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We use a camera phone as a scanner

Our regular readers have probably already noticed how often in our notes in the Prodigi column we began to turn to specialized network services focused on interacting with mobile devices via the Internet, SMS, MMS or e-mail.

This interest is explained at once by several factors. First, these online services greatly expand the standard capabilities of phones. Secondly, the interfaces of these services are highly adapted for mobile phones, which greatly simplifies the interaction with them. And, in the end, such innovative developments, as a provision, are free of charge. , this is the third reason. Therefore, it is not surprising that today we will again turn our attention to the Internet service scanR , which provides services for recognizing graphic data, converting them to PDF format, and then sending it as an attached file by e-mail or as a facsimile message.

For full-fledged work with scanR, you will need a phone with at least a megapixel camera (the higher the resolution, the better), the connected Internet access service (GPRS, EDGE, etc.) as well as the ability to send images via e-mail. Here is also the whole unpretentious toolkit, the cost of which at present is by no means so high.

The algorithm for interacting with the scanR service is as follows.

1. With the help of the camera phone, we take a photo of a handwritten text or an act, trying to use the entire visible area of ​​the frame, also achieving the maximum picture quality.
2. We send a freshly baked photo via MMS or e-mail to the scanR server for finishing the image, more precisely, to one of the following addresses: - for printed documents or - for handwritten text shot from a tablet or the so-called snow-white plank (whiteboard). In the header or body of the message we indicate the coordinates of the addressee (fax number or email address).
3. We check mail or fax. As a matter of fact, an objection to an e-mail address runs within a minute, only waiting for a fax message will take no more than five minutes. However, the result is worth it.

If the service is used for the first time, scanR will first ask you to activate the e-mail address or fax number that appeared in the sent message, thereby blocking the possibility of unauthorized users sending unnecessary information or spam.

By the way, the lucky owners of the Palm Treo 700w can take advantage of special software running Windows Mobile 5.0. with it, it is allowed to correct only the captured image and also eliminate defects, only then simply indicate the mailing address to which the generated PDF document will be sent. The cost of the application is $ 20, while a trial version of the program is available for testing, the time of functioning of which is limited to thirty days.

And the last one. With all the convenience of the scanR service, you should not save on simple information security rules, especially individual corporate security. , although the scanR developers policy in this schedule is clearly set out on the service’s website, it’s better to shift the work with confidential documents onto your own shoulders. It will be calmer.