Rick Broida, author of the Cheapskate Blog, has an article today that will interest many genealogists. He describes using software that will turn your “smartphone” into the equivalent of a desktop scanner. It works well for digitizing one side of one piece of paper at a time. It isn’t so convenient when digitizing both sides of multi-page documents although that can still be accomplished by using additional software to merge the pages together after scanning.
Actually, I have been doing exactly what Rick describes for years and have had very good experiences with using my cell phone as a substitute scanner. I use it in genealogy libraries, archives, or for digitizing receipts, eyeglass prescriptions, business cards, and most anything else that is worth saving. I agree with Rick’s experiences.
I still use a dedicated scanner whenever possible. However, I don’t always have the scanner with me at the time I want to make a digital copy. In those cases, I use the cell phone as a substitue scanner.
You can read Rick Broida’s article at http://cnet.co/2vWyiwp.
I will also invite you to look at http://bit.ly/2vWadpP for a list of some of my past articles about using an iPhone or Android phone as a scanner substitute.