best iphone scanner apps?
April 16, 2013 8:20 AM   Subscribe

I have a lot of vintage paper. Photo albums, fashion magazines, random ephemera-- and a lot of it can't go in a flatbed scanner. I found an iPhone app called SmartScan that lets me photograph pages and corrects for tilt, but the resulting scans aren't as high-quality as my iPhone 5 is capable of. There are a ton of scanner apps out there, but I want the one that lets you capture the highest-res images. Any recommendations?
posted by nonasuch to Technology (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've been pretty happy with Genius Scan.
posted by any major dude at 9:04 AM on April 16, 2013

Adding another vote for Genius Scan--it has great support for dropbox/skydrive and has good customization. That said, if you're looking to take the highest quality photos that your iphone is capable of (whatever that means), you might be stuck with the default camera app or something like camera+.
posted by anewnadir at 9:10 AM on April 16, 2013

When I last looked at the offerings last year, I settled n CamScanner+

I think though that pretty much every app I tried took full res photos, or at least had an option to. The processing to remove distortion and other issues degrades quality.
posted by Good Brain at 10:01 AM on April 16, 2013

I use JotNot Pro.
posted by dhruva at 12:58 PM on April 16, 2013

I find Scanner Pro by Readdle to be the highest quality of the 5 or 6 apps I've tried. The tilt correction is great. It's $7, scans to PDF, and supports exporting through email, Dropbox, Google Docs, and Evernote.

There's a free version called Scanner Mini, but the only way you can get your PDFs out is by using a USB cable through iTunes.
posted by whitecedar at 1:57 PM on April 16, 2013

(Side note: Just discovered that the free version, Scanner Mini, can also serve up PDFs over Wi-Fi. The settings screen of the app shows your phone's IP address. Enter that address into your computer's web browser and pow, download PDFs over the air. Lots easier than going through USB.)
posted by whitecedar at 2:33 PM on April 16, 2013

Seconding JotNot Pro.
posted by scrump at 4:56 PM on April 16, 2013

I really like Turboscan. It's a bit of a dated interface, and doesn't sync with drop box... BUT it is quick and high quality, and has a neat "surescan 3x" mode, where you take a picture three times and it combines them for maximal sharpness. Lets you dump into PDF and email it out.
posted by cacofonie at 12:50 PM on April 22, 2013

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