App of the Month: Office Lens
So often, I find myself taking out my phone to snap a picture of a document, receipt, or whiteboard so I can later create notes on its content. The problem is, the picture frequently comes out hard to read or contains a glare that renders the photo useless. This was the typical way of recording those large whiteboard brainstorming sessions in meetings, until now.
Our featured app of the month for May is "Office Lens", which allows users to capture crisp photos of whiteboards and documents and will intuitively clean up the photograph to make in completely legible by cropping, adjusting, re-angling, removing glare, enhancing brightness or sharpness... all at the touch of a button!
Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again! Office Lens can even convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too, which is an incredibly useful feature, saving loads of time by removing the need to upload the pictures or files to your computer to be translated into a document and later edited.
The following are some of the features that Office Lens provides as per the application description:
- With Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows.
- With Document mode, Office Lens trims and colors images perfectly.- Pictures can be saved to OneNote, OneDrive or other cloud storage.
- Business Card mode can extract contact information and save it into your address book and OneNote. This feature works best with the following business cards: English, German, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Support for more languages is coming soon.
- Choose to convert images to Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx) or PDF (.pdf) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.
Download on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store by clicking the icons below:
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