Know exactly where your work receipts are at all times. Instantly find whiteboard brainstorming pics when you need them. And never lose another important business card in a coat pocket. When you use your phone as a PDF scanner, it’s easy to capture and upload important images and files to your Dropbox account. From there, Dropbox gives you smart naming and folder suggestions based on recent scans so you can organize your files intuitively.
Dropbox uses automatic optical character recognition (OCR) technology on scanned docs so you can easily search for the content later. Just input a term or keyword in the search bar and a short list of relevant content will appear. You can also search for content using a thumbnail preview. This makes it a snap for you to find—and organize—all your PDF files within Dropbox.
Scan documents into PDF files with a variety of filters in black and white, whiteboard, or original. Your scans are auto-detected so you can smart crop and rotate them, too. Turn PDFs into multiple-page documents simply by adding additional pages and reordering them as you see fit. And you can always retake a scan without having to start over. When you’re done, choose where in Dropbox you want to save your scans with smart naming and smart folder suggestions.
Free yourself from relying on physical folders and paper documents in the office. Transform your team into an organized, collaborative powerhouse with paperless, workable files that everyone can access in one place. Your teams can quickly scan documents to PDF, store, and back up all their important work in Dropbox while enjoying greater mobility and the freedom to work from anywhere.
Dropbox Scan is a free standalone iOS app that makes scanning documents simple, quick, and easy. It uses five times less storage than the Dropbox mobile app and has a streamlined scanning experience, so you can turn any document into a high-quality PDF in seconds—right from your phone.
Yes, scanned PDFs can be edited with the Adobe + Dropbox integration. You can open PDFs from your Dropbox account in Adobe on your desktop and from the Adobe mobile app. Any changes made to Adobe files stored in your Dropbox account will sync automatically.
Yes, you can search for text in scanned PDFs if you store your files in a Dropbox Plus, Dropbox Professional, or Dropbox Business Advanced and Enterprise account. Scanned PDFs for these accounts are automatically and securely scanned so you can search for the text found within them.
It’s easy to organize PDFs in Dropbox. And one of the best reasons to organize your PDFs within Dropbox is to both eliminate the risk of losing important documents and reduce physical clutter. Your files in Dropbox are sorted alphabetically by default but you can easily change the sorting method by clicking the column headers. You can then choose to sort your files by name, file type, size, and modified date, and organize them as you like.
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. OCR is a technology used to “read” text that appears in image files. OCR indexes text in your images—including scanned documents, photos of a document, photos with signs or scenes with type, or subtitles on an image—into text that you can then search for using a keyword or term. Currently, Dropbox uses OCR to recognize the text of your PDFs and most common image formats to make them searchable by their contents.
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