How to Use Your iPad / iPhone Camera to Scan Documents to PDF [iPhone & iPad 2]

Steve Campbell 23-09-2011

Picture this. You have a really important meeting at work today, one that you’ve been up most of the night preparing for, creating documents, spreadsheets, and what not. You’ve been tasked with making digital copies of your physical notes to send to your colleagues to help prep them for this meeting, which starts in about two hours. If you were in a hurry and could only bring one thing to this meeting, what would it be?


If it was me, it would be my iPad. As for the documents I had to scan, well, that’s all been taken care of, because I used an iPad app that allowed me to take pictures of each of my documents and turn them into shiny new digital PDFs that I can organize and share with my colleagues at the click of a button. Sound convenient? Prepare to never need to keep a piece of paper ever again.

What Is OfficeDrop?

OfficeDrop converts paper and digital files into text-searchable documents. You can safely share and access documents from anywhere, organize your documents using folders and labels, eliminate the need for paper by converting everything to digital, and find and share documents instantly with this app.

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You can digitize receipts, invoices, contracts, or anything else with your iPad/iPhone’s built-in camera, and you’ll always have your paper and digital documents with you when you’re on the move. If you know how to use a search engine then you can easily organize your documents with OfficeDrop.

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Scanning documents on your iPad just became available on OfficeDrop recently. Prior to this update, you would have had to mail in your physical documents if you wanted them scanned into digital form, or you would have had to use a scanner or upload the digital copy yourself. Now, you can create multi-page PDFs from your iPad.

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And with OfficeDrop, all of your converted paper and uploaded digital documents will be available for text searching, sharing, and organization on your device and on the web at the Officedrop website. You can also snap a picture, crop & rotate, and then send it directly from your phone in OfficeDrop, which is perfect if you’re at work or taking notes, etc.

To view OfficeDrop in action, check out this video demo:


Using OfficeDrop

Once you download and install the OfficeDrop app for iOS, you can begin digitizing your documents. The process is fairly simple. Just snap a picture with your iPhone/iPad camera and upload it to OfficeDrop. OfficeDrop will then convert your paper into text searchable PDFs.

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Once you’ve added a bunch of files, you can begin labeling and organizing them into folders so you can quickly find them later. You will also be able to search for them from within the app.

OfficeDrop also supports over 25 file types, so if you’re uploading digital files from your computer they too will be turned into searchable PDFs within the app.


You do need an account to use OfficeDrop, which is a simple process as well. The app will ask you to create one. There are multiple plans, but the free account grants you 1GB of searchable storage (more than enough for documents), the top 3 search results displayed (title and label your documents properly and this shouldn’t be an issue), web, mobile, and tablet access included.


OfficeDrop is a really handy app for when you’re on the go and want to scan notes to PDF so you’re not weighed down with paper to keep track of. I prefer to use it in conjunction with the iPad, but if you own both an iPhone and an iPad they can form a nice tandem. At any rate, this is a useful app that makes document scanning, organizing, and sharing both easy and practical.

What would your primary use for this app be?  Can you think of any apps which are worthy alternatives?

Related topics: Digital Document, PDF, PDF Editor, Scanner.

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  1. TabgripforIpad
    October 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I'm such a noob, I didn't know that there are phone/tablet features that you can actually scan documents and papers from them. That is honestly quite an innovative and handy feature, especially for on the go professionals.

    • Steve Campbell
      October 11, 2011 at 2:33 am

      It wasn't something a lot of people knew about, but definitely a useful feature!

  2. Michael Shire
    September 28, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Been using "Genius Scan" on my iPhone4 with some success.

    • Steve Campbell
      October 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

      Very nice. Appreciate the share, Michael.

  3. Glen Christie
    September 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

    CamScanner + Evernote seems to be a viable alternative.  

    • Aibek
      September 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      thanks, never heard of CamScanner before, need to check it out

    • Steve Campbell
      October 11, 2011 at 2:31 am

      I agree with Aibek. Thanks for sharing, Glen!