Scannable: mobile scanning made easy
Scannable became a part of my workflow shortly after its release by Evernote Corporation earlier this year. In contrast to Evernote’s ever-expanding feature set, Scannable does one job well. This free mobile scanning solution captures documents and dispatches them to your favourite cloud storage service. At the time of writing, Scannable is only available for iOS 8 and higher. An Evernote account is not required.
Scannable activates the camera when the application launches so you can get straight down to business. The application detects document edges when you hold your mobile device above a page. Image capture, cropping and de-skewing happen without further intervention. I’ve had good results with notebook pages, loose paper, business cards, and even computer screens.
Scannable relies on third-party cloud services for document storage. Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud are all supported. You can also share scanned images via email, messaging services or save them to the camera roll.
JPG and PDF storage formats are both available. The default setting (auto) saves single-page scans in JPG format and multi-page scans as PDF. You can also force Scannable to always use a specific file format.
Edge recognition is fast and accurate with the document placed against a contrasting background. When capturing pages from a notebook, use the page marker to help the camera recognise page boundaries. Capturing the full spread as a single image also works well.
Scannable is also great for:
- Scanning business cards. Linked In integration helps improve the accuracy of text recognition.
- Scanning receipts.
- Capturing meeting notes from a whiteboard.
- Saving interesting magazine articles (no need to tear pages out).
- Saving an image of a book cover for later follow-up.
- Taking screenshots of computer screens where more conventional approaches are not possible.
Crop and rotate are the only editing tools inside Scannable. My only real criticism of the application is the way it handles cropping. Each of the four image corners has a cropping handle. Cropping would be simpler if there were four extra handles on the mid-points of each side as is common in photo editing software. I usually send the uncropped image to Evernote and where this action is easier to carry out.
For a version 1 product, Scannable is already an excellent tool for which I keep finding new uses. If you ever need to scan on the go, I’d recommend you check it out.
Question: What’s your favourite mobile scanning solution?
My free ebook, Supercharged Notes, describes how I scan handwritten notes into Evernote. Scannable makes this process even easier. Stay tuned for an update in the not-too-distant future.