How to Scan Documents in Freefrom on Mac

From what I can tell based on testing, “Apple Freefrom” appears to be a promising asset for “Creative Collaboration.” Whether it’s offering seamless collaboration or providing all the essential tools for brainstorming, sketching, planning ideas, or jotting down thoughts, it’s got all the bases covered. In this hands-on guide, I’m going to show you how to scan documents in Freeform on Mac. So, if you are ready to unravel this hack, read on…

Scan Documents in Apple Freefrom on Mac (Quick Guide)

To get going, let’s first check out how this feature works and whether or not your device is compatible.

So, How Do you Scan a Document in Apple Freeform App?

Thanks to a “Continuity Camera” feature, macOS allows you to scan a document using your iPhone or iPad and insert it into your preferred document. The Continuity Camera supports several apps including Notes, Pages, and Freeform. Notably, you can also take advantage of this feature to snap a photo using your iOS/iPadOS device and add it to a document.

Ensure That You Have a Supported iPhone or iPad Mode

The Continuity Camera was introduced in iOS 12. So, ensure that you have a compatible device.

Continuity Camera-Supported iPhone Models:

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2
  • iPhone SE 3
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

Continuity Camera-Supported iPad Models

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st-gen or later
  • 11-inch iPad Pro 1st-gen or later
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 1st-gen or later
  • iPad 5th generation or later
  • iPad mini 2 or later

Note: iPod touch 6 and iPod touch 7 also support Continuity Camera.

Use iPhone or iPad to Insert Scanned Documents in Apple Freeform on Mac

Step 1. To get started, launch the Apple Freeform app on your Mac.

Step 2. Now, head over to the file where you want to add a scanned document. After that, position the pointer where you wish to insert a scan.

Step 3. Next, click on the Insert menu and choose Insert from iPhone or iPad.

Step 4. Next up, choose the Scan Documents option in the menu. Alternatively, click on the image icon at the top and choose Scan Documents.

Insert documents from iPhone
Insert documents from iPhone

Step 5. Up next, select Scan Documents.

Step 6. On your iPhone or iPad, take a scan. Your device will automatically detect the edges of the document and also autocorrect any skewing of the image. Just in case, you wish to adjust the area included in the scan, simply drag the frame or its edges.

Step 7. After that, Keep Scan or Retake.

Step 8. Next up, tap Save.

Step 9. On your Mac, the scan will instantly show where you positioned the pointer.

Now, go ahead and mark it up or adjust other aspects, such as cropping it or applying a filter.

Wrapping up…

In more ways than one, Apple Freefrom is a top-notch asset for Creative Collaboration. Have you given it a try? If yes, make sure to share your feedback about this all-new macOS app.

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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