- CamScanner Lite (free)
- CamScanner Pro (£2.99)
- Receipt capture
- Multi-page receipts
- Upload to QuickFile
- Linking your receipts to digital records in the Receipt Hub
- Alternatives to CamScanner
- Why stop at receipts
About a year ago we discovered an app called CamScanner and it has since become an invaluable part of our toolset. CamScanner is essentially a mobile scanning and document capture app for iPhone and Android devices. Although it was never specifically designed for receipt capture, the flexibility and ease of use makes it particularly suited to the task. In this guide we explore some of the features of CamScanner and how it can be used to stream all your paper receipts into the cloud.
Once installed you are ready to start capturing your receipts.
Here are some screenshots that illustrate the capture process.
You will notice that the image can be cropped exactly to the dimensions you require. The following screen will then allow you to apply filters to reduce the colours to black and white (recommended). The magic colour filter also works really well and allows the file to be compressed to a decent size.
The other option you have is to upload via Dropbox. QuickFile can link into your Dropbox account and sweep up any files you move into a dedicated QuickFile receipts folder. The files will be automatically transferred to your Receipt Hub. This is handy when you have the need to manage multiple accounts from one device.
###Linking your receipts to digital records in the Receipt Hub
Once you have uploaded your receipts, they will automatically appear in the Receipt Hub. You can now link the digitally scanned images to existing purchase records in QuickFile. You can find out more about this process in the Receipt Hub guide.
###Alternatives to CamScanner
We’ve come across other apps that perform a similar function to CamScanner. One of the more notable options is Scanner Pro. It should do much the same as CamScanner, although we haven’t had a chance to test this ourselves.
###Why stop at Receipts?
Of course you don’t need to use CamScanner exclusively for receipts, we use it to scan bank statements, letters, contracts, business cards, and much more. Any document that you upload to your Receipt Hub can easily be moved under a different folder within the document management system.
CamScanner is a handy mobile interface for digitising receipts and other business documents, whether you are on the move or in the office. The capture process is really slick and outperforms many dedicated receipt capture apps. For auditing purposes it’s really useful having your paper records instantly accessible in the cloud and CamScanner makes that job a little easier.