Learning Technology Index

Adobe Scan*

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What is it?

Adobe Scan is a mobile application used to scan, save, archive and upload files. The app allows users to confidently capture papers and whiteboards with a mobile device and transform documents, forms, whiteboards, receipts and business cards into high-quality Adobe PDFs you can search, annotate, fill, sign and edit.

What is its purpose?

The primary purpose is to scan and save documents and photos into JPEG/PDF.  It has modes for regular documents, forms, business cards and whiteboards. Adobe Scan can automatically pull data from business cards to create contacts,  and text in the forms and documents is indexed for searching.

How do I use it?

First, the app must be downloaded from PlayStore (for Android users) or AppStore (for iOS users). A simple tap to open Acrobat Reader from Adobe Scan allows users to open scans in Adobe Acrobat Reader where they can easily annotate, highlight, and search text from their scans. When users subscribes to Acrobat Pro DC, images and text from thier scans become fully editable on a desktop. Their files are accessible from wherever someone uses Adobe Document Cloud - across desktop, mobile, and web.



Usage considerations

The ability to scan documents from different angles, especially from the side is limited. You must sign up for an Adobe account to be able to use it. There is a limit of 25 pages per scan.

Quick Facts
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Adobe Scan*
Last Modified
06 April 2022
21 April 2021
License Available 
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It supports both Android and iOs.

Ratings Information

CITL Rating

Select any category below for details about the criteria for each rating.

Functionality: ★★☆
Works Well.
Ease of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Instructors):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Students):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Hypermediality :★☆☆
Serious Concerns. Only textural format can be used.
Accessibility: ★★★
Accessibility Standards:★★☆
Minor Concerns. The tool has some limited capacity to meet accessibility guidelines (i.e. W3C WCAG 2.0 standards)
User-focused participation:★★★
Works Well.
Required Equipment:★★★
Works Well.
Integration/Embedding within a Learning Management System (LMS) :
Not Applicable.This is a mobile app.
Operating Systems:
Not Applicable.This is a mobile app
Web Browser:
Not Applicable.This is a mobile app.
Additional Technical Requirements:
Not Applicable.This is a mobile app.
Mobile Design: ★★★
Works Well.
Works Well.
Offline Access:★★★
Works Well.
Usage and Account Set Up: ★★★
Sign Up/Sign In:★☆☆
Serious Concerns. An external account or additional login is needed to use the app.
Cost of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data :★★★
Works Well.
Data Privacy and Ownership:★★★
Works Well.
Social Presence: ★★★
Collaboration :
Not Applicable.
User Accountability:
Not Applicable.
Works Well.
Teaching Presence:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Learning Analytics:
Not Applicable.
Cognitive Presence:
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s):
Not Applicable.
Higher Order Thinking:
Not Applicable.
Feedback on Learning:
Not Applicable.

Security and Privacy

This service is not offered by Memorial University and has not been reviewed by Information Management and Protection.

Support Information

The online Help docs Top questions and Troubleshooting are available from your device as well as any browser.

Help is available in 19 languages.