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Pic Scanner Help and Troubleshooting

Pic Scanner Help & Troubleshooting guide provides answers to the most commonly asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, email us at support (at) picscannerapp.com.

Important: Check that you have the latest version of iOS and Pic Scanner installed. For in-app tips, tap Menu button on Camera screen. For ready reference, print our 5 Minute Guide.

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PIC SCANNER – HELP & TROUBLESHOOTING

APP INSTALL & UPDATING HELP

A1) How to transfer Pic Scanner to my new iPhone or iPad, along with the photos, captions and albums? It’s easy! See illustrated, step-by-step procedure here.

A2) Will updating to a new version of iOS or Pic Scanner affect my photos? No. All photos, captions and albums will stay intact – as long as you don’t delete and reinstall Pic Scanner.

A3) I have many photos and albums in Pic Scanner. If I buy Pic Scanner Gold, can I transfer them to the new app? Super-easy. With both apps installed on your device, launch Pic Scanner and tap Menu button. Select Migrate. All cropped photos, albums and captions will be transferred to Pic Scanner Gold. After this you can delete Pic Scanner to save space on your device. If you have more than 200 photos, this post provides an alternative method.

A4) The app is frozen. Double click Home button > You will see ’tiles’ of all open apps > Slide Pic Scanner tile upwards to close it > Press Home > Launch Pic Scanner. It will work normally.


SCANNING HELP

S1) Can’t scan. All I see is a white screen: You need to allow Pic Scanner access to the camera. Go to SettingsPrivacy > Camera > Turn on Pic Scanner.

S2) Can’t save cropped pictures to Photos app: Go to Settings > Privacy > Photos > Turn on Pic Scanner.

S3) iPhone or iPad camera won’t focus, scans are blurry: Camera should auto-focus within a second of pointing it at the photos being scanned. Otherwise tap the screen to focus it.

S4) Scans look dull and of low resolution: Read this post for illustrated tips on how to get pro quality scans.

S5) Is Pic Scanner suitable for left handed users? Yes. On iPhone: With the phone in portrait mode, the scanner button is at the bottom; for landscape, hold the phone with Home button to the left, and the scanner button will also be on the left. On iPad: With iPad in portrait mode, the shutter button is on the right. Left handed users can get the shutter on the left side by turning the iPad upside down. For landscape, rotate the device until the button is at the bottom.


CROPPING HELP

C1) The photo I scanned isn’t on Cropped screen: Check Originals screen for uncropped photos. If the photo is on Originals but not Cropped screen, it wasn’t scanned properly. Also see this post on how to avoid wrong or no cropping. For now, re-scan the photo, or crop it manually by using Trim at the bottom bar of Originals screen.

C2) Cropping is wrong: See this post for illustrated tips on how to get accurate auto-cropping. You can also manually crop photos from Originals screen.

C3) Can I disable automatic cropping? Auto-cropping is a real effort-saver in Pic Scanner. If you follow the tips in C1 above, automatic cropping will be very accurate. If you have to use uncropped photos for editing/sharing, transfer them from Originals to Cropped screen.


BUYING HELP

B1) How much does the app cost? How to buy unlimited scanning? Pic Scanner costs $1.99. This one-time price is for unlimited scanning and sharing/saving – no recurring or hidden charges.

B2) I have the trial version you used to offer. How to check how many free scans I’ve got left? Check the counter on top right (See photo: Here, 4 out of 12 free scans remain):

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B3) Cannot purchase Pic Scanner. Help! In App Store, tap Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out. Sign back in, relaunch Pic Scanner > Buy Unlimited.

B4) Do I have to pay separately for using the app on iPhone and iPad? No. If both devices are linked to the same Apple ID, you pay only once. If you buy the app on iPhone, the message Buy Unlimited vanishes after purchase. Download the free version on iPad > Tap Menu button on Camera screen > Buy Unlimited > Restore Purchase. Unlimited scanning is enabled.


SAVE & SHARE HELP

T1) How to save scanned pictures to Photos app or Dropbox? Tap Select on Cropped screen > select thumbnail(s) > Export > From sharing options, select Photos, Dropbox or others.

T2) How to share photos from Originals screen? On Originals screen, tap Select > choose photos > tap Move. Photos are saved on Cropped screen, and you can use them as you like.

T3) I want to export 150-200 photos. Can I do it all at once? Transfer in batches of 30-40 when saving on-device (Photos app) and 20-25 over the internet (Dropbox, email etc.) Facebook only lets us upload max. 10 photos at a time.

T4) How to export albums and captions? This option is not present in Pic Scanner. Please consider upgrading to Pic Scanner Gold, which offers this and many other advanced features.

T5) Where are the photos I uploaded to Dropbox saved? In App > Pic Scanner folder.

T6) How to transfer scanned pictures to my computer? On Cropped screen, tap Select > choose photos  > Export > In sharing  options, select Photos. If you have iCloud and Photostream enabled, photos will automatically sync to iCloud and your computer. If you have a very large number of photos and albums, please email us for alternative method.

