Office Lens Review: Microsoft’s official scanner app
Microsoft puts a simple document scanner in the palm of your hand
Office Lens was originally created by Microsoft for its own Windows Phone but this scanner app has finally come to iPhone and Android. It lets you scan documents as well as whiteboards or blackboards and it also uses optical character recognition for later searching.
When you line up a document, the software detects its boundaries. You press the capture button and the app creates an image and cleans it up so that the text is crisp. It also removes glare and shadows from whiteboards, providing a tidier scan but taking shots of a monitor makes a distorted, unreadable effect).
On many occasions, though, you have to refine the boundaries yourself because Office Lens doesn’t always line the scans up properly. The app also requires you to export the scans to one of Microsoft’s services if you want to save them and that entails you having an account with the company. It’s no biggie and you can get around that by sending documents to yourself by email or to the Photo Library but it may put some people off scanning any sensitive documents.
But then again, this app is meant to work with other Microsoft applications. It links well with OneNote, OneDrive and PowerPoint while also enabling PDF exporting and the easy importing of images worked on elsewhere. For Microsoft users, it’s a must.
Office Lens is a dependable, easy-to-use app that puts simplicity at its heart.
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