Gone are the days of taking documents to the library to scan or spending a bunch of money on a scanner for your home. You can find many applications for Android, iOS, and Windows that put scanning at your fingertips no matter where you go.
These seven awesome apps provide more than just scanning. They are smart enough to adjust and correct items for you, let you save them where you need to, and are perfect for both business and personal use.
1. Office Lens
From Microsoft, Office Lens is a flexible, portable scanner with a nice set of features. Scan documents, receipts, business cards, notes, and even whiteboards or blackboards. The app then uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize handwritten or printed text, allowing you to easily search, copy, or edit.
In addition to the versatile scanning abilities, Office Lens provides a Whiteboard Mode with trimming and glare adjustments. The Document Mode also trims and adjusts colors accordingly. For quickly adding contacts from business cards you scan, the app extracts the details and saves them to your address book.
You can save the images to OneNote or OneDrive and convert them to Word, PowerPoint, or PDF files. Available across platforms, if you use Android, iOS, and Windows devices, this is the scanner you want.
Another terrific app available across mobile platforms is CamScanner. Capture your receipts, notes, business cards, and other documents including whiteboard discussions. Like Office Lens, CamScanner uses OCR to extract the text from your scans. The app also has smart cropping and automatic enhancement features to clean up your text and images for a sharper appearance.
More features include sharing options via email or social media as a PDF or JPEG file, advanced editing for annotations, passcode protection, cross-platform syncing, and a keyword search.
If you enjoy CamScanner, you can upgrade to a subscription for even more benefits. These include collaboration ability, multiple page collages, automatic uploads to Google Drive, Evernote, and other services as well as cloud space and a password protection expire date.
3. Adobe Scan
For Android and iOS users, check out Adobe Scan. You can capture pictures, documents, notes, receipts, business cards, and whiteboards and then the app automatically sharpens them for clarity. With OCR, you can create a PDF that works with Adobe Acrobat Reader and similar products.
You can use the enhancement features to crop, rotate, and adjust the colors. Plus, your scans are saved to the Adobe Document Cloud where you can access, share, highlight, add notes, and perform a search. Connect with Adobe services to convert documents to Microsoft Office for editing.
If you want to do even more with your scans, you can subscribe to a monthly Adobe PDF Pack via in-app purchase. This allows you to combine files, rearrange documents, and fill and sign forms.
4. Genius Scan
Genius Scan is a great option as well for Android and iOS users. Once you scan your document, contract, or note, you can export it as a JPEG or multiple-page PDF file, which is handy. The app uses a smart page detection feature to correct the perspective and enhances the images for you.
When you need to scan lengthy documents with many pages, you can use the bulk scanning function. Other awesome features include batch importing of photos, sharing via email, password protection, document organization, and a helpful search.
You can upgrade to a paid version of the app called Genius Scan+ and integrate with cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, and Box. The price is $4.99 for Android and $7.99 for iOS. Or just continue to use the free version if it provides the features you need.
For a document scanner with a built-in QR code and barcode scanner, Scanbot is a wonderful choice. Like the other applications, you can scan almost anything from documents and notes to whiteboards and business cards. Save scans as either a JPG or PDF and perform a search from the OCR ability.
Scanbot lets you scan multiple-page documents, edit and annotate items, and enhance images with color and filters. You can connect with a variety of cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box as well as connect to Evernote, Slack, and Todoist.
You can also check out Scanbot Pro for password protection, automatic uploads, and functions to move, delete, or add pages. The app offers a variety of in-app purchases to cover your additional needs including credits to fax your items.
6. Scanner Pro
For iOS users, Scanner Pro is an exceptional, full-featured document scanner. Scan items with your iPhone or iPad and then email, export, save, or upload the images to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneNote, and similar services. The app uses advanced image processing for automatic corrections, offers color stamps and signatures, recognizes 21 languages using OCR, and lets you print or fax documents.
You can use iCloud sync to access items on all your Apple devices, add password protection to PDFs, edit, save, and undo edits if needed, and share your scans easily.
If you want to try before you buy, you can take a look at Scanner Mini for free with limited features. Both Scanner Pro and Scanner Mini offer in-app purchases for you to obtain fax packs and other useful items.
Download: Scanner Pro for iOS ($3.99)
7. Evernote Scannable
If you are a die-hard Evernote fan, then Evernote Scannable might be the perfect app for you. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, you can turn business cards into contacts and scan multiple-page documents with ease.
With its fast scanning ability, you just point your camera at the document or whiteboard and Evernote Scannable captures it quickly. Then, the app automatically crops and adjusts them for easier reading. Share or send your scans as a JPG or PDF or simply save to Evernote.
If you use Evernote and want a simple scanner to save your items without worries of upgrades, check out Evernote Scannable. The app is free with an Evernote account and is currently without in-app purchases.
Download: Evernote Scannable for iOS (Free)
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These portable document scanners are superb options if you are in the market for one.
Do you have a different one that you believe is well above the rest? Whether for Android, iOS, and Windows, certainly share it with us in the comments below!