Being a digital nomad isn’t as easy as it looks. Some imagine digital nomads as people working on their laptops on the beach in the middle of nowhere, for just 4 hours per week. Unfortunately that isn’t really the case.
Though I don’t have a ‘job’, I still would consider myself somewhat of a digital nomad. I guess you could say that school is my full time job. Well, being a digital nomad is great and all, but sometimes just a laptop isn’t enough. Some people are still living in the 1900s and require you to scan and print and fax documents. This is a real hassle for any digital nomad because if you think about it, who would even attempt to take a printer and scanner with them to the middle of nowhere? I’m too minimalist to even consider that idea! 🙂
Thankfully I found the solution to those demanding people who require for you to scan and fax all of your documents. No, I did not find a microscopic printer (though that would be cool). But I did find an app to pair with your smartphone to scan all of your important documents!
It’s called CamScanner. First you take a picture of your document with your smartphone. Then the app does the rest. First it straightens it, then it does some special effect to make it look like it was actually scanned by a physical scanner.
It isn’t perfect, but it does it’s job well. If the original photo that I took was straighter, then the final product would be a bit better. Also you can see at the bottom of the pic there is a dark spot. That’s from my hand’s shadow.
The best part about the app is that it’s free! There are a couple of other scanner apps on the Apple App Store but they are all paid. There are some in-app purchases in the Camscanner but they are for faxing your documents and other not completely mandatory things. It’s free to fax 5 pages, but it costs around $10 to send up to 500 pages per month.
It’s free to save the scanned document image and save it to your camera roll. You can also export your new file as a PDF. From there, you can do what ever you want.
Note: I’m not getting any money from writing this – I just think this app is really awesome.
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