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Scanner Pro App Review

A perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receipts
Scanner Pro App
Credit: Scanner Pro
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Price:   $0.00 List
Pros:  Now available for free, high quality scans, great text recognition
Cons:  Slow and laborious for multi-page documents
Manufacturer:   Readdle Inc.
By Max Mutter ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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  • Scanning Performance - 35% 7
  • Speed - 30% 3
  • Software - 20% 8
  • User Friendliness - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Scanner Pro App is perfect for scanning a few 1-10 page documents per month, or a handful of important receipts that you want to digitize and preserve for tax time. Now free to download, it provides a handy app on your phone, and with just a little bit of effort, can produce very high-quality PDFs with searchable text. Plus, it can easily scan pages from a book, something most dedicated document scanners can't do. Sure, using your phone to take a picture of each page can be quite a drag if you have to scan lots of pages, but if your scanning needs are less than that, or you don't mind saving some money through a little extra manual labor, the Scanner Pro App is perfect.

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Pros Now available for free, high quality scans, great text recognitionFast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed trayHigh quality scans, easy operation, good text recognitionGreat scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCRExcellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive
Cons Slow and laborious for multi-page documentsExpensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfectSlower than other high end modelsSlowSoftware can be a bit clunky, very slow for long text documents
Bottom Line A perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receiptsThe fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've testedA great option that competes with higher-end models, at a budget-friendly priceA great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable priceAn excellent and reasonably inexpensive flatbed option for digitizing documents and photos
Rating Categories Scanner Pro App Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Epson WorkForce ES-400 Brother DS-640 Epson Perfection V39
Scanning Performance (35%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Speed (30%)
3.0
10.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Software (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
User Friendliness (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Scanner Pro App Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Epson WorkForce ES-400 Brother DS-640 Epson Perfection V39
Paper Sizes Any size Max: 11" x 17"
Min: 2" x 2"
Max: 8.5" x 240"
Min: 2" x 2"
Max: 8.5" x 32" Max: 8.5" x 11.7"
Weight (pounds) N/A 7.5 lbs 8.1 lbs 1.0 lbs 3.4 lbs
Resolution (dpi) N/A 600 x 600 600 x 600 600 x 600 4800 x 4800
Simplex/Duplex Simplex Duplex Duplex Simplex Simplex
Scanning Modes Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo Color, Grayscale, Auto Color, Grayscale, Black and White 24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection
Automatic Document Feeder No 50-page 50-page No No
PC Compatible N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mac Compatible N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Pages Per Minute 3 67 14 4 N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Scanner Pro App performed surprisingly well in our testing, producing high-quality scans, offering very accurate character recognition, and doing it all with an intuitive interface. Being purely phone-based, it is a bit slow and laborious for scanning longer documents. In the following sections, we dive into how it performed in each one of our tests.

Performance Comparison


Though we love the Scanner Pro App, taking photos of every page gets...
Though we love the Scanner Pro App, taking photos of every page gets tiresome if you're scanning a long document.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Scanning Performance


The Scanner Pro App was just behind the top scorers and dedicated scanning devices in our scan quality testing. It excelled at making PDFs out of printed text and handwritten documents. Because the App uses the generally high-quality cameras found on iPhones, these documents came out looking nearly identical to the originals. It also avoided the smudge problems that many of the traditional scanners encountered when digitizing receipts, though the glossy background did create some odd blue pixelation in some cases. Overall, we still preferred the receipt scans produced by the Scanner Pro Ap* to almost all of the traditional scanners we tested.

The Pro App renders near perfect text, whether printed or handwritten.
The Pro App renders near perfect text, whether printed or handwritten.

The Scanner Pro also did quite well scanning full-color documents. The software that automatically crops the photo down to the edges of the document did distort the colors a little bit, but overall it performed almost as well as the higher-end scanners that we tested.

Overall, the Scanner Pro App actually produces better scans than the Brother DS-620 Mobile, which is the next logical step in terms of quality and price. This makes the Scanner Pro the clear choice for small scanning jobs but not the best choice for bigger scanning jobs or long documents.

The Pro App sometimes adds some weird blue pixelation to receipts...
The Pro App sometimes adds some weird blue pixelation to receipts, but otherwise is near perfect.

Speed


Speed is the one area where the Scanner Pro App falters a bit. It took us a little over three minutes to scan a 10-page, double-sided document with this app. That worked out to about three pages per minute. This certainly isn't fast, and it is a hands-on process the entire time as you have to position the paper, take a photo, and make sure the app crops it well before moving onto the next page.

Since it captures documents using an actual camera, the Pro App...
Since it captures documents using an actual camera, the Pro App produced the best color scans of all the models we tested.

Software


The Scanner Pro App has one of the best software packages we tested, putting it near the top of the leaderboard. The app is easy to purchase and install from the app store, and it uses the file management system that is native to your iPhone, making it easy to email, text, or save scans anywhere you'd like. Most impressively, its optical character recognition was one of the best of the bunch. We were able to search nearly every word in all of the documents we scanned, with only a few missed words here and there.

User Friendliness


The Scanner Pro App shared one of the top scores in our user friendliness testing. It earned this score largely because it is incredibly easy to install on your iPhone. There are no scanner-computer connections to worry about, so you can be scanning within seconds of deciding to download the app. The interface also works beautifully. As long as whatever you're scanning is placed on a monochromatic background, the app generally crops your photos perfectly to create an edgeless PDF. Sometimes you may have to fine-tune the cropping a bit, but usually, it is spot on. It's also easy to create multi-page PDFs from multiple photos. The only reason it didn't earn a perfect score is the fact that having to physically take a photo of each page you want to scan is a bit more labor-intensive than simply loading a page into a traditional scanner.

The process of taking photos of every page does make scanning longer...
The process of taking photos of every page does make scanning longer documents time consuming.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Scanner Pro App is an incredible value, now available as a free download. Because of this, you can take a shot and see how it works out, and even if you eventually decide you need to upgrade to a traditional document scanner, you're not out any dough.

Conclusion


The Scanner Pro App is the perfect choice for people that scan infrequently and for those that want to be able to scan receipts on the go.

Max Mutter