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“The Challenges Of Preserving Your Digital Legacy”

Forbes contributor, Tony Bradley, published an in-depth article about how to access your “digital legacy” so future generations can keep your memories and archived pictures alive.

 



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This is a trending topic, as TIM HERRERA, in The New York Times, shares more insights on the urgency to have a plan and preserve your entire digital profile after death. From Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, what happens to your archives after you die? Read more.



 

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“There will always be software and tools for accessing and converting files which over time may become obsolete,” says Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos. “This is a big part of ScanMyPhotos.com‘s service, as a digital legacy provider. The worst thing is to not digitize pictures now as they will fade due to the ravages of time. Or get mistakenly discarded. We always urge people to have many backups in off site locations for all their pictures.”


A recent press release from ScanMyPhotos.com explains that the average household has about 5,500 analog snapshots. That means generations of photos are quickly fading away from the ravages of time. People post billions of new images from mobile devices every day, but the powerful social media storytelling platforms are mostly devoid of the history of treasured nostalgic memories.


Read the entire Forbes story here


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“3 New Year’s Tech Resolutions You Must Keep,” Photo Scanning

USA TODAY PROFILES SCANMYPHOTOS

Coming off feature profiles in the past month in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and to the 37 million readers of AARP The Magazine, ScanMyPhotos.com begins the new year with this: ” 3 New Year’s tech resolutions you must keep,” published by USA Today


Our 26-year passion and purpose is to digitize the world’s 3.5 trillion analog photos for today’s all-digital world.  What better way to draw attention than from a profile during CES week in Las Vegas, when USA Today’s tech columnist and host of #TalkingTechJefferson Graham wrote this:


ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. Home to its 26-year digitization business which has professionally scanned more than 300 million pictures[br]

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Digitize.


For those of you from the analog era, with your shoe boxes of photos and shelves of 8mm and VHS videotapes, let’s get them saved to digital in 2017, okay?


For one, they’ll be safe, and secondly, now you can share them on Facebook, Twitter and privately. I like the services iMemories (50 cents per image, $12.99 per video, and/or $49.99 yearly to have stored on its website for sharing) and Scanmyphotos.com ($149 for a box holding up to 1,800 photos, and $19.99 per video) for getting the entire collection done in one full swoop.)


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The ‘War’ On Photo Scanning; With Epic Mic Drop Epilogue

Well, it’s not really a “war,” more like a battle of words. Since pioneering innovations in the photo imaging industry–beginning way back in 1990–ScanMyPhotos.com is known as a top photo imaging industry leader. Demystifying photography. So much for the resume.


Now The Good Stuff  


Recently, some photo-scanning apps have entered the world of digitizing analog snapshots. And, with 3.5 trillion analog photos, plus 35mm slides, Polaroids, and those old film negatives, the ocean of opportunity to help digitize the world’s photos is deep.


Whether it’s competitors vying to try duplicating our game-changing way to digitize 1,800 photos in minutes, with free 3-way shipping for $145, or the new apps, and costly DIY scanner options, all help raise the tide.


We helped solve the biggest challenge in photography; how to upload all your nostalgic snapshots to the popular photo-sharing apps.  Think of it, most pictures shared on Instagram, Facebook and Google Photos are recent digital pictures from your smartphone–if you’re like us, mostly of the food you ate last evening. Right?


 

ScanMyPhotos.com CEO with his Dad at Disneyland in 1967

Our passion is photography. It always has been.  For some emotional background, company CEO, Mitch Goldstone was with his Dad hugging him at Disneyland in 1967.  This photo was his only tangible memory, as his father passed away two years later.  At that young age, he understand better than most how powerful a single photo is. We all have that similar, special picture. Right?

 


But, What are Others Saying About Why THEY are Digitizing Pictures?


Follow the conversation as our team of professional copywriters engage and interview people who shared these heartwarming tales:


Tales From The Photos We Saved Podcast


ScanMyPhotos.com Customer Stories



The “War” of Words


We’ve heard it all. Companies taking more than two months to scan some orders with only a few dozen pictures, others are using container ships to send your family pictures abroad. Really?  And many charging 40-75 cents and more to scan a single picture. How about paying about 8-cents and getting free 3-way delivery to have ScanMyPhotos.com professionally digitize everything at it’s Irvine, CA corporate headquarters and fulfillment facility?

