Russian Antivirus giant, KasperSky recently released a blog post discussing their discovery of a Trojan malware injector found in various versions of CamScanner. While Google was quick to boot the app from the Play Store, CamScanner released an official statement claiming that necessary actions have been taken and the fixed, updated version can be downloaded from their own website. As per reports, only the Android version was affected, but we would highly recommend removing the app even if you’re an iOS user.
— CamScanner (@CamScanner) August 28, 2019
In an era where privacy concerns are higher than ever, we’re not so sure users should revert back to CamScanner, especially until Google verifies and publishes the latest version on the Play Store. Until that happens, here is a list of OCR Apps we covered before and in light of the recent scandal, here are some immediate CamScanner alternatives.
Best CamScanner Alternatives
1. Google Drive
You probably don’t even know it, but there is a document scanning app that came pre-installed on your Android smartphone. Google Drive has a well-concealed, simple and easy to use document scanner that can be found when you tap on the ‘+’ icon in the bottom right and hit Scan. It has an extremely basic feature list that includes cropping and saving directly to Google Drive.
It goes without saying that this is not an alternative for power users but more like an option for someone who just needs to scan a document occasionally. The same feature is also available in Google Photos which further promises the ability to search images based on the text in them in a future update. And while Google doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to privacy, you can rest assured that there won’t be a trojan in there.
2. Adobe Scan
When it comes to trust, it’s hard to go wrong with Adobe. The software giant has its own document scanning app which boasts of having the best and clearest output on the final scanned document. Adobe has traveled the extra mile and implemented AI to aid and differentiate for efficient scanning of documents, business cards, and receipts.
Like CamScanner, Adobe Scan can create multi-page documents or images, scan business cards and receipts, make documents available both on the cloud and device and even segregate documents and images. However, unlike CamScanner, there are no merge options, collaborate features, document passwords or batch scan options. Another aspect where this differs from CamScanner is that you need to make a free Adobe account before you can start using the app, whereas CamScanner lets you use the basic features without an account. But, take our word for it, if picture quality and clarity is of utmost priority to you, there is nothing better than Adobe Scan. There is a noticeable difference between it and the competition, including CamScanner.
3. Microsoft Office Lens
If you’re someone who is deeply invested into the whole Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem, then you should switch to the Microsoft Office Lens, regardless of CamScanner’s status. Microsoft’s Office Lens is another product which comes from a reputable source so malware concerns aren’t at bay. Additionally, Microsoft has integrated OneDrive, OneNote and more of their services deep into the app which makes it very efficient for Office users.
Like CamScanner, Microsoft Office Lens features support for a variety of file formats, multi-page document scanning, automatic image cropping and adjustment along with several other features. Both of them are equally good at extracting information from business cards and saving them as a contact. Unlike CamScanner, Microsoft has a dedicated Artificial Intelligence engine, focusing on image clarity. This is called WhiteBoard mode, which tweaks the color science and removes unwanted glare to boost the image quality. If you’re looking for a robust, streamlined and simple to use document scanner with deep Office 365 integration, Microsoft Office Lens is the way to go.
If you’re still on the fence between CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Microsoft Office Lens, we’ve already done a comparison before. Check out CamScanner vs Adobe Scan vs Microsoft Office Lens for an in-depth analysis.
If you’re a die-hard CamScanner user and used all or most of the features, ScanBot seems to be the best option for you. ScanBot is a feature-rich document scanner which has pretty much the same feature list as CamScanner but further promises a Trojan-free experience.
Both ScanBot and CamScanner feature support for scanning multiple types of documents, QR and Barcode scanners, multi-page documents, image correction, live syncing and much more. Unlike CamScanner, ScanBot also features the support for iCloud Sync on iOS. In our experience, even the overall UI and smoothness of ScanBot is more pleasing than CamScanner. Unfortunately, all this comes at a cost. And the cost is especially higher for users of the forbidden fruit. The basic app with most of these features is still free though, so maybe all is not gone. Also, we did find the iOS version of the App to be a bit better than the Android version, in terms of both performance and reliability.
This may be a very off-beat suggestion but it can be helpful in ways you can’t imagine. Everyone uses 3M’s Post-It stickies to manage reminders, important jotted down information and even contacts. The 3M Post-It app simply digitizes this information in the easiest way imaginable.
You just point at your fridge, shelf, refrigerator door or wherever you stick the notes and it instantly scans all of them and creates a virtual board with all your notes intact. You can even customize the scanned notes and add more information. The app might not seem like a game-changer at first but once you realize the potential of it within an ecosystem, it’s usefulness becomes apparent. Imagine capturing your board on your iPhone, editing it further on an iPad with an Apple Pencil and sharing it later from your PC. We definitely recommend trying this app out if you use Post-Its.
6. iOS Notes App
Now, before you grab your pitchforks and start chasing us, hear us out! The stock Notes app that comes built into every iOS device has an in-built document scanner which is surprisingly great. Of course, the feature list is non-existent but whatever it offers, works. You can create PDF documents upto 30 pages and further share them, embed them in a note or upload them on the cloud. And since it’s Apple we are talking about, you can rest assured as far as privacy and Trojan horses are concerned.
There you have it! These are the best CamScanner alternatives right now. Google Drive for the casual user, Adobe Scan for the quality enthusiast, Microsoft Office Lens for the Office 365 Warrior and ScanBot for the CamScanner power user. Of course, there’s the Post-It app if you feel like being different and creative. Finally, there’s the iOS Notes App which, while definitely not a CamScanner competitor, is still a reliable and robust option for the occasional, once-in-a-blue-moon user. If all these excellent alternatives are still not doing it for you, we’re sure the CamScanner team will patch whatever is wrong and be back on the Play Store in no time. To trust them or not, is unquestionably your call.