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Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC | technologies |
Scan anything into a PDF using your mobile device. Scan documents, whiteboards, forms, receipts and more with the new Adobe Scan app. Download today!
John Dalziel's insight:
At the end of May 2017 Adobe launched Adobe Scan a scanning app with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality that allows users to scan anything they want to PDF. 
OCR in Adobe Scan is completely free, converting printed text to digital text in seconds. 
It’s fast and easy to capture multi-page documents too.
Users can turn any type of document into an editable PDF which they can edit and re-use the way they want. 
Adobe Scan is also a powerful converter that lets users convert different file types to PDFs. 
The app integrates seamlessly with other services included within an Adobe subscription allowing users to do more with their PDFs (e.g. edit, convert to Microsoft Office, fill and sign, and send for tracked signatures). 
Note: To properly use the app you need to be registered with Adobe cloud. 
The three main features provided by Adobe Scan are: 
  - Scanning (‘Capture forms, receipts, notes and business cards. You can even scan multi-page documents with a single tap.’), 
  - recycling content (‘Free, built-in optical character recognition (OCR) lets you reuse scanned content by creating a high-quality PDF you can work with in Adobe Acrobat Reader.’), and 
  - storage (‘Save your scans to Adobe Document Cloud for instant access and sharing) 
Watch the video at to learn more about Adobe Scan
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CamScanner | technologies |
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These days, smart phones are equipped with excellent cameras with high megapixels and HD feature.
CamScanner is taking advantage of the high-quality camera and providing features that allow assessors, administrators, learners and others to convert images into soft-copy documents.
Users can...
- Scan any Documents
- Manage your Documents
- Share Documents with Collaborators
- Sync Documents in Real-time
All they need to do is take a picture of any documents and/or assignment papers etc., and save it into a PDF file. They can also customise and edit the scanned file as per their preference.
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows.

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PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos

PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos | technologies |
Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future. Scan and save your favorite printed photos with the PhotoScan app from Google Photos.
John Dalziel's insight:
Looking for an Easy Way to Digitise Photographs? 
Don't want to take the photographs out of frames or albums? 
Well PhotoScan is worth looking at. PhotoScan is available through... 
PhotoScan helps users “scan” photographs using their phone’s camera, they just need to... 
► Push the button (as if they’re taking a photo) then 
► match up the center circle with the four dots that appear ( see video at ). 
► The app automatically enhances and rotates the image and—best of all—removes any glare 
...creating a digital replica in seconds. 
As well as the users loose photographs, the app also works with framed images and those already secured into their album(s). 
For those who also use the Google Photos app, their PhotoScan images will be automatically uploaded to their cloud for easy searching and sharing. 
An ideal tool for cataloguing photographs for safekeeping and easy sharing.
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Scan Documents On Your Phone With CamScanner [Android & iPhone]

Scan Documents On Your Phone With CamScanner [Android & iPhone] | technologies |
When it comes to smartphones, many of us want to be able to use them to do all manner of useful home office tasks just to make our lives easier. So it's a phone, a camera, a handy email client, social networking centre and all the rest.


CamScanner is an application, available on Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Blackberry, designed to make high quality document scanning easy for users using their smartphone.


CamScanner is quite sophisticated, it is easy to scan multiple pages into one document and/or to auto-crop an image to exactly what a user wants to keep/share/save.


I've added the free version to my work iPhone to test the ad-supported, limited version; give it a go and see what you think!


I would think it is an ideal application for WBL Assessors.

Coling's comment, November 2, 2011 3:38 AM
Thanks for that, at first I thought why not just use the phone camera to capture a document, but this does open more avenues for assessment, will download, spread the word and and let you know
John Dalziel's comment, November 3, 2011 4:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback Coling; Like many tools it isn't the tool, it's the way it is used.