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Some life-changing mobile apps

Bill Galusha

September 07, 2018

Life-changing mobile apps: Business Card Reader, TextGrabber, FineScanner | ABBYY Blog Post

Finally, smartphones have crossed their tipping point. For some time now, their ubiquity has been fueling a rage in apps for both iPhone and Android platforms. A business is no longer called “smart” unless it is actively building a mobile future. And everywhere you look, smart people are embracing the world of mobile. Do you have a tricky task to pull off? Oh yea, there’s an app for that! With the mobile app market expected to reach over $100 billion in 2020, businesses are investing in mobile apps to better engage with their customers and improve their experience. The latest mobile imaging and capture technologies are also offering answers to a variety of requirements and business cases.

Here are three helpful apps that you probably shouldn't live without.


One of the coolest things about travelling is that it encourages understanding and appreciation of people and places far away from home. Yet, it can be difficult to remain enthusiastic about your travels when every contact with foreign words and phrases turn your adventure into a never-ending road trip with countless dead ends. TextGrabber was designed specifically to help professionals stay in touch and to keep track of key documents, manage their time and make sure they are up to date on key client info in between travels. With the latest updates, TextGrabber has become a Swiss-army knife for road warriors and avid travelers looking to stay organized and travel efficiently. The app allows users to digitize and translate virtually any text - from books and manuals to ads, road signs and even text on a computer or TV screen using their smartphones.

Powered by a Point&Capture technology, TextGrabber can instantly capture text from live video stream or photo, turning the result into clickable format like links, phone numbers, email addresses, street addresses, times and dates. Users can follow, call, email, find on maps and create events using the links. Another awesome feature that comes with TG is Real-Time Translation directly on the camera screen without taking photos. The app recognizes and translate text into 100+ languages online (full-text translation) and 10 languages offline (word-by-word translation). An added bonus is the QR code reader mode which allows you to easily scan QR codes and the History feature, which you can use to all your results.

Business Card Reader

Did you ever jog your memory trying to come up with the name of an important contact? It happens to me all the time and that is why Business Card Reader is a saving grace both in business and personal life. Of course, carrying around a Rolodex or looking back on cardholders can be deeply rewarding, but it’s a super weird habit to keep in the digital era. Instead, why not use your smartphone to scan and manage all your business cards and contacts in a flash. BCR helps keep your entire network and professional contacts at your fingertips anytime anywhere. The app automatically saves all the data to your contact list, which means you can now call or email any of your contacts in a matter of seconds.

With BCR, you can enter business cards into your smartphone in 25 languages. The app itself supports up to three languages in one card. All contacts are stored in a cloud and synchronized across your devices, allowing access from your smartphone, tablet or computer. And if you're the stylish or trendy type, you can use the app to manage your business contacts and make calls with Apple Watch.


In the olden days, when our desktop scanners served as our only digital transformation centers, noone dreamt of taking their office work wherever they go or digitize documents outside of office hours. That is before apps like FineScanner arrives. With FineScanner, you can forget about the desktop scanner forever. FineScanner turns your mobile device into a powerful all-purpose mobile scanner to create electronic copies in PDF and JPEG. It applies advanced optical character recognition technology to recognize text from scans for further editing and sharing in 12 most useful formats, including Word, doc, docx, Excel,xls, xlsx, exel and pdf.

turns your mobile device into a powerful all-purpose mobile scanner & document manager that allows you to quickly capture images, creating electronic documents in PDF and JPG, and apply OCR to recognize texts for further editing and sharing.  Ideal for individuals, small business, government or school use - anytime, anywhere.

Need to scan any printed or hand-written text anywhere and anytime? FineScanner is your best work companion. Among other bells and whistles, the app can recognize text on scans in 44 languages, including Latin, Cyrillic, and CJK alphabets and output texts in 12 output formats including docx, pdf, and txt. Users with premium account and Internet connection can even preserve the original document formatting such as lists, tables, and headers and protect their PDF files with password.

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Bill Galusha ABBYY

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