iPhone App for "scanning" receipts & uploading to Google Drive/iCloud/OneDrive or Dropbox

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Azzin, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    Hi all,

    I'm self employed and I'm looking for an app to get (PDF?) copies of my receipts into my Google Drive (that's where I put them currently, but I have Dropbox, iCloud & OneDrive too if that helps).

    What I do at the moment is use the Google app to take a photo of the receipt, put it in a folder for the relevant month and then rename it (Fuel, new iPad etc etc), but I'm wondering if there's something out there that can offer a slightly less cumbersome experience?

    I use Sage One for my accounts and invoicing and there's talk of the app supporting scanning receipts in at some point, but it seems a bit "coming soon".

    Thanks all.
     
  2. Azl macrumors member

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    Scanner Pro by Readdle is very nice.
    Should have everything you want.
     
  3. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've just discovered that I've actually got that app!

    I'm going have a play now, thank you.
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    Ok, so it's certainly a more elegant way of doing things, but it looks like I can only specify a default upload folder (Google Drive>Scanner Pro), rather than allowing me to choose the relevant month to put it straight into.

    Not the end of the world I guess.
     
  4. Readdlemate macrumors 6502

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    Do you use automatic upload? You can save scan manually to any folder in your storage. Moreover, you can create Workflow (Upload to "Folder") with the latest Scanner Pro 7 update ;)

    best regards,
    Readdle Team
     
  5. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes, I did, thank you.

    Thanks. Now, that I've turned that off, how do I manually upload to a folder of my choice?

    I've just checked for updates on the App store and I'm up to date.

    I think the best option for me is to have it auto upload to the Expenses folder on Google Drive, then when I've added it in using Sage I can manually move it to the relevant month.

    Also, that gives me a good idea of how many outstanding receipts I have to enter!

    Many thanks.
     
  6. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    You can try using the app called "Do photos". There is a recipe for taking a photo and automatically sending it to a predetermined folder in your cloud storage. You might have to change the folder destination every month if you want to categorise them by month.
     
  7. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks.

    What I need to do is get into the habit of doing my expenses as I go!

    Failing that, getting them done monthly would work, as I can just (as you say) change the folder monthly.
     
  8. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    I am currently using an app called Next to track my expenses. You can consider trying that too.

    Next for iPhone - Track your expenses and finances by noidentity gmbh
    https://appsto.re/sg/sp9IJ.i
     
  9. Readdlemate macrumors 6502

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    Do you mean Sage app? You can set Auto upload for the folder inside Google Drive. Just go to Settings > Auto Upload > Google Drive > tap Google Drive/Scanner Pro and create a new folder or select a folder from the list (in your case Expenses).

    All new scans will be synced with this folder:)

    If you have several use cases, i.e. private receipts and travel expenses, you can create Workflow and then import scans into your own storage/folder or your business account.

    best regards,
    Readdle Team
     
  10. geta macrumors 6502a

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    Check CamScanner, you can upload to Google Drive (plus other cloud services), and its free.
     
  11. rovolisgiorgos macrumors newbie

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    Check also Office Lens its specialization is specifically to "scan" documents through your camera, not to mention full intergration with onedrive but also any service supporting automated photo backup
     
  12. infantrytrophy macrumors regular

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    Scanbot is my go-to scanning app for IOS. It's fast, simple and reliable. It can auto-upload to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and many other cloud services. Features include auto-file naming and edge detection.

    The free version is quite capable - I used it for a long time. I liked the app so much (used almost daily) that I upgraded to the Pro version for $2, adding useful features such as OCR and further enhancement of the automatic file naming capability.

    Here is a link to an independent review and recommendation:
    http://thesweetsetup.com/apps/best-scanning-app-ios/

    Highly recommended.
     
  13. geta macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you using the pro version, the free Scanbot version is quite limited compare to other competitors available out there.
     
  14. infantrytrophy macrumors regular

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    I'll take your word for it; I used other apps only briefly before coming back to Scanbot.

    Two points: 1. Scanbot is very quick, with very efficient workflow. It (usually - depending on the document) automatically takes the scan, then you use quick taps to auto-name the file, crop (if necessary) and upload it - in my case to Dropbox. I use it all the time to scan receipts in stores and restaurants, takes about 5-10 seconds to scan the receipt, then I just ditch the paper receipt. Some other apps that I tried need more steps or are slower. 2. The cost to upgrade to the Pro version (I think it was $5) is minimal, and it's a one-time cost. Well worth it for the OCR feature.

    I like to pay for really good apps. I want to encourage the developer to keep maintaining the app, upgrading when needed for new IOS features and updates. The scanbot developer has done that - there have been several updates in the last year or so. If you are not paying, the developer has to make money somehow - ads, your data being sold, whatever.
     

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