CamScanner, the popular document scanner application has been in the news for wrong reasons since 2019. In September 2019, Google had removed CamScanner from the Google Play Store for some time. In June 2020, the Indian government had banned 36 apps including CamScanner citing security issues. If you don’t trust CamScanner anymore or you’re looking for an application to scan and save documents on your smartphones, you can use one of the following apps:
Best apps like CamScanner
Built by Microsoft Corporation, Office Lens is a free application that enables you to scan PDF documents or anything that has text printed on its surface. The app also supports photos.
The Lens app from Microsoft Corporation comes with a custom-built camera interface that enables you to change output/image resolution, turn on the phone’s flash, etc. Lens lets its users insert text on the scanned document and rotate the image. Once you rotate the picture, Lens will automatically fit the image on the screen. Microsoft Office Lens enables you to adjust the left, right, bottom, and top border of the document’s photo. It has a doodle drawer utility.
Once you’re satisfied with the quality of the picture, tap the “Done” button. Microsoft Lens will open a new interface where you’ll find options to change the file name, save the photo to Microsoft OneNote or Gallery, or make the application read out the text printed on the document. To use the “Narrator” feature, you must log in to your Microsoft account with the application.
The Microsoft Lens application doesn’t force users to sign in. To use Adobe Scan, you should log in with your FB, Adobe, or Google account. As Adobe Scan has a powerful OCR tool built-in and as the application produces high-quality images from the scanned documents, it is one of the best apps like CamScanner.
AS also lets you search for documents by text. Why this feature is important? Imagine you’ve scanned several documents with an application that doesn’t support OCR. To find a specific page/document, you will have to go through each scanned file. Adobe Scan lets you search for text within a document. Once it finds a match, the application will display the file. Thereby saving your time. In addition to OCR, Adobe Scan also ships with filters.
Smart Doc Scanner
Smart Doc Scanner is a yet another app like CamScanner that doesn’t require account registration and has an optical character recognizer utility.
SDS can recognize text printed in 40 different languages. The application downloads a language file from its servers and analyzes the scanned document to find recognizable characters. Once it finishes processing the image, SDS will display the text it has extracted from the image/document in a new interface. Smart Doc Scanner has the option to copy this text to the clipboard. It can also save the text in a TXT file and remove the fake text. In case you’re not happy with the OCR tool’s output, you can re-run it. The Smart Doc Scanner app can save the scanned document as a DOC, JPG image, or PDF file.
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Scanner App to PDF (TapScanner)
This app supports two modes – batch and single. It also has a built-in QR code reader. Once it scans the file/image, the application will display sliders to control the brightness and contrast of the picture. It also displays a list of filters that you can apply to the image. TapScanner supports the following PDF sizes:
- A5, B5, B4.
- US4*6, Executive, COMM10.
- Letter, A3, A4.
- US4*8, legal, US5*7.
TapScanner can generate password protected PDF files. It lets you insert an image, date, text, a check/radio button sign, etc on the scanned document. The free version of this application offers 5 credits to users who want to use its optical character recognition tool. It can automatically apply a filter of your choice to the output images. The app displays full-screen ads before showing options to save the scanned document as a PDF file or an image. It can save your images to Google Drive.
Document Scanner – PDF Creator
Document Scanner displays several tabs on its interface. The tabs allow users to group the scanned documents. For example, if you want to capture an ID card, you should tap the tab “ID Card” and click the camera icon displayed at the bottom right corner of the screen.
Document Scanner can recognize text in images. It displays the extracted text in a text area and displays options to copy the text. The application enables you to edit, crop, resize, move, or bookmark the image. It offers many filters that you can use to improve the visibility of text in the document.
The application supports batch tasks. Document Scanner ships with a QR scanner utility. It lets you create collages from document images and PDF files protected with a password. If you think that the image of the scanned document is large, you can compress it with this application.