GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier


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How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.

CamScanner

What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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