T7) Does Pic Scanner work with OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Photos, Box and other cloud services? You can transfer photos from Pic Scanner to any such service by first saving them to Photos app (Camera Roll) on your iPhone or iPad, then syncing to your preferred cloud service. For iCloud, see T6 above. For OneDrive, follow these steps. Pic Scanner Gold users can directly transfer photos to the above-named and all other cloud services.

T8) Why doesn’t Pic Scanner have direct connections to all cloud services? So as to keep Pic Scanner uncluttered and easy to use. However, Pic Scanner Gold users can directly transfer photos to the above-named and all other cloud services.


ALBUMS HELP

A1) How to create albums and save photos in them? There are two ways:

Method 1. First create new album: Cropped screen > Albums > Create new album > In pop-up box, type name of album > Save > Empty album is created. Now add photos to it: Tap the empty album > Tap ‘Add photos’ > Tap ‘Cropped album’ (On top of Albums screen) > Select the photos you want to add to album > Done. Photos will be added to your album.

Method 2: One-step album creation: Start on Cropped screen > Tap the photos you want to put in the album (They’ll get tick marked) > Tap Add (bottom left) > Tap ‘Add to New Album’ > In the pop-up box, type name of album > Save > The album will be created.

A2) How to add more photos to an existing album? Start on Cropped screen > Select > tap to select and tick mark photos > Add > Add to existing album > tap on the album to which photos should be added.

A3) I am adding photos to albums. How to keep track of which photos I have added to the album and which I haven’t? In Cropped gallery, select all the photos you want to put in an album > Albums > Add to existing > Select album name. This will add only those photos that aren’t already there in the album, without duplicating those you had added earlier.

A4) How to delete an album? On Albums screen (The one that shows album covers i.e. names and number of photos in each album), swipe left on the album to be delete > Tap Delete.

A5) How to make my scanned photos into a photo book, greeting card or calendar? Save photos to Dropbox or computer as explained in T1 and T6 above, then log into your preferred photo printing website and upload the photos. Also read this blog post.

A6) How to rearrange the photos in an album or for showtime slideshow? This feature is not available in Pic Scanner (old app). Please check out our new app Pic Scanner Gold.

ShowTime SlideShow

S1) How to play/mute music with ShowTime slideshow? Tap the screen while slideshow is playing. A bar appears. Tap the loudspeaker button on it.

S2) Can I create a slideshow using some photos scanned with Pic Scanner, and others I have on my computer? Yes! Save the selected photos from Pic Scanner to Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, and sync to computer. Now open iPhoto, and follow this easy tutorial.


GENERAL HELP

G1) Is the resolution good enough for printing photos? If you plan to make reprints, scan one photo at a time (not 2 or more at a time). This will give you sufficiently high resolution scans to make 240-300 PPI (pixels per inch) prints.

G2) Trying to send message through the contact form, but it says ‘Failed. Try again’. This can happen if you are not on wi-fi. To avoid this problem when away from wifi, go to Settings > Cellular, and ensure that Pic Scanner is ON. Note that data charges may apply.

G3) In which format are the scanned photos saved? The pics are saved as JPEG (.JPG) files. Scans are optimized to give best quality (pixels) with the smallest file size (bytes).

G4) I have scanned many photos, and am running out of space on my iPhone/iPad. What to do? Free up space by deleting unneeded original files. Tap the Originals button on bottom left of Cropped thumbnails screen, and delete the original photos you no longer need.

G5) Why do you recommend saving scans to Photos app, then deleting originals from Pic Scanner? To save space. For each scan, we save the original photos. These are only needed if you need to manually crop any photos. Otherwise you can delete them safely.

G6) Is it necessary to save scanned photos in Dropbox or computer? Yes. Archiving scans in cloud or computer is a good idea so your photos stay safe even if you lose your iPhone or iPad – or accidentally delete Pic Scanner.

G7) How to uninstall Pic Scanner? Lightly press any app icon on your device for 2 seconds. All icons will get marked (x) and start jiggling. Tap Pic Scanner icon, and confirm deletion. Note that this will permanently delete your scanned photos, albums and captions.

G8) I deleted my scanned photos. Is there a way that to recover them? If you have backed them up to iTunes on your computer, yes. Go to iTunes and see when the last back-up was done. Procedure for restoring photos is similar to this. If you don’t have a back-up, you can’t get photos back. By default, we save photos in the app itself, not on a remote server. So when you delete the app, all of its contents get deleted. To prevent such accidents, you must periodically save scanned pictures to your computer or in Dropbox.

Any other questions, problems or suggestions, email feedback @appinitio.com

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How to Save Photo Albums to iCloud

Pic Scanner Gold letsshare photo albums you share and save photo albums to iCloud – as well as Dropbox, Google Photos and many other free cloud services. Archiving photos to your preferred photo storage service ensures that photos are safe even if your iPhone or iPad is lost or broken.

This post explains how to save photo albums from Pic Scanner Gold to iCloud, Dropbox or your computer:

Save photo albums to iCloud

1) Start in Photo Gallery or on Album screen

2) Long-press thumbnail of a photo to be exported. It gets check marked. Tap more thumbnails to select multiple photos, or Select all for full album

3) Tap Export > Show all > iCloud Photo Sharing > type album’s name in Shared Album field > Post

4) To view the album, go to Photos app > tap Shared tab (bottom center) > Choose album.

