Interact's Scratchpad is useful in converting any text on your device into contact information, but what if the contact information you want to capture is on a paper? We run into contact information on business cards, letterhead and other printed documentation all the time and no one want to re-type that information.
Enter Optical Character Recognition (OCR). OCR is used to recognize text in an image/photo and convert it to text. Interact does not directly support OCR, but works great with any app which does OCR and supports standard iOS share sheets. We've been using a free app call OCR Scanner, but if you have other scanning apps that do OCR they will likely work as well.
- Download free OCR Scanner app from App Store. (Other OCR apps with access to the standard iOS Share sheet will work as well.)
- Launch OCR app
- Snap photo of contact information. Attempt to crop image to only the useful text as best as possible.
- Let OCR do it's text conversion and show a preview.
- Tap Share button in upper right, then the Contact Scratchpad action extension. You may need to enable this extension using the "More" button if you have not already enabled it.
- Make any necessary clean up of text in the Scratchpad, and tap next to create the contact.