Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News, Tips & How-to's 17th February 2014 2160

One of the more widely downloaded and popular apps around has just been upgraded to a new version. This is CamScanner, which claims to have more than 16 million users in 208 countries.

For those unfamiliar with it, this is a top performing PDF generator which takes the view of the document with the camera on a phone or tablet and turns it into a PDF file. In between, it allows the image to be optimised by rotating and/or straight turning, cropping to the edges of the paper and improving the contrast.

It also allows multiple pages to be merged into a single document and password protection to be added, if required. The icing on this particular cake is CamScanner's ability to read the document after scanning, using Optical Character Recognition, to make it a word searchable PDF. Then, once saved, the App helps share or store the document through the links to email or to cloud storage solutions like Google Docs, Evernote and Dropbox, as well as some limited cloud storage from CamScanner itself.

CamScanner

There are two versions, both available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The basic app is completely free, but does run ad banners along the bottom of the screen and it adds, relatively small, CamScanner watermarks to the bottom of documents.

CamScanner Pro cost a few pounds, but is free of these ads and watermarks. The new version 3.0 has brought a completely overhauled and much improved user interface as well as a better set of collaboration features for people who work together and want to share documents.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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