The genealogy princess, about 1977
In December I wrote about negotiating that one of my Christmas gifts be a Flip-Pal scanner. I wanted it before the holiday so I could use it when I visited my family in California. The goal was to scan family photos while I was at my parents house.
I am pleased to announce that I met that goal. To be more specific, I scanned the hell out of my Flip-Pal. I sat in my parents' family room, visited and watched tv with everyone. Then I did the same at the in-laws. The whole time I just scanned photos. The final tally on this trip: over 2,800 photos scanned!
This was the first time I used my Flip-Pal and it worked just fine. I have not yet used the software that allows users to stitch photos together. That time will come.
Here are the modifications I made for this marathon scanning session:
I bought a 10.2" netbook case at Target to hold my Flip-Pal for the trip. It is a pretty blue shade and has a zippered front pocket for all my scanner stuff like the USB stick and extra SD cards.
The Flip-Pal uses 4 AA batteries. I had 8 rechargables. When I was using 4, I'd recharge the other 4. On a good charge, I was able to scan 250 photos or more.
I used an extra SD card, larger than the one that came with the scanner. I knew I'd be a scanning fiend for a whole week and I wanted to make sure I had enough space.
The scanner held up in air travel. I took it out of it's case to go through security, but the rest of the time, it was in it's padded case in my padded backpack. It came out just fine.
Those 2,800 photos made but a dent in my family's pictures. I plan on taking the Flip-Pal next time I go out there and get some more. My goal is to have copies of all photos in two different locations for disaster prep purposes. Flip-Pal has helped me take significant steps toward that goal.