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Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner with OCR, PDF Creator

Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner with OCR, PDF Creator

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Turn forms into interactive digital docs - scan them to your device in seconds.

4.7 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
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Turn forms into interactive digital docs - scan them to your device in seconds.
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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
1.5M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    81%
  2. 4
    13%
  3. 3
    3%
  4. 2
    1%
  5. 1
    2%
  • Shocked and Awed!!!! Excellent tool! Apr 17, 2018

    By CrossFire Legal Docs.
    Incredibly handy, effective, and helpful. Take a moment how to learn how to use this app/software, and you won’t be disappointed. I’m not even super techy and it wasn’t hard to operate. I really could go on and on, but give it a try and you’ll definitely see yourself, especially if you’re a regular desktop to PC scanner. Ahhhhhmazing! If you don’t have access to a desktop scanner, or can’t get yours up and running, or on the go and can’t get to one and need to scan something, this is hands down one handy app. For personal or business use, it’s going to deliver. With this app on the go, you could literally work from the tailgate of your truck if you had to. It’s actually so cool and easy, it makes you want to scan stuff that you’d normally not, or put off. If you can hold your tablet or phone steady for pictures, then you can scan with this. Not to mention all the extra tools and features. As always, through the decades of use, Adobe continues to deliver and stay up on top of the technology game.
    more
  • Oct 7, 2020

    By J. S.
    Finally we have a phone scanner that works about as well as a flat bed scanner! I've tried a few of these types of apps in the past, and they usually had issues. But this one seems to have hit the bulls eye on everything. The auto-detect borders almost always works, the adjustments are easy, the file size is reasonable, the touch-up/edit features work very well, and it doesn't erase your entire scan if your screen turns off because you had to step away for a second (like DropBox does). No complaints about this app so far!
    more
  • Great for anyone who wants to get paper to digital with as all Adobe tools. Jan 18, 2018

    By denniscd
    The software is free, more intricate than it may seem, easy to use, and is backed by the comittment of Adobe, Inc. Product continues to improve, and combined with Acrobat or other Adobe iPad Pro apps, just about as good for someone who preserves, categorizes, presents, and shares documents after easy editing and repesoitory in the Creative or Document clouds. In the end, its user choice, with some good alternatives, but this has long term potential and integration is important for ease of use and quality control. I always return to Adobe Scan after trying everything else new. The developers I believe, will maintain their pride in applying knowledge from so many areas within Adobe, that it will become a “Professional” Standard in not too long. Enjoy watching techology change at an accelerating pace. We are envisioning capabilities as though they will come to fuition in a year, but what we can only imagine now, is already very likely a reaity in the making all around us. Thanks Adobe. DDoherty
    more
  • Oct 2, 2020

    By Sheila Fitzgerald
    LOVE THIS APP!!!! It is so helpful, especially during COVID. So many offices and agencies are closed, closed to the public, or are open limited hours during the hours I have to work so this app has been a life saver for me allowing me to get important documents sent in when I don't have access to a traditional scanner, can't deliver them in person, and can't rely on timely postal delivery. I'd give it 10 stars if I could!!!!!
    more
  • Office on the Run, in the Car, in Court or Anywhere! Sep 15, 2019

    By FoojyPod
    I work outside my physical office many days of the week and find this has been an awesome tool that I can use anywhere to document transactions, take pictures of signed documents, checks that I write, letters that I receive, or simply anything at all that I want to document for later records or proof of events. I can photograph flat objects like documents, any kind of paper, even 3-D items I want to remember. I can photograph people and/or places and just click the button and I have a PDF record of the transaction, the person(s), the place where something happened or even a scenic shot.i can access the PDF documents from the cloud wherever I am, and using Adobe Professional Version add text, images, diagrams, notes or even other images and then easily distribute by email to friends, family or colleagues. Makes the job of documenting business or pleasure a breeze! I highly recommend it for anyone who works in the field, out of the office, or from a home office.
    more
  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Nothin
    I used to love this app, it literally was the best pdf scanner I hv used so far but lately it has been giving me a lotta trouble! After I click a pic and proceed to next, the first one is stuck on the screen so I hv to click on the previously clicked image that's in the bottom right corner n then come back and click the second pic. After the second pic, it shows "can't connect to camera". Other times the pics can't even be clicked, the shutter button doesn't even work!!!Do something ASAP
    more
  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Abir Naha
    It works fine most of the time but suddenly it stop taking pictures, don't know why! In a rush moment for online exams it becomes very much difficult to use this because you can't know beforehand when it will stop working. It simply can't recognize the document and shutter button disables automatically. Need to improve much!
    more
  • Adobe Scan Jun 16, 2019

