31/10/2013

DocLinker for Android lets you scan, create and fill documents on the go

Many-a-times, we get hold of some crucial information while we are on the go. Coupled with a decent camera on your Android device and the DocLinker app, you can create PDF files while you are on the move. The app also allows you to fill forms by adding signatures and more.

Creation of a new document can be done by either capturing a photo using Camera or importing content from an existing PDF file. When you use your camera to create a document, the app tries to automagically detects corners of the document you snapped, though this doesn’t work 100% of the time. Obviously, you are allowed to correct that manually. Cropping the document and correcting the perspective work as expected. You also get the option to enhance the text in the image you capture by changing its brightness and contrast. Changing the order of the pages is fun to do by dragging & dropping the page to the desired position. The document you create can exported to pdf, shared, or printed via Google Cloud Print service. Other useful function of Doclinker is to add text, image or signature into a pdf document. The signature added could be of different colors and stroke size.

Talking about the user interface of the app, DocLinker has a polished UI and makes good use of Android design guidelines. On the first run, you are provided with instructions on how to use the app efficiently. The app is quite a memory hog with the apk size being 15 MB but thankfully, it can be moved to the sdcard. DocLinker can be installed on Android 2.2 and above, so that’s pretty much covers every Android device on this planet.



Here is a sample pdf file I created using the free DocLinker Lite app. Given a better camera and the full version of DocLinker, you can get much better results.
The free version includes many limitations:
  • Exported documents bear doclinker watermarks at the top, bottom and center of the page
  • Only two pages per PDF you create
  • Existing PDFs cannot be imported
  • Ads
All these limitations make one thing clear: If you find DocLinker useful enough, you will have to buy the paid version of the app which will cost you $1.99 but for the productivity benefits you will enjoy, the dev isn’t asking too much.
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