Friday, September 21, 2012
Phones as scanners
Ever need to scan something without removing it from the stacks? Or is the book just too unwieldy to put on the scanner? You could use a wand scanner or try lugging a portable scanner around, but a recent article on ArsTechnica.com discussed a different possibility – using a mobile phone as a document scanner. (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/09/the-power-of-two-use-your-phone-as-a-document-scanner/ ) In the article, Andrew Cunningham discusses the different apps that are available and their advantages and disadvantages, including how to use direct on-device OCR to create documents on the fly from photos. Other such apps include FasterScan, TurboScan, and Prizmo. The functionality is even available through the Google Drive app by creating a document from a photo.