VueScan Mobile

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Description of App: 

Scanning documents has never been easier. VueScan Mobile allows you to seamlessly scan documents and photos straight to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, and Samsung WiFi printer/scanners. You can also you use your phone&;s camera to automatically detect and crop documents inside of photos.In addition to sending via Email and saving to the Photos App, Vuescan Mobile allows you to save scanned images to your favorite iOS apps that can open PDF or JPEG files such as iBooks, Dropbox, GoodReader, Evernote, etc.You can see if your scanner will work with VueScan Mobile by reviewing the supported scanner list at You can also test your WiFi enabled scanner with the Mac OS X version of VueScan. Note that USB connected scanners are currently not supported.VueScan includes support for 18 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Swedish.If you have a problem with a scanner that is on our supported scanner list contact us within 30 days for a full refund.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.2.2 (74)

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone
iPad

Accessibility Comments: 

1. Unlike the current Mac, Linux & Windows versions of VueScan, the IOS version of this App does not have native OCR capabilities.
2. My review is based on the paid version of VueScan Mobile, but there is also a free version that is equally accessible but with less features. The differences are explained in the App Store description.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

This App allows the User to create image files using either the built-in camera or a network-attached scanner. While the camera option doesn't provide anything special in terms of producing OCR-ready scans, I found the network scanner feature useful for scanning both single and multi-page documents that are ready for OCR processing by another App or service, such as the Prizmo App running on the same IOS device, ABBYY FineReader Express running on the Mac, or one of the many cloud-based OCR services.

Here are the steps I took to scan several single page and multi page documents into VueScan:
Step 1. Verify the network attached scanner is supported. The list of supported network scanners is available using the link provided in the App Store description pasted above. Folks who are familiar with VueScan on other platforms know that this Developer is constantly adding support for additional scanning devices. If yours is not listed, send him an email or a tweet requesting support for your model. He is very responsive.
Step 2. Power on the network attached scanner. In my case this is a five year old HP Photosmart C6100 series printer-copier-scanner with both flatbed scanning and ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) capabilities with a semi-reliable 802.11N WiFi connection to an Apple Airport Express.
Step 3. Make sure your I-Device is connected to the same WiFi network as the scanner, and launch the VueScan Mobile App.
Step 4. In VueScan, tap the button labeled "Scanner," and then the button labeled "Options." This will open a screen showing the scanners available on your network and a list of settings for the selected scanning device. I assume the available list of settings will vary depending on the features available on each different scanning device. On mine I have the following settings and choices:
- Resolution: (High, Medium, Low).
- Media Size: (Maximum, US Letter, A4).
- Color Mode: (Text, B/W Photo, Color Photo).
- Append Mode: (On/Off).
- Double-Sided: (On/Off).

Step 5. Once you've selected your scanner and settings, close the Options page to return to the scanner page.
Step 6. Place the media to be scanned in the proper input location on the scanner.
Step 7. Activate the VueScan button labeled "Scan." This should automatically start the scanning process. In my testing, I performed several scans using either a single page on the flatbed or multiple pages loaded into the ADF tray. in each case, VueScan automatically determined where the source media was loaded and started the scan using the proper source. When scanning multiple pages from the ADF, all pages were automatically fed and I was not required to intervene to tell VueScan to scan the next page. Scanning over a WiFi network can be a slow process. With my setup, each page took approximately 1 minute to scan when I set the Resolution to "High." YMMV.
Step 8. After all pages had been scanned, VueScan popped up a dialog asking if I wanted to scan an additional page. Choices are No and Yes. I chose No and was taken to a screen containing the images of the scanned pages, an auto-assigned document name of "Untitled Document X." On this screen are a button to trash the document, a button labeled "compose" which enables you to change the document name, and a Save button, which holds the keys to the OCR kingdom.
Step 9. Activating the "Save" button will present you with a list of buttons / actions that can be performed on this scanned document. My list of buttons includes Send Email, Print, Copy to Clipboard, Camera Roll, Dropbox and Other.
Saving to Dropbox created an "apps/VueScan" folder in the root of my Dropbox folder. The scans I saved from VueScan to Dropbox were placed inside that VueScan folder, saved as PDF image files, and were available to manipulate as with any file in Dropbox. If you want to send a scanned document to Prizmo on the same device, do the following from within VueScan. Choose Save / Other / Open in Prizmo.
This will open the current document in Prizmo where you can perform the usual OCR functions.

All of my test documents, both from the flatbed and ADF, were good enough to render very clean OCR results when run through Prizmo on my iPhone 4 and ABBYY FineReader Express on my Macbook Air.

HTH,
Bryan

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@VueScan