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Old 05-30-2021, 09:44 AM   #16
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My HP flatbed scanner defaults to 200 dpi for "text as image" and 300 dpi for "editable text."
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Originally Posted by jamison20000e View Post
Simply look up document scanner or the like in an app store. Be free:
From experience, the cameras on that are probably not in the same league as some of the other devices referenced here (like Pixels or iPhones), but they aren't entirely unusable (they're better than 640x480!). Also software compatibility probably won't exist for 'apps' - it's more of a SBC-with-a-touchscreen-and-battery-that-can-also-make-phone-calls kind of machine.

A quick web search found me this, smaller, scanner (which Epson says they make linux drivers for):

I'm sure there are others like it - not quite ideal if you're only using it a few times year, but will do a better job than photo-of-paper 'scans' in terms of readability, especially if your recipient intends to OCR the text (as I imagine would be the case with tax documents). I found this by looking for 'portable document scanner' - that Epson isn't really unique or novel, just an example (and luckily one with official linux drivers, although I imagine many basic scanners should work in *nix).

Something else to consider, if you just need Android, is a tablet as opposed to a phone - many of them have cameras, but also have larger screens which may make manipulating a 'scanned' (photographed) document easier, and I imagine they probably end up cheaper (relative to their specs) on the used market because they have little utility once they become outdated (they cannot be used as 'phones' and after a point become unsuitable as gaming/media devices), but that's just an assumption (and could be wrong).
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The apps I've used of past, detected the edges of the paper, found the text then automatically formatted to a scanned document. I was probably on a Galaxy 7 at the time but the app or apps don't come to mind.

I had not look at the Pinephone too much or specs, aside from bookmarking it for my possible next phone?

Also, tho:

...which brings me to a thought that Raspberry Pi's have a plethora of cameras available even Pi zero @5$?

Although, if you have trouble searching simple answers with studying while cross-referencing "reviews?"


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