Remember when the only way we could fax documents was if we had a standalone fax machine? Then…along came online fax systems like Ring Central (which is what I currently use), eFax and a few others. These are wonderful, because faxes come in as an email attachment. But, unless the document you are sending is a PDF you already have on your computer, you still need to scan whatever it is before you can fax it. Truth be told, not everyone has a scanner in their office.
However … if you have a smartphone, either an iPhone or an Android, you can have a handy dandy scanner of your own for free or for a very minimal cost, by downloading one of these lovely little scanning apps.
Genius Scan, by The Grizzly Labs: this one is free, and the one I’ve been using with my iPhone, and so far … I love it. Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF.
Scanner Pro, by Readdle: This one is $6.99, but looks really good. So good, that I may just try it out (especially since I already use Dropbox and Evernote)! Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document. Scanned documents can be emailed and printed, uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote, or simply saved.
Here is an article that showcases 5 different scanning apps for your iPhone if you want more selections http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57496711-285/five-apps-for-scanning-documents-on-your-iphone/
Document Scanner: This little app is $3.98, but also has a free full feature trial. Scan docs, convert to PDF. Email/upload to Google Docs/Dropbox/Evernote to share/store.
Cam Scanner PDF Creater, by IntSig Information Co., Ltd.: This one has a free version that will turn your phone into a document scanner, Fax, PDF creator. However, if you want to get rid of the ads and watermark on the PDFs, you must purchase the licensed version (to be installed on top of the free version) for $4.99. You can find both of these in the Google Play store.
Here is an article that showcases 5 different scanning apps for your Android as well http://mashable.com/2011/09/03/android-apps-document-scanner-pdf/
So, in today’s high-tech, gotta have it now, no matter where I am culture, these little babies may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re already tapped into this technological magic, let me know what app you like the most. If you’re not, try one and let me know what you think.
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