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How to scan and preserve old family photos

Exporting from Pic Scanner Gold to Google Photos

Exporting photos from Pic Scanner Gold to free cloud and photo storage services such as Dropbox, Flickr, Photos etc. and social network sites such as Facebook, Instagram etc. is easy. You select the photos, tap Export button, and choose the destination.

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The most-used services are displayed first (Grey screen above), and to access all other weird and wonderful photo apps installed on your device, you tap Show all.

Most cloud and photo storage apps appear on one of these two screens, but Google Photos seems to “hide” itself! But no worries: Exports from Pic Scanner Gold to Google Photos can be done, as long as you have Google Drive and Google Photos apps on your device.

From Pic Scanner Gold to Google Photos

1) Log in to Google Photos and Drive apps on iPhone or iPad

2) In Google Photos app, tap Menu > Settings > turn Google Drive ‘ON’. Create a new folder, give it same name as your Pic Scanner Gold album.

3) In Pic Scanner Gold, go to Gallery > Select > (choose photos) > Export > Select all > Google Drive > My Drive > Google Photos > (album folder) > Save here > Upload.

After upload is complete, the photos will be visible in both Google Drive and Google Photos.

Give it a try, and let us know if you have any problems uploading from Pic Scanner Gold to Google Photos or any other photo storage service you want to use.

Photo Editing With Pic Scanner Gold

Photo editing tools in Pic Scanner Gold are quite amazing. You can use them to edit scanned photos, as well as those imported from Photos app. Here are a few fun examples of photo editing – try out these tools if you haven’t already.

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Splash tool – selective recoloring

Splash tool is used for selective recoloring. Select a photo, then tap Splash. The photo will turn B&W. Now choose either smart color or free color mode, and use your finger to restore color only to the parts you want. Use eraser to remove any unwanted coloring. This kind of photo editing is great for focusing viewers’ attention on one or two specific items in a photograph.

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Frame your photos

Frames add body to your photos. Our photo editing toolkit includes a selection of beautifully designed frames and borders to enhance your photos before you post them on Facebook or other social media. Go to Edit > Frames, then tap either Original or Signature range. Try out the various options available. When you find the right one, tap Apply.

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Embed text in photos

Text in photos: There are two ways to add text to photos:

1) Caption: Tap Captions icon (to the right of Edit) > Add date, place, other info. This info can be viewed as an overlay over the photos from within the app, and also in Shareable Albums. It cannot be exported, but is non destructive i.e. not embedded in photo.

2) Text: Use this to EMBED text on a photo (As in a poster). Edit > Text > type whatever you want > Done > drag the text anywhere, or resize / rotate it as needed > Apply > Done.

Pic Scanner Gold includes many other photo editing tools, such as overlays, memes, vignette, effects (filters), and adjustments for lighting, color, focus etc. Explore and thou shalt be rewarded with beautifully revitalized memories.

(Note that after you finish editing photos, you need to tap Apply to see how your edits will look, and then Done to save those edits. Once you tap Done, the changes become irreversible – so before doing it, make sure you are happy with them.

Any questions, email us or message us via Facebook (www.facebook.com/picscanner)

Pic Scanner to Pic Scanner Gold Migration

Upgrading from Pic Scanner to Pic Scanner Gold? Obviously you would like to transfer all your scanned photos, albums and captions to the new app. It’s easy.

Pic Scanner – Migrating from old to Gold

There are two ways to do it. Which one is better for you will depend on how many scanned photos you have in Pic Scanner.

For light users:

If you have up to 250 photos in Pic Scanner’s Cropped gallery, proceed as follows (Expected transfer time: 1 minute):

1) Download Pic Scanner Gold on the same device as Pic Scanner.

2) With both apps installed, launch Pic Scanner (old app). Tap Menu > Migrate. All cropped photos, albums and captions would be compressed. After a moment, sharing options would be shown. Select Pic Scanner Gold.

3) Pic Scanner Gold will open, and everything will be saved in it.

4) Check Photo Gallery and Albums in Pic Scanner Gold to ensure everything looks good. After this, you can delete the old app to free up space on your device (Please note that Originals will not be transferred.)

For heavy users:

If you have too many photos and albums, your iPhone or iPad may not have enough processing power to handle such a large data transfer, and the app may fail. If this happens, please proceed as follows (Expected transfer time: 10 minutes):

1) Create a folder named Pic Scanner Temp on your computer’s desktop.

2) Connect your device (iPhone or iPad) to computer with USB cable. Launch iTunes on computer, and select your device [See (1) below]

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3) Click Apps in iTunes sidebar on the left [See (2) below]. Then in the right pane, scroll all the way down to File Sharing section (3). Locate and click Pic Scanner (4). The right side will show some folders and files e.g. original_images, splitted_images, etc. Select them all, and drag them into Pic Scanner Temp folder on desktop.