More info on how to use iOS photo sharing in this excellent post from iMore.

Save photo albums in Dropbox

1) Navigate to Photo Gallery or Album screen.

2) Tap Select (or long-press thumbnail of a photo) to enter photo picker mode. Tap thumbnails of all photos to be exported. Or Select all for full album

3) Tap Export > Select Dropbox. Once photos are saved, go to Dropbox and create a new folder. Drag all photos into this folder and rename the folder as desired.

 Save photo albums to computer

1) Navigate to Photo Gallery or Album screen.

2) Tap Select (or long-press thumbnail of a photo) to enter photo picker mode. Tap thumbnails of all photos to be exported. Or Select all for full album

3) Tap Export > Photos. This will save the selected pictures to Photos app. If you have iCloud/Photostream enabled, the photos will also sync via iCloud to your Mac etc.

Pic Scanner Gold – Help and Troubleshooting

Pic-Scanner-Gold-HelpWho ever heard of a user guide for a Swiss Army knife? But worry not, we have compiled a fairly thorough quick-reference list of FAQ for Pic Scanner Gold. If your question isn’t covered here, do email us – we will respond right away, and will also add it here so it can help others.

PIC SCANNER GOLD – HELP AND TROUBLESHOOTING

Scanning Photos

  • Why does Pic Scanner Gold want permission to use Camera and Photos? We use the camera to scan photos, and need access to Photos app when you save photos to it, or want to import photos into Pic Scanner Gold. This does not compromise your privacy.
  • Scans are blurry. Camera won’t focus: Camera is designed to auto-focus within a second of pointing it at the photos being scanned. If not, tap the screen to focus.
  • Scans don’t look bright or sharp: Just follow these 4-5 illustrated tips and you will get pro quality, high-resolution scans. If you are using iPhone 6 / iPad Air or newer devices, also check that High Resolution Mode is enabled (Menu > Info & Settings > Quality Control).
  • Why is scanning process different from that in Pic Scanner? Pic Scanner Gold is faster and more streamlined! It also shows you how each photo is cropped and saved. Do a few practice scans, and you’ll love it.
  • What is the blinking circle in middle of the scanner screen? A leveling tool. If you put photos on a level surface, the iPhone or iPad should be parallel to them while scanning. The thick part of the circle shows which side needs to be lowered. When the device is roughly level, ‘OK’ flashes in the circle. You can turn off this tool in Menu > Settings.
  • I have scanned many photos. Now I get a message to delete original photos. What is this? Just an alert that the app is using a lot of space, and you could free it up by deleting unneeded Originals (Gallery > tap Originals > select and delete uncropped images). If you want to keep them, tap Menu > Settings & Info > Space control > move slider to the right.

Automatic Cropping

  • Where are cropped photos saved? In Photo Gallery. From any screen, tap Menu button (top left) > Gallery. Do remember to periodically back them up to your computer or a cloud service.
  • I scanned a photo but it said, ‘Nothing saved’. Why? If the photo is saved in Originals but not Gallery, it wasn’t scanned properly. Here’s how to avoid this. For now, re-scan the photo, or crop it manually from Originals screen, using Trim
  • Cropping is wrong: See this post for illustrated tips on how to get accurate auto-cropping. You can also manually crop photos from Originals
  • Can I disable automatic cropping? Auto cropping is a big effort-saver. If you follow the tips in this post, cropping will be very accurate. If you really must use un-cropped photos, transfer them from Originals to Gallery screen (Select > Move).
  • Can I add pictures from Photos app to Pic Scanner Gold for editing or putting in albums? Of course. In Photo Gallery, tap Import and select the photo to be fetched.

Editing Photos

  • I rotated a photo and then edited it. But my changes were not saved. Save the photo after rotating, then tap Edit to edit it – and tap Save again when done editing.

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  • What do the various editing tools do? I am confused by some of the names. For a complete guide to Pic Scanner Gold’s editing suite, please click here.

Saving & Sharing Photos

  • How to save scanned pictures to Photos app or Dropbox? Tap Select on Gallery screen > select thumbnail(s) > Export > From sharing options, select Photos, Dropbox or others.
  • How to share photos from Originals screen? On Originals screen, tap Select > choose photos > tap Move. Photos are saved on Photo Gallery, and you can share them.
  • I want to save 150-200 photos to Photos app or Dropbox, but it’s either very slow or does not save all of them. Try transferring in batches of 40-50 when saving on-device (Photos app) and 20-30 over the Internet (Dropbox, Facebook etc.)
  • How to export albums together with captions? You can share mini-albums: Create an album, add captions, then in Goodies, select Shareable Albums. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Where are the photos I uploaded to Dropbox? In Dropbox > App > Pic Scanner folder.
  • How to transfer scanned pictures to computer? In Photo Gallery, tap Select > choose photos  > Export > In sharing options, select Photos. If you have iCloud / Photostream enabled, photos will automatically sync to iCloud and your computer.
  • Does Pic Scanner work with OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Photos, Box and other cloud services? Tap Select on Gallery screen > select thumbnail(s) > Export > Sharing options > Show all > Choose your preferred cloud service (Must be installed on your device).
  • Trying to post 50 photos to Facebook but can’t. Why? Facebook imposes a limit of 30 photos (or 29 photos + 1 video) on posts from other apps.
  • Google+ says Pic Scanner Gold wants to know your age and email address. Why? Google allows app developers access to such user information, but we respect your privacy and never access this data. Please see our privacy policy for further assurance.

