5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know a Scanner App Can Do

Scanner apps can be more than the name suggest. ScanWritr for example is a scanner app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, which, besides the obvious functions of scanning and writing, does a whole bunch of other things.

ScanWritr scanner app detecting edges of the paper in real time.

ScanWritr scanner app detecting edges of the paper in real time.

Here is a list of 5 things you probably didn’t know a scanner app can do.

1. Open most text formats (and some others to boot) with a scanner app

ScanWritr scanner app can read .odt, .doc, .docx, .hwp, not to mention .pptx, .csv, .xml and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Ok maybe not the latter, but you get the point. If it consists of words, there is a good chance ScanWritr can open it.

2. Add a signature to a document

Yes, we are talking about a real signature, just like the one you put down on a physical paper. You can use your device’s screen to “tap in” your autograph with your finger and place it on the document, but you may want to use a less clumsy method: scanning it from an actual paper. You only need to do this once so it’s probably worth a 5 second investment of your time.

3. Convert to PDF

All imported or scanned documents can be turned into the widely used PDF format, which ScanWritr also knows how to import. Not bad for a scanner app, right?

4. Print

Sometimes paperless just won’t cut it and you will need to have a printed version of your document. ScanWritr makes this possible without the need for a computer. It does the job by using Google Cloudprint (Android & Windows Phone version) and Airprint (iOS version). While it does seem like magic, you will still need a printer. Sorry.

5. Fax

Before you start comparing this technology to smoke signal communication, let us stop you right there. People still use fax. Not really often, but they do. And you may also find yourself in a situation when fax is the way to go. And who would have thought a scanner app could help when it happens. You will be ready with ScanWritr, which offers a simple pay as you go plan with no monthly or any other kind of fees.

Read more about ScanWritr. Get one of the best scanner apps for Android, iTunes, Windows Phone or BlackBerry.

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