We don't tend to associate words like "scanning," "PDFs" and "documents" with fun. After playing with Handy Scanner, though... well, we still don't. Sorry. That headline was a lie. Scanning documents is, however, a breeze with this freemium app. Breezy enough that you won't want to go Office Space on your scanner, and that's fun.

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Handy Scanner is very straightforward. Take a picture of a document that you want scanned. The app will pinpoint the corners of the document, perform a little perspective correction, and then you'll be presented with a few filter options. The most notable filter is "Print Ready" which will render the photo in black-and-white and ready for printing. The free version will watermark your documents if you convert them to a PDF, but storing digital documents and emailing JPGs will work just fine.

Tax season is ramping up and this is 2012 after all. If you've still got a bit of that "get your life in order" mojo from New Year's leftover, and you want to get your business in order and feel like you're in the future while doing it, give Handy Scanner a download. It's the closest you'll get to having a good time while filing your taxes. The basic app is free, but you'll have to shell out $2.69 to remove the watermark from PDFs.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • skitchbeatz

    Does it convert them to text or are they just images of the documents?

    • siddardha

      AFAIK they are just images

  • wyngo

    How well does it do with books? I've seen windows applications that try to digitally flatten the curved pages. Does Handy Scanner?

  • GraveUypo

    as long as these don't convert pictures to text, they're useless to me.

  • Roger

    There is also CamScanner which is what I have used in the last year. With it you can use pdfimages on a Linux box to get the jpeg images back out of the PDF (the images are not watermarked just the pdf file). It also doesn't do the OCR.

  • Hugo

    "Handy Scanner Makes Scanning Documents With Your Camera Fun Again - Bet You Didn't Think It Could Do This [Video]"

    I had a free app on my Nokia N900 that did all this.
    This was over a year ago.

  • Mark

    CamScanner has been out for a long time now. Much better than this and loaded with features.

  • http://twitter.com/chcasida Chris Casida

    Where does this app store the pictures on the phone? I have been searching for well over an hour to find them.