Scanning documents and photos with phones and tablets

+18 votes

One of the things that I've been saving up in my RSS reader (see this thread for more on RSS) is articles on ways to use a smartphone or a tablet to scan photos or documents. (This was a much bigger need for me before I got a flatbed scanner.) But just recently, the thought occurred to me that this sort of thing could be highly useful to genealogists researching in archives, libraries, and places like that. Therefore, herewith the articles that I had collected on the subject:

asked in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (167k points)
I was at a library yesterday and I used the iPhone app "Scanner Pro". It worked pretty well, it saved everything as PDFs to Dropbox.
good to know, thank you.
This is great info for everyone. If you use Android, the google photo scan app is great - if you own a pixel all photos are backed up at full resolution free of charge forever as well (I own a pixel, this is a wonderful feature!). Also, Adobe has a great free pdf scan app that will create a pdf from photographed documents. I do this with the documents and photos in my grandparents house (slow going work but worth it). I have a photo album from the early 1800s that's too delicate and damaged (found it in my great grandma's house in a tequila box of all things) to try to scan in a traditional matter and I wanted to have a digital copy in case something happened until I can have them professionally scanned. The phone worked wonderfully.

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+8 votes
Great info to have.   Thanks Greg.  

I've just spent most of the week scanning my recently deceased Aunt's photo albums..... so I might wait a few days before I seriously check out the links.
answered by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Mach 4 (46.2k points)
+12 votes
Nicely done.  Just recently I was having trouble with scanning with my printer.  Sometimes it would work and other times it would not.  It never seemed like an issue until I learned that HP had some kind of security issue and I had to download a HP Security Scan Doctor and then download with the current update for my printer.  Works fine now.  If you find that some of your devices aren't working the same, and you've unplugged and plugged everything in several times.  Then turn to your devices' website for help, input your model and make, and run a check if you're using the most current DRIVER(S) for your device.  It's important that you're using the DRIVER(S) meant for each device to work properly.  Most are free.  Google is great!  I Google everything.  I encourage those who are looking for something specific to use Google search.  My opinion only.  Thanks for reading.  Your interest is appreciated.  Good luck.
answered by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 3 (31.5k points)

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