Softmatic Free Document Scanner App

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

The Softmatic Document Scanner will scan and OCR your documents in the blink of an eye. Scan contracts, invoices, business cards and other documents in seconds. All text processing and recognition happen on the device, no cloud or online connection required.

The application uses the latest machine learning technologies to straighten, color correct and deskew your scans. On recent iPhones (iPhone 11, iPhone SE 2nd. gen.), image processing and text recognition are performed in near real time.

Export, share or mail your scans as images, PDFs with images and text or as pure textual PDFs - searchable and fully editable.

Below, we describe the basic version of Softmatic Document Scanner. This version will always be free to use. No ads, no tracking, no subscription, no account required.

Note: The OCR does not yet recognize accented characters. An upcoming version will bring support for Spanish, German, French and Italian.

Main screen

The main screen of the app shows the live camera view, here shown in portrait orientation:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

For landscape documents (e.g. PowerPoint presentations or business cards), turn the device so that the interface is oriented as shown:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

Place the document in the camera view. Once a doc has been detected, a colored frame will be drawn around the edges. For misaligned documents, the frame will be red:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

Once the document has been properly oriented, the frame turns green and you can release the camera:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

The indicator in the lower left corner with the document icon will be updated once the photo has been taken. Image processing, deskewing and OCR will happen in the background so that you can continue taking photos if so desired.

Tap the folder icon in the lower right to import files from iCloud or your device's storage you want to digitize. Note that imported scans will not be color corrected or deskewed, the app will only perform text recognition.

Tap the "..." button in the top right corner for settings and additional commands.

List of documents

Tapping the "Doc" button in the camera screen will open the list of scanned documents:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

Tap the "Merge" button in the lower left to merge selected documents into one. If no docs are selected, the app will offer to merge all documents.

Tap the "Trash" button in the lower right to delete selected documents. If no docs are selected, the app will offer to delete all documents. Deleting a document is final, there is no undo.

Tap a document in the list for a larger view of the scan and the OCR result.

Detail page

Toggle between a view of the scan and the OCR result with the button in the lower right.

The scan:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

The recognized text:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

Note: Currently the views of scan and text can not be zoomed, this is planned for V1.1.

Exporting scans as PDF or images

To export the document, tap the "..." button in the lower left:

Free Document Scanner for iPhone

By default, the filename will be set from the current date. In the settings there's a switch to prompt you for a filename prior to export. The following export options are available:

  • JPEG

    Export a scan as a JPEG image. If a document has multiple pages, the files will be numbered "0001", "0002" etc.

  • PDF (scan only)

    A PDF that contains only the actual scans, one scan per page, no text.

  • PDF (text only)

    A PDF that contains only the recognized text at the approximate position and font size as determined from the scan. This PDF is searchable and has selectable and copyable text. In PDF editors like Adobe Acrobat, the PDF is fully editable:

    Free Document Scanner for iPhone

    Currently, the app will format all text in the font "HelveticaNeue", a setting to specify a default font will come as an option in a future version. Font recognition and detection of serif / sans serif fonts are also planned, as is the detection of font styles like "bold".

  • PDF (text & scan)

    A PDF that contains the actual scans with invisible text. Opening such a file in a PDF Viewer will display the scan like the "scan only" option but where you can search, select and copy text:

    Free Document Scanner for iPhone

After tapping the desired output format, the app will display the standard iOS export and sharing sheet. Here you can select the PDF's destination: printer, Air Drop, file system, mail, etc.:

Document Scanner for iPhone PDF Mail Airdrop Export

An upcoming version of Softmatic Scanner will also offer as an option exporting to DOCX (Microsoft Office Word) and RTF.

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Data persistence

Currently, scans are not preserved between app launches. Once the app is forcefully terminated or the iPhone restarts, the scans are lost. Persistence will follow as an option in a future version.

Rating, feedback and suggestions

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We want to hear from you - your feedback and suggestions are most welcome. In the app, tap the "..." button and select the "Feedback"-Option. If you want to report a bug or error, please be as specific as possible.

The Softmatic Free Document Scanner App is available for iPhones with iOS 13.5 or higher.


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