    By Alife2BLived
    The Adobe Scan app is pretty basic in terms of features. I downloaded and installed it as an easy way to manage all of the business cards I come across in my travels. I rate the app two stars because if you have a number of business cards you want to store, when you open the app and select business cards, then proceed with capturing the numerous biz cards you might have, the app stores them all in one continuous stream automatically or all in one document (pdf), rather than store each biz card as its own document (pdf). To do it any other way, you have to snap each card and manually convert it to a document or pdf. Each snap of the camera should assume -especially with biz cards, that it’s two sides or pages maximum and do the conversion at the end of the second side or page rather than the default be a continuous document.
    more
  • Adobe Cloud Privacy Problem Jun 23, 2018

    By Max the Mike
    I got Adobe Scan. But, it is not a stand alone app. Scans are not stored on a device, e.g. iPhone, but in Adobe Cloud. After cloud storage, individual files maybe downloaded back to a device by the copy/paste function. This can be very time consuming without an in mass option. Further, there is a problem with confidentiality and privacy given a nondisclosure agreement for scanned information. Further, the app assumes cloud access by any mode of connectivity to Adobe Cloud via the Internet, which is not everywhere & always available anytime regardless the cost. This amounts to loss of control of ones information that results in lost empowerment. Thus, the whole purpose of a device, e.g. iPhone is defeated or lost. It maybe that I do not know Adobe has solved these problems. Lastly, the paramount issues the app raises are about information availability, legality, safety, & security. Sincerely, M A
    more
  • Used to be great app then they ruined it Oct 30, 2019

    By none747474748389292
    For years I relied on Adobe Scan to help me stay paperless. Easy to build multi page PDF and store on my Google Drive. A recent UI and functionality change made the app super annoying to use. Now when you scan something it doesn’t show up right away in your list of scanned docs. You have to force close the app, sometimes 2-3x or wait 1-2 min just to see a simple 1-2 page scanned document. Once you can see it then you can save to Gdrive, mail it, etc. They also made it harder to locate it even if you know it should be there. They change the UI file icon to giant blocks wasting limited smartphone screen space. Tried troubleshooting and changing preferences around to no avail. BAD design now and nearly unusable! Taking pictures is easier than their new app. Used to be the other way around. Will fall on deaf ears no doubt. No longer a fan and will look for replacement. Just like Adobe to create something then ruin interest in their product by overpricing or ruining design. Ever wonder why so many free alternative doc to PDF and editors... Adobe ruined it for themselves. Terrible way to run things.
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  1. Scan any document (including notes, receipts, and even images) into an editable PDF that even recognizes text
  2. Edit, enhance and perfect photos imported from your camera roll or PDFs stored in your files
  3. A perfect mobile scanner for people who are on-the-go and can't access a "real" scanner in the moment

Reviewed by Olivia Cordell on May 11, 2018

  • Shocked and Awed!!!! Excellent tool! Apr 17, 2018

    By CrossFire Legal Docs.
    Incredibly handy, effective, and helpful. Take a moment how to learn how to use this app/software, and you won’t be disappointed. I’m not even super techy and it wasn’t hard to operate. I really could go on and on, but give it a try and you’ll definitely see yourself, especially if you’re a regular desktop to PC scanner. Ahhhhhmazing! If you don’t have access to a desktop scanner, or can’t get yours up and running, or on the go and can’t get to one and need to scan something, this is hands down one handy app. For personal or business use, it’s going to deliver. With this app on the go, you could literally work from the tailgate of your truck if you had to. It’s actually so cool and easy, it makes you want to scan stuff that you’d normally not, or put off. If you can hold your tablet or phone steady for pictures, then you can scan with this. Not to mention all the extra tools and features. As always, through the decades of use, Adobe continues to deliver and stay up on top of the technology game.
    more
  • Oct 7, 2020

    By J. S.
    Finally we have a phone scanner that works about as well as a flat bed scanner! I've tried a few of these types of apps in the past, and they usually had issues. But this one seems to have hit the bulls eye on everything. The auto-detect borders almost always works, the adjustments are easy, the file size is reasonable, the touch-up/edit features work very well, and it doesn't erase your entire scan if your screen turns off because you had to step away for a second (like DropBox does). No complaints about this app so far!
    more
  • Great for anyone who wants to get paper to digital with as all Adobe tools. Jan 18, 2018

