App of the Week: CamScanner

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Title: CamScanner

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Have you been trying to clear your desk and move in a paperless direction? I’ve found CamScanner an excellent tool for “intelligent document management,” painlessly scanning your files using your device’s camera and uploading the files to a range of cloud storage options (or saving them locally to your phone’s camera roll).

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The genius of the app involves its easy manipulation to transform your photograph into a squared document, whatever the angle of the original shot. You can specify the type of document for optimal recognition. There is a batch scanning mode, and the resulting documents are available as both jpegs and pdfs. There is even an option to add money to your account to fax documents, excellent for the rare times when that format is required and your lack the requisite hardware.

You can set the application to output your documents to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or Box for cloud-based storage, and sensitive files can be password-protected.

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There is optical character recognition (OCR) built in, but I have found it can be a little buggy when trying to retrieve documents. But there are lots of other organizational options, including folders and tags for individual documents, and sorting them is easy through drag-and-dropping. For more on how the app works, check out this YouTube video.

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There are $5 Plus and Pro versions available, which remove the rather discreet watermark at the bottom of the documents and offer a bit more functionality. Docs created in the free version can be ported to the paid version with a single click.

More apps for teens and  the librarians who serve them are available in the App of the Week archive. Have a great idea for an app? Let us know!

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