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.
TinyScanner is a smartphone scanner app from Appxy, available as a free trial. The full version is $4.99. With the free trial you are limited to scanning three documents.
Full Review Notes
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The free version of TinyScanner is a trial, it allows you to scan and share up to three documents. There are no advertisements. To scan more than three documents, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version.
TinyScanner captures documents using your camera and can also open files directly from your phone’s image library. Rather than attempting to guess if your document is B&W or color, TinyScanner uses the mode set in the Settings menu. Camera capture worked well, no problems noted.
TinyScanner doesn’t detect page size, but you can change the page size while cropping.
Cropping was frustrating. The crop outline is dark blue and the cropping cross-hairs in the zoom window are very small and black. This made it difficult to crop accurately, quickly. The tap detection was also very tight, you have to tap directly on the corner dots to make them respond, which is difficult near the edges of the screen.
While editing, you can rotate and choose from five different contrast levels. It’s not obvious, but you can also tap the Android back button and revisit the cropping window if needed. The four-square icon in the upper right allows you to reshuffle page order.
Saving & Sharing
TinyScanner allows you to share through email and several other cloud services. I didn’t see Bluetooth sharing ability. There is a “More” menu hidden if you scroll to the right, but it simply prompts you to purchase the full version, so I can’t tell what other sharing option might be available. Sharing via Fax is a prompt to install their own Tiny Fax+ program.
The Gallery option saves a single page from your multi-page document to the photo gallery on your phone. That’s handy if you just want one page, but a pain if you expected the whole document.
The Email me feature allows you to send documents to yourself with just a couple clicks.
A fairly unique feature of TinyScanner is web sharing. TinyScanner can launch a tiny web server and let you browse the scanned documents on your phone from another computer by HTTP. This could be handy for some users.
TinyScanner is a mediocre scanner program, with a user interface that a little non-intuitive. The recropping process is harder than it needs to be. It has a unique web server sharing feature that might be great for some users. If you plan to use it, you’ll need to spend five bucks and get the full version. It’s not my first choice or what I’d recommend for most people.