Adobe today announced the launch of Adobe Scan, a new Optical Character Recognition (OCR) app that's able to scan documents and convert printed text into digital text in a matter of seconds.

Unlike most OCR apps on the market, Adobe Scan is free to use, with no watermarks or page limits, and it's optimized for capturing multi-page documents.

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The app works by capturing a picture of what a user wants to scan, from notes and forms to receipts and business cards. Adobe Scan detects the edges of a document, captures and cleans the image, fixes perspective, removes shadows, and then uses image recognition to detect and convert printed text.

Scans are converted into Adobe PDFs that can be searched, highlighted, copied, edited, marked up, and shared with other users.

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"Adobe Scan represents a radical reimagination of how to capture your most important document content," said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. "Adobe invented PDF creation for PCs, and with Adobe Scan we're doing the same for a mobile-first world. As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign andAcrobat DC, offering a modern document experience with unprecedented value to our customers."

Adobe Scan is powered by the company's Adobe Sensei image processing technology. Scans captured by the app are stored in the Adobe Document Cloud, also free to use, and are accessible across desktop and mobile devices, and it works with Acrobat DC and Adobe Sign.

Adobe Sign is also gaining new features, including cloud-based digital signatures, cross-device signature capture, customizable email templates, and more.

Adobe Scan is available for download starting today on iOS and Android devices. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

TheralSadurns Avatar
61 months ago
Just tried it and it sucks like the rest of these document scanning apps.
lol... I did NOT try it yet... but I use Scanner Pro by Readdle at the moment (for the last few years actually) and it is totally awesome. Worth every penny. I actually scanned entire books with it in a matter of minutes...


Adobe though... well... I just read this... which is a major turn off:

"IN-APP PURCHASE DETAILS
If you want to do more with your scans, you have the option of purchasing a PDF Pack subscription for US$9.99/month (includes Export PDF)."
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
61 months ago
Wow! Good on Adobe, they could have easily charged a few bucks for this. Nice to see them putting the users ahead of the bottom dollar.
Yeah, such good people ...
Not at all using their vast amounts of money to get market share and drive small developers out of business.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
M2M Avatar
61 months ago
It's free but you need and Adobe Account ....
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fhall1 Avatar
61 months ago
in-app purchase for $10 per month subscription!?! Holy crap - $120/year for an OCR scanner app is pretty ridiculous, even if it can export to PDF.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Christoffee Avatar
61 months ago
lol... I did NOT try it yet... but I use Scanner Pro by Readdle at the moment (for the last few years actually) and it is totally awesome. Worth every penny. I actually scanned entire books with it in a matter of minutes..."
Agreed! Great app is Scanner Pro.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JamonBull Avatar
61 months ago
lol... I did NOT try it yet... but I use Scanner Pro by Readdle at the moment (for the last few years actually) and it is totally awesome. Worth every penny. I actually scanned entire books with it in a matter of minutes...
Just bought this on your recommendation and already loving it. Good riddance Office Lens!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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