Scanner Pro brings a scanner to your iOS device.
Ever wished you had a portable scanner? Well, now you can have one through your iPhone. Scanner Pro by Readdle allows users to turn their iOS devices into a portable, handheld scanner. Users can scan receipts, whiteboards, paper, photographs or even multi-page documents with the use of Scanner Pro. How is this different from just taking a photograph? Well, Scanner Pro uses special algorithms to remove shadows, sharpen images and correct perspective to make the images as readable as possible.
When you start up the app, you are met with a very simple screen that allows the user to choose either the camera option or the image option. The image option allows the user to modify an image already in their library, while the camera option allows the user to take brand new images. Once you choose to take a scan a new image, the camera opens up and you simply take a picture of the object or document you want to scan. The image is immediately opened within the app allowing the user to crop the image to the desired information. The nice thing about Scanner Pro’s crop tool is that each of the points work independently and you don’t just have to select a square or rectangular shape. Once you have completed the cropping, you can adjust the image’s brightness and contrast, rotation and even choose to make the image color, black and white or grayscale. Once you’ve made your final selections, the scan is then saved to your Scanner Pro library.
Scanner Pro allows users to share via email or to backup the scan on Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive. Scanner Pro also offers iCloud sync across all devices.
The thing I like about Scanner Pro is its portability. There have been many times when I’ve traveled where I want to scan a note or a receipt and find myself having to rely on the camera. While it’s a viable option, it’s not the best option. Scanner Pro is very easy to use and within a few clicks, you have a scanned image ready to use.
Scanner Pro just received an update to version 5.1.5 and is featured as Apple’s App of the Week. It is free to download with in-app purchases that allow users to fax scans.