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Flip-Pal mobile scanner with 4GB SD card and USB adapter. EasyStitch and StoryScans talking images software
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|Connectivity Technology||SD Memory Card and optional Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12.2 x 2.36 x 9.06 inches|
|Item Weight||1.25 Pounds|
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- The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the world's original scanner for photos, large and fragile documents, and cherished memorabilia that does not require a computer to operate. Battery powered and stores files stored on an SD card.
- Transform images into endearing stories. StoryScans software combines the recorded voice of the storyteller and the scan into a single file that is both small and High Definition. *Download and activation may be required.
- Keep your memories safe using patented flip-and-scan technology. Fragile documents are treated safely on the flatbed rather than fed through a sheet feeder. Take the lid off, flip the scanner over, and use the window to frame the original.
- All sizes, small to very large, can be scanned. The included EasyStitch software automatically reassembles multiple scans of larger originals such as portraits, art, documents, and quilts. Small objects such as coins and stamps have high detail.
- Quick and easy operation. Just 7 seconds to scan 4 x 6" at 300 dpi. Simply turn the power on and press the green scan button. The software is stored on the SD card. Save hours of removing photos from their album. Do your first scan in minutes after opening the box
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Comes with "Create & Manage" Software which includes Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 Software, ACDSee Photo Manager 12 & Family Tree. I received this Flip Pal as a gift when I admired the one my friend was using. I bought my own and then she surprised me with one! I love mine; it is so convenient and easy to use. You will love it, too.
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The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the world’s original photo and document flatbed scanner that does not require a computer to operate.
Vintage photos and other priceless keepsakes scattered in boxes and drawers that are disorganized, aging, and unprotected from loss from water or fire. Photos that are difficult to remove from their picture frame, scrapbook or album. Family history records that are fragile and one-of-a-kind. Stories by elders that go unrecorded.
The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is:
- Quick and simple to operate,
- Keeps your originals safe, and
StoryScans talking images
Flip-Pal is the only scanner that lets you do more than just scan your old photos and other memorabilia with their names and dates. With its exclusive StoryScans capability, you can preserve and share life’s stories as talking images. Use the included Flip-Pal Toolbox software (OS-X or Windows) or ScanTools app (iOS and Android) to record voice and combine it with the scan into a small High Definition (HD 1080P) mp4 video file that tells the story. The sight and sound are never separated and a special player is not required.
Imagine how your family and friends will feel when you send them the picture of your uncle, with him describing the coincidences of how he was inducted into the Navy. Papa enjoying the antipasto – a bit early. Your mom’s 10th birthday, with her mom and grandma. Grandma’s recipe card showing the fine details of her handwriting, tattered edges, smudges, the decorative picture, with her voice telling you about it. And, every grandparent would cherish seeing a scan of your daughter’s drawing she created today in art class, with her voice telling about it. You’ll be inspired with endless possibilities for your stories that will enrich your life and of those around you.
The amazing EasyStitch software automatically stitches together multiple scans of large photos, documents, artwork, quilts, maps and more. Like a jigsaw puzzle.
This is very important! Imagine your disappointment if you were to travel to a library, genealogy site, or to a family gathering, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture a vintage document or photo, and then return home and was unable to stitch it. The Flip-Pal engineering team took a wide variety of sample images and optimized EasyStitch to handle even the most complex and large on computers with regular amounts of computer memory. As a result, you can depend on the Flip-Pal Easystitch software.
Have you ever tried taking a picture using a digital camera of small objects such as jewelry, coins, badges, and other collectibles with high detail? It takes an expert to get a decent picture that way. It's easy with Flip-Pal mobile scanner. Take the lid off, put the object(s) on the glass, and drape a dark-colored tight-weave cloth over the objects. The dark color will add emphasis and clarity. Great for showing off, trading, and selling your collectibles. Also great for insurance documentation.
Quick and simple to operate:
Just seven seconds to scan at 300 dpi. You’ll save hours and hours of time not having to remove pictures, taking them to the scanner, and then returning them to their place. Not only is it quick in operation, but it is quick in getting started. The package is easy to open – no scissors required. Just turn on the power, optionally set the time and date, and press the big green scan button. Easy. There is no software to install, no cables to connect. Do your first scan in minutes after opening the box.
Scans a high-quality digital image, far better than what can be captured with a camera or smart phone. 600 and 300 dpi resolution settings. Uniform illumination. Colors and dimensions that are true to the original. No interpolation. Uses a state-of-the-art low noise sensor.
