PHOTOSCAN BY GOOGLE PHO­TOS

SCAN PHO­TOS WITH YOUR PHONE. Free | www.google.com/pho­tos/scan

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ SHAUN PRESCOTT ]

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.

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