    By denniscd
    The software is free, more intricate than it may seem, easy to use, and is backed by the comittment of Adobe, Inc. Product continues to improve, and combined with Acrobat or other Adobe iPad Pro apps, just about as good for someone who preserves, categorizes, presents, and shares documents after easy editing and repesoitory in the Creative or Document clouds. In the end, its user choice, with some good alternatives, but this has long term potential and integration is important for ease of use and quality control. I always return to Adobe Scan after trying everything else new. The developers I believe, will maintain their pride in applying knowledge from so many areas within Adobe, that it will become a “Professional” Standard in not too long. Enjoy watching techology change at an accelerating pace. We are envisioning capabilities as though they will come to fuition in a year, but what we can only imagine now, is already very likely a reaity in the making all around us. Thanks Adobe. DDoherty
    more
  • Oct 2, 2020

    By Sheila Fitzgerald
    LOVE THIS APP!!!! It is so helpful, especially during COVID. So many offices and agencies are closed, closed to the public, or are open limited hours during the hours I have to work so this app has been a life saver for me allowing me to get important documents sent in when I don't have access to a traditional scanner, can't deliver them in person, and can't rely on timely postal delivery. I'd give it 10 stars if I could!!!!!
    more
  • Office on the Run, in the Car, in Court or Anywhere! Sep 15, 2019

    By FoojyPod
    I work outside my physical office many days of the week and find this has been an awesome tool that I can use anywhere to document transactions, take pictures of signed documents, checks that I write, letters that I receive, or simply anything at all that I want to document for later records or proof of events. I can photograph flat objects like documents, any kind of paper, even 3-D items I want to remember. I can photograph people and/or places and just click the button and I have a PDF record of the transaction, the person(s), the place where something happened or even a scenic shot.i can access the PDF documents from the cloud wherever I am, and using Adobe Professional Version add text, images, diagrams, notes or even other images and then easily distribute by email to friends, family or colleagues. Makes the job of documenting business or pleasure a breeze! I highly recommend it for anyone who works in the field, out of the office, or from a home office.
    more
  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Scott Brooks
    I just started using this app but so far it's quite useful. But, I find the scans are overexposed. I took photos of the same samples that I scanned and found the photos cane out clearer and with more detail. Perhaps I can compensate for the overexposer by changing the ambient light. I'm sure I will learn how to better use the app as I gain more experience. However, I feel some sort of general guidance should be provided when the app is installed.
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  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Seema Arora
    Time taken to form a pdf is too long as compared to other scanners. Also the colour of the scan is adjusted to auto colour which is too bright and is better if original colour is chosen. Otherwise pic quality is very good and other features are also good and available for free unlike other apps. Adobe please fix the problem. Exams approaching😃
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  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Bs Vaanrhaangh
    This app is indeed very efficient and easy to use. It has helped me lot in scanning various documents. But i would like to request the developers to please add features like Manual adjustments with respect to brightness and contrast of the documents scanned. This is one of the drawbacks i am facing, otherwise all is perfect. Thank you
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  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Aneesh Kalkur
    This app is a good one.... was finding a proper alternative for CamScanner and came across this being recommended by my cellphone. I downloaded it and it was good. It could auto-detect the document as I scanned it and it could crop around it properly. It also added features like annotation, text recognition as well as color effects, which was a significant improvement from using CamScanner. However, I did notice a few problems: 1. It takes a lot of time to save the document (I guess using internet as I save might help) 2. The trigger button for scanning fails to respond sometimes. Apart from these issues, the app really works awesome (so its a 4 star rating). Thanks Adobe for providing an app that could scan documents thru photographs.
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  • A very useful app ! Aug 17, 2018

    By Seanpaulcurran
    Up front, I’m giving this app four stars only because the scan process is not as streamlined as I would like it to be (the scan can be a little frustrating when it does not get the entire page). OTHER THAN THAT. This is a useful technology that is highly efficient in creating PDF documents that used to take one scan per page on a slow printer. So I’m very happy that I found this app and I do highly recommend it. I used this app with a 12 page medical document today, I am really happy that I didn’t have to scan twelve pages; one by one on a traditional scanner. It cut my documentation time down by about twenty minutes !. I got this done in 10 minutes with the app!. Adobe could improve on the apps process of “hover” technology in which sometimes the app takes a photo too soon and results in a cut off doc photo. After a few delete / re shoot - I got it done.
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  • Oct 4, 2020

