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The 4 Best Photo Scanning Apps

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

There was a time when people would take photos and put the extra prints into shoeboxes. We now have a generation that is trying to merge this past practice with current digital trends to save their family history. The task can seem a little overwhelming, but technology is making it easier. If you’re looking to start scanning your prints, here are four of the best photo scanning apps to make this task as easy as possible.

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1.Google Photoscan – Free

Google is taking some serious strides in helping people get a handle on photos and storage. It made an app that takes time intensive act of scanning photos into an easy, almost gamer like way of saving your photos.  The free app PhotoScan  is available for both iOS and Android. It’s pretty simple to use. Why is this app different than others? For starters, you’re not just taking a picture of a picture. It asks you to take four snaps of your image and stitches them together for the best photo possible. The best part? It only takes seconds.

Automatic edge detection
Smart rotation
Perspective correction
Glare reduction
Then with one tap to Google Photos, you can save and cherish those photos. You can also link your Printique account to your Google Drive to download any scanned images for print.
screen shot of googlephotos scanning ap
Install: iOS  , Android

2. Photomyne – Free can Upgrade to Premium 

Photomyne is one of the new kids on the block but seems to be making a lot of waves in the industry with its vision and passion for saving old photos. It has some impressive features and touts its unique AI interface. According to the website,“It has an officially-awarded Photomyne patent, the first part of the scanning process in the app is based on a deep learning network that taught itself to detect an image, “understand” where its boundaries are, and where the background begins and ends.”So what does this mean exactly? It means you can scan a whole album page and the app will recognize and crop each image on that page and save them as individual digital photos.

Scan whole Album Pages
Automatic photo cropping
Photo effects and colorizing
Photo Website
Online Access and Vibrant Community

screen shot of phototyme app

Install: iOS,   Android

3. Family Search Memories-Free

This app puts the emphasis on family, history, and genealogy. Family Search Memories helps you not only scan your photos but it also helps you build your family tree in the process by helping identify relatives in the photos and automatically updating your family tree. This app likes to combine the whole family story, not just photos but you can attach stories, documents, and audio to help tell your story.

Scan both family photos and documents
Identify relatives in photos that will automatically attach to family tree
App works without internet
screen grab of family tree scanning app
Install: iOS,  Android

4. Pic Scanner Gold – $5.99

Launched by us in 2013 as Pic Scanner, this was the world’s first app for scanning and auto-cropping multiple photos at a time. It now has nearly a million users. You can record the place, date, names and other details about your photographs. There’s no easier way to preserve your memories. Share on social media or archive in your computer or any cloud service.

High-Speed Scanning
Sophisticated 19-tool image editor
Ability to Add Captions to Photos

screen grab of pic scanner gold

Install: iOS 

Any one of these apps will help you archive the past and be able to print and share them with the next generation. Which one you choose depends on what features you think are the most beneficial. Just  taking that first step, is the most important.

One Last Pro Tip: When printing out your older photos try adding a vintage type look to them, try the Printique Silk Photo Paper which is fashioned after photo papers of yesteryear. It’s thicker with a subtle texture that renders skin tones and colors perfectly.