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DocScanner Turns Paper To PDF on the Go

Paperwork and lawyers go together like peanut butter and jelly. During the course of any attorney's career, they'll undoubtedly encounter situations where they'll be handed a pile of documents. And subsequently, they'll wish CTRL+F worked on paper. DocScanner proposes to make that dream a reality (in a sense).

The application allows users to take snapshots of documents using the camera on their iOS or Android device. The program then converts the document into a PDF.

But does it actually work?

More or less. Android users seem to have drawn the short straw here. The app generally functions, but sometimes crashes when files get too big.

On the other hand, the iOS version is pretty stable and runs well. So how does DocScanner work?

Users start by selecting the type of document they're scanning: text, text with images, mixed, etc. They then choose the format and where to save the completed file. The app can store documents internally or via a cloud service, such as Evernote and Dropbox.

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Next, the camera turns on. As users focus their shot, the software automatically draws a rectangular outline around the actual document. The app can also be set to automatically record images once a shot is aligned.

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Digital conversion is where the program really shines. Once the image is taken, the app converts it to a PDF. But the best part is that the software also has OCR functionality, meaning text can be made searchable right away.

In addition, DocScanner also sharpens text, balances contrast, and straightens the image automatically.

DocScanner makes PDF conversion simple for lawyers on the go. Though it's not fast enough to replace dedicated commercial scanners, for attorneys constantly in the field it's an invaluable app.

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