San Antonio's Rockstar Turned Realtor®: Stuck without a scanner and need to email a paper document? Have an iPhone?

Stuck without a scanner and need to email a paper document? Have an iPhone?

GeniusScan for iPhone ScreenshotWe always have a need to scan and send.

Documents are the life blood of a real estate agent.  With all of the advances in technology, there are all sorts of pdf files flying back and forth between agents and lenders, lenders and title companies, and clients and agents (and every which way you can imagine).  Of course, there are plenty of times when you're away from the office and don't have a scanner or fax machine available.

Enter GeniusScan.

Thanks to the iPhone and the GeniusScan app, your problems are solved.  Simply take out your iPhone, open GeniusScan, snap a photo, make a few adjustments, and send your document out as a pdf file.  It's super easy and so far in my tests, the results have been excellent. 

The photo to the right is a screen capture as I took a picture of one of my signs laying around the office.  The orange grid the overlays the photo allows you to choose what area you want to include in the scan.  As it's next to impossible to take a 2D photo in a 3D world, GeniusScan allows for 3D movement of the orange grid in order to best capture your scan.

Once you've selected the area you'd like to scan, simply press the "Select" button and GeniusScan goes to work.  Even with text documents, GeniusScan does its best to enhance the text and make it readable.  Occasionally, I've had to take a second photo when I noticed some shadowing or blurred photos, but overall GeniusScan has produced each and every time.  To see what the scan of the RE/MAX Access sign turned out like, check out the GeniusScan generated pdf file.

Other uses.

If you're a blogger and do reviews of restaurants and other businesses around town, this could be a great way to capture menus or other info that might not be available on their sites.  Use it to scan receipts so you don't have to hang onto all that paper.  Business cards?  I'm sure there's a million things you could use it for - what are you going to do with it?

So take GeniusScan for a test run - it's absolutely free.  That's right, free.  You can download GeniusScan from your iPhone, iTunes, or check it out from the iTunes Preview site at Apple.

Comment balloon 19 commentsMatt Stigliano • September 15 2010 05:50PM


This is a good app, unfortunately I have a droid.  I have to check out any apps for my phone.

Posted by Katherine Fornale, SFR, GRI (REMAX REALTY 9) almost 10 years ago

That's great, does anyone know if the Android has a good app?

Posted by Maureen Fukumoto, Maureen (Help-U-Sell Realty Pro) almost 10 years ago

Great info, Matt. I going to check it out.

Posted by Phil Cogan (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hey Matt, Thanks!  I love finding great new apps.  I will go try this out now.

Posted by Christa Borellini (Prudential California) almost 10 years ago

Another great app and the unbelievable thing is that it is FREE!


Posted by Helen Breton, Broker Associate (Main Street Properties) almost 10 years ago

There's an app for that!  LOL - there seems to be one for everything.  But I'm stuck in Blackberry world.  Thanks, anyway!

Posted by Shelley Rowton, ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin (Move To Realty) almost 10 years ago


Another great APP. BTW: Did you see that Chase has an APP for depositing your checks in a similar fashion.


Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) almost 10 years ago
Oh man, I just saw you tweeting about this with @respres and came over to take a look. I love this and if it is as simple as it sounds it's going to be a regular for me! Thanks for the tip!
Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I love it!  This is great Matt, thanks for sharing.  I think this will definitely come in handy!

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - almost 10 years ago

I was hoping that there was an app for the Droid but not yet.....most likely soon though.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 10 years ago

Hi my techy friend.  I do have an iPhone and will show this to my tech guy/husband. 

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

Matt - sounds pretty cool and will go check it out!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) almost 10 years ago

Matt, will be checking this app out soon. Thanks for the heads-up about Geniusscan.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) almost 10 years ago

Hey man, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for this great tip! I just used it to send a survey to the Title company. Sweet!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago
Russell (and everyone else too) - Last night was the end of my clients option period and I hadn't been able to meet up with my busy clients until then. We needed to sign the amendment and get it into the listing agents hands pronto! Meeting up near their current home (not far from mine), I saved a trip out to the office scan/fax/email to the agent and whipped out my iPhone. Done. I wouldn't use it for everyday scans, but it's a great way to get things done when you need them.
Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 10 years ago

I love this application. I have found that you have to have a pretty well lit area and a steady hand for some documents though.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Todd - Unfortunately I have rather shaky hands so I do have to be very careful if I'm using it to get the best photo possible.  I usually try and steady myself on another object.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 9 years ago

fantastic!  I'm going to try it.  Thanks. 

Posted by Shannon Thomas, Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR (Selling Indy Metro, LLC) over 9 years ago

Is anyone aware of an android app that can do this?

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 5 years ago