#374 Need a Document Scanner? Try Your Phone!

I’ve been waiting for the paperless revolution for a long time now and for better or worse it seems we’re still stuck handling with more paper forms than we would like. And those old fax machines are still alive and kicking.

Next time you need to fax a paper form, try one of the many great apps that will let you quickly make use of the camera on your phone to scan paper documents.

For receipts there are even dedicated apps, like Expensify, to help you easily manage your expenses. Snap a quick photo of your receipt add a few quick details and you’re all set.  No need to save all those business cards, pamphlets and other pieces of paper — just scan them with your smartphone’s camera.   Many of these apps also allow you to save the document as a PDF or export it directly into your favorite file storage account like Dropbox, Evernote, etc.

There are numerous apps that can turn your smartphone into a portable scanner.  I really like Genius Scan. It is free, works great and does everything I need it to. Genius Scan lets you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF. 

Here are a few things you can do with an app like this:

– Quickly scan a paper form when you don’t have a scanner
– Take a picture of a whiteboard in a meeting or class
– Archive receipts
– Make a copy when you have no copier available
– Archive handwritten notes or share them with colleagues
– Save recipes
– Save or send a copy of a restaurant menu

Learn more about Genius Scan in the iTunes app store.

Do you have any apps like this for working with documents? What do you use them for? Leave a comment and let us know!


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