Genius Scan is based on three pillars: scan, organize and export, and for the release of Genius Scan 5.5, we focused on the export features.
You often need to export documents to the same folders again and again. Why have to select a folder every time? With the new export shortcuts, you create shortcuts that let you export to specific cloud folders in a single tap.
Export shortcuts can also let you pre-fill some fields; this easily lets you create shortcuts such as “Email to myself” by pre-filling the recipient’s email address with your own email:
One of our goals with Genius Scan is to ensure your documents are automatically backed up. For instance, we emphasize that your documents have been safely exported by displaying a colored dot next to each document. Another essential feature for this is Auto-Export: it exports your new scans to a cloud folder automatically and in the background. Auto-Export rules now let you be very specific: you can export documents matching a condition to a given folder, while other documents matching other conditions could be exported to another folder (or not exported at all).
With them, it’s effortless to export to your Dropbox “Expenses” folder any document tagged with “expenses”:
For both export shortcuts or auto-export rules, you can now enable auto-deletion. Auto-deletion automatically deletes the document as soon as it has been successfully exported. This is ideal if you are scanning confidential information and don’t want it to stay on the phone more than necessary. Note that this is an advanced feature and you need to be careful with it as there is no way to recover a document that has been auto-deleted.
Genius Scan 5.5 also brings improvements to Text Recognition (OCR). We’ve regrouped everything related to Text Recognition under the text recognition button available in all documents. If OCR has been applied, that’s where you will find the text of your document. If it’s in progress, that’s where you will know it, and if you need to re-apply it, that’s the button you need to tap.
That’s it for the most visible changes. Genius Scan 5.5 also improves a lot under the hood, such as improved localizations, smart auto-completion for tags, the ability to re-activate notifications.
And as usual, we are already working on the next update. Stay tuned!
We have officially joined the 1% for the Planet movement.
While being mindful of nature and wildlife has always been important for us2, preserving our planet is a growing concern for our team.
So it was natural to join 1% for the Planet to turn this concern into a stronger public commitment, not just something that we enforced on ourselves. Every time someone buys one of our products, at least 1% will go to non-profits developing actions to preserve the environment.
As producers and consumers of digital goods, it’s easy to think we are not concerned. After all, we don’t pollute with big factories; we don’t drill for oil; we generate little waste. We just need a computer and we are all set.
Yet it’s typical in our industry to travel for business and fly to tons of conferences. We buy new shiny hardware regularly. We sit on the couch watching a 4K (8K!) movie while ignoring the energy required to bring each of these pixels to our screen in real time. As an industry and as consumers in the 21st century, we need to be aware of our impact on the planet.
In addition, this year we will support the following non-profits:
Let’s all try to do our share to protect our home.
Genius Scan has always supported the major world languages, but we decide to take a step further: Genius Scan 5.2.1 localizes the interface for nine additional languages. Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese join the existing French, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, simplified and traditional Chinese and Spanish translations.
For cost reasons, mobile applications often target the US market only, so people in other countries receive a suboptimal experience. Localizing an app isn’t free and takes time. You don’t just throw your copy at Google Translate and integrate the results. And every supported language creates more maintenance. New copy you will add to your app will need to be translated and checked for each language.
Translating the app isn’t enough for some languages. In Arabic and Hebrew, not only is the text written from right to left but the interface is also flipped: bullet points are listed on the right of the screen, screens slide from left to right, some icons need to be inverted. Both the localized copy and the interface adjustments are important to create a natural feel to the app in the desired locales. All this requires careful translation, engineering, and testing to ensure that customers in these locales can enjoy using Genius Scan. You can’t get great translations with an automated service, so we used the services of applingua, a company based in the UK and specialized in translation and localization for the tech industry. From an engineering point of view, we have localized Genius Scan in a couple languages from day one, so we were already using best practices throughout the app and it was easier to expand to new locales.
We have always emphasized localization for Genius Scan. Of course, this helps reach more people which should be good for business — we still have to see a convincing study on the subject – but more importantly, it provides a better user experience for everyone. We do our best to make our applications accessible to everyone. While this means implementing accessibility features such as VoiceOver, we think it’s also more inclusive to offer the app in the language expected by the customer.
We hope you will enjoy this update. If you notice any quirks or a suboptimal experience for your locale, please do let us know.
With Genius Scan 5.2, we wanted to make the scanning experience even better. We focused on the feature that was most requested by our users: text recognition — that you may also know as OCR, for Optical Character Recognition. With Text Recognition, Genius Scan not only creates an image version of your scanned documents, but is also able to extract the text from the image. This gives you multiple benefits:
Until today, the search field in Genius Scan only searched in the titles and tags of your documents.
With Text Recognition you can now search your documents based on their content. This will let you quickly find an old iPhone receipt by searching for “Apple Store” even if the text doesn’t appear in the title of the document but only in the actual document.
With Text Recognition, the PDFs you export from Genius Scan contain a text layer. You can easily copy the text from these PDFs.
Alternatively, you can also export your documents directly in text format.
Since your scanned PDFs now contain a text layer, you can also search their content. This is convenient to find the information you need in a long article:
Genius Scan is also smart enough to recognize structured metadata in your documents and surface smart content actions.
In particular, it recognizes business cards and lets you rename a document based on a detected contact name, or directly create a contact in your address book.
The content actions also let you directly call a phone number or open a link present in a document.
These actions will appear on any document once it has been processed by Text Recognition:
Text Recognition is available either as part of Genius Scan+ (a one-time purchase of $7.99 that unlocks the advanced features of Genius Scan) or with the Genius Cloud subscription ($2.99/month for backup, synchronization and all the advanced features.) It’s an iOS-only feature for now. You can learn more about Text Recognition in our knowledge base.
We are looking forward to your feedback. Do not hesitate to reach out firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
“But… now that you’ve created Genius Scan, what are you working on?”, friends keep asking us. Well, Genius Scan is never done. We have been working on it for more than 8 years. There is always more to improve and the feedback and questions we get in our support emails are invaluable in helping us shape every new update.
Genius Scan 5.0.8 is a maintenance version of Genius Scan but… we couldn’t help but add a couple new cool features!
We love the Siri Shortcuts! We’ve added two different types of shortcuts: the ability to start a scan with a shortcut, and the ability to view any document. If you open a document in Genius Scan, this will automatically surface the corresponding shortcut in Siri Shortcuts in the Settings app (or in Spotlight if iOS deems this action relevant). You can easily create a Siri shortcut such as “View passport” if you travel a lot.
When viewing your documents, a single tap will switch the screen to fullscreen mode, hiding the toolbars and using all the available space to display your documents. You may benefit from this if you use Genius Scan to read documents such as music scores, magazines etc.
In the “crop” screen that lets you edit the area of the document you want to crop, you now have the ability to let Genius Scan automatically detect the document. This will be useful if you import documents from the photo library.
Genius Scan integrates with iCloud Keychain to let you log in easily in your Genius Cloud account accross all your devices and on the web app.
We’ll leave you now to keep working on the next update. We’ll have exciting new features and we are sure you will enjoy it!