Nowadays documents are digitized to ensure that it can be accessed from any part of the world without physical limitations. But the traditional paper approach is still prevalent and regardless of the advanced technologies present in our college or offices to capture the information from a paper, but finding a reliable scanning tool while on the road has been quite challenging.
Yes, there are portable scanners but most of them needs a laptop and internet to share the information instantly. Thus, in order to overcome this challenge, numerous scanner apps were developed to turn your camera phone into a scanner that more or less does the same task of a full-fledge scanner.
While there are tons of scanning apps available in the App Store, ABBYY FineScanner stands out from the crowd due to its user-friendly interface and top notch image processing.
It can convert paper documents such as books, magazine articles, receipts, hand-written notes, pictures, etc. and save the processed image in a PDF or JPEG file that allows you to view and share the information almost instantly.
FineScanner iOS App Features
The ABBYY FineScanner includes a number of unique features up its sleeve. For starters, it provides the convenience of search tags and deep social network integration which makes sharing the document with friends and colleagues quite simple.
It gives access to email, dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google Drive and iTunes from within the app itself. In addition, the scanned image can also be printed directly from the phone thanks to the AirPrint support.
Another highlighting feature of FineScanner is its ability to edit images. It contains automatic as well as free form cropping and due to some clever imaging tricks, users can capture images from any angle but still get accurate results. Moreover, contrast and brightness can be manually adjusted with three different filters to choose from.
If you think the captured image quality is somewhat disappointing then there is a ‘Best-shot’ photo mode which automatically selects and adds a touch of refinement to the best of three images captured.
The FineScanner has its fair share of disadvantages. Despite coming from ABBYY, a company known for their Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and document capture technology, this particular software does not feature OCR due to which, the image quality can get distorted at times.
The developer also seems to be modest on updates. While rival products are updated constantly to make bug fixes and add new features, ABBYY doesn’t really make efforts to do the same. Thus, it lags behind some of the close competitors.
And even though FineScanner works perfectly with iPhone 4 and higher as well as iPad 3, iPad mini and fifth generation iPod touch, it is still not compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS and older version of iPad or iPod touch. But we don’t really blame the developer on this because the camera on older Apple devices lacks auto focus, which is a must for scanning texts.
FineScanner is one of the best scanning software you can get in the App Store. And after the developer made the app free to download, it is something we would highly recommend considering the hosts of features it brings on the table. The image quality is better than average and even though text recognition might not work every time, it still gets the job done.