Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Genius Fax now available on Android

Today we take a new step to make our genius tools available to more users and small businesses. We are excited to announce that Genius Fax is now available for Android.

We originally created Genius Fax for iOS because there wasn't any good application to send faxes. It's annoying enough to have to send a fax, so why should it be painful because the applications are badly designed or have hidden costs.

Android users will now benefit from the same hassle-free features our iOS users have enjoyed for more than a year:
  • Faxing documents located in any app
  • Subscribing to a fax number to be able to receive faxes directly on your phone
Our pricing stays simple: one page costs one fax credit (for international, long distance or local #). You purchase credits for as low as 39c if purchased in bulk. The cover page generated by Genius Fax is always free.

If you log in or sign up for a new account with the Android app before September 15, you will receive 5 credits for free!


As always, we will quickly reply to your feedback. Email us at android.support@geniusfax.com.

Below are a few screenshots of the app to show you how simple and friendly it is:

A friendly UI to start with.

Your fax history clearly
displays the status of your
faxes.


Sending a fax is as easy
as entering a fax number
and a few optional details.

The status of your faxes is
always clearly displayed.

Get a notification when you
receive a new fax, or when
your faxes are sent.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Introducing Genius Scan 3.5 featuring Auto-Upload, Importing and Page Swipe

For our last release before iOS 8, we are excited to introduce a lot of cool features. As always, our focus has been to simplify your workflow, so to remove unnecessary steps.

Swiping between the pages of a document

This should have been available in Genius Scan since the beginning but early design decisions made that harder. Well, it’s now fixed!

Swipe left and right to
browse your documents.

Auto Upload

Your documents are important and you want to export them as soon as you can. This feature lets you upload your documents as soon as they changee if you are connected to Wifi. To configure the Auto Upload, open the settings of your favorite service  (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, FTP, OneDrive, OneNote, WebDAV), turn on the auto-uploading and choose the destination folder.

A simple checkbox turns
the auto-upload on


Two small notes:

  • This will only work when you are connected to a wifi network to avoid heavy data usage
  • In some cases, making several changes to a document will result in multiple copies. This is true for notes services such as Evernote or OneNote. We consciously decided to still enable it for these services because we think it’s more important that your documents are backed up.

Improved notification system

Genius Scan notifies you of noteworthy events: your document was safely uploaded, there was an error exporting your document, and a few other notifications. The new notification system is more visible and friendlier.
Tap the notification if you
need more time to read it.


Import from other apps

You can now import documents (PDF, JPEG) from other apps into Genius Scan+. This is very powerful because it enables you to mix scanned documents into existing PDFs.

From any app, export a PDF
to Genius Scan

Importing takes only a few
seconds even for large documents

This 37-pages PDF just appears as
a regular document in Genius Scan.

And a lot more …


  • In March, we partnered with Microsoft to let you export your scans to OneNote. We keep improving on this: When exporting to OneNote, PDF documents are now embedded in the note.
  • When adding pages to a document, the Save button directly saves in the current document
  • Ability to select a custom FTP port
  • FTP and WebDAV folders are now sorted alphabetically
  • Adjusted magnifier position so that it's more visible
  • When naming your documents, Genius Scan avoids duplicate names by appending the seconds to the document name if necessary.
  • Genius Scan warns you if your documents become too big and may cause issues when exporting.
  • Magnifier is 5x smoother on iPad and older phones
  • Smoother, more natural animations
  • Improved help system
  • Last but not least, if you are a developer, you might be interested in the following in the option to open Genius Scan and Genius Scan+ directly from a URL scheme

We are convinced all these tweaks will improve your experience with Genius Scan. Of course, always feel free to contact us at support@thegrizzlylabs.com.

As always, the free version of Genius Scan is fully functional and received a lot of improvements with this upgrade. You will notice that some of the new features (auto-upload, import) are only available in Genius Scan+. For the cost of two latt├ęs, you will benefit from lots of new features and make it possible for us to keep improving our product as we have done over the past 4 years.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Backup and Restore your Data in Genius Scan for Android

In the latest version of Genius Scan for Android (1.4.2), we added a new feature that was often suggested by our users: being able to backup and restore Genius Scan data.

The most common case for using this feature is when you get a new device and you want to transfer your documents. It can also be useful when you were using Genius Scan and you purchase the Genius Scan+ app to transfer your documents from one version to the other (though the most practical way to upgrade to Genius Scan+ is to do it from the free version with an in-app purchase).

