OfficeDrop Review

OfficeDrop Review

Jul 26, 2012

Many companies are eliminating paper from the office as much as possible. Reasons range from cost savings, the environmental benefits to ease of organizing and searching for the document later. Whatever the reason, OfficeDrop can help go paperless.

OfficeDrop turns the camera of an Android phone into a scanner. Most Android devices have a 3 megapixel or better camera, making them ideal for this type of task. The key to using OfficeDrop is to have a steady hand.

Using OfficeDrop is a breeze because of the layout. All of the functions on the main screen are marked well. Once an image is taken on the Android, a preview of the scan is shown. If the picture is blurry, give it another try. I found using the regular camera app and uploading the image gave me the best results. Using the OfficeDrop camera resulted in blurry images in testing. The onbly downside to using the stock camera was the upload time. Uploading the 8MP image took considerably longer.

OfficeDrop requires an account so the uploaded files have a place to be stored. Sharing the images with OfficeDrop is done a couple of ways. Either use the share menu in your image gallery or select an image through the OfficeDrop app. When an image is uploaded, it is converted to a PDF. Tagging is an option when uploading.

The free account offers 5GB of cloud storage which is a lot for storing receipts and 1 page documents. Uploading a single file is limited to 1GB per file. Unless a very large multi-page document image is uploaded taken with a high resolution camera, reaching this limit will be a challenge.

Once everything is uploaded, the converted files can be arranged into folders to keep everything nice and organized. After the folder is created for a project or event, the converted images can be sorted at the time of the upload.

OfficeDrop Comes to Android Offering Mobile Document Scanning with OCR

OfficeDrop Comes to Android Offering Mobile Document Scanning with OCR

May 12, 2011

OfficeDrop have released an app that allows users to scan documents and upload them to the cloud for Android. OfficeDrop Paper-To-Go allows users to take pictures of documents with their camera (it also works with saved photos), and upload them to OfficeDrop’s servers for cloud-based access to them. As well, files that are uploaded to OfficeDrop become searchable through OCR (optical character recognition). This means that documents could be scanned, then users can use OfficeDrop’s OCR technology to find text within their scanned documents. A quick test of the app shows that photos of documents that are properly lit, with limited shadows, work better with the OCR feature, but it is very quick and allows for all text captured to be searched. It doesn’t appear to create text documents of the files, however.

OfficeDrop doesn’t just limit documents to the app – it creates PDF files, which are user-downloadable. As well, the app supports sharing to Evernote, and Dropbox from the web client – the Android client is largely just a portal for quickly uploading and viewing files, and the web client offers more options, especially for synchronization. However, viewing, searching, and uploading all work properly from the Android app. The app is available as of today from the Android Market as a free download. The service is a subscription-based one, but it comes with a 60-day free trial that doesn’t require any credit card or other financial info to use.

As OfficeDrop CEO Prasad Thammineni puts it, “Many of OfficeDrop’s small business customers already use their phones to email documents into our system. The new Android app makes this
process much simpler – snap a photo and get organized all within the app. We’re making it easy to not only scan, but also search, share and edit documents on the go.” This is what the Android app is all about – making using this service easier, and being able to access the power of cloud computing from users’ phones. Click here to download OfficeDrop for Android now.