 


USA Today just reported on the “Top 3 New Year’s Tech Resolutions You Must Keep,” and included ScanMyPhotos.


Stephanie Rosenbloom, Getaway New York Times Travel columnist wrote:


For affordable bulk scans, ScanMyPhotos.com is an old standby (you can read David Pogue’s review on nytimes.com). The company will scan about 1,800 photos at 300 dpi for $145 at its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.; the cost of sending the photo box to you, as well as the shipping of the box to ScanMyPhotos and back to you again is included in the price. That’s one of the least costly and most uncomplicated deals around.

 


“Fastest,” “Finally, You Can Have Your Photos Scanned” 


Wait, What?  The word “finally” was used to launch a new low resolution photo-scanning app– as if after US digitizing more than 300 million pictures THEY are the first to “finally” help digitize your snapshots.” They must have been disappointed when top tech columnist, Joanna Stern at The Wall Street Journal’s “Personal Tech” column wrote:


The app can scan only one photo at a time, and there’s no built-in way to color-correct or set the photo’s original date… If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you can always box up your memories and send them out to a photo-scanning service. This option can be efficient and even fairly inexpensive,…


I gave it a shot. I organized a group of 100 shots by year, labeled them with Post-its and sent them off via FedEx to ScanMyPhotos.com, based in Irvine, Calif. Within a few days, my prints had been uploaded and the originals were back safely in my possession. A nice woman named Shannon kept me updated on the process throughout the week.


And, as for the “fastest” way to digitize pictures, a new, DIY scanner will set you back $650 before digitizing even your first photo–at slow-mo rates compared to us. They added a fine print disclaimer. And, it appears they even updated the misstatement from “fastest” to “high-speed.”  But, the official corporate press release headline still has what looks like a walloping, misleading lie: “Epson Debuts World’s Fastest Photo Scanner….” We can only guess they are also raging from PC Magazine’s prominent reviewer and senior analyst, Tony Hoffman, who adding this at the end of his review:


Another option would be to send your prints to a photo scanning service, which may be a more economical choice if you have no more than a few thousand prints to scan. For example, you can order a box from ScanMyPhotos International that fits about 1,800 prints; fill it and send it in, and the company will scan your photos to JPEGs at 300dpi for $145 or at 600dpi for $259 (including shipping) and then return them to you with a DVD containing the scanned files.


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This Weather Channel story explains why pictures must be digitized [spoiler alert: it’s emotional]. It’s all about helping to digitize the world’s photo memories. Many choices, but for the ultimate “mic drop” moment…ready for it? This is the only way to professionally digitize about 300,000 high resolution pictures every day:


 

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The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos (WSJ)

The following article was written by WSJ Personal Tech columnist, Joanna Stern, who has spent the better part of the past decade on the gadget beat, knows phones, tablets and laptops inside and out. In her weekly columns and lively videos she helps people make smarter tech decisions.

 

Posted with permission; published online and in the Dec 21, 2016 (D-4) print edition of The Wall Street Journal
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TECH  |  PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY
 

The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos
 

With Google’s PhotoScan app, Epson’s FastFoto scanner or a mail-in service, it’s easier to rescue and digitize family memories, Joanna Stern says 

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By JOANNA STERN
Updated Dec. 20, 2016 1:12 p.m. ET

New rules for the holidays: When the family is over, turn off the TV, tell Alexa to pipe down and ground your drone. Now go find those dusty shoeboxes full of old photographs.

 

Explain to those under 20 that these were taken on film—sort of like Snapchat, only the photos take a very long time to disappear.

Laugh at that Polaroid of Aunt Sally with a Bob Ross perm. Appreciate the dog-eared shot from your great-grandparents’ wedding. Ask the tough questions about Dad’s handlebar ’stache.
 

