Adobe Scan App With Text Recognition Launched for Android and iOS

Adobe Scan App With Text Recognition Launched for Android and iOS


  • Adobe Scan app is free to download and use
  • The app is already available on both Android and iOS
  • Adobe Scan offers text recognition feature

Adobe on Wednesday launched its document scanning app called Adobe Scan. If you are wondering why you should opt for Adobe’s app over the existing scanning apps available on Google Play store or Apple’s App Store, the new scanning app comes with Adobe Document Cloud integration. While the app is free to download and use, users will need an Adobe ID to get access to its features. It’s available for Android and iOS.

While the Adobe Scan works like almost every other scanning app, it offers the option to sharpen the scanned content and touch up scans or photos from your camera roll. Users can scan multiple-page documents and then save the scans as PDF files with the help of Adobe Scan app. One of the key features offered by the Adobe Scan is text recognition, just like the one offered by Microsoft Lens, which allows users to scan images into editable documents and can come in handy for working professionals as well as students.

“The free Adobe Scan app turns your device into a powerful portable scanner that recognises text automatically (OCR). Turn anything – receipts, notes, documents, pictures, business cards, whiteboards – into an Adobe PDF with content you can reuse,” the company says in the app description on Google Play.

“Adobe Scan represents a radical re-imagination of how to capture your most important document content,” Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe, was quoted as saying in the company’s release.

“Adobe invented PDF creation for PCs, and with Adobe Scan we’re doing the same for a mobile-first world. As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign and Acrobat DC, offering a modern document experience with unprecedented value to our customers,” Lamkin said.


Adobe Releases a Slew of New Creative Cloud Features

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At Adobe’s MAX conference in Los Angeles recently, the company announced new mobile apps, desktop tools, plus a new portfolio service that could be good news for creative professionals.

Plenty of updates are also coming, but here is a list of some new things to look forward to.

Photoshop Fix

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Adobe is making Photoshop easier and more mobile with the new Photoshop Fix app. And it’s free.

Photoshop Fix will probably not replace Photoshop on your desktop, but it does offer editing tools made for easier use. The app offers tools like heal, smooth, liquify and lighten. The app works with Adobe Creative Cloud to sync with Photoshop and other Adobe apps so you can access edited photos on multiple devices and apps. Unfortunately Fix is only available for iOS, but you can download it now on iTunes.

Capture CC

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Capture CC is another photo editing app but a little different from Photoshop Fix. Capture CC combines Color CC, Shape CC, Brush CC and Hue CC to create an app that can take your photos “from inspiration to asset creation,” as Adobe says. Capture a photo or choose an existing one and the app will visualize the color and light available. This is then displayed in a rotating array of “color bubbles” you can use to turn your photo into a color theme, vector graphic, or unique brush that can be used in creative projects. This one is available for both iOS and Android.

Adobe Portfolio

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Adobe Portfolio is a new service the company is introducing that eliminates the need for programing skills to publish your professional portfolio online. Adobe claims the service can help you create a customized, responsive portfolio of your work on your own domain with no need to write a single line of code. Adobe Portfolio is based on Behance, so projects on both services can be synced. There was no specific release date given. Adobe only says Portfolio is coming soon and will be included as part of all Adobe Creative Cloud plans.

Project Comet

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Here’s one coming for the desktop. Adobe gave a teaser of a new design tool the company is developing for UX designers, code named Project Comet. Project Comet aims to combine design and prototyping in one tool so you won’t have to switch programs or go back and undo work. The tool combines wireframing, visual design, prototyping, and preview all in one. It will also utilize Creative Cloud to sync with apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. The Project Comet preview release is set for some time in early 2016.

In addition to these new apps, tools, and services, Adobe announced a slew of other updates.

Mobile apps such as Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Comp CC, and Illustrator Draw will be getting updates. The company has added more Adobe Stock integration into its CC desktop apps to easily search and browse directly from Creative Cloud. You can also expect to see updates to Photoshop CC and video apps Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and Audition CC.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Update Brings New Photoshop Features and More

Adobe Creative Cloud Update Brings New Photoshop Features and More


  • Photoshop gets Match Font to identify fonts in images.
  • Content-Aware Crop has been added with the update.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro gets new VR-centric features.

