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QromaScan: the World’s Smartest Photo Scanner

Designed with simplicity in mind, the QromaScan Lightbox and the QromaScan iOS app work together to form the world’s smartest photo scanner.

Tell it the date, place and people in your photos, and QromaScan tags your photos as it scans. You’ll end up with high quality searchable images that will organize themselves whenever you import them into your photo organization software. When you are done, it folds right back up like a book in a second.

QromaScan makes scanning and organizing your photos fast and easy.

They even have a slide scanner! Unfortunately QromaScan is only available for iOS devices.

 

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Mobile Photo Scanning – PhotoScan vs Photomyne

For years you’ve been saying you’re going to scan all the photos you have in shoeboxes in the basement. Now’s as good a time as any. There are a few smartphone apps that’ll help you with this so you don’t need to pay someone or drag out a scanner to do it, but Photomyne and Google’s recently released PhotoScan are the two top choices.

There are a number of mobile apps for digitizing documents. Although you can also use them for photos, they aren’t giving you the resolution needed for high-quality scans. Now we are beginning to see options for mobile photo scanning. This Lifehacker article describes and compares the top two photo scanning apps – PhotoScan and Phtomyne.

Details at Photo Scanning Showdown: PhotoScan vs Photomyne

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CloudTree Sync and Share

Synium Software just released updates for MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree which includes their new Cloud Tree feature. This feature makes it possible to work on the same family tree with any number of MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree users in real time. When you make changes to your tree, those changes are transferred to your shared users within […]

Both apps are 1/2 price until December 5th! Details at Moultrie Creek Gazette.

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Searching for Santa with Siri

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A Siri search on a Mac

Did you know that Siri can search the web for more than just a nearby eatery? And, with the latest MacOS update, we now have Siri on our desktops too!

All you have to do is open Siri and ask to search the web for whatever you want to find. In this example, I’ve asked for a search in Flickr.com to find pictures of Santa Claus. You can see the results. If I want to download one of these images, all I do is select it and drag it from this panel to my desktop.

Siri also gives me options – like looking at more pictures in the Safari browser. The panel barely visible at the bottom of the Siri panel offers suggestions for other links and sources that could be helpful.

The Siri search on my iPad brought me lists of links but no actual images. Another option is to use my iOS device’s search box (swipe down the middle of the home screen to open it). I tapped the microphone icon at the right side of the search box and dictated my search. Siri presented several option buttons. I tapped the Search Web button and then chose the Images option. The search results included a glorious collection of Santas!

Siri is a great partner and my husband is slowly adjusting to the idea that there’s a very good reason I’m talking to my computer.

 

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Mobile Toolbox – Documents

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Reading in the Documents app.

The Documents app [iOS – free] is at the top of the must-have iOS apps list for genealogy research. With Documents, you can maintain a digital reference library of books, magazines and research guides that’s with you wherever you go. It serves as a document reader, media player and file manager – all in one beautiful package. With Documents, you can search, read, bookmark and annotate iWork and MS Office documents, read PDF documents and ebooks (ePub and FB2), view photos and videos and even listen to music.

Need to view a document attached to an email message? No problem. Just long-tap the attached file and choose the Open in Documents option. There is also a built-in browser so you can find and download documents from web sites.

If that’s not enough, Documents also serves as an impressive file manager, giving you access to your computer and cloud services. Using the Wi-Fi Drive feature, you can upload documents from your desktop computer to your iPad using your desktop browser. You can also share files with your favorite cloud storage service and download online files directly to Documents. Of course there are tools to copy, move and delete the files saved in Documents. You can even select and zip a number of files. Use the Share icon to send any of your files to someone via email.

You can bookmark pages, highlight text, add notes and add comments. Enter Review mode and you can markup PDF documents and even edit text as if it was a text editor.

Other Readdle apps work with Documents to give you even more functionality. For example, adding Printer Pro [iPad – $6.99] makes it easy to print attachments, documents or web pages from your device to either Wi-Fi or USB printers. (Note: USB printing requires a free helper app installed on your computer.) PDF Converter [iPad – $6.99] can convert the files managed in the Documents app – including those stored in cloud services such as Dropbox – to PDF documents. Need to fill in PDF forms, sign documents or markup documents for review? Then PDF Expert [iPad and iPhone – $9.99] is the app for you.

Readdle’s suite of document management apps give your iPad an amazing amount of functionality and access to your files and documents wherever they are stored. All of this in your choice of easy-to-use and affordable packages.