The Hesburgh Libraries is providing this list of scanning apps to help address possible overhead scanner access problems. We anticipate lines may be long as students and faculty seek to digitize their materials for coursework. The apps on the list are provided without support from library employees. It is incumbent on the user to find support if needed, although we can address basic questions. See the descriptions below. The list is not comprehensive and was solicited from staff and student users of these mobile scanning apps.
Free Scanning Apps
For most users, Hesburgh Library Recommends Adobe Scan for scanning books and articles to PDF. It features OCR (optical character recognition) It is available for iOS and Android.
Microsoft Office Lens
For Windows Phone users or those aiming to turn their scan into a Word document, we recommend Microsoft Office Lens. It is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Camscanner is the most popular app among polled Hesburgh Library users. It is available for iOS and Android. As of 2020, premium features are available for free for Education users.
Pay Scanning Apps
Abby FineScanner AI Premium
Abby FineScanner AI Premium can perform OCR in 193 languages and output to a larger variety of formats and locations. It is available for iOS and Android. ($59.99 or as low as $2.99/month)
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Workshop Slides: Scanning Better and Neater using ABBYYFineReader & More (by Anton Povzner-Lahaie)