And of course, you can also regularly backup your Genius Scan data if you work with important documents and you don't want to lose them in case your device breaks or gets stolen.

So, how does it work?

Backup Genius Scan data

To create a backup, open the Genius Scan settings and select Backup



Then, select a folder where the backup file will be saved



The backup can take several minutes or more, depending on the number of documents you have. Do not close the app during the backup operation.


After the backup is complete, a file named with today's date and a ".gs-bck" extension is created in the folder you selected. You can move this file to your computer or to another device.

Restore a backup

Similarly, open the Genius Scan settings and select Restore a backup



Select the backup file you want to restore


The restore operations can take up to 10 minutes if you have a lot of documents. Do not close the app or data could be corrupted.



When the Restore operation is completed, the app will restart and all your documents will be ready to use :)


If you need any help backing up your data or restoring, feel free to contact us with the Help section of the app or directly at android.support@thegrizzlylabs.com.





























Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Receive Faxes with Genius Fax

With Genius Fax 2.0, the day has come to get rid of your fax machine.

Having the ability of receiving a fax generally means the following: buy a fax machine and reserve a line, or subscribe to an expensive service with ridiculous and incomprehensible fees.

With Genius Fax 2.0, you just pay as you go. You reserve a fax number for a very small fee (as low $3.49 per month) and you only need credits to receive pages. These are the same credits that you use to send faxes.

Update main screen displaying
your fax number.

As you receive a fax, you will get a push notification and an email and the received fax will appear in your app:


A received fax. Tap on "View document"
to display your document and
export it to other apps.

This feature is available now in Genius Fax 2.0 on the App Store.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Print your Genius Scan Documents on Android

The Android version of Genius Scan+ now supports printing via Cloud Print.
Cloud Print is a technology from Google that allows you to print to any printer wirelessly.

The first step is to setup your printer to be used with Cloud Print. You can find on this page the list of Cloud Ready Printers and the instructions to add such a printer to Cloud Print. If your printer is not in this list, you will simply need to connect it in Google Chrome settings, as explained in details here.

Printer added to Google Cloud Print

Then, install the official Cloud Print Android app on your device, open Genius Scan+ and export any of your scan, as JPG or PDF, to the Cloud Print app.

Select Cloud Print on the Export screen

A cloud Print dialog appears and enables you to choose your printer and edit the printing settings.

Edit printing settings


Your document will print as soon as your printer is online! 

Printing requires Genius Scan+ ($6.99).



Monday, March 17, 2014

Genius Scan and OneNote, capture and save!

Everyone knows Genius Scan as a scanner in your pocket. We designed it to make it easy for individuals and small businesses to digitize their important documents. Today, we are excited to announce that our iOS and Android versions now integrate with OneNote.


Microsoft OneNote users have been looking for a better way to go paperless and Genius Scan is a great solution for that. On the other hand, a lot of Genius Scan users look for great services to store and organize their documents. By working together, Genius Scan and OneNote open a whole new world of possibilities.

Using the integration with OneNote is simple:

1. Snap a picture of a document (contracts, business cards, whiteboards!) with your device. Genius Scan detects the frame of the document, crops it and enhances the colors to make it legible, like a real scanner would do.



2. If desired, save your scan in a PDF document. You can add multiple pages.

3. Export your document to save it to the cloud, share it with colleagues and friends. With the OneNote integration, you are now able to save your documents to your OneNote notebook. The [OneNote integration, http://www.thegrizzlylabs.com/onenote] is available for both iOS and Android.


Tell us what you think at contact@thegrizzlylabs.com and follow us on Twitter @thegrizzlylabs to get more updates.

Friday, February 14, 2014

International Faxing with Genius Fax

We want to make Genius Fax the easiest and most intuitive solution for people to fax from their phones and we have been making a lot of incremental changes.

One thing that wasn't obvious for our users was which countries were supported. While we listed these countries in the description and in the help, it wasn't there when user most needed it: when they were entering the fax number. With Genius Fax 1.2, users can now select a country and type a number for this country. Genius Fax will format and validate the number before even attempting to send the fax.

We also bumped up the file size limit from 5MB to 20MB. Note that the largest the file you send, the longer it will take to transmit. A page should take about a minute or two to transmit, but if the pages contain images and lots of graphics, it can take much longer.


Some of the supported countries in Genius Fax.