iPhone Scanner? Apparently, Not So New But, New To Me, So, Is It New To You Too?

March 29, 2019 Graham


Photography Street Business Card

iPhone Scanner Works in iOS 11 and above:

I’ve found that over the last few years, I’ve been using the Notes app on my iPhone more and more. This is due to this app being equipped with more and more functionality during this period and, when I discovered how useful the scanner was, I thought I would share it with you all.

Scanner? Big Deal! I Just Take A Photo…

Remember, this is a photographer writing, so, it’s important to note that this is, by no means, a battle between the camera in your iPhone and the scanner function within the Notes app but, instead, an understanding of when it’s best to use them.

First, a few facts; It’s certainly true to say that the scanned capture on the iphone takes up less memory on your iphone and the scanner can stack many scans into one Notes document which is extremely convenient, particularly, when it comes to viewing said documents in the future.

I have come up with a general guide for using either one; I have found that the scanner works better on 2D captures such as documents, maps, newspaper, magazines etc. and the camera is preferable for 3D scenes such as people, landscapes etc.

How To Use The iPhone Scanner:

  1. Open the Notes app;
  2. Create a new Note;
  3. Press the + on the menu at the foot of the screen;
  4. Select “Scan Documents”;
  5. Hold your phone over the document you wish to scan, and it will find the edges automatically and record the document;
  6. The iPhone automatically prepares itself for the next scan which you can add to the previous one in the same Note document;
  7. When you’ve finished scanning for this scan group, tap “Save” and it will return to the Note document;
  8. You can add further scan groups to this Note by simply returning to Step 3 above, or you can choose to return to Step 2 for a new Note.

User Tip:

If the ambient light is poor or it is difficult for the software to find the document edges, you can intervene and press the shutter button. You will see four points on the screen and you can position each point, very accurately, where you please.

To finalise the scan, press “Keep Scan” or select “Retake” if you wish.

NB. On my first attempt, I placed my finger directly on the circle to move it but, this meant that I could not see the exact position. It’s preferable to touch the screen a little way away from the circle in order to see the circle expand and be able to view, accurately, where the destination of the corner point will be.

The image at the top of this blog is a scan taken on my iPhone of my physical business card but, if you would like to have a business card like this, get in touch so we can help you.

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