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  • Microsoft Releases a New 'Office Lens' App for iOS for Scanning Documents


    Microsoft released another new standalone application on Thursday for the iOS platform dubbed Office Lens that allows users to scan documents, whiteboards, and several other forms of images, text, and graphics that can be saved locally as files to the user's phone.

    It can come in handy around the office when you're in a meeting, or even in class during a lecture when you might want to copy down what's on the board, but don't want to spend the time writing it all down.

    Office Lens supports exporting files that you take a picture of to different file types, such as PDF, Word files, PowerPoint files, and more. You can even e-mail those files to yourself, send them to your Microsoft OneDrive storage account, open them in the Microsoft OneNote application, or save them to your Photos application via your Camera Roll to view later.

    More app features via the App Store description below:

    Quote Originally Posted by App Store
    Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

    Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

    Scenarios:
    - Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard and share your meeting notes with co-workers.
    - Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards, or posters and trim them precisely.
    - Printed text will be automatically recognized (using OCR) so you can search for words in images and copy and edit them.

    Features:
    - With Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows.
    - With Document mode, Office Lens trims and colors images perfectly.
    - Pictures can be saved to OneNote, OneDrive, or your preferred cloud storage.
    - Choose to convert images to Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx), or PDF (.pdf) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.
    If you want to give the new application a try, you can head over to this App Store link to download it for free and get started today!

    Sources: App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Releases a New 'Office Lens' App for iOS for Scanning Documents started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Is an Office subscription required?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Is an Office subscription required?
      No, this is available for free for everybody to use.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      To answer my own question and elaborate on Anthony, it's free but if you want to edit a word document you scanned you must have a subscription to office. Also, in the apps description it says you can upload to your preferred cloud storage, but I didn't see any links to google drive I'm sure it can be done manually with a copy/paste on a computer though.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      You can export to anything besides office if you're not subscribed to office. That means PDFs, Camera Roll, E-mailing, and the likes.
    1. talkin73's Avatar
      talkin73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You can export to anything besides office if you're not subscribed to office. That means PDFs, Camera Roll, E-mailing, and the likes.
      I guess that is nice but upload to a cloud service from the app sounds better.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by talkin73 View Post
      I guess that is nice but upload to a cloud service from the app sounds better.
      It works with OneDrive, which I think is free also. It doesn't work with iCloud though, unless you have Photo Stream enabled and export to your Camera Roll.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Downloaded and tried on a random sheet of paper. It did a pretty good job even when I took the image at an angle. If you don't have Office you can also convert and edit in Pages.

      Interesting how software just a few years ago was fairly pricey. Now you can do this kind of conversion on your phone for free!