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ScanDigital – Last Sale of 2011 Extended: Save 30% Now!

Plan ahead this holiday season to save on all Photo Scanning and Film & Video Transfers.

Here’s why you’ll love giving the gift of memories:

Sentimental: Preserve your family’s favorite memories of old photos and home movies forever

Affordable: Give everyone copies & check them all off your list at once, plus save 30% now

Easy: Avoid shopping last minute this year and give your loved ones something meaningful

Coupon code: SDSAVE30
Deadline: Monday, November 7th

STEP 1: Place your order online by Monday, November 7th and enter the coupon code: SDSAVE30
STEP 2: Package your material in a box using the trackable UPS shipping label generated from our site.
STEP 3: We’ll transfer your photos and home movies to DVD.
STEP 4: We return your originals and digital copy with plenty of time to spare before holiday gifting!


Why I Love my Flip-Pal

I generally don’t brag about products and services, but I just can’t stop talking about the Flip-pal scanner.  Here’s why.

When I opened the box I was surprised to the brightly colored packaging. I don’t know what I expected to see, but the whole appearance was so friendly looking.

I removed the package from the shipping container and thought “ Oh No, it’s one of those impossible to open plastic boxes.”  Not so.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily I could remove the scanner from the container.

I love the weight and size of the scanner. It’s small enough and light enough to carry in a large handbag. Since there are no external cords, it’s perfect for travel. I took it with me to an event last night and scanned a photo on the spot in about a minute. 600 dpi jpg in a moment.

Lifted up the lid and saw the sample photo. Great reminder of just how large the scanning surface is.

Once you’ve scanned an image you can preview it on the tiny screen near the buttons and menu that let you select resolution, set the date, and other things.

When I want to upload images, I use the memory card (like the ones found in digital camera’s) and insert it in the USB drive.  Upload is easy-peasy.

You can scan larger images using the stitch feature. Remove the cover and flip the scanner upside down on the oversize print. The see-through base lets you see what part of the picture you’re actually scanning. No guess-work.

Now that cases are available, I bought one. This little gem is going with me everywhere!

Don’t expect it to work like a dedicated bigger scanners such as the Epson in my office.  It reads the glass in cased images rather the daguerreotype or ambrotype, but for most types of images this is perfect for the genealogist on the go.

Did  I mention the price? $149.99.

Ask the Photo Detective: Photocopying Pictures

In this regular installment on my blog, I’ll answer questions submitted by visitors to my website. Topics include photo identification, preservation, picture history and photo sharing.

Barbara asked: Does photocopying recent photographs damage the pictures? Is there an alternative for our library patrons who want to copy materials from our small collection?

Photocopying exposes all types of images to intense light, heat, and chemicals. A single photocopy shouldn’t cause noticeable damage. I would not advise repeat copying of any image. There is also the stress of repeatedly handling the picture for duplication.

A better solution is to scan the images and create a database using a simple program like Picasa, then letting patrons select the photographs they want to print.