27 Mar 2013
28 Mar 2013
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I have some very preliminary, but optimistic, feedback on a free scanning Iphone app called SayText. The app allows you to scan printed documents by taking a photo using the Iphone's camera, which are then converted into text using OCR and read back using VoiceOver. The quality of the scan using the camera on the Iphone 5 has the potential to be very high, but the trick seems to be to center the camera lens on the phone in the correct position over the top/centre of the document to allow the orientation to be properly established by the phone and a clear photo to be taken. I suspect that perseverance and practice, particularly regarding the appropriate angle to hold the phone and the necessary distance to hold it from the page, will increase speed and accuracy of the scan, both of which I am finding a little arduous at the moment.
Nonetheless, I am extremely excited about this app, which essentially allows for fully mobile scanning of printed documents to text. SayText also has the ability to save and e-mail the scanned document, neiter of which I have yet tried, and so am not yet sure of issues such as file type, document size etc.
I am happy to post further updates as I experiment and learn more. But for a free app, I thik this is very good value.