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November 3, 2010
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
So today I gave it a test run. Let me jump to the end before I give you details -- I LOVE IT!
It was well packaged for its long journey to me in Canada. I was impressed with how lightweight it is and yet it looks solid and well-made, nothing flimsy looking about this scanner at all.
The instructions are on a little fold-out card and very simple and easy to follow.
It comes with a USB Adaptor for moving your scans from the Memory Stick (just like the one your digital camera has) to your computer - in case you haven't got a Memory Stick slot.
When you first turn the Flip-Pal Scanner on (it comes with batteries installed, how nice is that!), the Viewing Window walks you through setting the date and time. Simple. And yes, the Viewing Window is of neccesity small but even I with my very bad eyesight, can see the words and pictures just fine.
I grabbed an assortment of old family photos just to give the Scanner a test run.
It was super easy to set a photo on the scanning window and then push the green button on the side. Bingo - done!
Your scanned photo appears in the viewing window so you can make sure you've got what you want. Then you simply insert a new photo and push that green button again.
The bluish tinge you see here is a function of my camera, not the actual scan.
When I was done scanning, I popped out the Memory Stick from the Flip-Pal Scanner and inserted it into the USB Adaptor which I then plugged into a USB port on my computer.
Immediately I saw a window on my computer which gave me options as to what I wanted to do. I chose to use the built-in program (Flip-Pal Toolbox) that was offered, and clicked on that. Lovely! A very easy to understand window popped up with various options including registering my scanner (for a full year's warranty).
But first I chose the option BROWSE SCANS. They popped up just as items do in Windows Explore and I was able to quickly select all and move them to a folder on my C drive. Then I selected all again and deleted them from the Memory Stick.
I could have done other things but for today I just wanted to try out the basics. I also registered my scanner since I was already at the screen and that took a few seconds. Not long afterwards I received an email from Charlie at Flip-Pal support thanking me for registering and my comment that I loved the scanner.
I replied even though I figured that it was likely a robot email and thus my email would go unanswered, and told him I was going to review the scanner this week on my blog. To my great surprise, he responded (a real live person!!) It may seem like a small thing to some readers but I love the personal touch with a company.
The scans were of very good quality and I'm pleased with them. The photo on the left is my grandmother and two of her siblings in 1912. All in all I have only positive things to say about Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner .
I'll be putting it to more tests as soon as I can get to my 87 year old Auntie's place. She has a ton of old family photos that I'm drooling over but she won't let them out of her sight! So now's my chance to visit and scan away without those precious photos ever leaving her apartment.
You can use any of the links provided here if you wish to order your own scanner. At $149.99 they are well worth the money.