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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.

 

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

Infographic comparing four iOS scanning apps

View an accessible version of the iOS infographic.

 

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

Infographic comparing four Android scanning apps

View an accessible version of the Android infographic.

Adobe Scan (iOS)

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 Tutorial: Adobe Scan Tutorial iOS (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using Adobe Scan.
  • Video Tutorial: Adobe 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.

Cam Scanner (iOS)

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

Tiny Scanner (iOS)

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 Tutorial: Tiny 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.

Scanner App (iOS)

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 Tutorial: Scanner App iOS Tutorial (Written) for step-by-steps in downloading and using the Scanner app.
  • Video Tutorial: Scanner App Tutorial 
  • Uploads to: Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, email, iMessage, Airdrop
  • Feature Highlight: Use Airdop to quickly send scanned documents to iOS devices

Microsoft Office Lens-PDF Scanner (Android)

  • 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

Fast Scanner (Android)

  • 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

Scanbot (Android)

  • 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

Clear Scan (Android)

  • 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:

 

Contributors

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