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Scanner Pro – Apple App Store Free App of the Week

Scanner Pro - App of the Week

Scanner Pro for iPhone – Free until Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014

This week, Apple chose Scanner Pro as its App of the Week. Normally $6.99, the app will remain free in the App Store until Tuesday, Jan. 7th. Click here to download it from the Apple Store.

The app is meant to replace large, bulky desktop scanners with your mobile device. Its primary features include:

  • Scan Documents and receipts to PDFs
  • Process Images with auto edge detection
  • Real-time border detection (whatever that means…)
  • Email or print scanned documents (I used the email feature below. Very slick).
  • Upload scans to online storage including Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or iCloud which syncs across all your iDevices.

Today I downloaded and tested out the scanning and email features on a receipt I always seem to lose track of right before tax season… Looks like I might have found my new favorite app thanks to Apple. Here’s a few screenshots which should give you a good idea of how it works.

Scanner Pro Screenshot Review

Start by finding something you need to scan. I’m going to scan a Receipt from a recent donation at a local charity. The app automatically detected the edges of the document I was scanning which was very groovy.

scanner pro - auto edge detection

Once you capture the image, you can leave it as-is or change it to black and white or gray-scale.

scanner pro - save in color, black and white or gray scale

Once you have the scan you can Email it, save it to your Camera Roll, Upload it to Dropbox or another service and even Fax it.

Note: When I tried to fax the image to my home fax in Seattle, the charge was $0.99. So that part of the app is not free.

scanner pro upload options

In my testing I emailed the scan to myself and it arrived within seconds with perfect clarity. Overall, I’m very happy with the simplicity and cost… of this new app and how it will impact how I scan and store receipts and documents. Granted, the overall system isn’t as automated as a professional solution from Neat Receipts however, Scanner Pro is free (at least until Tuesday) and everyone has a mobile… which makes this a very valid alternative.

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4 Responses to Scanner Pro – Apple App Store Free App of the Week

  1. Steve Krause January 6, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Quick Update — After taking a few scans with the app, it began to crash repeatedly on my iPhone 4S. After I reboot the phone however it stabilized.

    Hopefully it remains stable for everyone else.

    -S

  2. Charles Brown January 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Is there a similar app for Android that you recommend?

  3. Jim Seybert January 13, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    Steve – the little scanning app is awesome. Files are quite large, though. Any ideas on reducing file size of multi-page scans?

    • Steve Krause January 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi Jim — I discovered the multi-page scans this weekend as well. Yeah, it’s a great app. Really great quality and easy to use. It’s been really stable also since those first issues I was running into. After that reboot of the phone, no problems since. Really great app…

      Anyway — let me see if there’s a way to turn down the quality of the scans. That’s my only guess to reduce the size of the files.

      Thanks for reading Jim!

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