Sitting in my Community Band rehearsal tonight we were sight-reading through all of our pieces for the upcoming Christmas Concert. That meant I actually had to use paper music…. gasp….! Of course there was one piece of music that there wasn’t enough copies of the music so I whipped out my iPhone and in a matter of two minutes had scanned it using Scanner Pro. By using that app I was able to most importantly take a great shot of the music that was in focus. The app says “hold still to take a photo” once you tap the button. Then it will sense when you are holding still and then quickly snap the picture. I have not had a pic that is out of focus with this app. Then I uploaded the PDF to DropBox and then opened it in ForScore. In ForScore the first thing I did was to tag and rename the PDF. All of this took about 4 minutes and I was ready to play the first note with the rest of the band.
Here is a screenshot of two pieces. One I scanned with a professional copier/scanner made by Kinolta and the other is what I did with my iPhone/iPad. The only way I can tell the difference is by looking at the file size – I have yet to find another way to get the quality AND small file size the Kinolta gives me. See if you can tell the difference….