Document scanner apps have become an essential tool for businesses on the go. Additionally, they have become important for personal needs as well like receipts, schoolwork, taxes and more. This list of apps has a wide range of functions and features that will surely meet just about every document scanning need. From advanced apps to quick and simple, you will certainly find a must have app on our list of the best document scanners for the iPad.
The best document scanners for iPad
14 Aug 2016, by Christine Pamintuan
Do you find yourself carrying a pocket, briefcase, or bag full of receipts, notes, and papers? Maybe it's time you streamlined the paper trail of your life with CamScanner Free. This is a document scanning app that allows you to use your iPad's camera to scan pretty much anything you can think of, from notes and invoices to whiteboards and more. This free app has auto-enhancing and smart cropping tools to help make the items you scan look clear and sharp, so you won't feel terrible about tossing your paper copy. There are lots of other nice features too, like password lock, the ability to collaborate, and compatibility with AirPrint.
- Scan anything, anywhere using your iDevice
- Print instantly using AirPrint
- Set a passcode, Share files
- Optimize the scan quality
- Smart cropping tools
Fast Scanner will transform your iPad into a multi-page scanning device for all sorts of paper text like documents, invoices, notes, and receipts, and even lets you scan whiteboards. After you've scanned the item, you can print it, send it by email, open in another app, or save the file as a PDF on your device. The app works quickly and seamlessly, whether you are scanning a single-page document or a multi-page booklet. It also offers image editing options to make sure that any scanned images are easy to read and professional looking.
- Quick and easy to use
- Scan a single document or multiple pages
- Export to PDF or open in another app
- Email or print scanned documents
- Image editing options
Have you tried multiple scanning apps for your iPad but haven't found one you like, yet? You might have found “the one” with Tiny Scanner by Appxy. You can scan pretty much anything you want, and any document you do scan will turn out with crisp text. Your scans will save as PDF files or images, and you can organize your scans into folders. You have the ability to share scans by AirPrint; email; Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or Evernote; over WiFi to your computer; or by fax using the Tiny Fax app (also by Appxy). There are tons of features like Quick Search, optional passcode, and batch combine mode.
- Super fast and produces sharp text scans
- Combine multiple scans into one PDF with batch mode
- Share by email, AirPrint, WiFi, fax, or a number of Cloud sites
- Scan in B&W, color, or grayscale
- Sort by title or date
Have you ever wanted to read your favorite book on your device, but it isn't available in that format? FineScanner allows you to scan entire books or large documents and then saves them in PDF or JPG format. You also have the ability to apply online OCR so you can do further editing and even share the documents. If you only have a receipt or a single-page document to scan, don't worry, because FineScanner does that, too! When scanning a book, all you have to do is take snapshots of facing book pages in Book mode. The app will split the opposing pages into two separate images.
- Scan single documents or entire sections of books
- Save as PDF or JPG
- Share, print, and export
- Auto-capture and filters
- Built-in file storage allows you to save scans with tags and search options
Have you ever tried to scan a document but it was too curled and produced a bad image? Now you can even scan curled images with Faster Scan using the app's image enhancement technology. You can scan single- or multi-page documents, whiteboards, business cards, coupons, books, and more. The app offers auto-detect, corrects perspective distortion, brightens images, and removes shadows to offer a sharp and clear document. You are further able to draw lines on or annotate the scanned images using the built-in PDF viewer. Organizing your documents is a breeze, too: you can sort them into folders and move the scanned documents among the folders as needed.
- Use the built-in fax feature to send documents all over the world
- Save to Photo Albums or open in other apps
- Print using AirPrint
- Share via WiFi or email as PDF or JPEG files
- More options available in the Plus version
Pretty much anyone with a smart phone or tablet knows Evernote, and this app from the same developers is no different in quality. Evernote Scannable lets you scan practically any piece of paper (and whiteboards) and share instantly. Just point the camera of your iPhone or iPad at the thing you want to scan, and the app will capture the image, automatically crop, rotate, and adjust the image so they're easy to see and read. Send the resulting scan via email or text, export as JPG or PDF, or send to another app. If you have a lot of business cards from networking, use the app to scan the business card and the app will allow you to save the information to your contacts list. Want a more in-depth analysis of the app? Check out our review here.
- Same great quality you expect from Evernote
- Scan any document or whiteboards
- Automatically crops, rotates, and adjusts the image
- Send via email or text, or export to another app
- Scan business cards and export information to your contacts
This app is a little different from the rest listed here, since it allows you to scan QR codes as well as documents. The free version offers OCR text recognition, premium-quality scans, the ability to upload to Box, Dropbox, Evernote, and iCloud Drive, or to send by email. Scan QR codes to obtain embedded information, and enjoy the super-fast scanning functionality. There are color modes and automatic optimization, as well. You can also customize the interface with a variety of visual themes. Want more features? Upgrade to Scanbot Pro. Check out our review for more information on the app's features.
- Fully functional professional document scanner
- Scan QR codes
- Full Cloud integration
- Premium quality for free
- Upgrade for even more features
The one thing many scanning apps lack is the ability to convert scanned images into editable PowerPoint or Word files. Well look no further, because Office Lens is able to do just that! The app will digitize pretty much any document or whiteboard/blackboard image you want. Draw a doodle you want to keep? Snap a photo for later. The app uses OCR technology to automatically recognize printed text, so you can search for words in images and then copy/paste them. The Whiteboard mode trims the image and cleans up shadows and glare; Document mode trims the image and makes sure the color is perfect. Once you're satisfied with the image, you can save to several Cloud storage sites or convert to Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format.
- Digitize any document, whiteboard, or blackboard notes
- Snap a photo of doodles/notes you make
- OCR technology automatically recognizes printed text
- Save to Cloud storage
- Convert to Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format
If you want to check out a different document reader and manager for your iPad, Briefcase is one to try. It allows you to import files from Camera as well as your PC or Mac, Photo Albums, email attachments, and more. All of the files are saved on your iPad. You can view PDF files, Microsoft Office documents, and audio files. If you want a bit more security for your documents, you can also make it so the app requires a passcode at startup. It should be noted, however, that not all features are available for free. Upgrade to get all the features with one payment of $3.99, or buy them individually for a custom package for $0.99 each.
- Document reader and manager
- Import files from Camera
- Scan any type of document
- View PDF files
- Free with in-app purchases
Foxit PDF is a free PDF reader that gives you the ability to view, edit, and organize your PDF files. The free version gets you amazing capabilities and if you want to be able to create PDF files with your camera or photo library, a small purchase of $0.99 in-app will allow you to do that. Once you’ve created or opened your PDF file, it’s easy to fill out and save forms, import or export form data, read the PDF out loud, and annotate, sign, and stamp documents. You can open PDF files from email, Safari, iTunes, and Open-in and the app supports Preview for PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel, and image files.
- Protect PDF files with passwords and specify permissions
- Work with ConnectedPDF
- Lightweight and reliable document scanner for iPad
- Free with in-app purchases
Turn your iPad into a portable scanner with Scanner Mini. The app will automatically crop and process your documents by correcting distortions and perspective and removing shadows. The scans you take will look professional and clean, and the built-in OCR lets you turn any scan into a text that can be copied (Pro feature). Scan any kind of document: your grocery store receipt or multiple-page documents, with no change in functionality. Turn paper sketches and notes into digital copies; download, sign, and scan a contract and then email it back; scan your receipts to keep track of expenses; and save articles or pages to read later. The app will sync among all your devices, you can add a password, and more.
- Advanced image processing
- Quick and easy scanning
- Search your photos for documents with Scan Radar
- Many Pro features
- Free with in-app purchases