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Smart Scanner

Smart Scanner
  • #: 133955
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Business
  • Updated: 2010-10-19
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • 1.3
  • Size: 11.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: SHAPE Services GmbH
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • © SHAPE Services
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48h sale! Just take a photo of a text with phone number, e-mail address or URL and immediately call, write e-mail or open URL in Safari. Or just scan and OCR any text.

NOTE: Works best with printed texts. Designed to run on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0 or later.

From the developer of IM+, Business Card Reader, and Barcode Reader, Smart Scanner turns the iPhone into really smart text capturing device.

Smart Scanner is much more than just a scanner app, it increases iPhone owners’ productivity by saving time on entering key information such as phone numbers, email addresses or ULRs. Utilizing industry best mobile OCR engine from ABBYY, Smart Scanner easily snaps and recognizes large texts such as magazine articles and book pages.

Features include:

- Realtime text detection and highlighting. Text recognition in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish languages.

- One-touch instant recognition of phone numbers, email addresses, web addresses. Locate the text in the viewfinder, and then tap to call, tap to send an email or tap to open in Safari

- Selection and recognition of arbitrary text blocks

- Full-page recognition of large texts, like magazine and book pages

- Copy, email selected text

- Convenient "see-what-was-scanned" text editing

- Based on the industry best mobile OCR engine from ABBYY.

About SHAPE Services

SHAPE Services is probably the worlds' most successful mobile app development company, maker of several bestsellers for iPhone and other smartphones.

SHAPE is the only company with apps reached the top rankings in four App Store categories: Social Networking, Business, Utilities and Productivity.

Visit www.shapeservices.com for more details.

See also IM+, Business Card Reader, Barcode Reader, RDM+, GPSed, VR+, Mobiscope, iDisplay

If you’re on Twitter, follow us with @SmartScanSHAPE!

What's New in Version 1.3

Hi-Res graphics for iPhone 4

Overall features:
One-touch instant recognition of phone numbers, email addresses, web addresses
Realtime full-page recognition and managing of large texts

Minor overall improvements

iPhone Screenshots

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Not too bad :)

Well, I've read the reviews for this app and wasn't sure what to think. I could end up losing $2 on an app and used that instead for a better OCR app. Bottom line? It works fairly well, but...it isn't perfect.

I've tried this app out on my new iPhone4 and with it, it worked reasonable well but had its quirks.

The good:
1) fairly decent (but not perfect) at converting data to text or using it to access the phone or web
2) has a great picture-to-text converter
3) simple to use
4) seeing it work in real time thru the camera is VERY COOL! :)

The bad:
1) it isn't perfect, my first impressions say that its 80% accurate. Update: more like 70%, but I still like it
2) you have to hold the camera VERY still in order to achieve good results
3) the surface from which it reads data from has to be fairly flat
4) it doesn't seem to work at all in landscape mode! Update: it does, I just needed to be more deliberate with the iPhone
5) I WISH it had a zoom feature for the camera (2x,4x,8x,etc)
6) I WISH it had a camera stabilizer

Simply put, I wish it was a lot more accurate more often - its not perfect BUT...I still like the app and plan on using more often. I'm happy with it for now.. :)

1) needs to have an option for LED (iphone 4)light when needed
2) needs to have the option to take a picture within this app and then immediately after process it to text. so if I'm unsuccessful capturing data live, I can at least snap a picture and process it within this app. This feature works fairly well in this app

3/5 stars

Sometimes works, sometimes not

Got nothing but garbage using the live interface. However got better results using image from camera roll. Will have to experiment further - seems really sensitive to lighting, etc.

2/5 stars

Not for iPod

If you've been wondering if this app will work with the new iPod, wonder no longer. The camera on the Gen4 iPod is not detailed enough for the OCR function to work properly, apparently. Even with good lighting and the device held perfectly still, it would only recognize maybe one word in ten. It may work fine with the iPhone 3GS, but don't buy it for your Pod.


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