February 24, 2017

Photo Scanning Apps: PhotoScan by Google and Photomyne


Every single one of you has a box full of old photos, precious memories of family, friends and the best moments of your lives. In today’s digital age, wouldn’t it be nice to get them out of the boxes and into online folders where you can share them on Throwback Thursdays?

Today I discovered Google’s new photo scanning app for old photos, called, interestingly enough, PhotoScan by Google. The app helps you avoid the glare that appears when you try to snap a picture of a picture. But when I tried out the app, I wasn’t as impressed as Google products usually make me. (Note: PhotoScan hooks up with Google Photos, which is incredibly impressive!)

I went searching for an alternative and discovered an app I like much more: Photomyne. I bought the $4.99 pro version, and I’m quite impressed. The app lets you snap a picture of multiple photos at once (think photo albums). Then it separates the photos into individual images for fine-tuning.

Please watch this video where I compare the two apps and show why you might prefer Photomyne over the Google product.



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  • Photomyne is better than PhotoScan but I did not want to take their costly cloud service. I finally got Pic Scanner Gold for € 4,99 and very happy. Ist wirklich gut!

  • Hi Beth,

    This is a great idea to have an app to digitally record old photos for future prosperity. Great that these apps also allow for some fine tuning editing as well.

    My concern about Google’s app is for the same for some of their other recent releases.

    This concern is Google seems to be suffering from needing to produce ‘me-too’ apps (Think Google Allo as some sort of competitor to WhatsApp) or to release a minimum viable product.

    Nothing wrong with having MVP items in the marketplace but since we are talking about Google. The quality seems to have decreased over time.

    Thankyou for writing about Photomyne. I will look into the app and most likely recommend it to older family members who will use the app to record and share their collections of photos.

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