An app that turns your smartphone into a handy pocket scanner
Recently Microsoft released a new iOS app and is testing the Android version of what is called Office Lens. It can scan any document and send it to your One Drive instantly for sharing and printing.
A lot of times, we come across documents like business cards, sticky notes, small paperwork or any other document that contain text. In case we want to share it directly and fast with someone, the only way was to get to the nearest scanner in the office or at home and scan it and upload it to the internet using our mail or any other sharing alternative. This picture changes with the new app from Microsoft, which debuted in Windows but was only recently released for iOS and Android.
The Android version is still in preview because there are simply too many devices to be tested. One can download the app directly from the Play store. In case you are running Android, you will have to join their Google+ community called Microsoft Office Lens and opt for testing purpose. The app uses your smartphone camera to take a picture of the text document, crops its borders that contain spaces, clears and cleans away noise and other debris from the image and runs an OCR algorithm to read the text from the document.
It now saves it just like a scanned document and preserves all the information on it. Previously, when you clicked a picture and shared it instantly, the outcome was not much appreciable because of noise and the huge size of an image due to the resolution of the camera. It would also make some parts unreadable. This new application tries to fix that by processing that raw image into a better and much more interpretable format, more like a real scanner, but it just fits your pocket now.