|Say hello to my little friend!|
The Flip-Pal is a compact, cordless mobile scanner that runs on AA batteries, stores scanned images on a memory card (like the one in your camera) and can make high resolution (600 or 300 dpi) scans from just about anywhere. It's small -- the flatbed will hold a 4"x6" photo or document -- but it comes with software that allows you to seamlessly stitch together much larger documents. Just this weekend, I had fun scanning and stitching my old 4-H camp photos, and they looked fantastic:
|Five separate 4"x6" scans that were seamlessly stitched together to reassemble one 8"x15" photo|
|Scanning the large photo. It took five scans, with some overlap, to get the whole photo. |
Then, the Easy Stitch software stitched them all together into one picture right on my laptop!
|Scanning photos straight from the scrapbook is SO EASY! See the handy dandy viewfinder?|
- Place your photo/document on the flat bed (or flip the scanner if you're working on a larger document or album/book).
- Push the green button to scan.
- Take your SD card from the scanner and insert it into its slot on your
computer (or you can use included USB attachment if your computer doesn't have an SD slot)
- Then, edit, upload or just enjoy your newly-scanned images!
|You can place a photo directly onto the flatbed scanner, or remove the lid and |
turn it over to scan larger documents or photos in albums.
- At first, the batteries that came with the scanner appeared to be DOA when I tried using it. The nice customer service person, Charlie, gave me several reasons as to why this might have been. Turns out, I needed to set the date/time on the scanner in order for it to work. That did the trick!
- Charlie also mentioned that, if I'm doing a lot of scanning (which has been the case!), I might want to invest in rechargeable batteries. I think I'm going to do that since, in the long run, it will be easier on both my pocketbook and the environment.
- Initially, I wasn't able to read the supporting documentation or get the Easy Stitch software to work. I had a hunch it was because I was using a Mac, and these were geared toward PCs. I was right, and it was an easy fix. I just headed over to the Flip-Pal site and downloaded the proper software to work on a Mac (for free, of course).
Now, I find myself constantly combing my apartment for more photos that I can upload to my genealogy files (or use to terrorize my Facebook community). I plan to bring my Flip-Pal to my mom's house this Easter so I can scan photos from her old albums. I'm thinking I could even bring it with me to libraries and historical societies to scan (with their permission, of course) documents that would be difficult to scan in a regular flatbed scanner.
Care to purchase a Flip-Pal as a gift for yourself or someone else?
- $149.99 (plus tax/shipping)
- Four AA batteries (installed)
- 2GB SD memory card (installed)
- USB to SD adapter
- Stitching and color restoration software
- Window protector sheet
- Quick Start User Guide
- One-Year limited warranty