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4) In Pic Scanner Temp folder, click on splitted_images folder. Check that your photos are in it, then delete original_images folder.

5) In iTunes on the computer, click Apps in left sidebar, then scroll down the right pane to File Sharing (Same as in step 3 above). Click Pic Scanner Gold. The right side will show some folders.

6) Select all folders and files in Pic Scanner Temp folder on the computer. Drag and drop them alongside the existing folders in iTunes Pic Scanner Gold folders (Care: Don’t drag Pic Scanner Temp folder into iTunes: only the files and folders within it.) In the warning pop-up box [See (5) below], check mark the Apply to all box, and click Replace. Voila! You are done!

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7) Launch Pic Scanner Gold on your device. Check that all photos, albums and captions are there. Now you can delete Pic Scanner (the old app) to avoid duplication and free up space on your device.

Any problems, drop us a line. We think you will enjoy your move from Pic Scanner to Pic Scanner Gold!

Two Great Apps To Scan Photos With iPhone or iPad

Do you know why your printed photos are lying forgotten in albums, cherished memories in shoe boxes, and your desk drawers are cluttered with old snapshots? Because it’s a royal pain in the butt to scan photos. Even if you have just a handful of picture albums, it can be a week’s toil to scan photos using an old-fashioned desktop scanner.

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So is there no fast and easy option to scan photos?

There are two great apps for it

Probably the best iOS app for scanning photographs

Best iPhone/iPad app to scan photos?

To quickly scan, organize and share old photos, get Pic Scanner. A much-praised photo scanner app for iPhone and iPad. It eliminates the need to pry photos out of albums. Or scan photos and manually crop them one by one. It lets you scan photos, crop, enhance and save them in one easy step. With one tap on an iPhone or iPad. With a little practice, you can scan photos at resolution that exceeds that of an iPad’s Retina screen. Pretty good for a handheld photo scanner that doesn’t break the bank!

Here’s how it works: Place up to four photos, slightly separated (and if scanning an album, a page laid flat), and “scan” with the app. Pic scanner intelligently detects, automatically crops and individually saves all the photos. You could scan your entire photo collection in an afternoon – not spend days or weeks wrestling with scanners and photo editing software.

Once you are done scanning photos, Pic Scanner provides easy-to-use tools to edit photos. You can rotate photographs that weren’t scanned upright. Use built-in filters to see your scans in a different light (You’ll see what we mean, when you try them out:) Don’t forget to add captions – an exclusive feature that lets you add date, place and other details to scanned pictures. Adding these details helps preserve memories, and also makes it more fun looking at scanned photos.

Pic Scanner also lets you create beautiful in-app albums. So it’s a breeze to organize photos by event, year or in any other way you want. You can do it in a matter of minutes.

Download Pic Scanner Free

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If you are prepared to spend a couple more dollars, go for Pic Scanner Gold – an all-in-one app that not only scans multiple photos at a time, but also provides many more ways to enjoy and share your prized photos. For example, you can easily create slideshows, animated albums, greetings cards and other “Goodies”. Pic Scanner Gold also includes a powerful photo editor with 19 advanced editing tools. Find out more about this app at www.picscannergold.com, and download it at https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1124131441

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Pic Scanner Gold is probably the most advanced photo scanner app for iPhone and iPad.

Share the memories

When you scan photos, a big benefit is that rare, one-of-kind photos suddenly become portable and shareable. You can’t lug all your old picture albums when you go for a school or family reunion, but once they are in your iPhone or iPad, they are always with you. Enjoy them with Pic Scanner’s built-in slideshow mode – the app even adds music.

Want to share your scanned photos with friends and family? That’s super-easy, too. Just select the photos, and Pic Scanner and Pic Scanner Gold let you instantly share them via Facebook, email, Twitter, Instagram, Messages or WhatsApp. You can even save the scanned pics to Photos app, your computer, iCloud or Dropbox.

Pic Scanner – Download on the App Store

Scan photos at high resolution

The newer iPhone models have sophisticated 12 megapixel cameras, older models have 8 MP. iPads have 5-8 MP cameras. Pic Scanner fully utilizes the technical wizardry Apple puts into these devices to produce high-resolution photo scans. This blog post provides tips on how to get the best image resolution when you scan photos.

Download and Try Pic Scanner Now

Free to try, unlimited scanning just $2.99

This app has been critically acclaimed by the likes of BBC, Cult of Mac, iPad Insight, The Guardian, Gizmodo and many other highly respected reviewers. You can now download it free on the App Store. Scan and share a dozen photos absolutely free. If you like it (We are sure you will:), buy the unlimited version for just $2.99 and scan photos to your heart’s content. This is a one-time purchase, and it allows you to scan photos on all devices linked to the same Apple ID.

