I’m excited to share with you an app I have discovered recently. It’s saving me time and improving my efficiency at home and work. Office Lens from Microsoft trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable. Office Lens will even convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files. The app is free to download and simple to use. It integrates with your smart phone’s digital camera. Here are examples of the two main uses I’ve made of Office Lens.
1) Saving and sharing letters received by post:
It’s great to be able to save reports and membership information digitally. Office lens has allowed me to decrease the space I need for paper storage. It has enabled me to easily share medical reports I’ve received for my son with his school.
A standard photo I took of a letter:
An ‘Office Lens’ photo taken with the same phone in the same lighting:
A screen shot showing the photo effectively converted to an editable word document:
A screen shot showing conversion to PDF:
2) Capturing information at lectures and events:
Here is a standard photo of my view of a whiteboard during a presentation:
Here is the ‘Office Lens’ image taken from the same place with the same phone:
I could have got an even better image but I was not using the whiteboard setting! I’ll try this again at my next presentation / event opportunity.
I hope you are inspired to give office lens a go. Please give me some feedback in the comments below or head over to my synergy-now facebook page.