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February 7, 2012

Experts' Expert: JotNot best free scanner app for iPhone

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"App Smart" columnist Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times tried 'em all and anointed JotNot Scanner the king of the hill.

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He wrote:

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JotNot's free and paid versions include an image stabilization feature that snaps the photo only when the phone is perfectly still, but my hands failed to meet this standard. I grew weary of waiting for the app to take the photo automatically, and as a result I struggled to get a snapshot that was completely free of blurry words.

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Once the page was photographed, JotNot placed it into a frame with grid lines that I dragged across the image to orient the text horizontally.

It worked nicely. The text lay flat on the screen and, even with a few slightly blurry words, it was easy to read. You can pinch and zoom the page to get a closer look at words and phrases, and if you are scanning batches of pages, JotNot lets you build a multipage document.

The free version of JotNot includes ads, which is both annoying and a waste of valuable space on an already small screen, but it is a good app for those who merely want to test out the category.

It is worth spending $2 for the Pro version, which provides added screen room and other important benefits โ€” chief among them the ability to export images via e-mail to an Evernote account or DropBox.

The only way to export a scan with the free version is to send it as a fax or print it โ€” if, that is, you own a printer that connects to your device wirelessly. If you can export the document digitally, as with the Pro version, you can then retrieve it using a device that is wired to a printer.

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