Adobe Scan

Makes great PDFs with char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion

Mac|Life - - APPLE LIFE - Susie Ochs

Free From Adobe, adobe.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 10.0 or later

Adobe Scan is yet an­other app that uses your de­vice’s cam­era to cap­ture images of doc­u­ments and turn them into PDFs. But it jus­ti­fies its ex­is­tence by mak­ing great PDFs fast, with free and au­to­matic op­ti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion – so you can search for text in them and copy and paste that con­tent else­where.

Auto-Cap­ture does a won­der­ful job even in low light, high­light­ing your doc­u­ment in blue so you can con­firm it’s look­ing at the right thing. Or you can turn off Auto-Cap­ture to scan man­u­ally, and even cre­ate PDFs from images al­ready in your photo li­brary.

By de­fault, Scan saves your data to the Adobe Doc­u­ment Cloud, which in­cludes 2GB of stor­age for free ac­counts. But you can also use the Share op­tion to send the scanned PDFs to other apps, in­clud­ing Mail, Mes­sages, Drop­box, and Doc­u­ments.

You can’t do any PDF edit­ing or markup in­side Scan, how­ever. You need Adobe’s free Acro­bat Reader app for iOS (or an­other PDF app) to an­no­tate and sign your PDFs, but they show up there seam­lessly via Doc­u­ment Cloud, and ready to be searched, marked up, com­mented on, and high­lighted.

Both Scan and Acro­bat Reader in­clude an op­tional in-app pur­chase called PDF Pack, which, for $9.99 a month, lets you com­bine PDFs and con­vert them to ed­itable Mi­crosft Of­fice doc­u­ments or images. But oth­er­wise Adobe Scan de­liv­ers with­out cost­ing a penny.

The bot­tom line. Adobe Scan works fast and pro­duces solid re­sults for free.

Adobe Scan’s min­i­mal in­ter­face shows your PDF files and lets you scan new ones.

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