Scanner Pro by Readdle gains a new shadow removal feature to clean up scans

Scanner Pro on iPhone
Scanner Pro on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Scanner Pro by Readdle just got a new shadow removal feature.
  • It's a free update for existing users of the app.
  • Readdle says it will remove shadows cast onto documents, cleaning them up in the process.

Scanner Pro by Readdle has a new update out that adds a feature that could well be a hit. Readdle says that scans will no have shadows automatically removed, making it easier than ever to get a useful scan.

Anyone who likes to go paperless and uses a scanning app to do it will know how difficult it can be to avoid shadows. But Readdle reckons it's solved that in its latest update, available for download from the App Store now.

Finding perfect lighting to scan a book page or a receipt can be a real pain. When you're scanning something in artificial light, shadows can make parts of the scan unreadable. And sometimes it's tricky to avoid casting a shadow with your hand holding a phone above a document. With Scanner Pro, you don't need to worry about that anymore.

The examples provided certainly show a huge increase in the quality of the image captured. The image below shows the old result in the center and a newly scanned image, using the new tech, on the right. Impressive stuff!

Scanner Pro Shadow Removal Old Vs New Version

Scanner Pro Shadow Removal Old Vs New Version (Image credit: Readdle)

You can read more about how the new feature works over on the Readdle blog and the update is available in the App Store now. It's a $3.99 download from the App Store and on these results, it's probably worth every penny.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.