- It looks like David Pogue's ridden to my rescue yet again.
- A few weeks back, I lamented on the fact that my family photo albums were disintegrating, and that the project to repair them looked nearly insurmountable. I had even discarded the thought of scanning the pictures because of the sheer amount to time involved for getting pretty mediocre results.
- However, based on the recommendation in David's most recent NY Times column, I am going to carefully dismantle those decaying photo albums and send the pictures into Scanmyphotos.com. For $50, this company will scan up to 1000 pictures, and send you back a DVD with your images in JPEG format. Of course, there are caveats - everything has to be properly organized and labled, there are extra fees for reorienting images, scanning the backs of photos, etc., but frankly - it seems worth every penny.
- Consider this - a sheet feed scanner that will actually accept photos (most don't) costs about $400. Not only is it expensive (the equivalent of scanning 8000 photos), it will be primarily a uni-tasker in your office, because the sheetfeed mechanism means that the unit won't work comfortably or well as a flatbed scanner (I know this from experience).