the instructions (you need to align an AR circle over four dots in order for the app to do its magic) and then, theoretically, your photo is digitised. I tried it on a few different photos in a few different environments and the results were mixed. You’re meant to be able to scan under any conditions, but glare remained in at least one attempt, despite Google’s promise that it won’t happen. But, you know, give the app a break, find a well-lit and non-glarry environment, and it works pretty well — they still look like old photos, but it’s a step up from what they’d look like if you’d simply photographed them normally. A proper scanner is probably the better option, but hopefully Google will continue to finetune this app.