After telecommuting has become the new normal, the demand for flatbed scanners and printers has also surged. In Chrome OS 89 version, the built-in scanner application can help digitize paper documents more easily. Google is enhancing the built-in scanning application, adding two new features to help you stay away from cluttered file cabinets.
An upcoming Chrome experimental Flag was discovered in Chromium Gerrit, allowing users to search for a certain keyword in scanned files. At present, the experimental Flag has not yet taken effect, but according to the instructions, the option can be found in the file type drop-down menu of the application preferences after being enabled.
The submitted description did not reveal much information, but that users can select this option from the file type drop-down menu to create searchable PDF files. Digging deeper in media, we found more descriptions of this feature: When a person scans a paper document with a searchable PDF, the application uses OCR to convert the scanned image into searchable text.
Google has used OCR in Docs, and it is clearly very good at it. It is not clear whether the scanning application will make handwritten text searchable-although not very reliable for industrial work, it will help reduce some of the PDF workloads.
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Another improvement is the ability to scan multiple pages at once. Similar to the upcoming OCR feature, the multi-page scanning experimental Flag has not yet taken effect. You can try it when it appears in future Dev channel constructions.
The concept behind this feature is simple: you will be able to neatly pack multiple scans into one PDF file. Unlike before, it will not save individual pages as separate files, helping your folders to stay tidy.
There are not many details about its implementation, but we think you can turn it on with a checkbox. It is unclear whether the multi-page scanning function is limited to PDF files as implied in the logo’s description-we hope this will not be the case.
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