Take advantage of your tablet's camera: how to scan text from an Android
October 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
The escalation of tablets that appear on the market with 4: 3 screen format leads us to think that, increasingly, users dedicate these devices not only to play, watch movies or interact with contacts on social networks, but also to the reading. There are numerous applications with which to handle electronic books, but today we are going to give you some keys to move from paper to pixel Scanning text with your Android.
Every time we test a tablet and then write a thorough analysis (and go a few times), when it comes to the camera, our head is filled with contradictions. On the one hand, if they put a lens on the equipment, we are not worth anything: we want a minimum of quality. On the other hand, do we really intend to use it no matter how good it is? Scan documents Then working with them can be an example of how to take advantage of the camera of our tablet.
There are different alternatives between the applications that allow capture and edit documents in AndroidHowever, here we are going to talk about three really remarkable ones.
Evernote, ideal if we already use its different tools
To launch the scanner mode of Evernote we must press the ‘+’ button with which we add a new note, or start editing an old one, click on Camera and in the lower menu enter Document. This app will ask us to put the page on a black background to get more contrast and turn on the flash of the device to make the capture unless we tell you otherwise.
The app was not found in the store
The interesting thing is that the pages will be stored within Evernote, we can assign a notebook and work with them online. If we want to edit them and add annotations, then we must download the app Skitch.
If we are familiar with the different functions and screens of Evernote, it will be all easier. If not, it can be a bit messy. We simply love the ecosystem that is being formed around this tool initially designed to take notes and the service itself provides excellent results, but it is something more expensive to understand the alternatives that we show below.
Microsoft Lens, seamless integration with Office, OneNote and OneDrive
If what we want is to use the scanned document with the best suite room oriented to productivity, the application Microsoft Lens gives us an extra advantage over others.
The best thing about this application is, in addition to the integration with the main services of Redmond, which practically it does all the work to us.
As we say, we do not need to make a great effort when looking for appropriate funds or placing the hand in a specific position, but the software recognizes the limits and lines of the document from the beginning (although we focus it sideways) and suggests the best way to edit it.
CamScanner, to generate PDFs
If we want to go free and create documents from paper to store them in the memory of our tablet and not be subject to the services (and limitations) of firms such as Evernote or Microsoft, the best alternative is, perhaps, CamScanner.
This app guides us in a fairly effective way to take the best picture possible of the text and allows to export it in PDF.
It has numerous options of edition, settings, filters, etc. and it is combined with a “friend” app (InNote) to perform annotations. To put a "but", not being affiliated with an important signature the interface of this service brings advertising in the lower area, although that does not prevent it from working perfectly.