Creating & Managing Albums

  • How to create albums and save photos in them? There are two ways:

Method 1. Create new album: Gallery screen > Albums > Create new album > Type name of album > Save > Empty album is created. To add photos, tap the empty album > Add photos > Cropped (On top of Albums screen) > Select photos > Done. Photos will be added.

Method 2: Gallery screen > Tap photos to be put in the album (They’ll get tick marked) > Add > Add to New Album > In pop-up box, type name of album > Save > Album will be created.

  • How to add more photos to an existing album? Gallery screen > Select > Select photos > Add > Add to existing album > tap on the desired album.
  • I am adding photos to albums. How do I know which photos have already been added and which I haven’t? In Gallery, select all the photos you want added to album > Albums > Add to existing > Select album. This will add only photos that aren’t already in the album, without duplicating those you had added earlier.
  • How to delete an album? On Albums screen (The one that shows album covers i.e. names and number of photos in each album), swipe left on the album to be deleted > Delete.
  • How to make photos into a photo book or calendar? Save photos to Dropbox or computer, then upload them to your preferred photo service’s website. If you have their app installed, you may directly upload photos by tapping ‘More’ in sharing options, and then selecting their app.

ShowTime (Slideshow)

  • How to play/mute music during the slideshow? Tap the screen while slideshow is playing. A bar appears. Tap the loudspeaker button to toggle sound on/off.
  • How to create a slideshow using some scanned and some already-digital photos that are on my iPhone/iPad or computer? Method 1: Save photos from Pic Scanner Gold to Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, and sync to computer > Open iPhoto, and follow this easy tutorial. Method 2: Import photos from Photos app into Pic Scanner Gold > Create an album containing scanned as well as imported photos > ShowTime.

Buying and updating

  • How much does the app cost? Pic Scanner Gold costs US$4.99 (or your currency equivalent, as determined by the App Store.) This one-time charge enables unlimited use of all standard features of the app.
  • Can I try out the app before buying? Pic Scanner Gold requires an upfront purchase, but if you are not fully satisfied with the app, you can get a full refund.Pic Scanner Gold Upgrade
  • I already use Pic Scanner. If I buy Pic Scanner Gold, can I transfer photos, captions and albums from old to new app? Yes! Download Pic Scanner Gold on the same device. Launch Pic Scanner, tap Menu > Info & Settings > Migrate > Open in > Pic Scanner Gold. Check that everything has transferred over to Pic Scanner Gold. After this, delete Pic Scanner (or at least Originals) to free up space on your device and avoid duplication.
  • How to transfer Pic Scanner Gold to a new iPhone / iPad, along with the photos, captions and albums? It’s easy. See illustrated, step-by-step procedure here.
  • I deleted Pic Scanner Gold. Do I have to pay again to download it? No. Go to the App Store, search for Pic Scanner Gold. Tap on the Download button (Cloud with downward arrow). The app will be installed without any charge to your account.
  • If I update to a new version of iOS or Pic Scanner Gold, will existing photos and captions be affected? As long as you don’t delete and reinstall the app, all cropped and original photos, captions and albums will remain intact.
  • I already bought Pic Scanner. Why is there no special upgrade price for Pic Scanner Gold? Apple doesn’t allow such upgrade pricing. But trust us, you will find Pic Scanner Gold so worth it! If you don’t, you can get a full refund.
  • When I try to buy the app, it says “In App purchases are not allowed”. Why? You may have restricted in-app purchases. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions > Allowed Content > In-App Purchases > turn it ON (If you use restrictions to avoid inadvertent purchases, e.g. by children downloading games, remember to turn them on again afterwards.)
  • If I want the app on iPhone as well as iPad, do I have to buy twice? No: if both devices use the same Apple ID, you pay only once. If you bought the app on iPhone and now want to install on iPad, tap App Store icon on iPad. Search for Pic Scanner Gold, then click download button (Cloud with downward arrow). Pic Scanner Gold will be installed on iPad at no charge.

Goodies

  • How to make a shareable album with more than 12 photos? Larger albums with more designs and features are coming soon.
  • Trying to make a greeting card, but it doesn’t show the complete photo. Are you trying to fit a portraiPic Scannner Gold Greetingt photo in a landscape template, or vice versa? Try another template.
  • It says you can make ‘hundreds of variations’ of greeting cards. How? Once you have added a photo to a card template, move the slider to change the colors of the template.