Then do not—I repeat, do not—put the photos back in the coffer. Instead, make a plan to bring them into the digital world.
 

  With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo's original date.
 

With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo’s original date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Most of us have thousands of digital photos covering the past two decades backed up on hard drives, maybe even up in the cloud. But the trove of one-of-a-kind shots from earlier days? You’ve dumped them in the attic to feed the mice and the moths.
 

There are no more excuses. With new photo-scanning apps and a dedicated photo scanner like Epson’s FastFoto, it’s easier than ever to digitally organize your entire timeworn collection yourself. They can even automatically enhance the quality and sort by date—even by people in the shot, thanks to facial recognition.
 

I took my own advice. I scanned hundreds of photos to find the best method, while learning about near and dear family members—and even some I never met. Here are three options so you can do the same.
 

Cheap, Tedious Option: An App
 

The best photo scanner is the one in your pocket—sort of. It’s certainly the least expensive. With the right app, your smartphone can capture decent-quality photos. But if you’ve got a stack the size of a Jenga tower, it’s the most tedious option.
 

Don’t just point your smartphone camera at a photograph and hope for the best. Google’s new free PhotoScan app for iOS and Android couldn’t be any simpler to use. Clear off a well-lit space and lay down the photo. The app prompts you to move the phone over each edge so it can take four separate images. Then it combines them into one shot without glare or bright spots.
 

The same photo scanned two times, using Google's PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment).
The same photo scanned two times, using Google’s PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment). PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOANNA STERN

You can save the scans to your phone or to Google Photos, where Google makes each shot searchable by person or object. The scans aren’t as high-resolution as the ones you’d get with a dedicated scanner, but they are adequate for reprints and social media posts. They are also ideal for capturing all those framed photos Grandma keeps on her piano.
 

Now for the major shortcomings: The app can scan only one photo at a time, and there’s no built-in way to color-correct or set the photo’s original date. Photomyne, a free-to-try app for iOS and Android, solves all three of those problems.
 

When I held the app over a page in my mom’s 1975 photo album, it separated four photos into their own files. Then I set the date to May 1975 and hit the Restore setting to bring the orange washed-out prints back to their full-color glory. Snapping multiple prints at the same time, however, did decrease the quality and cause some glare. (Who’s that at my mom’s college graduation? Uncle Jim, or Patrick Swayze in “Ghost”? Hard to say.)
 

For unlimited photo saves, though, you’ll need to buy the paid version of the Photomyne app.
 

Expensive, Efficient Option: A Scanner
 

  Epson's FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second.
 

Epson’s FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

When you consider that time is money, the $650 Epson FastFoto FF-640 scanner shouldn’t scare you away. This isn’t an annoying flatbed scanner: It’s a photo-slurping robot. Connect it to your PC or Mac, put a stack of up to 30 photos in the feeder and watch it scan them, one a second. Who knew you could have so much fun with something that resembles a fax machine?
 

Quality and resolution are much better than the shots captured via one of the smartphone apps. You can choose 300 dots per inch (best for reprints and slideshows) or 600 dpi (best for poster printing or cropping).
 

The real greatness is in the software. Before you start, the software asks what year or date the batch was taken. There’s even a setting to tell the scanner to look for writing on the backside of the photo. It can’t read it, but it will save it for you.
 


Turn Back Time
 

Epson’s FastFoto scanner and software can digitize then color-correct old photos that have begun to fade.
 

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Photos courtesy of Joanna Stern

My favorite part: Epson’s software can automatically save the original photo and a color-corrected copy. Dozens of faded, orange-ish photos instantly looked better. Even glossy photos taken in the ’90s of my sister and me looked better. What can’t be corrected? My terribly frizzy hair.
 

The photos are stored on your computer’s drive when scanned, but you can upload them to a cloud service, like Google Photos or Apple Photos.
 

The FastFoto isn’t perfect, though. The scanner jammed repeatedly when trying to scan older, smaller square prints. To fix the issue, I had to go one by one. (Epson recommends using the included carrier sheet for scanning smaller or fragile shots.)
 

