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Scan Cam

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*** YouTube Video ***

Scan Cam turns your iPhone 3GS into a portable scanner. Snap a photo of a paragraph from books/newspaper/magazines, and let Scan Cam turns it into text. You can then save the text into paste-board (to be used by other apps), or email it off.


* Text recognition directly from iPhone 3GS's camera.
* Recognition from English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch.

** IMPORTANT ** Scan Cam only works with iPhone 3GS. Earlier iPhone models have different cameras and are not supported.

What's New in Version 1.2.1

Bug fix on UI. Updated help screen.

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Customer Reviews

Works for me. English and German

Well once again, I do not understand why some people get bad results and others good results. If you read the instructions, you will see that 1. you need sufficient light, low light introduces too much noise. 2. Be sure that the picture is sharp - no? then retake it!, 3. Text to be scanned (photographed) needs to be as straight as possible. Sometimes when you scan a book the curvature throws off the OCR. I have scanned in both English and German, and I am amazed that it can work so well on an iPhone. Several have been perfect, and some had a few errors, i.e. 0 (zeros) seem to always be recognized as capital O's. Under low light conditions, or skewed text, I get the predictable result, gibberish! So keep trying, this can only get better. To the dev: Can you add the ability to use pictures from you library, that have been enhanced, i.e. contrast adjusted, etc. or possibly add the ability to tweak the picture in the app? Thanks, for a great app!

Two and a half stars.

I have a 3Gs and have found this program to be stable. It has not crashed at all. It seems to recoginze at about a 70 to 80 percent accuracy and seems to do better the more I use it as I learn more how to shoot the text for the best recogintion. The most common mistakes are the joining of words by omitting the spaces in between and also misinterpreting two letters as one ("rr" becomes "m" and such). For an OCR program that costs less than s dollar before tax, I am quite happy. I fond this app is saving me time. My only complaint is the near useless crop/adjust fearture. It is so slow. I just take the time to better shoot my photo so I can avoid using the crop/adjust option.

Not quite

I bought this in the hopes of scanning notes from my workbook for class... It's horrible, almost all the words are jibberish. I took a photo with a dslr and emailed it to my phone and it still didn't like the picture... It doesn't seem to do its job very well:(

Scan Cam
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Size: 10.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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