A few months back I decided having close to eighty (yep) recipe books was beyond daft, especially because I only use about a quarter of them with anything even resembling regularity. So I decided to sell and donate the ones I didn’t want (it’s bizarre how much people will pay for a well used Nigella book) and to store the few recipes I might like to try (from the soon to be sold books) in the future, digitally. To do this I needed a scanner. We own a scanner here at Thrifty Towers but alas, it has been in a box since we moved and err we’ve lost the power cable. The cost of repurchasing this particular power cable is close to the cost of a new scanner so, like usual when in a quandary I thought to myself.
“there must be an app that does this by now and if there isn’t, I’m about to become a billionaire app inventor.” Alas, my oligarch dreams are out the window because of course some clever sods had already come up with a free scanner app, quite a few of the damn things actually. And guess what? They actually work really well. The app I prefer, of the couple I tried, is Genius Scan because it is well formatted, quick, free and easy to use, even as a beginner. Just download the app, allow it to access your camera via the pop up and point it at which ever image document.
Whatever you want to scan and it will take a photo and convert it into a PDF (or keep as a JPEG) and send pretty much anywhere you want from email, cloud, various social media accounts, printer and even your FTP server. There are various options to tinker with but I find it straight forward and have been happy to not only scan recipes but work documents and receipts. Basically the app is better than a scanner because you can send it where ever you want straight from the device, it’s effortless and wireless and means you don’t have to fork out money (and precious space) for a new bit of kit that you rarely use.