Mobile OCR apps

Updated: March 04, 2019

2019. Microsoft added table OCR to mobile Excel



Microsoft has added a new feature to the mobile Excel application that allows users to take a picture of the printed table and convert it into an Excel spreadsheet with editing capabilities. While the feature is only available for Android, but it will also come iOS soon. The feature is available only for Office 365 users. Of course, this feature is intended for simple tables. Complicated tables with merged cells are recognized with errors.


2016. Dropbox launched a new way to scan documents with your phone



Dropbox released a slew of new enterprise features. The most interesting new feature is a tool in its mobile application that allows business users to scan documents and upload them directly into Dropbox. The idea is that there is still a lot of activity and business development that happens in the real world, and Dropbox hopes to seamlessly extend that into its services. Here’s one of the more unique aspects: the company uses optical character recognition (or OCR, for short) to recognize text on the document that it’s scanning. That makes content within those documents — if it works — actually searchable inside the app. Given that Dropbox’s strength has generally been its core technology, and its quick synchronization tools, the company is clearly leaning on that in order to build a differentiated product.


2013. Android for business: Google adds offline translater, Evernote - document scanner



Android gets two more useful features that business users will like for sure. First, it the offline mode in the Google Translate app. Because the translator is often needed when you travel abroad. At the same time in other country you often can't access mobile Internet. But now it's possible to download needed language databases and use the powerful Google's translator offline. And the Evernote for Android has added specialized camera mode for documents. It defines the boundaries of the sheet, eliminates shadows and adjusts the contrast, thus optimizing the text for OCR. Note that for now Evernote doesn't return the OCR-document in the text format, but allows you to search this document by the text it contains. In addition, in the free Evernote version the time of document recognition may take several days.