In March 2014, Microsoft introduced MS Office for touch-based devices (albeit not for Windows). Around the same time, a new app was launched silently: Office Lens for Windows Phone. I came upon it while browsing the WP-store a bit, and I decided to give it a try.
About a year and a half ago, I discovered the power of OneNote, for I am fond of notebooks and always in need of one. With this program, I have my notebook always at hand. Finetuning and relocating pages to an other notebook is quite easily done on the pc. With Office Lens, the functionality of OneNote is further extended.
As I have an other scanner app (Camscanner), I have something to compare. Until now, I have used Camscanner with a lot of satisfaction. The differences and similarities:
|Camera preferences adjustable||no||yes|
|Document tags possible||yes||no|
|Easy sharing as a single file||yes||no|
|Multiple pages in one document||yes||yes|
|Save as PDF||yes||no|
|Send as email||yes||yes**|
** The recipient needs to have access to a OneNote application as well.
Both Camscanner and Office Lens have their advantages. Camscanner can be used as a stand-alone app, while Office Lens works closely together with OneNote. For Camscanner, you will need to create an account, while for Office Lens a Microsoft-account will do. Personally, I prefer the Office Lens app, because I work quite regularly with OneNote and I keep my documents scanned in a notebook already. However, when a file needs to be sent as PDF, I use Camscanner.
Office Lens can be downloaded here. It needs access to your Microsoft-account and your camera. An internet-connection is preferred but not necessary while the notebook will be able to synchronize afterwards. Camscanner can be downloaded here. Both apps are free.