Have you ever been in a meeting involving collaboration around a whiteboard, sketched up brilliant ideas or diagrams on the whiteboard, only to have to erase it at the end? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to permanently preserve a hand-written note or quickly scan a printed document, without a scanner? Qipit aims to give those with either a digital camera or mobile phone featuring a mobile scanner a quick option for document scanning and retention.
Qipit works by taking the photo on either your camera or camera phone and loading it into their web service. The image file can be sent to Qipit as either a multimedia message (MMS), mobile email, attached to an email from your PC, or loaded into their service using their website. When Qipit receives the file, they quickly turn it into either a jpeg or Adobe Acrobat PDF file.
After a few trials, I have been impressed with Qipit’s service overall. I have a Nokia phone with a high quality 5MP camera and handwritten notes and a printed memo were easily legible when I viewed it on Qipit’s website. I also tried the Qupit service with a Motorola RAZR, featuring only a 1.3 MP camera. Printed materials again looked good, however a whiteboard didn’t was not as legible when pictured and sent to QipIt. In order to frame shot, I had to stand back. The RAZRs lousy image sensor combined with the lossy compression used on the RAZR camera resulted in a PDF that was barely readable.
If you use Qipit to scan a document or handwritten note, the image will turn out on even an older camera phone. However if you have a large document or whiteboard to capture, I’d recommend a digital camera that has 3 megapixels or more. This is the only way to get a quality PDF out of the Qipit service.
Qipit allows you to share the scanned images with others by using their online file storage. The service is worthy of being called “a poor-mans electronic whiteboard.” It’s also exceptionally useful for scanning documents on the go, including receipts for those who are on business travel and don’t want to keep all those expense receipts in physical form.