Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Make your cameraphone into a scanner

Qipit is a great little website and applet. It allows you to send in a photo taken with a digital camera or even a mobile phone, and the website converts it into a more conventional scanned image. Great for recording notes on white boards or handwritten notes, downloadable as a PDF, emailed or sent to you as a fax. All you need to do the test it out is email your image to copy@qipit.com

original photo as scanned by qipit

I thought I should try out the service with a very ordinary, low contrast, low resolution photo of a badly hand written page. I was impressed with the result but received an email saying -

Qipit has scanned your image but the resulting document may not be satisfying because the resolution of your original image is too low.

To avoid this:

  1. Ensure that your camera phone is 1 megapixel or greater. This information is generally found near the lens of the camera.
  2. Ensure that your camera is set to the appropriate resolution and image quality 
  3. Ensure that your camera is not resizing images

If you like the service you should register, its free, you can store up to 100 pages.

original photo as scanned by qipit

This last test pair, I wanted to try out what happened to a real object, and it worked well.

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