Creativity, frugality, and, on occasion, desperation can inspire innovative uses of your phonecam/digital camera.
For example, if you have trouble remembering where you parked your car, especially when you are traveling to unfamiliar places, take a photo of the car in its space and the location signs.
Here are some more uses:
– Capture program or system settings with digital photos before making changes recommended by tech support or online guides.
– Avoid losing work completely if the computer locks up by taking a screen shot using the digital camera; you may have to do some retyping or data entry but you’ll have saved critical information.
– Save meeting notes on white boards, and send electronic versions of notes via email.
– Use it as a backup of official documents, such as passports and identification. That way if it goes missing, you have somewhere to start. Need to provide a copy of your driver’s license? Just print out the picture.
– It makes a great alternative to a scanner. I had to fill out an application for insurance not so long ago, and I was able to take photos of each page and email them in, instead of scanning and emailing them.
Photo by marcos_bh.
Editor’s note: Free-OCR.com is a free service online that can convert images of documents into text files. You can use this to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on any image you supply. No registration necessary. Just upload your image files. Free-OCR takes either a JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PDF (only 1 page). The only restriction is that the images must not be larger than 2MB, no wider or higher than 5000 pixels and there is a limit of 10 image uploads per hour.