• Genius Scan and OneDrive for Business

    For a long time now, Genius Scan has supported Microsoft’s cloud services. We first introduced support for SkyDrive a long time ago. Microsoft then renamed SkyDrive into OneDrive (and we also renamed it!) We were the first mobile app to integrate with Microsoft OneNote. Today, with Genius Scan 3.10.3, we are taking our integration one step further for our business users: Genius Scan is now able to save your scans into Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

    OneDrive for Business

    Whether your OneDrive for Business accounts is provided through Office 365 of SharePoint, Genius Scan will transparently handle it for you.

    Just tap the OneDrive option and log with your business account credentials – Genius Scan will direct you to OneDrive for Business – and you’re ready to go!

    PDF Encryption and Auto-Upload

    The PDF encryption feature let you add a password when you manually exported your PDF files. From today on, the password will also be used when your documents are auto-uploaded. To turn it on, make sure you define the password in the Genius Scan settings:

    Bug Fixes

    In some cases Genius Scan was using more disk space than necessary and not cleaning up some temporary files used while exporting documents. We’ve fixed that and if you were affected by this issue, you don’t have to do anything as it will fix itself automatically.

    That’s it for today! We’ll be back soon with more news.

  • What Genius Scan Could Look Like on Android N

    Yesterday, Google unveiled its plans for the next version of Android, which is called Android N (Nutella?) for now. Although we will still have to wait a few months before the final release, Google surprised everybody by making a developer preview available for Nexus devices.

    There are many new nice features in this release and we won’t cover them all here (Google is already doing a great job at this). However, there a two features available for developers that we would like to highlight, as they will dramatically improve the experience of Genius Scan users.

    Multi-Window support

    Multi-Window support is a big deal. Apple introduced Split View in iOS 9, and we were thrilled to support it in Genius Scan, Genius Fax, and Genius Sign from day one. Some Android manufacturers already developed their own split screen features, but now it will be supported by any Android device running Android N.

    Google doesn’t recommend that this preview be used by regular consumers. But we couldn’t resist to play with it. In fact, we were so excited by the Multi-Window feature that we put together a special version of Genius Scan that supports it. And you know what? It works great!

    Typical use of Multi-Window: planning the week to come using a scanned to-do list (left) and a calendar (right)

    The feature is even more flexible than on iOS, since it’s available not only for tablets, but also for mobile devices. In that case, the separation will be either horizontal (portrait) or vertical (landscape).

    Using Multi-Window in portrait

    Drag and Drop

    Another feature that is allowed by the addition of Multi-Window to Android is cross-app drag and drop. We haven’t tested this one yet, but it looks promising: Android N users will be able to drag items between two apps sharing the screen, providing that both apps support it.

    We think there are numerous situations where this will increase your productivity a lot. Here are a few examples:

    • Start to write an email, realize that you need to attach a scan. Just open Genius Scan, scan your document, and drag and drop it to your email client.
    • In a browser, open the contract that somebody gave you the link to, and drag and drop it to a specific document in Genius Scan.

    We can’t wait for Android N to be released so you can also use these features. In the meantime, we have great plans for Genius Scan both on iOS and Android in the coming months. Don’t hesitate to ping us on Twitter (@thegrizzlylabs) if you have any suggestion. Happy scanning!

  • A Selection of Great Apps for 2016

    Did Santa bring you a shiny new smartphone for Christmas? Or do you just want to start off 2016 on the right foot? At The Grizzly Labs, we strive to develop polished, useful apps. We are not alone. Here are a couple of applications I think you should discover this year:


    Find your way in big cities. Hard to believe but it’s better than Google Maps: it has city bike shares, buses, trams, trains, you name it. Its routing even takes in account metro station exits. Thumb up for the feature that tells you in which train section to sit for the fastest connections [iOS, Android, Web]


    If you have a long commute by car or in public transit, podcasts are a friendly way to kill time while learning something new. While on paper Overcast stands out with its Smart Speed and Voice Boost features, what I really appreciate is that it just works. Whenever you want to listen for a podcast episode, it’s already there, downloaded and available even if you have a spotty data connection (hi, Paris metro!) [iOS]

    Plane Finder

    Speaking of killing time, that’s a great one. Looking up at the sky, haven’t you ever wondered where a given aircraft was headed and where it was coming from? Plane Finder tells you that and more. Bonus point for it’s augmented reality mode where you can just point your phone at the sky and see labels on the planes passing by. [iOS, Android, Web]


    It’s an iOS app and it’s a Mac app. It’s just a calculator but it behaves exactly as if you were doing back-of-the-envelope calculations. You can mix text and numbers in your calculations without troubling Soulver, and it knows everything about units and currencies. [iOS, Mac]

    Genius Scan

    OK, that’s our app. I don’t own a flatbed scanner anymore – who does? I use it every time I need to scan a document. The fast upload to Dropbox is my favorite feature. [iOS, Android]

    What’s your favorite application? Ping me on Twitter @bvirlet!

  • Nous sommes Paris

    (en français ci-dessous)

    Some of you may already know: Genius Scan is developed in France in the heart of Paris. Our team has been lucky enough this week-end to be away from this horror and nobody among our family and friends has been affected by this tragedy. The people who were murdered, though, are people like us. They were just having a good night out in concert halls, restaurants and bars we could have been to. Our thoughts are with all them and their families.

    When such events unfold, the police, the emergency personnel and volunteers are on the front line and they have done an amazing job, often putting their life at risk.

    We decided that 100% of the proceed of the sales of our applications (Genius Scan, Genius Sign, Genius Fax) this week will go to two French non-profits:

    If you were thinking of purchasing one of our apps, consider doing it this week.

    Note that:

    • This cannot be considered as a donation for tax purposes;
    • The Apple Store and Google Play take a percentage of the sale; if you want that 100% of your donation goes to this non-profits, we suggest that you donate on their website directly (Croix Rouge, Orpheopolis).

    [Updated Nov 24, 2015]

    With your help, we have raised more than $16,000 for the French Red Cross and Orphéopolis. Thanks to everyone who donated and shared this operation!


    Certains d’entre vous le savent déjà : nous développons Genius Scan au coeur de Paris. Notre équipe a eu la chance d’échapper à l’horreur de vendredi et nos amis et proches n'ont pas non plus été affectés directement par cette tragédie. Cependant, les victimes de ces attentats sont des personnes comme nous : elles profitaient de cette veille de week-end pour écouter un concert, manger dans un restaurant ou boire un coup avec des amis. Toutes nos pensées vont vers elles et leurs proches.

    Quand de tels évènements se produisent, la police, les services de secours et les volontaires sont en première ligne et accomplissent un travail incroyable, souvent au péril de leur vie.

    Nous avons décidé que les revenus générés par nos applications (Genius Scan, Genius Sign, Genius Fax) cette semaine seront entièrement reversés à deux associations caritatives :

    Si vous hésitiez à acheter l'une de nos applications, n'hésitez donc pas à le faire cette semaine.

    NB : Ces achats ne seront pas considérés comme des dons et ne pourront donc bénéficier d’aucun abattement fiscal. De plus, les différentes plateformes d’applications (Apple Store, Google Play…) prennent un pourcentage sur toutes ces transactions. Si vous souhaitez que 100% de vos dons soient reversés à ces associations, faites un don directement sur leur site web (Croix Rouge, Orpheopolis.)

    [Mise à jour du 24 novembre 2015]

    Avec votre aide, nous avons levé plus de 15 000 € pour la Croix-Rouge française et Orphéopolis. Un grand merci à tous ceux qui ont participé et contribué à diffuser cette opération.