174 – Office Lens

Up 9 places in 2019

Office Lens is the new camera built into OneNote for iPad or iPhone that lets you take pictures of whiteboards or printed documents, then enhances your photo by cropping, sharpening, and straightening it, so it looks almost like a scanned image


Cost: Free.
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Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 98
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Past Overall Rankings
2018: 183    2017: 144      2016: –     2015: –     2014: –     2013: –
2012: –        2011: –           2010: –     2009: –     2008: –     2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Office Lens as one of their Top 10 Tools

  • “a Microsoft mobile app (Windows, iOS, Android) that “scans” about everything with the camera of your phone. I especially like the way it “straightens” pictures of documents, whiteboards, flipcharts… Invaluable for capturing the notes of a meeting, or “scanning” a document when you don’t have a scanner. (personal and professional learning)” Jan Van Belle, 2018
  • “A quirky tool to list, but I love it.  This mobile app enables you to take a picture of a presentation from anywhere in the room and then squares off the resulting image.  It has totally changed my experience of learning in presentations.  You can also “scan” documents without worrying about lining them up perfectly – Office Lens will do that for you.  You can directly save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your device storage.” Dave Lee, USA
  • “This is not the only pocket scanner app, but is probably the best. Can’t imagine life without it. I use it almost daily. It works amazingly well to capture…well anything” Jeremy Tucker, USA

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