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

Azzin

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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.
 

Azzin

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Scanner Pro by Readdle is very nice.
Should have everything you want.
I've just discovered that I've actually got that app!

I'm going have a play now, thank you.
[doublepost=1459437012][/doublepost]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.
 

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

I'm going have a play now, thank you.
[doublepost=1459437012][/doublepost]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.
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
 
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Azzin

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Do you use automatic upload?
Yes, I did, thank you.

You can save scan manually to any folder in your storage.
Thanks. Now, that I've turned that off, how do I manually upload to a folder of my choice?

Moreover, you can create Workflow (Upload to "Folder") with the latest Scanner Pro 7 update ;)

best regards,
Readdle Team
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.
 

Abazigal

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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.
 

Azzin

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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.
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.
 

Abazigal

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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.
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
 
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Readdlemate

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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.
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
 

rovolisgiorgos

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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
 

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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.
 

geta

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

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