General

  • Is the resolution good enough for printing photos? If you plan to make reprints, scan one photo at a time (not 2 or more at a time). This will give you sufficiently high resolution scans to make 240-300 PPI (pixels per inch) prints.
  • Trying to send message through contact form, but it says ‘Failed. Try again’. This can happen if you are not on wi-fi. To avoid this problem when away from wifi, go to Settings > Cellular, and ensure that Pic Scanner Gold is ON. Note that data charges may apply.
  • In which format are scanned photos saved? As JPEG (.JPG) files. Scans are optimized to give best quality (pixels) with the smallest file size (bytes).
  • I am out of space on my iPhone/iPad. What to do? Free up space by deleting unneeded original files. Tap Gallery > Originals > delete the original photos you no longer need.
  • Why do you recommend saving scans to Photos app and deleting originals from Pic Scanner? To save space. Original (uncropped) photos are only needed for manually cropping. Otherwise you can safely delete them.
  • Is it necessary to save scanned photos in Dropbox or computer? Yes. Archiving ensures that your photos stay safe even if you lose your iPhone or iPad – or accidentally delete Pic Scanner.
  • How to uninstall Pic Scanner Gold? Press and hold any app icon on your device for 2 seconds. All icons will get marked (x) and start jiggling. Tap (x) on Pic Scanner Gold icon, and confirm deletion. Note that this will permanently delete your scanned photos, albums and captions.
  • I deleted my scanned photos. Is there a way that to recover them? Yes, if you have backed them up to iTunes on your computer. Go to iTunes and see when the last back-up was done.

Procedure for restoring photos is similar to this.

 

Any other questions, problems or suggestions, email feedback @appinitio.com

 

 

Editing Photos With Pic Scanner Gold

“Breathe life back into old photos” is a tired phrase, but wait until you experience the magic of editing photos with Pic Scanner Gold.

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Pic Scanner Gold includes one of the best photo editing tool kits to be found in iOS Photo apps. You can use it for editing scanned photos, as well as those imported from Photos app or the old Pic Scanner. Lots of tools to restore, enhance and embellish your treasured photographs.

Make great scans gorgeous

If you scan photos in accordance with our tips for high resolution scanning, you’ll get great scans – and you may not feel the need for any further retouching. But experiment a bit with some of these tools, and you will be rewarded with beautiful results.

These tools are intuitive enough, but if you need a ready reference, here is a quick guide.

Editing photos with Pic Scanner Gold

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Edit button is located in the bottom navigation bar of ‘Review & Edit’ screen. This toolbar also has the following functions:

Rotate: Each tap rotates the photo by 90 degrees.

Like: Adds photos to the auto-created Favorites album.

Caption: Lets you add or amend when, where, who information.

Delete: Deletes the photo from Gallery as well as albums.

To start editing photos with Pic Scanner Gold, tap Edit button.

The current photo opens in the Editor. Scroll the bottom navigation bar to see the top-level tools. More tools can be accessed by tapping these buttons.

Edit Photos Pic Scanner GoldThe top level tools are:

  • Enhance: For one-touch optimization of photos, with 5 preset modes: High-definition, Landscape, Portrait and 2 more
  • Crop: Trim your photo to any aspect ratio: preset or custom. Use it to improve composition and visual impact.
  • Lighting: The original photo was too dark? You didn’t scan in good light? Use this tool to adjust brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows.
  • Rotate: Rotate photo left or right (90 degrees at each tap), flip vertical or horizontal, or straighten photos. To use Straighten tool, press the double-sided arrow icon at bottom center of the photo, and drag it  a wee bit to the left or right. Used most often to level the horizon in photos, it can also be used to give an interesting, artistic slant to a photo.

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  • Effects: 12 amazing filters. See your photos in a completely different light!
  • Color: This useful tool lets you adjust the saturation, warmth, tint and fade levels. It can be quite useful for old photos that are discolored or have unwanted color casts.
  • Sharpen: This tool is best used AFTER you finish editing a photo, as the final step in the editing process. This is a tool where less is more. Do not over-sharpen!
  • Frames: Photos looking too plain? Add a funky digital frame to make it Instagram-ready.
  • Overlays: Want to make your photo in circular, diamond or grid shape? Use this tool. The shapes are a bit limiting and could be improved, but hey! It’s not bad.
  • Text: This one is really cool: Overlay text on photos. Type in the text box, tap Done, then drag the text anywhere, reorient or resize it. Change font or color. Fun!
  • Meme: Add fun blurbs to pictures, on top and bottom, for sharing.
  • Focus and blur: Linear and radial focus modes. Ability to blur out lines/wrinkles and subtly soften edges.
  • Vignette: Give photos a vintage look. As much or as little as you want.
  • Blemish removal (for old stains or dirt marks)
  • Splash: Selectively recolor your photos. Addictive! See an example here.
  • Draw: Select drawing tool and color, and use your fingertip to draw on the photo.

The best way to learn about editing photos with Pic Scanner Gold is to dive straight in, try out each tool, and save changes when happy with the results. Enjoy!

Don’t yet have Pic Scanner Gold? Read all about it here, then download it here. If you are an existing Pic Scanner user, you can transfer all cropped photos, albums and captions to Pic Scanner Gold in less than two minutes!

