Microsoft transforms your phone into a scanner with Office Lens
Microsoft has just launched a really useful application called Office Lens. The app is completely free and allows users to turn their Windows Phones into personal scanners, enriched with OCR so they can convert text, documents and handwritings into editable forms. Office Lens app is integrated with OneNote, so documents can be synced across all devices.
Basically, you open Office Lens and use phone’s camera to capture documents you want to safe. The app uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the images into editable electronic files, so you can search and look for the information you need. With Office Lens, text from books, posters, whiteboards and other documents can be easily stored as the files are automatically saved in several formats including raw photos and editable files in OneNote.
The application includes three capture modes – photo, document and whiteboard. Switch to document mode – the colors will be automatically adjusted and optimized, while Whiteboard mode is ideal if you want to grab handwritten text from a whiteboard. In both cases, Office Lens automatically trims and straightens up the images and adjusts their perspective, so you shouldn’t be worried if the pictures are not so perfect.