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Scanning with Notes (iOS)
The Notes app that comes with the iPhone and iPad has scanning abilities. Follow the steps below to use the scanner:

  1. In Notes, open a note or create a new note.
  2. Tap the camera icon and then tap Scan Documents.
  3. Place your article in view of the camera on your device.
  4. If your iPhone or iPad is in Auto mode, your article will automatically be scanned. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap one of the Volume buttons.
  5. Drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the page, if needed. Tap Keep Scan.
  6. You can add additional scans to the document or tap Save when you're done.


Note: if your iOS devices does not have Notes, you can download it for free at




Evernote Scannable
A scanner app for documents, receipts and whiteboards. Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images to make scans clear and easy to read. iOS
Google Docs
Create, edit and collaborate on the go. Share documents with your team Docs opens a variety of files including Microsoft Word files. The app converts and exports files seamlessly. Android | iOS
Google Drive
Have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. Android | iOS
Google Sheets
Create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the free Google Sheets app.It can open, edit, and save Excel files. Android | iOS
Microsoft Excel
Create, view, edit, and share files with others quickly. View and edit workbooks attached to email messages. Insert common charts to bring data to life. Make notes, highlight portions of a worksheet, create shapes, or write math equations using the draw tab feature in Excel on devices with touch capabilities. Android | iOS

Microsoft Skype
Contact other people with an instant message, voice or video call – all for free*, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs..Share photos, videos, and your screen. Up to 24 people can participate in a call. Android | iOS | Web

*Skype to Skype calls are free. Operator data charges may apply. Skype recommends using an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection.

Microsoft Word
Make impactful text documents, scripts, blogs, write-ups, or resumes. Jump-start your project with modern templates. Use rich formatting and layout options to note ideas and express them in writing. Share thoughts by commenting in your document right next to the text you are discussing. Others can add input and stay on top of changes to the document. Android | iOS
A powerful yet simple note-taking and PDF annotation app. Notability allows one to streamline workflow, handwrite and sketch with beautiful ink, search and convert handwritten notes, important from different file types, record and playback audio, and has auto-backup and iCloud syncing features. iOS $9.99.
A note-taking app that allows you to review notes anytime, anywhere. You can record audio and take notes, search handwritten notes, and has a midnight dark mode for easier viewing at note. The app allows you to import PDF and Word documents and they can be marked up. Android $4.99 | iOS $9.99
This is a scanning app that provides high-quality PDF and JPG scans. It is like having a desktop scanner at your fingertips. Feature include scan at 200 dpi and higher, scan QR codes, automatic edge detection, single and multi page scanning, and the ability to scan in color, grayscale, or black and white filters. Android | iOS
WeTransfer is a cloud-based computer file transfer service. The free plan allows users to send files up to 2GB while the premium plan allows for up to 20GB and includes features such as password protection. Web

Note: Descriptions are based on iOS features. The features in the Android version may be different.

News and Reviews

All About Android
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It covers the latest Android news, hardware, and apps.

This site is a good resource for discovering new iOS apps. AppAdvice provides news on apps and provides detailed reviews of apps.

iOS Today
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It highlights best new apps, helpful tools, tricks, and news about iOS.

A good site for finding out what apps have gone free, what are on sale, and what is new. I check it out daily.

Tech Advisor - App Reviews
Find app reviews by category.
This netcast provides over 30 hours of programming each week covering digital technology. Popular shows include: All About Android, This Week in Technology, iOS Today, MacBreak Weekly, The Tech Guy, and Windows Weekly.

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