Hang Framed Photos Straight? Simple Trick.

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How to Hang Framed Photos?

So you scanned your nostalgia-filled family photos, picked out the favorites, got reprints made, and lovingly framed them. Now all that’s left to do is hang them, but you have zero confidence in your ability to hang framed photos straight? Don’t worry, here’s how to go about it.

First things first: Decide where to put them up, and how to cluster them. Our Facebook page suggests some aesthetically pleasing ways to group photos, or you could search Google Images for “grouping framed photos”. Center the photos at eye level, say 5 feet above the floor. If they are in a seating area, keep the frames’ bottom edges 6-8 inches above the furniture.

Next, spread brown paper (or newspapers) on the floor, and arrange your frames on it exactly as you want them to go on the wall. With a pencil, trace out the frames’ outlines. Now remove the frames, and draw a horizontal line representing the center of your grouping of frames.

Now position this guide sheet on the wall, make the center line exactly horizontal with a spirit level, and tape the paper in position on the wall (Did you know your iPhone and iPad have a spirit level within the Compass app? If not, see this.)

Cut a length of painters tape equal to the width of each frame. If the frames have brackets at the back, run the tape over them and stick it across the width. If the frames have hanger wire, stretch the wire upwards to determine the point where it will hang, then run the tape over it and stick it across the frame’s width. Mark the tape where the screws should go. Remove the tape lengths from the frames, and paste them along the top edges of the corresponding frame outlines on the sheet on the wall.

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Measure down from the marks on the painter’s tape to the points where the screws should be driven, and mark the exact spots with pencil. Drive in the screws, and then remove the paper. That’s it – sou are all set to put up your frames and enjoy them.

BTW, there’s a great new app that you should check out: PIC SCANNER GOLD. Learn more about this feature-filled app at www.picscannergold.com

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Scan photos? But scanning is such a pain!

So you found a box of old family photos, and everyone wants copies? Or your basement is full of shoe boxes and picture albums with photographs accumulated over several decades? Or you need to make a slideshow for a wedding or a family reunion, but all old time photos are in old-fashioned, not digital albums?

Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands, of printed photos lying about. Most of us would love to have them in digital form – in an iPhone or iPad. Portable, shareable, backed up in “the cloud”, safe from the elements. But most of us never get down to doing it, because the conventional methods are either too tedious, or too expensive.

Enter iPhone, iPad. And Pic Scanner app

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Pic Scanner is an app for iOS that lets you scan photos – up to four at a time. It then intelligently detects, automatically crops and enhances, and individually saves all the photos. All with just one tap on your iPhone or iPad. That’s a lot easier, faster than scanning one by one on a desk scanner, then transferring to computer and painstakingly cropping and organizing them.

Like having a photo scanner in your pocket

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have 12 megapixel cameras. Older iPhones and most iPads have 8 MP cameras. Pic Scanner app turns this great camera into a powerful pocket scanner that’s always there when you need it. In your pocket (uh, in your palm if it’s an iPad:)

As BBC’s flagship personal tech program Click noted back in 2013, Pic Scanner is “packed with great tools…that should save you a lot of time”. Well, the app has come a long way since then. It’s been given a beautiful, minimalist design and lots of new features.

Here’s what Pic Scanner offers:

* Scan multiple photos with one tap
* Fully automatic, accurate cropping
* Quick-editing, no-fuss toolkit
* Automatic perspective correction
* Retro filters. B&W, sepia and more
* Add captions to save the stories
* In-app albums to organize photos
* Ability to scan albums, a page at a time

The screenshots below show some of these features:

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Batch scan photos

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Auto-crop photos

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Quick edit tools

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Apply filters

 

 

 

 

 

 

A major advantage of Pic Scanner is that your photos remain yours. All processing and saving occurs on your iPhone or iPad, and you aren’t obliged to upload photos on some remote third-server – So privacy is assured. Also, you aren’t forced to keep scanned photos within the app: you can freely share them via email, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google+ or iMessage. Or save to Photos / Camera roll on your iPhone/iPad – from where you can transfer them to a computer and iCloud. All of these gateways are built into Pic Scanner.

Pic Scanner also gives you the freedom to bulk save photos to computer and (via Photos app) to other cloud services e.g. Google Photos, Box, Flickr etc. So you can archive any number of photos without paying recurring cloud fees or filling up your iPhone/iPad’s storage.

The app comes with great customer service, too. Troubleshooting help can be found here, and if you can’t find the answer to your question here, email support.

Scan photos any time, anywhere

Pic Scanner needs no Internet to scan photos. So if you find yourself visiting an aged relative who has a treasure trove of old photos but no scanner and no internet, you can still scan. It’s the perfect tool for breathing life back into legacy memories. You can bring your past into the present, literally in a snap!

Great! Er, how much does it cost?

You can download the full-featured version of Pic Scanner free from Apple’s App Store. This trial version allows 12 free scans and 12 opportunities to share photos. Once you have tried it out and practiced a bit, you can buy the unlimited version with a one-time $2.99 in-app purchase. That’s it. No hidden charges, no recurring costs.