Software major Adobe released an update to its Creative Cloud suite on Tuesday, bringing a host of new updates to its portfolio. Photoshop got new tools like Content-Aware Crop, Face-Aware Liquify, and Match Font features. The update also brings new stock content in Adobe Stock, and more features for Illustrator and Premiere Pro users.

The new update is being rolled out to all Creative Cloud subscribers globally at no additional cost. Photoshop, in particular, brings the previously previewed Content-Aware Crop feature, which automatically fills in the white gaps when you rotate or expand a picture from its optimal size. The Content Aware feature will let you straighten a picture, without losing any of the content. Check out how it works in the demo video below.

Furthermore, Photoshop CC 2015.5 also introduces a new Face-Aware Liquify feature that detects the components on a face, and then lets users adjust eyes, mouth, nose and other facial features easily. There’s also the new Deep Font or Match Font feature that was demoed first at Adobe Max 2015 last October. This feature basically decodes an image with text, and tells you the font in which it is written. This helps designers ascertain the font used in texts of jpeg images, for them to replicate later in their psd files when required.


Additionally, there are also performance enhancements in Photoshop, “including four times performance improvement when working with the Font Menu and three times improvement for Content-Aware Fill.” The entire changelog to Photoshop can be viewed here.

Adobe Stock gets new premium stock photos, and now includes as many as 100,000 images in its database from proficient artists. Adobe Illustrator got the new Export for screens feature, which aims at speeding up the work of exporting groups of assets or artboards. This feature lets you export in multiple sizes, resolutions and formats all at once. Adobe also made the preview version of its experience design app XD available in German, French and Japanese, and has added a few new features as well. The Adobe Premiere Pro editing software also received some upgrades, notably the new Virtual Reality features. The new ‘field of view’ mode in Premiere Pro aims to make it easy for editors and filmmakers to preview media and see what the viewer will see.

Tags: Adobe, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Stock

Apple to Block Adobe Flash by Default in Safari 10 on macOS Sierra

Apple to Block Adobe Flash by Default in Safari 10 on macOS Sierra


  • Safari 10 will push HTML5 as default.
  • New browser will ship with macOS Sierra this fall.
  • Google and Mozilla have implemented similar measures.

Following Google’s footsteps, Apple has announced it will block Adobe Flash Player plugin in its new Safari browser that will be shipped alongside macOS Sierra. After the new operating system is shipped in fall, the Safari 10 browser will push HTML5 as the default.

Apple developer Ricky Mondello elaborated in a blog post that if a website supports Flash content, then Safari would ask for permission before running it. He encourages developers to switch to HTML5, as it improves performance and battery life.

The Cupertino giant was amongst the first to start blocking Flash, with the platform long inaccessible on iOS. The company is now bringing the fight to the desktop browser, joining the battle of killing the ageing rich media content platform that’s riddled with security flaws and vulnerabilities. When Google Chrome announced its plans to make HTML5 default, it released a whitelist of ten websites which would be not be blocked by default for using Flashc content. These included Facebook, YouTube, and Yahoo, among others. Apple, however, has not announced any such list.

Mondello explains that Safari will pretend as if Flash Player is not installed, “Most websites that detect that Flash isn’t available, but don’t have an HTML5 fallback, display a “Flash isn’t installed” message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed and offer to activate it just one time or every time the website is visited. The default option is to activate it only once. We have similar handling for the other common plug-ins.”

Apple does mention that it isn’t killing off plugin support altogether, but is just discouraging it. It will ask users for permission to activate the plugin, but then also allow them to keep it activated for subsequent visits. The plugin will then remain active for the user as long as the website is regularly visited. Safari expires a user’s request to activate a plugin on a particular website after it hasn’t seen that plugin used on that site for a little over a month.

Other legacy plugings that Apple will block by default include Java, Silverlight, and its own QuickTime. Apple asked the developers to test Safari 10 on macOS Sierra beta, and see how this change affects their websites. In any case, developers should take the hint, and get rid of support for legacy plugins, and switch to HTML5 or other modern standards instead.

Tags: Adobe Flash Player, Apple, Google, macOS Sierra, Mozilla, Safari 10