Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Perfect Document Scanner for an RV: Your Phone!



I was recently asked to send a copy of a form to my doctor, and I wasn’t anywhere near a copy machine/scanner.  The form was time-sensitive, and I really needed to get it to them, so I started looking on my phone for the nearest Kinko’s.  That’s when it hit me.  My phone!  I quickly went to my Google Play Store and put “Document Scanner” in the search bar.  I found several choices, but decided on Tiny Scanner.  After a short download, I opened the program and had two options: take a picture or get a picture from my gallery.  I took a picture of the form using my camera being careful to take it in a well-lit area from above.  It gave me the option to crop it, then it instantly converted it into a PDF.  I had the choice to add another page to the PDF (which I didn’t need to do), or to export it.  I could place it in my Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email it.  I chose email and emailed it to my doctor that easily.   I also emailed it to myself so I could have a copy for my records.  I tried out a few more scanner apps and another great one I liked is CamScanner.  It has a lot more options to edit and share your image, which I really liked, and you can save your image as a JPG as well as a PDF. 


As RVers, we are always looking for items with multiple uses in order to save space.  Our phones have so many great uses that we may not even realize.  Add document scanner to that list now!