This week's New App Recap has a clear focus on reinvention, as several apps in our lineup have been rebooted, refreshed, or otherwise reinvented with new versions that offer a fresh new look and feel. But don't change that dial, because we've also got a few new discoveries as well — so without further ado, let's dive in!
With a gorgeous interface and a good developer pedigree, we had high hopes for Scanbot. There's a clean, simple aesthetic that runs through every screen, helping you capture and organize your documents with ease. The priority here is speed, as Scanbot's foolproof interface can attest to, but it doesn't come at the expense of professional features, including high-resolution output, a low-light indicator, and automatic edge detection. Our final products weren't always perfect, but the powerful cropping tool and one-touch enhancer fine-tuned things nicely.
The latest entry in our "cool stuff from CES 2014" file comes from 3D systems, which today announced an iPad version of its unique Sense 3D scanner. Appropriately enough, it's called the "iSense," and it can scan three-dimensional objects and then send the data to your iPad, thus eliminating the need for the large, bulky scanners usually required for such technology.
Looking to get rid of all the scraps of paper that accumulate on your desk and banish them to the cloud instead? Neat's latest touchscreen-based digital filing system makes it easy — and completely wireless.
With each passing year, the need for a computer diminishes as enterprising developers contribute additional superpowers to iOS devices. One of the latest to arrive on the iPhone is optical character recognition (OCR), courtesy of Pixter Scanner. While there are plenty of solutions for turning an iPhone into a mobile scanner, few allow captured text to be converted to editable text – let alone translate it into 70 different languages. Pixter Scanner OCR does just that, recognizing typewritten (and in some cases, even handwritten) text in 32 languages. In our tests, OCR worked quickly with nearly 100 percent accuracy, even with a variety of different type styles.
Happy hump day! Whether you're looking forward to a break from school or some time off from the job over the holidays, the calendar continues its incessant march forward and before you know it, we'll be curled up with some egg nog roasting chestnuts on an open fire with our loved ones. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe you'd prefer a handful of tech news from the last 24 hours or so, and we're happy to serve it up to you now...
Epson is calling their latest line of printers “small-in-one,” a nod to their packing a ton of features into a single compact package. At 15.4 by 13.3 by 7.5 inches with all the trays folded up, the XP-800 isn’t exactly small, but it is smaller than many similarly-equipped all-in-ones.
Here's a fun little weekend project: go completely paperless with your Mac. By doing so, you can finally get rid of that filing cabinet and get into the digital groove with the help of a scanner and a few utility apps.
Read and we'll discuss the hardware and software that you need to go paperless, along with tips for converting your physical files into digital ones, encrypting them, and storing them in the cloud.
With everyone doing work on the iPad these days, a plethora of apps and services has popped up to help turn the tablet into a mobile workspace. The real challenge is in getting all of those physical paper documents to follow suit. Scanning paper into PDFs that can be easily read on the iPad can be a bit of work. That’s where these two mobile scanners come into play.
Nearly everything in our lives has gone digital, but photos, receipts, and docs like newspaper clippings and electricity bills still come at us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, getting all that paper into your Mac isn’t as easy as cramming it into the disc slot, but Fujitsu’s ScanSnap S1100 is probably the next best thing.