AMITIAE - Monday 26 January 2015
Evernote Scannable: Simple and Easy to Use iOS App for Scanning Documents (Updated)
By Graham K. Rogers
In a Twitter chat at the weekend, a local user mentioned that, as an Evernote user, he was now finding that Evernote Scannable was useful. I noticed this app in the Best New Apps section of the iTunes App Store here on Monday, so downloaded this free app for a look. On the iPhone screen, the name appears simply as Scannable.
When permission is granted by the user, the blue screen becomes partially transparent and we can see faint input from the camera. There are also two buttons
I started with the second of these and was treated to another information video that showed some options about sharing output. I was then returned to the blue screen that now had the single Start Scanning button: so I did. . . .
The screen has two sections: camera input, and a bottom section that has text information: "Fit document inside screen. Place on contrasting background." Within the screen area there is a spinning indicator and a small button with the text, "Manual". I did try this feature, but the way that the automatic scan worked was far easier for most tasks I would envisage.
When I was done, I tapped the image again and the small tool-bar disappeared. Beneath was a single, Export icon. This gave me several options:
All of the exports I saw were in JPG format and I could see no way to switch to a PDF export. I consulted the local user who told me that the JPG attachement is converted in Evernote to a PDF by the user.
For this purpose, then, Scannable would be perfect, especially considering the ease with which the original is imported automatically: a couple of taps and my bill processing would be done.
UpdateIn the few hours since I uploaded the review to by site, an update to version 1.0.1 has been released. One of the major features that has now been added is the ability to choose between JPG and PDF file types.
That increases the usefulness of this nice app considerably.
See also:Flexible and Useful Scanning App for iOS Devices: CamScanner+
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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