Keeps your originals safe:
Scan photos without removing them from the album, scrapbook, or frame. They are kept safely in place with the flip-and-scan technology that the Flip-Pal team invented and patented.
· Take the lid off
· Flip the scanner over
· Position it by looking through the clear back.
It will scan through the plastic covering the photo, or the glass of the frame, without reflection.
The flatbed’s glass is gentle on old and fragile photos and documents. There is no harmful contact by a sheetfeed’s rollers or a wands' edge. Ragged edges and tears are no problem.
Low light intensity makes it suitable for fragile genealogy records.
Scan Anywhere… Anytime
· Your traveling pal that goes with you
· Scan while watching TV
· Lightweight, compact and durable
· Fits in a hand bag
· Deluxe carry cases available separately
· Battery powered
· Stores the scans on an SD memory card
· 1.7" LCD shows the scans
· Wireless upgrade available, great for use with
mobile devices like smart phones and tablets
Everything you need is in the box
· Scanner 10.25 x 6.5 x 1.25 inch
· Four AA batteries (installed)
· Standard 4GB SDHC memory card (installed)
· SD to USB adapter, converts SD card to a
USB "thumb" drive
· Quick Start Guide
· Flip-Pal Toolbox software (Windows, OSX)
· StoryScans talking images
· EasyStitch automatic stitching,
· Color correction, rotations, cropping
· Partner cloud services
· pre-recorded on the SD memory card
no CD or download required
· Scan Tools app for iOS and Android devices
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2018
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The problem is that picture is one-of-a-kind. It has been in that frame, pressed up to the glass, for over half a century.
You could beg Grandma to let you take that picture with you to get a copy made. If she did relent, she would worry the whole time the picture is off the wall. And, what if something were to happen to it while it was out of Grandma’s sight?
If you try to take the picture out of the frame so that you could get a clear shot of it, chances are very good that you will ruin the picture. Grandma would be devastated.
You could whip out the cellphone and make a bad, grainy snapshot of it. We’ve all seen those. They usually come out with all sorts of glare and you really can’t tell what the image is when you copy a picture that way.
Or, you could break out your handy Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and scan it while it is still hanging on the wall. How great is that?
All you have to do is take a series of overlapping scans and the software does the rest. It stitches the pictures using a program called EasyStitch.
It stores it on an SD card. You can then take the SD card to a local photo outlet, pop it in their automated photo kiosk and out comes a near perfect copy of Aunt Eula Mae.
You could even load it into your computer via an SD card port or the USB adapter that is included. That way you can share it online with your family and friends.
You could also send it off to one of those discount printing services that makes your digital image into great enlargements, mouse pads, or whatever.
One really great feature is the StoryScans software. Using this, you can record Grandma’s story of Aunt Eula Mae, in Grandma’s own voice. This is a treasure that cannot have a price put on it.
The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is so easy to use even this old redneck can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. You don’t have to be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs to use this thing. Just click, scan, and enjoy. It is that simple.
You can save photos, your grandkids’ artwork off their mama and daddy’s refrigerator, or even off the wall at their school when you go for open house. All the other grandparents will want to know where you got your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and how easy it is to use.
The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is a must have for any genealogist. With it you can scan documents you find at the library or at a relative’s house (with permission, of course).
You may even find yourself scanning pictures you have laying around your own house so you can archive them and back them up on your computer.
You will find the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to be the go to tool at the library when doing genealogy research. You find an interesting picture, use the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. You locate an old military record, the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner can scan it. You don’t have to worry about damaging the original document. It can stay in its frame or in the scrapbook, etc.
Do you remember those magnetic photo albums from back in the 70s? You can scan pictures from one of those without having to take the picture out of the album. This works great when dealing with newspaper articles (like obituaries) that have been saved in an old photo album.
We did a test to check for color fidelity, comparing the iPhone 5s and the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner won. The color was truer to the color in the photograph on the scan than on the picture taken with the iPhone. The iPhone made the photo more warm-toned than it actually is. The baby is yellower and the carrier cover has pinkish tones in the iPhone photo.
We love our Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. It is worth many times the suggested retail price. You will love yours and you will find it so easy to use that you will tell all your friends.
It is lightweight too, so easy to carry. You can get optional tote bags or just pop it in a large purse.
You will want to always have your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner with you wherever you go because you will find all sorts of opportunities to use yours once you have it.
