Google releases app to digitise boxes of old photo prints

The PhotoScan app works on iPhones and Android phones.

The PhotoScan app works on iPhones and Android phones.

Google wants to make digitising your old photo prints as easy as opening an app.

The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone's camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot.

Google says this approach helps eliminate glare that can mar attempts to digitise a print by simply photographing the whole photo.

The app will make minor adjustments to restore colour in faded photos and to aligned corners when the photo print is bent.

Julia Winn, a product manager for the new app, says scanning photos with traditional scanners takes time, while third-party digitising services cost money and require you to part with your photos temporarily, risking loss and damage.

The free app comes out on Wednesday.

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 - AP

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