I just ordered Flip-Pal, a mobile scanner that takes scanning to a whole new level.
I don’t know about your family, but in mine, some family members own very old albums with photos I’d like to copy. However, removing the photos from the album would destroy them, plus the albums are too old and fragile to place upside down on a copy machine.
In addition – I frequently find tidbits in books that I want to scan, but I don’t want to break the spine of the book laying it flat on a copy machine, and I’ve found I’m not very adept at using the small handheld scanners that you have to move down the page.
When I discoverd Flip-Pal, I knew this was the scanner to meet all of my scanning needs. In a nutshell, you can remove the lid of the scanner and scan really anything – from a book page to a large document (I have some huge Civil War era documents), maps, even framed photos and quilts. For large documents (photos, quilts, etc) all I have to do is scan each section, overlapping each scan about an inch. Then I can stitch the photos together easily using the included software.
Here’s a video of Flip-Pal in use, and if you click the link below you’ll see another video of how someone used the included software to stitch together multiple scans.
If you get one too, let me know how you like it.