Apps for leaders: CamScanner


Stop taking pictures of good ideas and get an app that does the job properly, says Perry Timms 

So you’ve been at the workshop and your team have constructed some amazing flip charts with ideas, plans and even a logo. You take a picture with your smartphone so you can start working on it when you get back to the office.

And then when you get back you realise how horrendous the lighting is, how the folded corners are hiding some information and now you have now lost the impetus to kick off this project as the flipcharts were all left behind or binned by the conference venue. That’s a typical – and deeply frustrating – scenario. Unless, that is, you use CamScanner.

With this app, you can take an image – even a skewed image – make it square and aligned and then enhance it. That’s what CamScanner gives you. This much more than a photograph – it’s an image that your phone or tablet will act as if scanning the image up close rather than a distance snap.

Not only that but there’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to turn a flat image into text you can search and use, as well as annotate notes, create pdfs and store them in the cloud.

Get CamScanner. Kiss goodbye to lost flipcharts and handouts

Free (pro version £3.99)
Available on the App Store and Google Play

Perry Timms is an independent HR/OD practitioner, writer and speaker, and is CIPD adviser on social media & engagement. Follow him on twitter @PerryTimms