    By David Bolt
    Great scans if they save. The app does a really good job of isolating the area I want to 'scan'. It allows you to move the edges of the area and will straighten perspective. It will do multiple pages and save as a pdf. However, several times I have scanned some pages and it doesn't save. That's a huge waste of time. There's no warning or backup. Your pages just disappear.
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  • Oct 5, 2020

    By Marc Condarcure
    AdobeScan works okay. The filters are nice and the editing is pretty simple. The main problems I've encountered are if you don't turn on every light in the room and spend 15+ minutes making multiple copies, you might get weird coloring or the auto-crop ignores large portions of the document. When it works, it's amazing. Wouldn't recommend for scanning work after a test, it takes too long.
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  • Adobe Scan review Nov 8, 2018

    By Vivitude1
    Too soon to tell. The program keeps shutting down while scanning. I don’t yet know if the OCR function works, nor have I had time to figure out how to turn off auto scan. I’ll have a better idea once I’ve had a chance to use this app for more than 10 min or have just scanned only 5 pages. I would have waited to comment except an annoying pop-up showed up on the screen asking me to review the app right in the middle of when I was trying to save a pdf, so if my document wasn’t saved, I’ll feel even more annoyed than I was with this app only 10 mins ago. If I may make a suggestion it would be to please wait a little while longer to ask for a review and figure out a way to do it during a moment when there isn’t any scanning saving activity going on. Most people don’t want to stop and review an app when they’re in the middle of using it, especially apps that replace often used office machinery and tasky work like activities. Thx.
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  • actual scanning is great but bugs remain Jan 1, 2020

    By sbma44
    I couldn’t get any scans to save when I first installed this despite closing the app, reauthing—all sorts of stuff. Now, weeks later, it works fine. Maybe it needed a phone restart? Who knows. The other major bug is that it appears to not have a notion of folder hierarchy in Google Drive beyond one level. Hard to say if this is Adobe’s fault or Apple’s, because Drive integration appears to only be available via the iOS “share” menu. It’d be nice to have new docs sent to a preferred cloud provider automatically rather than just Adobe’s—the share workflow is clunky—but perhaps this is best filed under “don’t hate the player, hate the game”. Otherwise this app does a nice job of border detection, OCRing and sane defaults for leveling colors etc. No watermarks in the free edition! And the upsells seem to be for other adobe apps, not for features. In this respect it compares favorably to CamScanner (though the capture process is perhaps a bit slower).
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  • Document size May 3, 2020

    By Mammothx
    Works great with a two exceptions: 1. When cropping/setting corners, I can set the crop corner perfectly but as soon as I release my finger the corner shifts and I have to redo it. It takes several attempts to get it where I want it. iPhone 8. It’s almost like I need a stylus to use this app. 2. There’s no option for setting the finished document size. So I can “scan” multiple pages of an 8.5”x11” document and crop nearly perfectly, but each page will end up different sizes entirely (often times much smaller than Letter size). This is frustrating when printing. The best print from PDF setting is Actual Size (Fit to Page is garbage), but if anyone prints actual size the document will print much smaller than original size and each page will be a different size. Basically, the result is an unprofessional PDF.
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  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Abir Naha
    It works fine most of the time but suddenly it stop taking pictures, don't know why! In a rush moment for online exams it becomes very much difficult to use this because you can't know beforehand when it will stop working. It simply can't recognize the document and shutter button disables automatically. Need to improve much!
    more
  • Adobe Scan Jun 16, 2019

    By Alife2BLived
    The Adobe Scan app is pretty basic in terms of features. I downloaded and installed it as an easy way to manage all of the business cards I come across in my travels. I rate the app two stars because if you have a number of business cards you want to store, when you open the app and select business cards, then proceed with capturing the numerous biz cards you might have, the app stores them all in one continuous stream automatically or all in one document (pdf), rather than store each biz card as its own document (pdf). To do it any other way, you have to snap each card and manually convert it to a document or pdf. Each snap of the camera should assume -especially with biz cards, that it’s two sides or pages maximum and do the conversion at the end of the second side or page rather than the default be a continuous document.
    more
  • Used to be great app then they ruined it Oct 30, 2019

