Adobe recently introduces a new, free mobile app labeled Adobe Scan, to help iOS and Android users convert paper documents and forms into digital, editable PDF files. Powered by Adobe Sensei (the company’s A.I. and machine learning-based platform) and integrated with Adobe’s image processing techniques, Adobe Scan leverages Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert printed text to digital text that can then be searched, selected, copied or annotated in Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC.
Apart from the standard paper documents, Adobe Scan can also scan things like shopping receipts, business cards, a slide, and even whiteboards discussions. Adobe promises that OCR in Adobe Scan is completely free. The capturing and converting of multi-page documents can be done in seconds, without sacrificing quality. What’s more, this free scanning app does not limit users on the number of pages that can be scanned, and there is no watermark in the image files it captures.
“Adobe Scan represents a radical reimagination of how to capture your most important document content,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president at Adobe. “Adobe invented PDF creation for PCs, and with Adobe Scan we’re doing the same for a mobile-first world. As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign andAcrobat DC, offering a modern document experience with unprecedented value to our customers.” This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Adobe Scan is designed to work with Adobe’s Document Cloud. Once you are done with the scanning, you will be prompted to save the files as an Adobe PDF in Adobe Document Cloud, so that they can be available on both desktop and mobile devices. You can go on to search, highlight, mark-up, comment on, and share the PDF files. If you are a Acrobat DC subscribers ($12.99/mo Standard, $14.99/mo Pro), you can fully edit and organize documents, collect signatures and take advantage of new mobile features in Adobe Sign to digitally sign and send documents from any device.
Having trouble in using Acrobat DC on Mac? You might need to perform a fresh installation to fix it. Adobe provides a cleaner tool to help remove Acrobat DC. Yet if you don’t want to install this tool to uninstall Acrobat DC, see this tutorial to know how to manually get rid of Acrobat DC and its leftovers from macOS/Mac OS X.
Here is how I use this app to scan my document and convert it into a PDF file: (1) open Adobe Scan in my iPhone, and point the screen to a page of my document; (2) the screen quickly recognizes the page and pull it in the app; (3) I can now rotate the captured image, crop it, add more pages to it or save it as a PDF; (4) finally I visit documents.adobe.com, log in to my Adobe Cloud account, and tap “Manage files” to find my PDF in the Adobe Scan folder. Not so complicated for newbies, right?