Scanner Pro App Review
Pros: Inexpensive, high quality scans, great text recognition
Cons: Slow and laborious for multi-page documents
Manufacturer: Readdle Inc.
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Scanner Pro App
|Price||$4 List||$495 List|
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|Pros||Inexpensive, high quality scans, great text recognition||Fast, high-quality scans, easy operation, touch screen interface||High quality scans, easy operation, good text recognition||Great scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCR||High quality scans, easy to use software|
|Cons||Slow and laborious for multi-page documents||Expensive, Character recognition not perfect||Slower than other high end models||Slow||Relatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limiting|
|Bottom Line||So cheap you can just give it a try without much risk, and packs a lot of power into a phone app, but isn’t great for longer documents||The best option for high volume scanning jobs that demand high quality||A solid, high end model that doesn’t cost quite as much as most other high end options||Apart from speed it excels in every aspect at a relatively low price||Can handle a lot of short documents quite well, but the lack of a paper tray and large document feeder makes it less suited for long documents|
|Rating Categories||Scanner Pro App||Fujitsu ScanSnap...||Epson WorkForce...||Brother DS-640||Fujitsu ScanSnap...|
|Scanning Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Scanner Pro App||Fujitsu ScanSnap...||Epson WorkForce...||Brother DS-640||Fujitsu ScanSnap...|
|Paper Sizes||Any size||Minimum 50.8 x 50.8 mm (2 x 2 in.) Maximum 216 x 360 mm (8.5 x 14.17 in.)||Max: 8.5" x 240"
Min: 2" x 2"
|Max: 8.5" x 32"||A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business card, Post card, Letter, Legal and Custom size|
|Resolution (dpi)||N/A||600 x 600||600 x 600||600 x 600||600 x 600|
|Scanning Modes||Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo||Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection||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||10-page|
|Pages Per Minute||3||26||14||4||13|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Scanner Pro App was a surprise performer in our testing, producing top quality scans, offering very accurate character recognition, and doing it all with a very intuitive interface. Its only downside is that it is a bit slow and laborious for scanning long (10+ page) documents.
Despite its low price and labor intensive scanning process, the Scanner Pro App did quite well in our testing. In the following sections we delve into its pros and cons in each one of our testing metrics.
The Scanner Pro App was just behind the top scorers in our scan quality testing, earning a score of 7 out of 10.
The Scanner Pro App 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 prefered the receipt scans produced by the Scanner Pro App to almost all of the traditional scanners we tested, the Epson WorkForce ES-400 being the one exception.
The Pro App also did quite well scanning full color documents. The software that automatically crops the photo down to the edges of the document did seem to distort the colors a bit, but overall it was better than all but the very high end traditional scanners.
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 Pro App the clear choice for small scanning jobs, but the Brother is a little less laborious for bigger scanning jobs
Speed is the one area where the Scanner Pro App falters a bit. It earned a low overall score of 4 out of 10 in this metric.
It took us a little over 3 minutes to scan a 10-page, double-sided document with this app. That worked out to about 3 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. If you're looking for something a bit easier the next step up is the Brother DS-620 Mobile, which lists for $96. It only goes through 3 pages per minute as well, but loading each page requires only feeding it into to the scanning slot, so you can likely multitask while you're scanning longer documents.
The Scanner Pro App has one of the best software packages we tested, putting it near the top of the leaderboard with a score of 8 out of 10.
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.
The Scanner Pro App shared one of the top scores of 8 out of 10 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 Scanner Pro App is an incredible value at just $4. It's so inexpensive 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 too much dough.
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