PDFPen Scan+, OCR Scanning For Your iPhone And iPad

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Up until today, my page scanner of choice has been Scanner Pro from Readdle, a universal app which uses the iPhone/iPad camera to snap pictures of your documents and send them off to any and every cloud service.

But after today, my new favorite might just be the new PDFPen Scan+, a universal app from Smile Software that not only scans but turns your images into searchable PDFs using OCR.

The app syncs with your other PDFPen apps using iCloud, so you can scan with your iPhone, read and annotate on your iPad and, uh, do something else on your Mac. And like Scanner Pro, it can also send your scans off to Evernote and Dropbox.

All the usual tools are here: edge-detection for pages, cropping and image-adjustment tools, plus OCR in 16 languages. This means that you can go into a restaurant, scan and OCR the menu and then search on any of its contents in the future.

Yes, there are a ton of app out there for scanning, and a few which offer good OCR. But PDFPen Scan+ does both, and also integrates with your existing PDFPen iCloud library.

It’s just $5, and I have bought it already.

  • DinaMoHum

    Does it perform the OCR offline (without an internet connection) or does it need to upload your document to somewhere and wait for an off-device OCR?

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