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5 Apps That Serve as Document Scanner, Fax, and PDF creator

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 Apps for Sanning

To scan a document requires a scanner or copier. But there are Apps that can offer this job for free or paid. These are Apps are better as compared to the home-use Scanners in terms of quality.

Also, you might find yourself in an area where you will need to scan a document. But the only thing you will have is your smartphone.

You can quickly turn your smartphone into a scanner by just an App on the Google Play store.

Without wasting time lets look at the Apps that serves as a document scanner, Fax and even convert to PDF as well.

1. CamScanner – Phone PDF Creator

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As Scanner..

  •  Scan and digitize all kinds of paper documents: receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates.
  • Smart cropping and auto enhancing feature.
  • Extract Texts from Image.

As Fax

  • Easily share documents in PDF or JPEG format.
  • Print out any documents in CamScanner with the nearby printer through AirPrint.
  • Most advanced Document Editing

As a PDF Converter/Creator

  • Set password for viewing important documents with its inbuilt PDF converter
  • Third Party Cloud Storage Services Support like, Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox,

How to Use

Download Camscanner App from Google play and Install to use.

2. Clear Scan– Free Document Scanner App,PDF Scanning

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Clear Scan

As Scanner

  • It automatically detect document edge and perspective
  • Fast Processing
  • You can easily manage your files and folders
  • Adding /Deleting feature for the whole document or page

As Fax

  • Print PDF file via Cloud Print
  • Document naming, storage inside the app and search
  • Email specific pages or whole document

As a PDF Converter

  • Extract Texts from image OCR, transfer images to texts so you can search, edit or share.
  • Open PDFs or JPEGs in other apps such as Dropbox, OneDrive, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Evernote, etc. to send to clouds

How to Use

Download the App from Google Play store and Install

3.Adobe Scan – PDF & Business Card Scanner with OCR

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Adobe Scan

As Scanner

  • Detects your documents for borders, sharpens scanned content, and recognizes text when scanning.
  • You can preview, reorder, crop, rotate, and adjust color before scan
  • Reuse with the OCR scanner for perfect quality

As Fax

  • Edit PDF and photo scans, convert to Microsoft Office, fill and sign, and send for tracked signatures. 
  • Send docs to everyone you wish to.
  • Find docs in photos to share instantly.

As PDF Converter

  • Adobe has an inbuilt convert for turning you docs or images to PDF
  • The Adobe Scan to PDF scanner makes any content scannable and reusable.
  • Turn Adobe Scan into a fast business card scanner and reader

How To use

Download and install the Adobe Scan App for free to use.

4. Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner

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Microsoft Office Lens

As Scanner

  • Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. 
  • Scan business cards, and save the information to your contact list and OneNote. 
  • A scanned printed document could be saved in Word and OneNote so you can edit and annotate them. 

As Fax

  • Share OneNote meeting notes with your co-workers. 
  • Share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive.

As a PDF Converter

  • Convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,  OneDrive, or your local device. 

How to Use

Download from Google Play and Install on your phone.

5.TurboScan– Scan documents & receipts in PDF

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As Scanner

  • You can scan and send up to three multipage documents with this free version.
  • Fast algorithms to accurately detect document edges, straighten the documents. 
  • Get instant one-tap brightness, rotation and color controls all on one screen.
  • SureScan mode for very sharp scans.

As Fax

  • Email to myself” feature for quick emails.
  • Email document as PDF, JPEG or PNG, or save to camera roll.
  • Printing via Cloud Print or other print apps. 

As a PDF Converter

  • Open PDFs or JPEGs in other apps like the free Dropbox app (or Evernote, GoogleDrive, OneDrive app, etc) to send to clouds, or fax apps. 
  • Compact attachments with adjustable size 

How to Use the App

Download from Google play store and Install to use the App.

Free Tips On Scanning with Apps

  1. Make sure your document is flat and well lit.
  2. For best edge detection, include some margin around your document while shooting
  3. Use flash in low light conditions, but avoid glare with glossy documents
  4. If your flash over-saturates images or makes them blurry, please change the flash option in app Settings
  5. Done.

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