Go on, download it now. If you know someone who might benefit from this app, share this post with them. Memories are priceless. Pic Scanner is great value.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new

Got yourself a new iPhone or iPad, but have lots of prized old photos scanned with Pic Scanner on your old device? Want to transfer photos from old iPhone to new one? Also albums and captions? Piece of cake!

Here’s How

The directions below say iPhone, but they also apply to iPad.

A) Ensure that you have the latest version of Pic Scanner on the old phone. Also the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. If not, update.

B) Create a folder named Pic Scanner Temp on your computer’s desktop.

C) Connect old iPhone to computer via USB cable. Launch iTunes on computer, and select your iPhone [See (1) below]. Check that Summary pane is selected in left column. In Backups on right side, select This Computer, then Back up now [See (2) and (3)]. When done, Latest backup time below Backup Now button will be updated to current time.

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D) With the old iPhone still connected to computer, click Apps in iTunes sidebar on the left [(4) below]. Then in the right pane, scroll all the way down to File Sharing section (5). Locate and click Pic Scanner (6). The right side will show some folders and files e.g. original_images, splitted_images, etc. Select all, and drag them into Pic Scanner Temp folder on desktop.

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E) In Pic Scanner Temp, click on splitted_images folder. Check that your photos are in it, then return to iTunes and click Eject near top left to disconnect the old iPhone from the computer.

F) On the new iPhone, download Pic Scanner (free) from the App Store. Launch Pic Scanner, tap Menu > Buy unlimited > Restore purchase. You will be upgraded to the unlimited version. It won’t yet have the old photos, so let us now restore them.

G) Connect new iPhone to the computer with USB cable. In iTunes, select your new phone, click Apps in left sidebar, then scroll down the right pane to File Sharing. Click Pic Scanner. The right side will show some folders, but they will all be empty (zero KB)

H) Select all folders and files in Pic Scanner Temp folder on the computer. Drag and drop them alongside the empty folders in iTunes File Sharing window (Care: Don’t drag Pic Scanner Temp folder into iTunes: only the files and folders within it.) In the warning pop-up box [See (7) below], check mark the Apply to all box, and click Replace.

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I) Click the Sync button (8).

Voila! You are done. Go into Pic Scanner on your new iPhone and tap the lighthouse thumbnail on top left. Enjoy your photos!

Any problems, drop us a line.

Introduction to Photo Scanning

If you have an iPhone or iPad, photo scanning is super easy with Pic Scanner app. To scan with your smartphone or a digital camera, remember a few things and you’ll do just fine:

  • Lighting: Ensure good ambient lighting. If you can, scan in natural daylight. You don’t want the sun shining directly on the photos, but indirect or reflected light; so scan near a window. It’s harder to avoid glare and reflections under artificial (electric) light. Colors will also not be reproduced faithfully, especially if scanning under fluorescent light. Can you guess which of the following scans was done by daylight and which under a table lamp?

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  • No flash: Never use flash while scanning, for precisely the reasons mentioned above regarding electric and fluorescent lighting. Turn OFF flash before you scan. See the reflections and flash glare in the photos below:

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  • No zoom: Using the digital zoom on your smartphone will reduce image resolution. Bring the camera closer to the photo being scanned, instead of holding it further away and zooming in. As photozxels.com explains, “Digital zoom….takes a central portion of the image and enlarges it, thus ‘simulating’ optical zoom. In other words, the camera crops a portion of the image and then enlarges it back to size. In so doing, you lose image quality.”
  • Steady hands: Since the photos being scanned are close to the camera, you must hold the iPhone or iPad very steady while scanning. Can be difficult, especially with iPad. An easy solution is to place the iPhone or iPad on a locker stand, and position the photos below it.

Ready to start photo scanning? Get Pic Scanner app. It helps you take care of some of the above things, and also automatically crops the photos for you – a big time and effort-saver. Below is a short tutorial video of this critically acclaimed app:

 

Pic Scanner Camera Screen Explained

Camera screen is the first screen you see on launching Pic Scanner. Here is an illustrated guide to everything on this screen.

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Viewfinder window (marked in red) is the entire area through which you can see the objects lying on the other side.

Just within the edges of the viewfinder window, you will see a translucent frame. This is the scanning area. The photos that you scan must lie fully within this area.

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The leveling tool above works just like a spirit level. It helps you make your device horizontal (or parallel to the photos being scanned), which minimizes perspective distortion.

The little square window on top left displays a thumbnail of your last scan. Tapping it takes you to the Cropped gallery, which contains thumbnails of all of your cropped photos.

The three horizontal bars on top right are the Menu button. Tap it when you want to upgrade to the unlimited version of Pic Scanner, access Help (5-Minute Guide and troubleshooting help), watch a slideshow of your scans, modify settings, or contact us.

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The free version of Pic Scanner has a counter below the Menu button. As you know, the free version allows 12 trial scans. The counter show how many free scans you’ve got left, e.g. 4/12 means you can scan 4 more times. This counter disappears once you purchase the unlimited version.

