Digitizing Materials Using a Smartphone

This webpage outlines the wealth of resources that are available on both iOS and Android phones to digitize materials. Including documentation and tutorials, the aim of this webpage is to assist faculty, staff, and students in transferring their hard copies into digital resources that can be posted on Canvas.

Digitizing from iOS

To digitize from a iOS device, consider the following applications.

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Infographic on digitizing materials on iOS. Click for text-only version

Digitizing from Android

To digitize from an Android device, consider the following applications:

View a text-only version of the Android infographic.

Infographic on digitizing materials on Android. Click for text-only version.

Information on Digitization Tools

This app is especially useful for users familiar with other Adobe products. This app is user friendly and creates high quality scans.

  • Available on: The App Store, Google Play
  • Written TutorialAdobe Scan Tutorial iOS (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using Adobe Scan.
  • Video TutorialAdobe Scan Tutorial
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, email, iMessage, Airdrop
  • Feature Highlight: Send a link of the scanned document through text message or through Airdrop to iOS devices.

This app has a limited time offer of a VIP account for educators and students. This means there are no ads and heightened features on the app.

  • Available on: The App Store, Google Play
  • Written TutorialCam Scanner Tutorial iOS (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using the Cam Scanner app.
  • Video TutorialCam Scanner Tutorial
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email.
  • Feature Highlight: Allows for hand-written annotation and customizable watermark generation.

This handy scanner turns your phone into a mini scanner for documents, photos, and other things you may desire to scan. It is very user-friendly and quick. It provides 3 modes for different files: color, grayscale, and black & white.

  • Available on: The App Store, Google Play
  • Written TutorialTiny Scanner iOS Tutorial (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using the Tiny Scanner app.
  • Video Tutorial: Are you more of an experiential learner? Scan alongside Information Commons Librarians with the Tiny Scanner video tutorial
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email.
  • Feature Highlight: Makes scan more readable through adjusting brightness and contrast.

This app caters to IOS and Outlook users. The app can airdrop to IOS devices and directly link to Outlook accounts for document storage.

  • Available on: The App Store
  • Written TutorialScanner App iOS Tutorial (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using the Scanner app.
  • Video TutorialScanner App Tutorial
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, email, iMessage, Airdrop
  • Feature Highlight: Use Airdop to quickly send scanned documents to iOS devices
  • Available on: Google Play, The App Store
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, or email.
  • Feature Highlight: Great for those who are frequent Microsoft Office users, available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, and simplified Chinese
  • Available on: Google Play, The App Store
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Email, or the Cloud
  • Feature Highlight: Totally free without ads, batch editing available
  • Available on: Google Play, The App Store
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email.
  • Feature Highlight: Good text recognition, Detect and identify QR and barcodes
  • Available on: Google Play, The App Store
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Email, and the Cloud
  • Feature Highlight: Uses little processing power but creates scans fast!

Uploading to Canvas

To upload your scanned documents to Canvas, utilize the following documentation:

Special thanks to our Information Commons students who contributed to this page: Sarah Braunstein, Laura Stark, Tatum Turner, and Laura White