Handy Scanning Apps for Your Business…

CamScanner vs. Adobe Scan

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, efficiency is critical. As a small business owner, you’re constantly juggling multiple tasks, from managing finances to streamlining operations. Thankfully, hundreds of apps are being developed by the day, geared towards helping people get their menial tasks out of the way quickly and easily. We’ll explore two handy apps that can optimize the way you run your small business – CamScanner and Adobe Scan, both available in Google Play and the App”le” Store.

So, is CamScanner a CamScam?  Or is it for real?

CamScanner is great for the legal industry (really any document heavy industry).  It’s an all-in-one scanner app that transforms your mobile device into a powerful portable scanner. Here’s what it offers:

  1. Scanning and Digitizing Documents: Use your phone’s camera to scan and digitize various paper documents, including receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, and certificates.  You get the point.
  2. Optimized Scan Quality: Smart cropping and auto-enhancing features ensure clear and sharp scans with premium colors and resolutions.
  3. Text Recognition (OCR): CamScanner recognizes text in images or PDFs, allowing you to extract text for searching, editing, or sharing.  And it’s incredibly fast.
  4. File Formats: You can save and share documents in PDF, JPG, Word, or TXT formats.
  5. Wireless Printing & Remote Fax: Print documents wirelessly with nearby printers directly from the app. You can also fax documents to over 30 countries and regions.
  6. Advanced Document Editing: Annotate documents using a full set of editing tools and add customized watermarks.
  7. AI-Powered Enhancements: Restore the quality of blurred photos, add color to black-and-white photos, and apply filters.
  8. Quick Search and Tagging: Easily find your documents by tagging them. The OCR feature also enables content-based searching.
  9. Security: Set passwords for viewing and document download links to protect confidential content.


CamScanner has over 750 million installs across 200 countries and regions worldwide and boasts a 4.8-star rating. It’s a handy tool for managing paperwork and increasing productivity.  You can do a 7-day trial to see how it works.  I found it to be extremely easy to use.

How about if you’re an Adobe Shop?  Should you consider Adobe Scan?  Sounds pretty similar:

Adobe Scan transforms your smartphone into a portable document scanner, allowing you to digitize receipts, contracts, and other important documents on the go, with just your phone camera. With features like optical character recognition (OCR) and cloud storage integration, the app enables small business owners to organize, access, and edit essential documents anytime, anywhere.

So, let’s compare CamScanner and Adobe Scan to understand their differences:

  1. Functionality:
    • Adobe Scan: Has a slight advantage with .JPEG support and Adobe Integration but is a little bit less easy to use and isn’t quite as fast.
  2. Scan Quality:
    • Tied, they both offer AI-enhanced scanning.
  3. Text Recognition (OCR):
    • CamScanner: Recognizes text in images or PDFs.
    • Adobe Scan: Offers robust OCR capabilities, allowing you to extract and edit text from scanned documents.
  4. File Formats:
    • CamScanner: Supports PDF, JPG, Word, and TXT formats.
    • Adobe Scan: Creates high-quality PDFs and allows JPEG export.
  5. Additional Features:
    • CamScanner: Includes wireless printing, remote faxing, and advanced document editing.
    • Adobe Scan: Provides security features (password protection), organization tools, and seamless integration with Adobe Acrobat.
  6. Platform Availability:
    • Tied, the are both available in the 2 main app stores.
  7. User Ratings:
    • CamScanner: Has over 750 million installs worldwide and a 4.8-star rating.  CamScanner is considered a bit more user-friendly but try them for yourself and see!


In summary, while both apps serve as excellent mobile scanners, CamScanner is straightforward and efficient, while Adobe Scan offers more advanced features and tight integration with Adobe’s ecosystem. A quick trial should help you choose!

Now that we’ve covered some essential apps for small businesses, you might be wondering how to effectively integrate these tools into your operations. This is where a Managed Services Provider like Carmichael can be invaluable. We specialize in managing and optimizing IT infrastructure, including software applications, to help businesses maximize efficiency and productivity. We will work closely with your business to assess your unique needs and help you build an app library tailored to your specific requirements, as well as provide ongoing support and maintenance.


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