Likely in an effort to compete with the likes of Readdle’s Scanner Pro and other similar App Store offerings, Adobe this week announced a brand new OCR app built for iOS.
Adobe Scan –initially a FREE download– will let you go from paper to digital ”fast,” Adobe says.
The free Adobe Scan app turns your device into a powerful portable scanner that recognizes text automatically (OCR). Turn anything — receipts, notes, pictures, documents, business cards, whiteboards — into an Adobe PDF with content you can reuse.
Using the app for general scanning purposes is, granted, completely FREE.
However, if you want more control over what format an export options are available to you once you’ve scanned whatever it is you’re scanning, you’ll want to opt for Adobe’s ‘PDF Pack subscription’.
Available via an in-app purchase of $10/mo, the optional extra will see the app unlock the ability to export scans to PDF for sending or uploading via e-mail, SMS and more …
There’s just one caveat: It’s exclusive to iOS 10, (or later).
It’s worth considering before plunking for Adobe’s subscription, though, that there is in fact FREE and built-in optical character recognition (OCR) that will let you reuse your scanned content ”by creating a high-quality PDF you can work with in Adobe Acrobat Reader,” the firm notes.
Adobe Scan is FREE on the App Store.