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eyoungren

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Do i need to download a scan app? how do you deal with the scanning?
I usually use Dropbox for that. You can have it scan a document (by taking a picture of it) and then save as a JPG or PDF in a folder (on Dropbox) of your choice. You can keep adding multiple page scans (pics) to create one PDF if you need (or multiple JPGs).

If you use Dropbox (and have it on multiple computers/devices like I do) then the document becomes available on everything you have running Dropbox.

But I've been a Dropbox user since around 2010 so it's just easier for me. I'm sure there are scanning apps out there, but I have no idea if iOS has this natively.
 

digitalcuriosity

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What is it that you need scanned and are there an particular type of file (PDF) you want it to create?
I keep seeing these items on the TV telling people to scan the small block of what ever they are that is on the screen.

This item is to guid one to their web page i am thinkinhg.
 

eyoungren

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I keep seeing these items on the TV telling people to scan the small block of what ever they are that is on the screen.

This item is to guid one to their web page i am thinkinhg.
Those are probably QR codes. If you open the Camera app and hold your phone up towards the QR code, then you should be prompted to open Safari (or whatever browser you use) and the website.

Be careful, because some QR codes can directly lead to scams, no matter how something on TV is presented.
 

digitalcuriosity

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Those are probably QR codes. If you open the Camera app and hold your phone up towards the QR code, then you should be prompted to open Safari (or whatever browser you use) and the website.

Be careful, because some QR codes can directly lead to scams, no matter how something on TV is presented.
So your telling me i do need to download an App. from the Apple store correct, just taking a picture is not going to do it.
 

eyoungren

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So your telling me i do need to download an App. from the Apple store correct, just taking a picture is not going to do it.
No, the Camera app is a stock Apple app. Just open it and hold it up to the QR code. Don't actually take a picture, just hold it up to the code. You'll see (or should see) bracketing around the code and then text that says something like "Open in Safari". Tap on that to open the website.
 

digitalcuriosity

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No, the Camera app is a stock Apple app. Just open it and hold it up to the QR code. Don't actually take a picture, just hold it up to the code. You'll see (or should see) bracketing around the code and then text that says something like "Open in Safari". Tap on that to open the website.
Thank you i now see the item that the bracket is bringing up as a path to the web page, it's was so small on the phone screen i did not see it, i thought i needed an App.
 

ignatius345

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I usually use Dropbox for that. You can have it scan a document (by taking a picture of it) and then save as a JPG or PDF in a folder (on Dropbox) of your choice. You can keep adding multiple page scans (pics) to create one PDF if you need (or multiple JPGs).

If you use Dropbox (and have it on multiple computers/devices like I do) then the document becomes available on everything you have running Dropbox.

But I've been a Dropbox user since around 2010 so it's just easier for me. I'm sure there are scanning apps out there, but I have no idea if iOS has this natively.
For the record, there are a couple of great ways to natively do document scans in iOS.

1. Open a new note in the Notes app, hit the camera icon just above the keyboard and in the menu that pops up choose "Scan Documents". There are filter option in the scanning interface to specify color, black & white, grayscale, etc.

2. When navigating through the Files app, hit the little "three dots in a circle" icon in the upper-right corner and pick "scan documents". The resulting PDF scan will be placed in the folder you are browsing. This is my preferred method because I can put it exactly where I want it and it'll sync right over to the same folder on my Mac.

For third-party apps, I find Genius Scan to be very capable and intuitive.
 

eyoungren

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For the record, there are a couple of great ways to natively do document scans in iOS.

1. Open a new note in the Notes app, hit the camera icon just above the keyboard and in the menu that pops up choose "Scan Documents". There are filter option in the scanning interface to specify color, black & white, grayscale, etc.

2. When navigating through the Files app, hit the little "three dots in a circle" icon in the upper-right corner and pick "scan documents". The resulting PDF scan will be placed in the folder you are browsing. This is my preferred method because I can put it exactly where I want it and it'll sync right over to the same folder on my Mac.

For third-party apps, I find Genius Scan to be very capable and intuitive.
Thanks for that. I figured there had to be some way natively. For myself, I just use Dropbox because there are PCs and Androids in the mix of devices I own. For that reason I also use Google Keep instead of Notes.

But I'm glad you mentioned it because I'm always looking out for alternatives to the way I do things.
 

