Dropbox update for iOS adds document scanner and helps to improve productivity

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Dropbox has announced a major update of its iOS app, that focuses on improving productivity.

The update adds a document scanning feature that uses the camera on your iPad or iPhone to snap photos of documents, notes, receipts, whiteboards or just about anything you want.

It then converts the images into a document that you can store in your Dropbox account.

It also gives you a number of different editing options such as being able to straighten the image or adjust the contrast, change to black or white, and add pages.

If you use Dropbox for Business, then the new update gives you even more tools, such as an optical character recognition feature that can convert scans into searchable text.

The update also brings with it better integration with Microsoft Office that allows iOS users to tap a new button in order to create Word, PowerPoint and Excel docs, making it easier to work on documents while on the move.

There are a number of other tweaks, including changes to camera uploads. Going forward, if you use Dropbox Basic and want to continue to use the camera uploads feature, you will need to install Dropbox desktop app for management purposes. The app is available to download on the Dropbox website, while Dropbox for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store free of charge.

Finally, there are a few new options for Dropbox on desktop too, with several new options for sharing now added for when you right click on a file or folder that is displayed in the Mac Finder.

Dropbox said it is unsure when these features will be available on Android but it is working on it, so expect them in the not too distant future.

More details on the Dropbox update for iOS can be seen in the video below.

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