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  1. DCBlueStar

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    Let me first start off by saying that I work full time as a contractor for a jeweler... that being said, I have to keep track of my own income in order to pay taxes (which is coming up in a week).

    I previously owned an iPod, which I sold once I got my Android. On that I had an app that did the same thing this app did, with less capabilities. Both are still nice, no doubt about it...

    But this one... This is great!

    Basically, you can take photos of any document, and the app "scans" the photos, so to speak.

    You can create a document to save numerous receipts... or in my case, Paychecks.

    Every week, when I get my check, I take a photo of it. The app flattens and sharpens the images, turning it black and white and storing it exactly like your own digital scan.

    The kicker, for me, is the fact that it will let you publish the entire document as a PDF.

    This has worked great for me in recent weeks when, due to my not having a printer, I purchased several electronics and needed to send a copy of my receipts to SquareTrade to validate my warranties.

    All I did was take a "panoramic" image of my receipts (because they're rather long) and the photos were all stitched into one document, flattened and then output into a PDF that I sent right off to SquareTrade. They accepted it without a hitch.

    What an app! Below are some screenshots from my phone.



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    Yeah.. I like this too. I also like to ability to upload to drop box - clous storage of all my receipts.

    I read it can also uipload to evernote but don't see this option.
     
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    +1 for this app. And their support is great too. One thing I would point out is that if you buy the upgrade in the market you end up with two apps in your app drawer, and two apps load when you load the app. If you buy the upgrade via their web site, you end up with a single app. However, if you buy the upgrade via their web site, and later change devices, you'll need a new activation code from them (it's keyed to the MEID).

    How did you get it to stitch together multiple photos? Or go to black & white?
     
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    Mine does the B&W automatic usually... the Best Buy receipt with the yellow on it is the only one that didn't... but if you want it to stitch together, you need to make sure you're scanning the other photos into the same document, and not creating multiple documents for one item.
     
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    When I take multiple photos for documents in a single file it treats them as separate pages, and creates a multi-page PDF. Yours does something different than this?
     
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    I am curious as well as how to put the photos in the same document.
     
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    Perhaps it's just how we are taking the actual photos. Maybe do a test and trying taking photos from close positions, and far positions to see if it automatically triggers the app to react in a certain way.
     
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    I tried several variations of taking a photo, and none behaved any differently than before - each image/photo is treated as a separate page in the resulting document.

    I hate to sound dense, but you haven't actually answered my question. Are you taking two separate photos of different parts of a single receipt, and CamScanner is stitching them together into a single image?
     
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    Ohh! i have been looking for something like this.. I will check it out.
     
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    I am taking a picture of seperate reciepts. One photo is of Receipt A in its entirety, the other photo is Reciept B in it's entirety. It puts them in one document if I specify.

    Glad to have been of some assistance.
     
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    Make sure you click on an existing document before you take a new photo.
     
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    What are the limitation of the free version? Hard to figure out from the description in the market, other than the watermark.
     
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    I haven't seen any watermarks on my free version.
     
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    It's not so much a watermark as it is a footer. At the bottom of each page there's a "intsig.com" footer. This is removed in the paid version.
     
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    Man, what a nice tip! I'm gonna test this app right now.

    I'm a lawyer, and I use the camera of my Nexus S all the time to take pictures of pages from legal processs! If the program really does what it says, it will be perfect for me! I'll surely buy it if the app works.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    I am doing as you said and it isn't stitching the images together at all, it is just keeping them separate but in the same document. I even tried uploading it to Google docs to see if it would stitch it together then but it just showed up as one document with 3 pages.
     
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    I re-read the OP and it sounds like DCBlueStar was using a panoramic feature on the phone, and then importing the image into CamScanner. My son's Ally has a panoramic feature, but my Droid does not.
     
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    crashes on my android :-(
     
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    Works great to save receipts and stuff! Thanks OP.
     
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    Alas, it forces close every time I click the scan/camera button.

    Any ideas on how to get it to work?
     
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    I use it to scan my kid's artwork before recycling it, it is much easier to deal with than a computer and scanner. I like that I can just throw a page on a chair, capture it and then email to my wife.
     
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    It's also easier to keep and store XD Those things collect FAST.
     

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