Microsoft is bringing its OneNote scanner app called Office Lens to the iPhone after first launching on Windows Phone a year ago. Office Lens is similar to other on-the-go scanner apps letting you use your iPhone camera to capture information from receipts, documents, and other information around you. Office Lens is different, however, because it’s connected directly with OneNote, Microsoft’s cloud-syncing notebook service.
Office Lens can automatically crop images for you by finding the corners of cards or sheets of paper, and images are enhanced and cleaned up before being sent to OneNote or OneDrive. The automatic enhancement appear rather sophisticated with a high tolerance for rough image captures.
Images can even be converted to Word, PowerPoint, and PDF formats from the app. OCR, or optical character recognition, is built right in letting you search for text from scanned documents. Using this same technology, Office Lens can create contacts by scanning business cards and parsing the text.
The latest iOS app from Microsoft follows last month’s preview release of Office 2016 for Mac. Microsoft Office apps for iPhone and iPad are also available. Office Lens for iPhone is available for free on the App Store.
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