The absolute best iPhone apps to accurately scan your pages, store your documents, and let you share them more conveniently than ever!
These days you can create, edit, and share documents right on your iPhone. You can even print them out with AirPrint. But what if you want to go the other way? What if you want to scan a document in, with your iPhone, and store and share it digitally? Well, the App Store includes several document scanner apps that do just exactly that. Just point your iPhone camera, move down the page, and all the work gets done for you. But which document scanner app is best? Here are my favorites!
InstaPDF has not only an iPhone app but a Mac app that magically collects all the PDFs you can to it from the iPhone app. Not only is the scan quality great, the app is user friendly and has one of the nicest designs of all the scanner apps we've looked at. If you're on WiFi, upload is pretty much instantaneous which is great for times when you need to sign documents and have them instantly available on your computer.
If you need to have PDFs available on both your Mac and your iPhone, get InstaPDF.
Scanner Pro has a great interface. Aside from that, Scanner Pro supports scanning of both documents and images as well as the ability to store them in PDF format or jpeg formats. The scanner itself is one of the fastest I have come across, and it cleans text up extremely well. You can upload images and documents and scan them directly to Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. You can also sort documents into custom folders to keep them organized.
If you want a scanner app with a great interface, awesome character recognition, and multiple ways to export, get Scanner Pro.
Genius Scan+ has great character recognition and supports both images and documents. You can add multiple pages to existing documents easily and quickly. Genius Scan+ supports Wi-Fi sharing on your local network so you can instantly move documents to your computer, as well as online options for Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Expensify and Google Docs. Genius Scan+, however, doesn't do as well with color.
If you want Wi-Fi file transfer and Expensify support, and don't need color, Genius Scan+ is a great choice.
TurboScan offers both good performance and good image quality. Most of this is attributed to the SureScan feature which allows you to take three images of the same page in order to get the best copy TurboScan possibly can. After scanning in an image or document you can save and export to email or Camera Roll as either a PDF, jpeg, or png file. You also have options to open documents in many third party apps.
If document scanning accuracy is the biggest concern you have and need documents to be as crisp and clear as they possibly can, get TurboScan.
Doc Scan Pro has a decent interface and does a nice job with customizing your scans. The best feature of Doc Scan Pro is the ability to detect edges of pages in books and create anchors where pages curve. Doc Scan Pro then knows you're scanning from a book and pulls text accordingly. You can also adjust brightness and contrast after scanning a page for even better results. Doc Scan Pro supports the upload and sharing of PDFs and images to Dropbox, Box, Evernote, Skydrive, and Google Drive.
If you plan on scanning a lot of pages out of books, Doc Scan Pro is the best choice.
These are the document scanning apps for iPhone that we found to be the best when it comes to scanning documents accurately paired with options to share and save them. If you use a document and image scanning app regularly, which ones do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments!