This review is part of the Smartphone Scanner Review series, where I compare the top-rated smartphone scanner apps for Android. Many of these apps also have Apple iPhone versions which may have slightly different operation or features.
Doc Scanner by CV Infotech is a smartphone scanner app with extra features unrelated to the core mission, but perhaps you’ll find them useful. I’ll dive deeper on those features below.
Full Review Notes
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Doc Scanner comes in three versions, ad-supported Free, the paid Pro version, and a VIP edition.
I found the ads in the free version to be fairly unobtrusive. As advertising goes, this wasn’t too bad.
Image capture for this app was good. The app works in a batch mode where you capture all your images at once and then edit them all later. This streamlines the workflow well. You can easily add more pages later and reshuffle page order, it’s not required to get everything captured in the first pass.
Doc Scanner has many image editing options. Some of them are silly for a business user, but perhaps you’ll find them useful. Beyond the normal crop / rotate / mode / contrast controls all scanner apps typically have, this app also includes options for Stickers, Overlays, Watermarks, Color effects and Doodles. I see the Watermarks as a potential business tool. The rest only make sense if you are using this on social media.
For cropping and PDF creation, the pale green cropping outline was easy to see on every image I tried, light or dark. While viewing a multipage document, use press and drag to reshuffle pages. You can also insert new pages while editing.
Saving & Sharing
Clear Scanner allows sharing and saving using the Android system sharing methods including Bluetooth. It supports Google Drive and Dropbox. I didn’t see a way to print directly. You can adjust the document compression and share as PDF or JPG. Doc Scanner can scan QR and barcodes, and it also generates QR codes. This is an odd feature for a PDF scanner app, it seems like an afterthought. If you need those features, it’s a bonus.
Doc Scanner does the standard PDF creation task well. It also has a basket of features that seem unrelated to business use, such as cute stickers, overlay effects, doodles and QR code functions. The ads in the free version aren’t too annoying, and you can upgrade for five bucks. It’s not my first choice, but social media users might find it handy.