Highly portable, easy to use scanner, which does a decent scanning job without access to computer, even while talking to someone or doing something else.
If this sounds good enough for you, go for it!
1) Do not expect scans to be of exceptional quality (even at 600 dpi) that can be made using high-end scanners. I noticed some loss in details in highlights, but it is not too bad, especially if you have no alternative. If you want to make copies that would retain nearly 100% details of the originals, opt for a high-end scanner (that would probably require a computer and power) or high-end DSLR camera and tripod (you may want to use a flash with cross-polarization to avoid any reflections or light scatter).
2) You may have to figure out how to organize and annotate your scans. Especially if you are going to make hundreds or thousands of them. You may need to keep handwritten records (names, dates and locations of photos, corresponding to scan names) or make voice recordings.
3) You can't view scans in details until you have an access to computer or a reader or projector to enlarge the image (I tried to view using an LCD screen of DSLR camera, and it did not work). It is quite possible that some of the scans will have at least some defects (e.g. hot spot reflections or light scattering), but at least you can see a thumbnail image on the scanner so you know it generally worked.
Overall, it is a nice and unique product with this functionality (compared to scanning "wands", which are more portable but tricker to use, and results would not necessarily be better). But I only give Flip-Pal 4 stars because I would sometimes prefer highest qiality of scan jobs and anticipate I would have to keep handwritten records and quite a bit of post-processing work to organize and annotate images. But I understand, that it is a challenge to achieve all these requirements at this price range.
Something to consider and experiment: a lineraly polarized film between the scanner window and object being scanned to minimize reflections (I have not tried this yet). These reflections are usually not a big problem, but could be a real issue if an object is covered with transparent film or varnish or has textured finish. You may want to read on cross-polarization technique used to make museum-quality reproductions. With Flip-Pal scanner, you would use just a single polarizing film sheet (between your light source and detector, which are essentially combined in the scanner). A linear polarizer by the foot (product # PF006) can be purchased at polarization.com (it will cost you $30 plus shipping). I tried it for photography, and results were great.
UPDATE - after my first "field" use of this scanner when I wanted to scan old family archives (hundreds of photos) in just a few days. I had both Flip-Pal and high-end DSLR (Nikon D7000 with a 16-85mm zoom lens and polarizer, on tripod). Comparing the results side by side on the computer, the quality of images taken with a DSLR was slightly better (Flip-Pal produced a slight loss of details in highlights, only noticable when viewed at 100% magnification). The original batteries on Flip-Pal were depleted after only 50 or so scans, but rechargable batteries lasted longer (so just have extra batteries on hand). Flip-Pal was easy to use for 4x6 photographs, but took a little learning for overlapping scans to later process with the stitching software (which seemed to work well). I showed to someone how to use Flip-Pal, and he did the scanning succesfully after paying attention not to to move the photographs during the scans accidentally. However, I personally preferred the digital camera. The main reason for the choice of DSLR over Flip-Pal was the speed. It was significantly faster to auto focus and take a picture, compared to scanning for ~30s, but the difference and convenience of DSLR was especially pronounced for larger prints. I just needed to move my tripod or adjust the camera angle and focal length to quickly produce full-size images, the quality of which I could immediately verify on the LCD screen after zooming in. The images from Flip-Pal required much longer time to obtain and later needed to be stitched. The other advantage of DSLR was potentially higher resolution. For very small photographs (such as wallet size or smaller) I still was able to take the picture spanning nearly the entire frame in macro mode, unlike Flip-Pal, which scanned the picture at actual size. Also, I read that Flip-Pal stitching software will result in a reduced resolution if the picture to be scanned in portions is larger than certain size, but a digital camera is capable of reproducing all the details of very large photos, such as a poster size. Overall, Flip-Pal worked as advertised (and would be invaluable in the absence of a sohisticated camera or to scan just a few prints on the go). Again, make sure to have at least one set of spare 4 AA-type rechargable batteries and a charger to scan hundreds of prints at a time.
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While scanning thousands of pictures doesn't mean to say it's easy work it is made reasonably light work of putting all my photos in order. Oh well it gave me something to do anyway. One suggestion I wouldn't put too many photographs on each card as it takes ages to find them using the SD card.
I am yet to try the stitching software but i have cropped and rotated well. I would have liked to rotate by degrees as some photos were not straight when i scanned them.
I did use a ridiculous amount of batteries (though a battery checker showed there was a lot of power left in them). The rechargeable batteries I tried didn't work but I will try a different brand.