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Review CamScanner - PDF Creator
The only scanner you’ll ever need
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 31 Mar 2017, tested on HTC One S
Powerful functionality, neat design, fully-featured free version
Kills your battery
We all know the frustration well. All of a sudden, for reasons beyond your control, you need to scan a couple of pages, like certificates, or your passport. You haven’t needed to scan anything in at least 6 months, so you really have no idea where to even go for this. What do people around you do? They haven’t scanned anything in ages either. Maybe there’s a scanner buried away in an obscure location somewhere in your office or school; connected to the world’s slowest, most inept PC. *Sigh*. Are you really going to have to spend half a day, finding this poor neglected scanner, dusting off the cobwebs, booting up the world’s slowest PC…. Urgh.
CamScanner for Android is a tiny application that will sit quietly on your phone for 6 months, and leap into action just when you need it, saving you time and tedium.
Maybe your office or library has wonderful modern scanner/copiers that are quick and efficient? Well, OK, but what if you want to scan documents from home, or while away on vacation? At some point you are just going to need CamScanner. Everybody does, eventually. So if you don’t have it already, install CamScanner now, just in case the day you need it is the same day you have no internet access.
CamScanner works by taking a photo of your document, and allowing you to select the corners, so that it can crop and process your image into the right perspective. An OCR plugin can be used to recognize text. You can save your document as PDF and share it in all the usual ways. These days you can even try and print it, using Google Cloud Print, or fax the document straight from the app, by creating a CamScanner account and adding credit. I am impressed that CamScanner has continued to improve and add new features over time. It may not be the most exciting app, but in times of need, it is useful in spades.