Genius Scan 4.3 comes with a brand new service, Genius Cloud. This is something that has been in the works for a long time because we wanted to really get it right. With Genius Scan 4.3, we are excited to offer document backup and synchronization in Genius Scan.
Genius Cloud is an optional service that synchronizes your documents between your devices, and backs them up in the cloud. This means that if you lose your phone or your documents because of some unfortunate event (for instance if your cat decides to use your iPad), you will still be able to recover your precious documents.
Our users have always used Genius Scan to digitize important documents. A typical example: receipts. If lost, this can have implications for filing taxes or getting reimbursed by the accounting department.
One of the most common support requests we are received is “How do I access my documents?” Support requests are very important for us: they reveal the most common problems, and we aim at resolving those whenever it’s within our control. We found that the reasons why Genius Scan’s users couldn’t access their documents anymore were always one of the following:
Genius Cloud solves all these issues in an elegant way.
You can get started by tapping on the Sync button on the main screen, or just selecting the smiley tab in Genius Scan:
We will first ask you to create an account. This will let you connect multiple devices to the same account and synchronize the documents between these devices. If you lose your phone, you will also be able to reconnect your new phone onto your account (we also plan to let you access your documents from the web in the future, get in touch if this is something you’d like to see quickly).
Once you have an account, you need to purchase a subscription to the service.
As soon as your in-app purchase is made, you’re good to go: your documents will automatically be uploaded to your account. This might take some time if you have a lot of them. Genius Cloud offers unlimited cloud storage.
Genius Cloud is a paid subscription of $2.99/month (or $29.99/year) – or the equivalent in your local currency.
Some of you may wonder why we don’t provide it for free. After all, Dropbox, Evernote, OneDrive, Google Drive all provide their users with a free document storage service to some extent. And everyone is so used to free services everywhere (Facebook …). The answer is simple: there is a development cost and a cost associated with running the infrastructure for document storage and synchronization. We are an independent company and plan to stay so. We are also not in the business of selling our users’ data or hooking them in an addictive app to show them ads. In order to be a viable and sustainable business, we ask our users to pay for a service they deem useful.
In addition, subscribers of Genius Cloud will get access to Genius Scan+ on both iOS and Android for the duration of their subscription.
Genius Cloud is available now for all users of Genius Scan, existing and new. Just make sure you update to Genius Scan 4.3.
All in all, we are tremendously excited about Genius Cloud and the new opportunities it opens. We are already working on improving Genius Scan further. If you have any feedback, please email us!
Representative democracy is great, but sometimes as a citizen you want your voice to be heard inbetween elections. One way to do that is to contact your representative. Should you want to do that, here is some advice:
The right representative depends on the issue you want to reach out about.
For local issues, your mayor, governor can be appropriate. You will find their contact on your state’s website. For instance, if you’re trying to reach out the governor of North Dakota, you can go on nd.gov and from there follow a couple links to reach https://www.governor.nd.gov/ where you will find a phone and fax number at the bottom of the page.
For federal purposes, you are represented by two senators determined by the state you reside in, and by a representative based on the congressional district you live in (if you are not in a State, you are represented by a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives). You can find your senators on the senator list, and your representatives on the House website.
One of the best way to contact your representative is through a phone call. It’s very hard for them to ignore a phone call.
If you want to take your time to elaborate your thoughts or are uncomfortable calling, written form can be more appropriate. In this case, your options are email, fax and snail mail.
It seems that the more effort you put in, the more likely your demand will be considered:
The amount of work you put into your letter also counts. Snail mail gets considered over FAXes which get considered over emails. Killing trees matter.
Explain why you are contacting your representative in a few short paragraphs. Explain who you are and why you support or oppose the bill. Always keep the tone polite, even if you disagree with your representative’s current position. You should be clear, concise and positive. Make sure you have a good knowledge of the subject and also of the representative you are trying to contact. Knowing their voting history can make a difference.
Faxing is not sexy, but sometimes you need it. With Genius Fax, we try to make this experience as smooth as possible.
We are excited to let you know that Genius Fax is now available as a web app. If you happen to be at your desk when you need to send or receive a fax, you don’t have to switch to your mobile phone anymore.
Genius Fax for the web follows the same philosophy as our apps: reliable, easy-to-use, clean and fast. Let us know what you think!
Winter has arrived in Paris, the grizzlies don’t hibernate, but work in their den. We’re happy to release Genius Scan 4.1, our Winter Edition.
The tagging system we released in Genius Scan 4.0 was visually beautiful, but lacked some convenience. Genius Scan Winter Edition addresses this with the following improvements:
If you’re a lucky owner of an iPad Pro, Genius Scan will resize properly on your giant screen.
If you’re not the lucky owner of an iPad Pro (you’re not alone), we’ve added full support for Split View which means that you can use Genius Scan while multitasking:
We also wanted this update to feel more comfy (for the winter…) so we took advantage of several iOS features that make the iOS experience better:
We hope you’ll enjoy this update. We are looking forward to your comments, please do email us!