Snapter – Scan Your Documents Without A Scanner

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scan documentsOther than taking photos, what other use do you have for your digital camera? With Snapter, you can now use your digital camera for another purpose: turn it into a mobile flatbed scanner.

Snapter is software that lets you use a digital camera as a mobile scanner. With the shots that you have taken, the software automatically crops, stretches, flattens images of documents into portable images and make them seem as though they have been scanned on a flatbed scanner.

Some of you may be wondering: since you already have a digital camera to take snapshots, why do you still need a software to do the conversion? Well, there are several advantages in Snapter. First of all, it comes with a perspective correction that can take a slanted/disoriented image and rotate it to the right orientation.

Secondly, if you are taking snapshots of pages of a book, it can be really difficult to read the text from the raw images. Snapter has the ability to split the pages into two different images and correct the curvature distortion.

Thirdly, Snapter enhances the images and make them easier to read.

Snapter supports images of different forms. You can use it to convert snapshots of documents, notes written on a whiteboard, namecards or pages from a book. The following screenshots show the tests that I have done with different materials and the results are very satisfying.

Here I printed out a copy of one of my articles that I wrote for MakeUseOf. I took a horizontal snapshot of the printout and input it to Snapter. It successfully rotated the image to the correct orientation, cropped the side and sharpen the image for easy reading.

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Next, I took a snapshot of two pages of a book and input them to Snapter. It detects the curvature of the book and splits the pages into the left and right page. Similarly, it crops and sharpen the images for easy reading.

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There are both free and paid versions of Snapter. You can download the free version and enjoy the full functionality for the first 14 days. After that, the software is still functional, but it will add a tagline and light watermark on your images. If all you need is to convert the images to a portable version so you can read while on the move, the free version is good enough for you.

If you want to use the result for your commercial project and you don’t want to have the watermark, you will have to get the paid version which cost $20 (Lite version) or $49 (Full version).

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Comments (30)
  • lkjh

    @ Naruto

    I use Omnipage Pro 17 and it does not know shit about book curvature. The spliting of facing pages is also not very precise in omnipage.
    I was already looking for software which can detect page borders and automatically crop the images at the margins. If it can do all that then this would definitely be a keeper.

  • ebru polat

    Thank you so much for content, you would track;)

  • Naruto

    this is pretty awesome software. Not many programs for scanning can really even take into account the curvature of the book and correct it.

  • About Online Tips

    Check out another similar apps which does the same job and is absolutely free.

    aboutonlinetips.com/scan-all-your-documents-without-scanner/

  • AVisitor

    I found this writeup and software concept very interesting. However I found your choice of scanned books hope-crushing. I had high hopes of there being linux support based on that book scan but as far as I can tell from their website and forums, they lack linux support and go as far as saying they don’t have any intentions of gaining it (very roughly paraphrased). Have you got it running under wine or is the choice of books entirely coincidental?

    • Damien Oh

      I ran it in Windows virtual machine with Ubuntu as host. I find that is the best way to run Windows application without having to sacrifice my favorite Ubuntu.

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