Instant Polaroid pictures also aren’t currently supported. Since my parents took the bulk of my toddler shots with an instant cam, I kept trying anyway—and managed to scan some individually. (And FastFoto doesn’t scan negatives; that’s a whole other project.)
 

  Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date.
 

Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box.
ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

Outsourced Option:
A Mail-in Service
 

If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you can always box up your memories and send them out to a photo-scanning service. This option can be efficient and even fairly inexpensive, but you have to be OK with handing over your most cherished memories to complete strangers for a few days.
 

I gave it a shot. I organized a group of 100 shots by year, labeled them with Post-its and sent them off via FedEx to ScanMyPhotos.com, based in Irvine, Calif. Within a few days, my prints had been uploaded and the originals were back safely in my possession. A nice woman named Shannon kept me updated on the process throughout the week. Like other services including Memories Renewed and DigMyPics, ScanMyPhotos offers photo editing.
 

With the $145 prepaid service, the company sends you an 11-by-8.5-by- 5.5-inch box and asks you to stuff it full—that’s around 1,800 snapshots, according to company Chief Executive Mitch Goldstone. The company makes 300-dpi scans of the photos, at a price that comes out to about 8 cents each; for $250, or almost 14 cents each, you can double the resolution.
 

My biggest disappointment? ScanMyPhotos sends you a DVD with your digital copies. I haven’t owned a computer with a DVD drive in years. For an extra $20 you can have the photos uploaded to the cloud as soon as they are scanned, or to an 8GB USB drive for an extra $16. The service also offers options to scan negatives and slides.
 

When it came to my family project, I liked the Epson the best. I now have more than 600 old photos scanned and organized on a hard drive and in Google Photos. Of course, $650 is a lot of money to pay for a scanner, but you could split the cost with family members. I mean, can you really put a price on sharing Mom’s mullet on Facebook?
 


 

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Scanning My Travel Photos: The New York Times

From Stephanie RosenbloomTHE GETAWAY, The New York Times Travel section (Dec 19, 2016). Tips for everything to do with your decades-past travel photos includes a profile on ScanMyPhotos.com

 

Before joining Travel, Stephanie was a New York Times staff reporter for many sections including Business Day, Real Estate, and Styles. She was part of the team that helped create Thursday Styles; the lead reporter for the Metro desk’s Neediest Cases series; and a member of the Continuous News Desk, which provides breaking news content toNytimes.com

 

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Scanning Services

 

Once you’ve turned the best of your travel photos into art, it’s time to store the rest. If boxes of prints are taking up closet (and psychic) space, there are plenty of sites online that will scan your old photos (as well as negatives, slides and videos) so you can store them digitally. But there are several things to keep in mind.

In general, these sites are a pain to navigate. They’re cluttered with too much text and fine print, and they offer so many options — Do you want your photos scanned in order? Do you want both sides of the photo scanned? — that if you don’t have a goal in mind before you go in, you can quickly be overwhelmed. Decide ahead of time what exactly you want to scan, how many photos you have and how you might use whatever you scan. Also, note that some of these companies by default send DVDs or CDs of your digital files. Not everyone has a CD or DVD player. If you want a thumb drive instead, be sure to select that option (if it’s offered) or call the company and see if it will provide one. Be aware, too, that it’s not unusual for these companies to have long lead times. A number of them digitize your photos in other countries, so it can take weeks to get your images back.

For affordable bulk scans, ScanMyPhotos.com is an old standby (you can read David Pogue’s review on nytimes.com). The company will scan about 1,800 photos at 300 dpi for $145 at its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.; the cost of sending the photo box to you, as well as the shipping of the box to ScanMyPhotos and back to you again is included in the price. That’s one of the least costly and most uncomplicated deals around. Other companies charge for shipping photo boxes. I asked a photo editor at The Times if 300 dpi is sufficient for scanning and she said that to print photos at larger sizes, a higher dpi is preferable. ScanMyPhotos has such an option: a prepaid box for $259 for the same number of scans at 600 dpi instead of 300 dpi. A thumb drive is an additional $15.95 a box.

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