And finally, the big shutter button at bottom center is what you press to scan photos.

Do check out the other posts on our blog, and if you have any questions or suggestions, email us (As mentioned above, by tapping Menu > Contact us)

 

的照片扫描到您的iPhone或者iPad上: Pic Scanner 應用程式

扫描照片,珍藏您的回忆

Pic Scanner: 扫描照片,珍藏您的回忆

现在,您可以扫描照片,您的iPhone或iPad应用Pic Scanner


珍藏您的珍贵回忆:有了这款应用程式,您就能动动小手将旧照片打印的照片扫描到您的iPhone或者iPad上。您可以同时扫描4张照片,图片浏览器会自动识别剪辑并且保存您的照片。与一张一张地扫描相比,不知道轻松多少。

Pic Scanner: 扫描照片,珍藏您的回忆: 打开 iTunes 以购买和下载 App。

功能繁多,操作却极其简单:

• 轻轻一按,同时扫描多张图片
• 照片魔术般自动裁剪
• 轻松编辑照片:让优秀的照片更出众
• 复古滤镜和,B&W, 棕褐色等等
• 添加图片说明:保存更多带图照片
• 传输到相机胶卷或电脑
• 通过社交媒体,电子邮件,iMessage共享
• 还有更多的功能:现在就来探索吧

随时随地进行扫描。扫描照片无需网络。将旧日的美好时光收藏起来。将过去的美好融合在今天的生活中。
客户推荐理由:

• 节省大量的时间(BBC Click)
• 应得如潮好评(Cult of Mac)
• 最佳40应用(The Guardian)
• 震撼您的大脑(Gould Genealogy)
• 收起桌面扫描仪吧(AppAdvice)

客户的爱:

• 五星: 非常有用,省时
• 6-66岁都能简单上手
• 比单独扫描高效的多
• 有了它,谁还要扫描仪呀?

PicScanner专为iphone,ipad, iPod Touch iOS 8.4及以上版本设计。不推荐iPhone 4s以及更早的版本使用。

Pic Scanner: 扫描照片,珍藏您的回忆: 打开 iTunes 以购买和下载 App。

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珍藏您的珍貴回憶:有了這款應用程式,您就能非常容易地將舊照片打印的照片掃描到您的iPhone或者iPad上。您可以壹次掃描4張照片,圖片瀏覽器會自動識別剪輯並且保存您的照片。您可以免費掃描12次:您只需壹次性購買即可享受無限掃描分享機會。

功能繁多,操作卻極其簡單:

* 同時掃描多達4張照片
* 照片自動裁剪
* 輕鬆編輯照片
* 添加濾鏡和字幕
* 即時分享照片到:Facebook, Instagram, email, Messages, Google+
* 創建漂亮的數位像片簿
* 瀏覽掃描幻登照片
* 在Dropbox,iPhoto,icloud中將照片存檔

珍藏回憶:不要讓您寶貴的回憶,懷舊的情懷,被遺忘在舊日的影集和抽屜裏。將它們掃描到您的iphone或者ipad的上,這樣您就可以隨時瀏覽分享它們了。

隨時隨地,想掃就掃:掃描時無需聯網。快速簡單。就像袋裏有壹個照片掃描儀一樣。

漢語用戶使用手冊

用戶評論:圖片掃描網已經受到了BBC,南方早報,衛報和許多優秀媒體的稱贊。

該應用專為iphone或ipad iOS9以上用戶設計。不建議iPhone 4S和更舊版本的用戶使用。扫描照片与iPhone iPad 应用程序 扫描照片与iPhone应用程序 扫描照片与iPhone应用程序 扫描照片与iPhone iPad 应用程序

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pic Scanner: 扫描照片,珍藏您的回忆: 打开 iTunes 以购买和下载 App。

Pic Scanner – App for scanning photos with iPhone or iPad

(For English readers)

SCAN PHOTOS WITH iPHONE OR iPAD. Scan 4 photos together. Pic Scanner detects, crops and saves them individually. So much easier, faster than scanning photos one by one.

A PHOTO SCANNER IN YOUR POCKET. So many features, yet so easy to use:

* Scan multiple photos with just one tap
* Fully automatic cropping. Like magic
* Photo editing: Easily enhance your pics
* Automatic perspective correction
* Image filters. B&W, sepia and more
* Captions: Save stories about the photos
* Organize photos in digital picture albums
* Scan albums: Without taking photos out
* Share & save photos freely, conveniently:
– Transfer to computer via Camera Roll
– Post to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google+
– Share via email, iMessage
– Back-up / archive to Dropbox, iPhoto, iCloud
– Upload to other social media sites via Photos
* View scanned pictures as a slideshow
* Watch on TV: via AppleTV or Roku

Pic Scanner – Download at the App Store

How to scan photos with iPhone or iPad to make photo books or high resolution prints? Easy. Digitize 1-2 pictures at a time. This will give high PPI (pixels per inch) scans. For sharing photos on social media, it’s OK to scan 3-4 at a time.

SCAN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Pic Scanner needs no Internet to scan photos. Breathe life back into legacy memories. Bring your past into the present, in a snap!