How to scan documents with Android devices

Because it's really difficult to take pictures of proportional rectangles in real life and have them look the same on your phone.

Whether you need to scan a document for signatures or you're prepping for tax season, this app is extremely useful.

There have been many attempts at document scanners on the Android Market. Most of the time these apps will utilize your camera and turn pictures you take into JPEGs or PDFs. Unfortunately, it's really difficult to take pictures of proportional rectangles in real life and have them look the same on your phone. 

That's why HandyScanner is so useful; it corrects the common issues with taking photos of documents, and even allows you to use filters that make them easier to read. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Grab HandyScanner from the Android Market.

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Step 2: Open the app. You'll be walked through a quick introduction of features that HandyScanner offers.

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Step 3: Touch the Input button (a plus sign inside of a circle) in the top right-hand corner. You can select a picture from your gallery to adjust or opt to take a new one. When you finish, press the Done button on the screen.

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Step 4: Drag the red dots at the corners of the image for a snug fit around the document and then press the arrow pointing to the right at the bottom of the screen. 

Don't worry about weird angles, the app will automatically adjust these for you.

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Step 5: View your document, and decide if any filters are necessary to make the resulting image more clear. 

The filters are located in the menu that pops up from the middle button at the bottom. You can also zoom in on the image by double-tapping the screen and dragging the view around. If you apply a filter you're not happy with, simply open the filter menu and choose None to remove it. After you're done, press the arrow at the bottom right-hand side of the app.

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Step 6: Enter a name for your document and press OK.

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Step 7: Share the document by pressing the JPEG button (which will open apps you can share it with), or exporting it to PDF, which can also be shared.

Please note: in the free version, PDFs will be watermarked by the app. The Pro version is available on the Android Market, as well. 

 

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