TechnoMonk

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For the record, there are a couple of great ways to natively do document scans in iOS.

1. Open a new note in the Notes app, hit the camera icon just above the keyboard and in the menu that pops up choose "Scan Documents". There are filter option in the scanning interface to specify color, black & white, grayscale, etc.

2. When navigating through the Files app, hit the little "three dots in a circle" icon in the upper-right corner and pick "scan documents". The resulting PDF scan will be placed in the folder you are browsing. This is my preferred method because I can put it exactly where I want it and it'll sync right over to the same folder on my Mac.

For third-party apps, I find Genius Scan to be very capable and intuitive.
Notes app is much more capable now. I have used Turbo Scan for over 14 years. The developer didn’t ask for subscription, it was best 1.99 I ever spent. I can save docs in iCloud, email and share. My mac, iPad Pro are all in sync.
 
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Alpha Centauri

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As others have mentioned already, The Notes App for scanning is the way to go. Adding that there is the very same "document scan" option in the Reminder App, useful if that's going to be the final destination anyways.
 

ignatius345

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Thank you i now see the item that the bracket is bringing up as a path to the web page, it's was so small on the phone screen i did not see it, i thought i needed an App.
BTW, if you swipe down from the upper-right corner of your Home screen to the Control Center, there's a button there that takes you directly to a dedicated QR scanner. I think it's a little quicker than using the Camera app because it directly opens the QR link you're pointing at. More here: https://www.cultofmac.com/739774/scan-qr-code-control-center/
 
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Alpha Centauri

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BTW, if you swipe down from the upper-right corner of your Home screen to the Control Center, there's a button there that takes you directly to a dedicated QR scanner. I think it's a little quicker than using the Camera app because it directly opens the QR link you're pointing at. More here: https://www.cultofmac.com/739774/scan-qr-code-control-center/
Wasn't aware of this, very nice. I don't use the code scanner often but would have loved the native scan document option to also be available via the control center.
 

ignatius345

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Wasn't aware of this, very nice. I don't use the code scanner often but would have loved the native scan document option to also be available via the control center.
It is, but it's a bit hidden:

Swipe down on Control Center and go to to the "new note" button. (If it's not there, you'll have go into Settings > Control Center and enable it)

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If you just tap it, you'll start a new blank note. But if you press and hold for a moment you'll get a menu offering a few Note pre-set options, including document scanning:

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1madman1

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I've been using TurboScan for ages and just email myself PDFs from directly within the application. I found it far more consistent then Apple's less developed built in scan function.
 

Allen_Wentz

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Thank you i now see the item that the bracket is bringing up as a path to the web page, it's was so small on the phone screen i did not see it, i thought i needed an App.
To reiterate and emphasize what someone else already said: Be Careful ! Most such QR scans are more trouble than any possible value they might provide. Do not click on such quackery just because it is there, and you can. Be very darn sure that you really want something that provides an image for you to scan. E.g. your truck's owners' manual info is probably OK, but some image on a poster somewhere probably is not.
 
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Alpha Centauri

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It is, but it's a bit hidden:

Swipe down on Control Center and go to to the "new note" button. (If it's not there, you'll have go into Settings > Control Center and enable it)

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If you just tap it, you'll start a new blank note. But if you press and hold for a moment you'll get a menu offering a few Note pre-set options, including document scanning:

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Thank you !!!
 

960design

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For the record, there are a couple of great ways to natively do document scans in iOS.

1. Open a new note in the Notes app, hit the camera icon just above the keyboard and in the menu that pops up choose "Scan Documents". There are filter option in the scanning interface to specify color, black & white, grayscale, etc.

2. When navigating through the Files app, hit the little "three dots in a circle" icon in the upper-right corner and pick "scan documents". The resulting PDF scan will be placed in the folder you are browsing. This is my preferred method because I can put it exactly where I want it and it'll sync right over to the same folder on my Mac.

For third-party apps, I find Genius Scan to be very capable and intuitive.
Did not know #2, thank you!
 

960design

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To reiterate and emphasize what someone else already said: Be Careful ! Most such QR scans are more trouble than any possible value they might provide.
I would normally agree with you, but do not tell Japan. We just got back from vacation and QR codes are everywhere from Immigration to menus and even making purchases at convenience stores.
 
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