Since getting my iPad 2 I’ve been looking for an app to scan documents in court. The built-in cameras on the device was a big factor in my decision to take the iPad plunge. Imagine my dismay when I couldn’t find an app that scans documents for the IPad!
I’ve used scanning apps for my iPhone in the past such as Doc Scanner, which I thought was a bit cumbersome. None of the options did a particularly bad job of scanning, they just suffered in the form function department. When you’re in court you don’t have time to screw around with scan settings.
All those issues changed when I discovered Scanner Pro today. Ad mentioned previously, I run a paperless office so the ability to scan docs in court is huge to me, not to mention impressive to court and clients.
As anybody who uses the Dropbox app knows, it suffers a crippling lack of true usability in that you can’t move files around from the app. It is strictly read-only. What’s worse is the only way to get docs from your email to Dropbox is to forward them as attachments to sendtodropbox which in turn only places them in an “attachments” folder in your Dropbox. Email more than one file like a court docket that always comes as a separate email with the docket attached with the same name, and you’ll quickly learn that Dropbox replaces the older file with the new one that lands in the “attachments” folder.
This is where Scanner Pro shines. It has native Dropbox functionality built in as well as Evernote and others. When you scan a document in Scanner Pro and prepare to upload it to Dropbox, it allows you to pick what folder to place it in! Since each client has a folder I no longer have to simply email the file to “attachments” or place it in a new folder in Dropbox. I simply tell Scanner Pro where to upload the file. This is a huge time saver as now I don’t have to make time at my office to place the docs I scanned in court where they belong in Dropbox!
I also like that the app has a cleaner user interface than most scanning apps I’ve used. Now the desire to scan in court is second nature instead of making an ugly scan knowing I’ll just have to rearrange it in Dropbox later. I haven’t mastered the ins and outs of Scanner Pro yet, but I think it speaks for the app that five minutes of use compelled me to review it. This is truly one of the more rewarding apps I’ve installed on my IPad 2!