Support for Siri Shortcuts has arrived in the app’s latest major update
Developer: doo GmbH
Price: Free (+ $7/£7 IAP)
Size: 235.8 MB
Platform: iPhone & iPad
We’ve loved Scanbot for a long time. But now, thanks to the recent release of version 8.0, the app is smarter than ever before. Best of all, Scanbot 8 is a free update for folks who are already using the app. But what does the latest release bring? Let’s find out.
If you don’t know Scanbot, the app is hands-down the best iOS scanner out there. It uses the iOS camera to turn snaps of documents into searchable PDFs, performing on-board OCR (that’s optical character recognition) at a lightning-fast speed. Scanbot offers on-board workflows which allow users to automate how the app processes PDFs, but support for Siri Shortcuts takes this level of automation to the next level.
In Scanbot 8, users can create shortcuts which incorporate Scanbot’s functionality using the Shortcuts app in iOS 12 (which is a separate free download). When building a new shorcut, you’ll be able to add a step which allows you to scan a document using Scanbot. The PDF will then be passed into the next step in your shortcut.
There are loads of possible uses for Scanbot’s new support for Shortcuts. In the below workflow, the shortcut asks Scanbot to snap a document before adding the file to an outgoing message. The Shortcuts app lets users add layers to their personal workflows in order to achieve multiple actions with a single tap. Really handy if you have a lot of documents to file and don’t want to manually edit and archive them one by one – a shortcut can help you with the heavy lifting.
As with other Siri Shortcuts, you can also add your Scanbot shortcuts to Siri in order to activate them with your voice.
However, support for Siri Shortcuts isn’t all that’s new in Scanbot 8. The updated app includes support for Password Auto-Fill when connecting new services and you can now set the page size for documents within the app. There’s also a fun built-in game which teaches users good scanning technique using ARKit’s augmented reality (can you beat the high score in the challenge mode?).
But of course, Siri Shortcuts is what Scanbot 8 is all about. While Scanbot is a free download, Scanbot Pro (which offers OCR, automatic uploads, and more) is a $7/£7) IAP. And Apple’s own Shortcuts app is, of course, available free of charge.
Go forth, and start creating scan-tastic Siri Shortcuts!
- Outstanding scanning application
- Smart support for Siri Shortcuts
- A small number of additional improvments