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  • Bob White
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    Originally posted by Susan Freas Rogers View Post
    Tree Squirell, THANK YOU for this! I had never registered to get the email (per my previous post) but just now ordered the SD card. The company is going out of business and no longer sells the Flip-Pal itself, which I just found out two days ago and thought I was SOL about having the software work on Catalina, but now I'll be able to do that. Thanks again.
    Dick Eastman's blog had an article about this a couple weeks ago. What he wrote up was that the company that was manufacturing the scanner for Flip-Pal was closing its doors so Flip-Pal wouldn't be selling the scanner any longer. Possible they did not notify users about the 64 bit update. I've been on their mailing list for years and TreeSquirrel's note was news to me.

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  • Susan Freas Rogers
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    Tree Squirell, THANK YOU for this! I had never registered to get the email (per my previous post) but just now ordered the SD card. The company is going out of business and no longer sells the Flip-Pal itself, which I just found out two days ago and thought I was SOL about having the software work on Catalina, but now I'll be able to do that. Thanks again.

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  • TreeSquirrel
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    The Flip-Pal software update for Catalina compatibility can now be purchased on SD card from Flip-Pal. (June 2020)

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  • Susan Freas Rogers
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    I agree with Verity that a Flip Pal scanner is a very handy tool (it enabled me to capture a framed, sealed-on-the-back, 16x20 vintage photo from my cousin's wall, right through the glass), but BEWARE if you have upgraded your Mac to Catalina. The current Flip Pal software, which is on the SD card and required for stitching together your multiple scans of a large item, is 32-bit only and will not run on Catalina. I have just now run into this after getting a new desktop Mac running Catalina. I emailed the company and here was their reply, April 26, 2020:

    We are currently working on the 64-bit version of the Toolbox software that will be compatible with Catalina. If you haven't already, please register at flip-pal.com/register/ to receive an email when that release is available. Kind regards, Gordon 970-221-7223 M-F 9:00-5:00 MT

    So, until they get their upgrade done, you can still do single, small scans and download them off the SD card, but you won't be able to stitch multiple scans together.

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  • VerityM
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    I’ve often used a Flip Pal scanner...it’s about the same size as a iPad, and has a great facility for scanning large documents or items in sections then it stitches them together. It’s called Easystitch. I also use Evernote, rather than Notes, which is great for downloading images and keeps the web link as well.

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  • Bob White
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    Here is Apple's own instructions. (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210336)

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  • Peter Cook
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    Originally posted by pforbes View Post
    Bob White, I have Notes on my iPhone 6 but there is no camera icon? Where do you see that?
    On my iPhone6, after I open a new note, there is a + in a circle in middle of the icons at the bottom - clicking on this gives the options menu.

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  • jsadler
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    Originally posted by pforbes View Post
    Bob White, I have Notes on my iPhone 6 but there is no camera icon? Where do you see that?
    I just checked my wife’s plain ole iPhone 6 and also has the feature. If Alan’s instructions don’t help most likely you need to update to iOS version 13.X ( current version is 13.3.1 ). Check to see if you need to update or that your phone is older than a 6.

    J Sadler.

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  • alan
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    My iPhone is a 6S+ and by going to Notes (as suggested by Bob), choose "new folder"> on my iPhone> enter name (of new folder)>save>tap bottom right icon for new message> will bring up icons including a camera >either scan document or take Photo/Video and away you go. I know this is repeating a lot of Bob's writing but have included more details in case my iPhone is similar to the pforbes phone.
    Alan

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  • gathompson56
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    Originally posted by Susan Freas Rogers View Post
    Much of what I've uploaded here is likely overkill for a short trip or a newbie researcher, but again, you should be able to get some helpful ideas out of it. Good luck and have fun.
    Thanks for sharing Susan. I will put these to good use.

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  • Bob White
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    Originally posted by pforbes View Post
    Bob White, I have Notes on my iPhone 6 but there is no camera icon? Where do you see that?
    Your phone is old and the version of Notes for a model that old does not have the scanning feature.

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  • Susan Freas Rogers
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    I've given presentations at genealogy societies on How to Prepare for a Research Trips. Five handouts from that are attached. Some (if not much) of it may seem like way too much detail for any particular trip, but it should give you some good tips overall. The "Cover Sheet" is something that just helps you compile the basic info you need to have with you for each research destination -- you can find and copy/paste most of it from their website. I had one for each place I was going to, and kept them in a binder (or paper-type folder with brads for 3-hole punched pages).

    The "Philadelphia Daily Research Calendar" is a sample that I've used when I had many places to visit in one week. The BOTTOM grid is filled in first, with the open days/hours for each place. Then I filed in my daily calendar at the top (easier to see when it's at the top), charting out where I'd go on what days according to when they were open. The three rows on the calendar are for morning, afternoon, and evening. (Wednesday seems to be a popular day for genealogy places to be open in the evening.)

    The most important things to remember:
    1) Use their online catalogs to figure out -- IN ADVANCE -- what you want to see when you get there. Make a list, something like the "BOOKS to Check" attachment. It costs so much in time and money to make these trips, you want to hit the ground running when you there, NOT waste time looking at their catalog when you could have done that from home. Having a list like this also helps you record what you found (just write it in the third column) and then you'll have a form of Research Log for your records when you get home.

    2) Do not rely on any website for open days and hours. It's the logical place to start and copy/paste into your info sheets, but the wise researcher PHONES ahead and speaks to an actual person to verify that the days YOU are coming, they will be open. I once had to stop looking at documents from the 1700s from my 5G grandfather (my maiden name line!) because they were closing an hour early for a donor reception, and that's not the type of closure they will update their website for. Also watch out for state/federal holidays that fall on a Sunday, thus government buildings will be closed on Monday. I got stung on that one once, too, so mind your calendar for holidays.

    I find ReunionTouch very clumsy to use for any serious data entry while traveling, not because of anything Leisterpro did, but just because the way mobile apps have to work is very different from the Mac-based Reunion software. I take my laptop with me now, and use my iPad for quick reference and look-ups.

    Much of what I've uploaded here is likely overkill for a short trip or a newbie researcher, but again, you should be able to get some helpful ideas out of it. Good luck and have fun.
    Attached Files

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  • pforbes
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    Bob White, I have Notes on my iPhone 6 but there is no camera icon? Where do you see that?

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  • Bob White
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    Originally posted by Nic Maennling View Post
    ..........I would say add the "Adobe Scan" app to your smart phone. This can be used to copy documents. ..........
    There are several good scanner apps for smart phones. I would recommend Prizmo because it automatically detects edges and automatically adjusts for lighting situations. Also, one can scan documents with the Notes app. (Tap the Write icon to start a new note; tap the camera icon; menu presents where first choice is Scan Documents.) Genius Scan and Scanner Pro are also pretty decent. And practice a little before you hit the road.

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  • philipt18
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    I have very successfully used a foldable iPad stand to hold my iPhone perfectly parallel to the table in libraries and archives to allow for photographing documents and books. This is the stand I use: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32962234341.html on Aliexpress, and https://www.amazon.com/StillCool-Uni...dp/B01M0GJSIZ/ on Amazon. It's the smallest and easiest way to scan documents. You need decent lighting, but sitting at a table near a window is usually sufficient. I just used it this week in a library where I couldn't get a seat near a window, but they had lights at each desk and it worked okay. You could of course use an iPad for this, although I don't know the quality of the iPad camera. The iPhone X camera I use is definitely good enough for scannign documents. Good luck.

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