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Overviewer Turns Your iPhone Into a Document Camera for Video Conferencing Apps

January 6, 2021

Any teacher navigating the world of virtual learning during the pandemic should take a look at the new app Overviewer.

The app is from Charlie Chapman, the developer of the great ambient noise app Dark Noise. He explains more about why he created the document camera app in a blog post:

My wife is a Kindergarten teacher and when COVID hit she had to figure out how to teach a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds how to draw letters over Zoom. Initially she made her own document camera using her iPhone and the default camera app. Zoom has a wonderful feature where you can share your iPhone’s screen by plugging into your laptop with a lightning cable or even wirelessly over AirPlay but when you open the camera app there are two issues.

1. There’s a bunch of buttons and chrome around camera view so it looks clunky

2. The camera app doesn’t actually rotate when you turn it sideways (just some of the labels) so you can only share your phone in portrait mode which means huge black bars on each side of the zoom call and a tiny video stream of what you want to share.

The app takes care of both of those issues. It also works with AirPlay, which is another big plus for teachers.

You can see more about how Overviewer works in the video above.

Overviewer is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models and can be downloaded now for free on the App Store.