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September 01, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 15)

Genius Scan - PDF Scanner

  • Easy to use
  • Export features limited in free version
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: Free

The cameras on iPhones and iPads provide a means to record and capture information on the go, but they by themselves do not traffic the captured information in the most common document currency, the PDF. That’s where the Genius Scan app comes in. By either taking a photo from within the app or uploading a photo from the camera roll, users can export the images as PDFs via email or fax. (In the non-free version of the app, export options also include Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive, among others.) Users can rotate the images within the app and can also tag them, providing a convenient means to organize the various images/documents. Whether you want to “scan” pages of a journal article you want to send along to a colleague or catalog your experimental protocol sheets, Genius Scan is a convenient route to go.

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