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

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

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,] is available for both iOS and Android.

Tell us what you think at 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stay Organized with Genius Scan

Genius Scan has two main goals: to enable you to scan documents on the go, as quickly as possible, and to organize these documents as you digitize them. In this tutorial, let's focus on the latter.


The first way to organize your scans is to group them into documents. A document corresponds to one PDF file with one or multiple pages, so it typically represents the different sheets of a paper document.

For instance, if you scan your 2013 Form 1040 after filling it, you will save it as one document with 2 pages. Another example would be 10 receipts from a business trip that you group together in one document of 10 pages to send to your company's accounting department.

To create documents with several pages, scan and use the Save button at the top right of the scanning screen. You will be able to choose if you want to save the scan in a new document or an existing document:

The Save button lets you create
multi-page documents.


In Genius Scan, tags are labels assigned to documents. They play the role of folders but are more powerful: you can assign multiple tags to a document. For instance, a document can be tagged with "receipts" and "taxes 2013" if it's a receipt you need to keep for the April madness. Another document will be labeled with "receipts" and "expenses" if it's a receipt you need to use for your expense reports.

All your tags are visible in the side menu:

You can also use the tags to filter your documents in the document list. This is particularly useful if you have a lot of documents. To do this, pull down on the document list to reveal the search field and start typing:

How to edit tags

To add a tag to a document, open a document and tap on the "No tags" button - or on the existing tags just below the document title.
A view will open letting you create a new label or select existing ones. Remember that you can select more than one if desired:

To edit tags globally, you can also tap on the Edit button in the side menu. Tags can be renamed later as desired. If you delete a tag, the documents associated with that tag won't be deleted:


What happens to tags associated with a document you export? It depends, but the short answer is that they are preserved.

If you export a document as PDF, the tags will be stored as PDF keywords. This means that your documents are searchable based on those tags once saved to your computer.

PDFs are searchable with Spotlight using the tags.

Evernote supports tags. If you export a document to Evernote, the corresponding note will be labeled using the tags from Genius Scan. Genius Scan also allows you to set default tags to anything you send to Evernote. For instance, you may want to label everything coming from Genius Scan "paperless".

Tags you add in Genius Scan are reflected to your exported notes.


This concludes this short tutorial on how to organize your documents with Genius Scan. If you have more questions or have any suggestions, please contact us at or comment below.