In­stantly grab and ar­chive im­por­tant doc­u­ments with noth­ing but your phone

T3 - - Issue 273 / Oct 2017 - Free, App­store

The best apps for work­ing and play­ing on your smart­phone.

Keep­ing track of im­por­tant doc­u­ments, man­ag­ing re­ceipts on long trips, or look­ing af­ter your kids’ bur­geon­ing cal­en­dar of birth­day par­ties is hard work. Hav­ing a phone with you cer­tainly makes things eas­ier, but add Adobe Scan into your cat­a­logue of pro­duc­tiv­ity apps and you’ll end up more ef­fi­cient than you imag­ined.

Sim­ply point your phone’s cam­era at a paper doc­u­ment, and Adobe Scan will make a stab at fram­ing the ex­act di­men­sions of the paper then con­vert that pho­to­graphic scan into a PDF. You don’t even need to tap any­thing; flick to the next page in the doc­u­ment, and Scan will add it se­quen­tially into the PDF.

When it’s all done, you can per­form a bit of cleanup be­yond the au­to­matic sharp­en­ing and flat­ten­ing the app does for you; this in­cludes things like re­fram­ing your scans for a per­fect fin­ish, ad­just­ing the colour depth, and (op­tion­ally) shar­ing the PDFs with any­one who might need to see them. Adobe Scan even em­ploys op­ti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion to make text on the page search­able and copy­able when you later view your PDFs in Ac­ro­bat Reader, and stores them all online so they’re where you need them to be.

Adobe Scan turns your smart­phone into the world’s most straight­for­ward scan­ner

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