If you’re a student or an employee who has to write down a lot of lengthy notes in limited time then Office Lens by Microsoft Corporation is an app for you. It’s a free app that lets users take pictures of documents, content written on boards, etc. and convert them to editable MS Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files. It’s a very useful app that will make you feel that you have a tiny scanner instead of an actual iPhone in your pocket.
I’ve always have to be prepared with a notebook and pen in hand when it comes to taking notes in class or a meeting. I have tried taking pictures of notes directly from a black or whiteboard but they don’t come out very clean, and I still have to type or write down the content later on from the image I’ve captured. Office Lens has been created to cater to all the requirements needed in order to properly take pictures from boards, documents, even business cards, and then converting all the text into Word, PDF files, or PowerPoint presentations.
How to use Office Lens for iPhone
Using Office Lens is very easy, and being easy to use is one of the top priorities when it comes to selecting which apps I install on my iPhone. Simple launch the app and allow it to use your iPhone’s camera.
Hold your device over the document you want to scan and then tap on the ‘Capture’ button. You can also crop the scanned content to do away with the parts you don’t require. Once you are happy with how the final scan looks just tap the ‘Done’ option. You can also retake a scan by tapping the ‘Retake’ option.
The three modes this app provides its users is what makes it truly special. Depending on what you want to capture and convert to text later on, you can select one of the three modes present in the app: Photo, Document, Whiteboard.
The Photo mode is perfect if you want to scan an image and make the text editable. The Document mode trims and colors scanned images perfectly. You can also use this app if you want to capture text from any kind of cards. The Whiteboard mode makes scanning content from boards easier because it cleans up and trims shadows and glares.
The image to text conversion is done through OCR or Optical Character Recognition. All of the images you take can be saved to OneDrive, OneNote, or any other cloud storage service you prefer. You can also share the converted Word, PowerPoint, or PDF file with your friends and save them the trouble of scribbling down lengthy notes.
I’d call Office Lens a pocket scanner. The app works like magic to digitalize notes on blackboards or whiteboards, and it’s a great way to search for business cards and other important documents, as well as develop a roadmap for ideas.
You can download Office Lens free of cost from the App Store. It works on iOS 8.0 and above. Let us know if you give it a try and feel free to leave comments.
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