Google may have introduced a mobile app this week that turns your smartphone into a photo scanner, but Adobe is taking a slightly different approach by letting you use a phone or tablet as a document scanner.

The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for Android and iOS includes a scan function, allowing you to snap a picture of a business card, receipt, contract, or whiteboard and save it as a PDF.


Reader is hardly the first document scanning app available for mobile devices, but Adobe says the new functionality is powered by the new Adobe Sensei machine learning platform, which helps the company’s apps automatically detect the edges of a document, among other things, making it easy to crop and straighten an image so that it looks like a real scan rather than simply a photo.

Adobe says the software also helps correct perspective and enhance sharpness.

Once a document is scanned and converted to PDF, you can also interact with it in Adobe Reader by adding annotations, signatures or making other changes.

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One reply on “Adobe Reader mobile app can now scan documents with your phone’s camera”

  1. hi, thank you for both of your help offerings. I continued my research and found the answer which worked perfectly and permanently. Cutting and pasting the answer:

    ….the problem can be fixed by changing the value “dopacity” from the original value (a decimal number close to zero) to 1 in the following registry item:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\{Acrobat Version #}\Annots\cAnnots\cFreeText_003aFreeTextTypewriter

    —-end of copy

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    Anna Kendrick

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