    By none747474748389292
    For years I relied on Adobe Scan to help me stay paperless. Easy to build multi page PDF and store on my Google Drive. A recent UI and functionality change made the app super annoying to use. Now when you scan something it doesn’t show up right away in your list of scanned docs. You have to force close the app, sometimes 2-3x or wait 1-2 min just to see a simple 1-2 page scanned document. Once you can see it then you can save to Gdrive, mail it, etc. They also made it harder to locate it even if you know it should be there. They change the UI file icon to giant blocks wasting limited smartphone screen space. Tried troubleshooting and changing preferences around to no avail. BAD design now and nearly unusable! Taking pictures is easier than their new app. Used to be the other way around. Will fall on deaf ears no doubt. No longer a fan and will look for replacement. Just like Adobe to create something then ruin interest in their product by overpricing or ruining design. Ever wonder why so many free alternative doc to PDF and editors... Adobe ruined it for themselves. Terrible way to run things.
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  • Was great until new update May 27, 2020

    By Cbird1973
    I updated my iPhone and this app and each time I try to log back in with my adobe acct, it says error occurred while trying to authenticate, please try again later. I uninstalled and reinstalled and this keeps doing the same thing. Then I tried using my google login and even after entering that it goes back to page asking me to log in using either of the four choices again. What is going on? I can’t find anything on the forums to see if others are having this issue nor a way to contact adobe to advise them. This app was great until it stopped working after this recent update to iOS 13.5. Any suggestions here? I need to use this app ASAP. Thanks.
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  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Nothin
    I used to love this app, it literally was the best pdf scanner I hv used so far but lately it has been giving me a lotta trouble! After I click a pic and proceed to next, the first one is stuck on the screen so I hv to click on the previously clicked image that's in the bottom right corner n then come back and click the second pic. After the second pic, it shows "can't connect to camera". Other times the pics can't even be clicked, the shutter button doesn't even work!!!Do something ASAP
    more
  • Adobe Cloud Privacy Problem Jun 23, 2018

    By Max the Mike
    I got Adobe Scan. But, it is not a stand alone app. Scans are not stored on a device, e.g. iPhone, but in Adobe Cloud. After cloud storage, individual files maybe downloaded back to a device by the copy/paste function. This can be very time consuming without an in mass option. Further, there is a problem with confidentiality and privacy given a nondisclosure agreement for scanned information. Further, the app assumes cloud access by any mode of connectivity to Adobe Cloud via the Internet, which is not everywhere & always available anytime regardless the cost. This amounts to loss of control of ones information that results in lost empowerment. Thus, the whole purpose of a device, e.g. iPhone is defeated or lost. It maybe that I do not know Adobe has solved these problems. Lastly, the paramount issues the app raises are about information availability, legality, safety, & security. Sincerely, M A
    more
  • Crashed and wiped after 118 pages scanned Sep 7, 2019

    By libbby213
    I was scanning a long document for my students and the app crashed after 118 pages. No glitches, no warnings, no auto save. I reopened the app and was relieved to see my document was still there and I was able to flip through a couple pages before it crashed again and deleted my document. I’m so irritated and frustrated. How is there not a failsafe for something like this??? Do I try again and hope it doesn’t happen again?? Can’t believe it doesn’t auto save every time you scan a page. I would totally be cool with the last scanned page not saving, but seriously? The 117 pages before that didn’t save anywhere? This app is probably fine for small documents. It’s definitely not fine for large documents. What a waste of time :(
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  • Cumbersome Aug 6, 2020

    By Mike-3.14195
    I generally scan with a commercial copier/scanner in an office, but needed to work at home scan a doc for a refi. I use Adobe Pro, and like the software, so I decided to try Adobe scanner. It worked okay in terms of producing a scan image, still had minor issues with finding edges of my docs, but completely acceptable for a mobile app. Then the images are stored on the Adobe server, and I had to log back in with two step secure log in, and then convert the web images to local docs that I can attach and forward. Lots of messing around. I then decided to try Microsoft lens once my task was complete, downloaded the app, took the images, easy to use trim tool, and got a local document in 30 sec. Done! So, this is in no way as exhaustive comparison, but I found the Microsoft lens to be an easier to app.
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  • Deleted my documents with NO notice May 21, 2019

    By Ekbgcq
    I downloaded this app a few months ago and enjoyed the convenience of the auto scan feature. It was easy to take the PDFs and share them via email or text or print them out depending on my need. Today I went to open the app and for the first time it required me to sign-in. Use my Gmail account to sign in to discover ALL of the documents I had on here and looked at just last week WERE GONE. What did you do with my documents? I had not updated this iPad or the app since I bought it..... now I see if I try to sign out it’s telling me it will delete all my files – – prior to today I never had to sign in or sign out and my documents stayed right where I put them. PLEASE give me back my documents!!!!!
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