Adobe Scan turns your documents, receipts & more into editable PDFs

All of your files are saved to the Adobe Document Cloud, so you will need to sign up (free) to use the app, if you do not have an Adobe account already.

"The free Adobe Scan app turns your device into a powerful portable scanner that recognises text automatically (OCR)".

"As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign and Acrobat DC, offering a modern document experience of value to our customers".

Adobe Scan is available for download now. But Adobe says that most apps make you pay for it, whereas they are giving it to you for free. This feature is only available to those with an Acrobat Pro DC subscription, which starts at $15 per month.

Once shot, each scan can be further edited using a limited range of tools: add, delete and rearrange the running order of pages, plus rotate and choose whether the image should be the original photo, automatically colored, grayscale or whiteboard.

Adobe Scan is similar to an app Google launched last November called PhotoScan, which digitizes film photos by scanning them and removing glare.

"Adobe Scan represents a radical reimagination of how to capture your most important document content", said Bryan Lamkin, executive VP of digital media at Adobe, in a statement.

Business users can create branded email templates to go along with documents for signature.

There are several new integrations for Adobe Sign: ServiceNow, SharePoint Online (joining existing support for on-premises SharePoint installations), Salesforce.com (now including use in conjunction with Outlook and Gmail), and Apttus Contract Lifecycle Management for Microsoft Dynamics.

Cross-device signature capture - Easily capture a handwritten signature electronically, even when your computer isn't touch-enabled. Cross-device signature capturing, custom templates, document stamping, and workflow customization are all being added. With data centers in the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan and Australia, organizations around the world rely on Document Cloud and Adobe Sign for fast, secure and mobile e-signatures from anywhere.

  • Arturo Norris