Kaagaz Scanner – A Completely Offline Application With No Ads or Watermark; An Alternative to Camscanner

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Kaagaz Scanner
  • Kaagaz Scanner aims to give users an Indian app to scan their documents. It debuted on Google Play on June 15 and has garnered over 1 million+ downloads to date.  
  • The Unique Selling Point (USP) of the app, as per the developers, is that it is completely offline, has no Ads or Watermark, and requires no sign in to use.
  • There are also plans to monetize the Kaagaz Scanner app by bringing a freemium model with premium features that would be paid.
  • Kaagaz Scanner has now been acknowledged by the Government of India as part of the Atma Nirbhar App Challenge and has also been recognized by the Ministry of Education.

Earlier in July, the Government of India has banned 59 Chinese mobile applications to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s sovereignty and security. The list includes TikTok, CamScanner, UCBrowser, and Shareit. It turned the spotlight on made-in-India alternatives.

Cashing in on this so-called app vacuum and riding on the prevalent anti-China sentiment, a group of Indian entrepreneurs has come together to offer an alternative to Camscanner, the popular document scanning platform which was among the banned Chinese apps.

What is Kaagaz Scanner?

In July 2019, Snehanshu Gandhi, Tamanjit Singh Bindra, and Gaurav Shrishrimal founded Sorted AI to bring a to-do list and reminder app with the same name. The same guys built Kaagaz Scanner as a side project.

Kaagaz Scanner aims to give users an Indian app to scan their documents. It debuted on Google Play on June 15 and has garnered over 1 million+ downloads to date.  

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How Kaagaz Scanner is different from Camscanner?

The Unique Selling Point (USP) of the app, as per the developers, is that it is completely offline, has no Ads or Watermark, and requires no sign in to use. This also makes it more safe and secure.

The app, now available in Hindi and English, will soon support many other Indian languages. The app also comes with an app lock feature to secure documents. It allows users to scan as many pages as needed with direct sharing to email, WhatsApp, and more.

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“We built Kaagaz Scanner as a side project after the call of our Prime Minister for ‘Vocal For Local’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. As soon as we got the news of Chinese apps being banned, we started pushing the app in all of our WhatsApp groups and social media feeds,” Gaurav Shrishrimal, the founder of Sorted AI, said.

“We were lucky to be picked by a few big influencers, which gave us the initial push. That, coupled with a simple, easy to use the product, started increasing our install numbers,” Gaurav Shrishrimal, the founder of Sorted AI, said,” he added.

The app has claimed over 1 lakh downloads within one day of CamScanner being banned and is presently seeing considerable interest in the Google Play Store.

The future of Kaagaz Scanner:

The founders of the app incubated at Nasscom’s 10000 Startups and raised some funding by participating in the Winter 2019 batch of the Axilor accelerator program. There are also plans to monetize the Kaagaz Scanner app by bringing a freemium model with premium features that would be paid.

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In addition to the freemium model, the team at Sorted AI is working on integrating an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that would let users manage the scanned information for future use and help categorize scanned documents automatically in various folders including Personal ID, Vehicles, Insurance.

The team is also in plans to bring cloud storage access to the Kaagaz Scanner app to let users upload their important documents on the cloud.

Kaagaz Scanner has now been acknowledged by the Government of India as part of the Atma Nirbhar App Challenge and has also been recognized by the Ministry of Education.

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