Adobe Scan Turns Printed Text into Digital Text – For Free

Hooray for converting printed to digital text – Adobe just launched Adobe Scan, a free mobile app that lets you use you mobile phone as a scanner, converting into PDFs with text you can use and edit.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been around for a while but most solutions require payment or subscription. OCR in Adobe Scan is completely free, converting printed text to digital text in seconds – including multi-page documents. The scans can be stored in Adobe Document Cloud so they’re always available on your desktop and mobile devices. Integrated with Acrobat DC, subscribers to the service can edit and organise documents, collect signatures and take advantage of new mobile features in Adobe Sign to digitally sign and send documents from any device.


Hold the device over whatever you want to scan—forms, pictures, notes, receipts, business cards, even whiteboard discussions. Adobe Scan automatically finds the edges of your document, then captures and cleans the image. You can re-name your scan, add a photo, reorder pages, crop, rotate, or enhance it.

After you’ve captured a scan, you’ll be prompted to save it as an Adobe PDF in Adobe Document Cloud so you can get to it anytime, from anyplace. The scan is converted automatically. Free optical character recognition (OCR) recognises printed text. The scanned image is transformed  into a versatile Adobe PDF you can search, highlight, mark-up, comment on, and share.

The scanned smart PDFs available in Adobe Document Cloud, and is easy to edit, search, and share from anywhere. Just press Open in Acrobat and you’ll be able to find key words, add comments, sign, or send your PDFs for review.

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