Your Chromebook’s webcam can now scan documents, here’s how – review Geek.

An example showing a Chromebook webcam.

Your Chromebook’s overlooked camera app has just become too smart. Google Chromebook is rolling out a ton of really useful new features for the Camera app, including the ability to scan documents from your webcam or cut video feeds from external cameras.

How to scan documents from your Chromebook webcam.

Example of scanning a document with a Chromebook webcam.

Scanning documents is easy with Chromebook Webcam. Just open the Camera app and select the “Scan” mode located below the View Finder. Hold on to a document, and your Chromebook will automatically find its edges and add a filter to improve the copy.

You can then save the document as a jpg or pdf file and share it on email, slack or any other service. And as Google notes, you can use Nearby Share to quickly send scanned documents to your Android phone or any other Chromebook.

This feature works on front or rear Chromebook cameras, so if you have a Chrome OS tablet, you’re ready to go!

Other new features of the Chromebook webcam

Zoom and pan the webcam on the Chromebook

With its new Document Scanner, the Chromebook Camera app now includes video recording support, a QR code scanner, a self-timer for hands-free shots, and the “Save for later” option to capture all your photos or video recordings. The “Camera” folder in your File app.

And for those who use external webcams, the Camera app now supports Pan-Tilt-Zoom controls! You can customize the way your webcam works in the Camera app, and its settings will reach Google Mate, Zoom and other video chat solutions. (Unfortunately, this feature only works with external webcams.)

In the future, Google promises to bring Google Assistant controls to the Camera app for hands-free photos or videos. The company also says that the Camera app will eventually support GIFs, allowing you to create custom five-second GIFs with yourself or your friends.

Source: Google

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