My home printer isn’t a multifunction, so I can’t do scanning on it.
So I’m using my iPhone and iPad to do my scanning, and my scans look great. I use it for receipts, notes in my notebook, handouts from meetings…
My favorite app is JotNot Scanner. The app is free but you need to do an in-app purchase to upgrade to the full version. It can create PDFs (which is my preferred), or JPGs, or PNGs. And you can send your scans to email, Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs.
Here’s how to use it:
- Launch the app.
- Click the Scan button at the bottom.
- Lay your document on a flat surface, and take a picture of your document from directly above. Make sure all the edges are in the shot, and try to keep your paper as flat as possible.
- JotNot Scanner will guess where the corners of your document are. If they are right, click Process. If not, drag the corners to the actual corners of the document.
- The app will convert your photo into a black and white scan. Make it darker or lighter if you want by using the gray squares at the bottom (although I find that 90% of the time it’s readable as is).
- If you want to add additional pages to your scan, you can follow these steps again for the next page.
- To rename your scan, click at the top where it says “File-Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:52:05 +0000” and give it whatever name you want.
- To email your scan or send it to Dropbox or anywhere else, click on the box with the arrow in it, at bottom right. You’ll get lots of options.
JotNot also saves your scan in the app.
There are other scanning apps, including TurboScan, Genius Scan, and Scanner Pro, so give those a try if you aren’t crazy about JotNot Scanner.
How do I find out about new iPhone and iPad apps?