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4 Things to Know Before Any Photo Scanning Project

photo scanning projectHave you been tasked with preserving the family photos? Do you have boxes of photos in the attic that need to be digitized? Are trying to downsize on clutter in the New Year? If so, we see a photo scanning project in your near future.

 

But don’t worry, with proper planning and prep work, this project can be a breeze to accomplish—and fun, too!

 

In order to help you tackle your photo scanning project as efficiently as possible, here are four things you should know before jumping in.

 

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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution Stick

resolutionGetting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions to make—and it’s a resolution we wholeheartedly endorse, especially when it comes to preserving your precious memories. But as the year wears on, the likelihood of achieving these resolutions wanes.

 

In order to help you stick to your resolution, we pulled together a list of tricks that will make it much easier in 2017.

 

Break your big resolution into smaller goals

 

If your resolution feels insurmountable, then it will be! See if you can break out your big goal into smaller more manageable goals. For example, if your resolution is “Get more organized,” try breaking it out into smaller tasks like:

 

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8 Trending Articles for Getting Organized in 2017

getting organized in 2017Welcome to 2017! This year is our oyster and the possibilities for fresh starts and new beginnings are seemingly endless. So, in the spirit of staring things off on the right foot, we thought it would be a good time to address a popular resolution: Getting organized in 2017.

 

If this happens to be your resolution, you’ll want to check out the following articles and take lots of notes.

 

  1. Apple’s New Hidden Gem: iOS 10 Automatically Organizes Photos

 

Why it’s a must read: For those who can’t even begin to fathom how long it will take to organize digital photos, this article shows how this new app will do most of the heavy lifting for you.

 

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How Many Backups Should You Have? Ensure the Safety of Your Digital Photos

how many backupsThe annual National Preparedness Month is a time where we encourage everyone to create a plan for when disaster might strike. For us here at ScanMyPhotos, disaster comes in many forms—whether it’s an act of nature (fire, flood, earthquake, etc.), a divorce, separation or death, or a computer or electronic device crashing. That last one is something we want to create a plan for this September—particularly when it comes to determining how many backups you should have for your digital photos.

 

We’ve heard it before—in the blink of an eye thousands of digital photos can get wiped out when a hard drive gets corrupted or a computer starts blinking the blue screen of death. This is especially true for digital photos that were taken in the early days of digital photography. Some of these photos were taken before the cloud and are living on laptops or SM cards that are tucked away in storage.

 

Having backups created is essential, but many people believe it stops with simply backing up photos to the cloud. The truth is: your photos are only as safe as the number of backups you have.

 

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Bring Your Vintage Photos to Life with Vivid-Pix Restore

We’re always on the hunt for awesome photo technology—whether it’s the latest iPhone app or Instagram feature. This week, we had the chance to review Vivid-Pix’s RESTORE software and were amazed at how this easy-to-use program can bring your vintage photos to life.

 

Who is Vivid-Pix?

 

The idea for Vivid-Pix started five years ago after the founders came back from a vacation and were dissatisfied with the pictures captured during a scuba diving trip. Every photo looked dull in shades of gray and blue—nothing like the vibrant underwater adventure that was witnessed firsthand. To help bring these photos—and eventually others like them—to life, Vivid-Pix was born.

 

There are three products the company offers:

 

 

While all three products have their merits, RESTORE is the one that enhances old photos so this review is centered on that particular software.

 

To test the product, I decided to use my recently scanned family photos as a guinea pig.

 

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