Scanner Apps for iPhone

If you don’t know about the existence of scanner apps, you probably should. I’ve generally used such apps when I’ve wanted a clear, crisp, black and white image of printed text.

Once you have downloaded the app, you simply need to configure your settings for black and white text (this can, of course, be changed at any time, via the Settings option), then take a photo with your phone, via the in-app camera (or you can import a photo from your album, if you want). The scanner software will filter out the shades and gradations and will generally get you a fairly clean, black and white image. This can be incredibly useful, whether it’s to get a quick copy of a quote that caught your eye, or to grab a page or two out of a textbook (obviously, I’m not advocating the use of such apps to exceed your fair use quotas!).

The two apps I’ve tried are JotNot, which I downloaded ages ago and then almost immediately upgraded to the Pro version, for greater functionality, and Genius Scan (whose App image I’ve used to illustrate the post). They both seem fairly similar. Though I have not upgraded to the Pro version of Genius Scan, the app seems to have a slightly more attractive, streamlined interface. Continue reading