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Pic Scanner review: Handy mobile photo scanner is just a little too basic

J.R. Bookwalter | Nov. 6, 2015
If you still have shoeboxes full of old photo prints you’ve been holding off on sharing because they’re too much hassle to scan, Pic Scanner can help reduce the amount of time and friction—provided you don’t mind sacrificing a little image quality in the name of convenience.

The “free” price tag also comes with a catch: After a dozen scans, you’ll need to pony up $3 for unlimited scanning and the ability to share to social networks, email, or iMessage. It’s a fair asking price considering the app is otherwise ad-free, but barely enough to get a sense of how useful it might be.

My biggest gripe is the lack of native support for larger iPhone 6 displays—developers continue to neglect owners of the latest models, despite Apple now selling second-generation devices. Pic Scanner also has a limited selection of cloud storage services (Dropbox and iCloud), with no iOS sharing extension support to be found.

Although a little more expensive at $5, Photomyne Pro offers a similar mobile photo scanner experience with higher-quality results, plus a year of free cloud backup and the ability to tag photos with dates and descriptions that post to Facebook in proper timeline order.

Bottom line

Pic Scanner does a fine job capturing multiple photo prints as individual images and is worth checking out since it’s free, but the lack of native iPhone 6 display support, limited filters, and cloud storage options make the in-app upgrade less compelling.


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