It’s always fun unloading nerdy secrets and this one has been weighing on me. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I like to use optical character recognition in my PDFs and I’ve never been entirely happy with the options for pulling this off with my iPhone or iPad. Not anymore.
Today Smile released PDFpen Scan+, an app designed to capture documents and images and turn them into OCR’d PDF images. I’ve been using it in the day job for a month and it works great.
The workflow is pretty simple:
1. Shoot a picture of a document, or look at an existing picture.
2. Set borders and save to PDF.
3. Apply OCR and watch the magic happen. The application supports 16 languages.
The app will send the completed PDF with OCR to PDFpen or any other PDF-friendly app. You can also send it away via email or up to your cloud storage. PDFpen Scan+ is another outstanding app by an outstanding group of people. There is an introductory price of $4.99 but it is going to go up so get it now.
Also, here’s a small video I made.