Nice effort, but needs work
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: tested on 12 May 2017 on
Clean, excellent image controls
Dated design, lags, limited features, no ocr
ScanWritr for Android turns your gizmo into a scanner -- sort of. Just snap a pic with your phone or tab and easily edit, convert and share with others, all on the go. It all sounds very promising, but still needs work to be completely useful.
ScanWritr is nicely done. The interface is well laid out and easy to follow, though perhaps a little stilted and dated in look. I was able to easily scan an assortment of documents and text, manipulate it within the app, then export to PDF for use elsewhere. The conversions were a little slow and laggy, but otherwise the app functioned nicely.
I loved the detailed controls and versatility of this app. When you take a picture, or scan a document or text source, the app offers perspective options that help you line up the camera for the best possible scan. After the initial scan is processed, the app offers a variety of controls to enhance and punctuate the desired text. All of this worked nicely, though again, was a tad laggy. The text enhancements really did help make my scans more legible.
The downside to this app is, shared scans show an annotation that the document was created with ScanWritr. In and if itself, that’s ok, but I don’t necessarily want to be a roving advertisement for this app, particularly if using it for business. I can only presume this watermark is removed in the paid version of the app. All attempts to reach the upgrade page failed due to glitches within the app.
One feature that I found sorely lacking was OCR capability. For this to truly be a ‘scanner’ it really needs to have OCR; without that, it’s just a camera with glorified PDF conversion capability.
ScanWritr is decent enough, but I’m not sure it's powerful enough in its current form to justify a purchase. I think it should have far more functionality and capability, and the design needs to be modernized before I’d consider this a fully realized app. As it is, it’s just ok.