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Don’t use iPhone or iPad?

Do you know someone who has an iPhone or iPad – and might want to scan photos? Tell them about this app (Better still, invite yourself you a “scan photos party” – take along a couple of photo albums…and a bottle of wine! What’s better than spending an afternoon sharing wine and vintage memories with an old friend?

Yes, There Were Pics Before Pixels

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Life Before Digital Cameras

Remember life before digital cameras? It wasn’t so long ago that:

  • Before boarding the plane for an exotic vacation, packing enough rolls of film was as important as packing the passport.
  • You worried endlessly whether those X-Ray scanners at airports were really film-safe.
  • There were no instant previews. If a photo was overexposed or underexposed, or your eyes were half-closed, it was just too bad.
  • Reloading film outdoors involved either a changing bag, or cupped hands in a shaded place.
  • It was days, often weeks before you got to see your photos.
  • Sharing photos meant putting them in an envelope and posting them.
  • You fussed about ASA and DIN as you now do about megapixels.
  • Editing, cropping and applying filters was only for professionals.

And be honest: How many times did you mix up exposed rolls of film with unused ones?

Bringing Old Photos into the Digital Era

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Digital photography has made things simpler and made the finer nuances of photography (such as editing, filters, using meta data etc.) accessible to everyone. But a lot of our old memories now languish, unseen and forgotten, in shoe boxes and picture albums.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all your photos – old and new – in one place? Like in the palm of your hand? Well, you could if your old photographs were all scanned and catalogued. Are they? Chances are they’re not. How many times have you thought about sorting and scanning them, but never got round to it because it’s too tedious?

Preserving and organizing those forgotten, fading memories is now easy. No, it doesn’t involve bulky desktop scanners or complicated photo editing software. Nor will it take weeks of work. Now you can just do it with an iPhone or iPad! And an app.

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Pic Scanner is an easy-to-use app that lets you digitize up to four photo prints at a time. It then automatically separates and saves them as individual images.

The app also includes tools for basic editing tasks, as well as options for enhancing, captioning, organizing and sharing pictures.

Pic Scanner has won accolades from Cult of Mac, The Guardian, iPad Insight, Gizmodo and many other highly-regarded reviewers. BBC’s flagship technology program ‘Click’ also showcased it.

The full-featured trial version of Pic Scanner can be downloaded here. This free evaluation version allows 12 scans and 12 opportunities to share photos. And if you decide to upgrade, unlimited scanning and sharing only costs $2.99.

Digitizing gives old photographs a new life. It is the best way to preserve those rare, one-of-a-kind moments of your personal history. And there’s a lot you can do with digital photos. But let’s save that for another post.

How to view scanned photos on HDTV

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Scanned old family photographs? How to view photos on HDTV

Scanned those precious old photos and put them in your iPhone, iPad or computer? Now supersize the experience of enjoying the memories by viewing those photos on HDTV.

Once you have scanned and edited the pictures to perfection, transfer them to Photos app on your iPhone or iPad as follows:

Cropped > Select > (tap photos to be transferred; they’ll get check marked) > Action (bottom center) > Sharing options (Select Photos). This saves the selected photos in Pic Scanner album in Photos app (iPhoto).

There are many ways to project them on to your TV:

Method 1: If you have a smart TV, then it’s straightforward to beam photos to it from your mobile device. Open the TV’s app center (That’s what Samsung calls it; other makers may call it something else).  Then select Photos app, open Pic Scanner folder within it, and view the photos – either as a slide show, or individually.

Method 2: Transfer the photos from your iPhone or iPad to Mac or PC (See how: go to tip #T6). Now connect your computer to the TV with an HDMI cable to view the photos.

Method 3: You can also stream photos to HDTV through Apple TV, or Android or Roku set-top boxes:

How To Share Albums

“Can I share albums by email, or save them to my Computer?”

The answer is, “It depends”.

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You can bulk-export photos from Cropped screen or an album in Pic Scanner to Photos app, Dropbox, or email. To use photos from an album, open the album. Tap Edit, then tap thumbnails of photos to be sent (Or ‘Select all’ for the entire album), and tap the Action button at bottom center to display sharing options. But before pressing one of the sharing options buttons, read the following. Because there are limitations.

Firstly, other applications (Photos, Dropbox, email, Facebook, email etc.) do not support albums in the same way as Pic Scanner. So how your albums show up in these or other programs will differ. For example, Photos app allows any non-Apple app to create only one folder – and no sub-folders. So if you send an album from Pic Scanner to Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, the pictures will be saved in Pic Scanner folder in Photos. If this folder already contains some photographs, the new pics will be added to those, i.e. your album will get mixed up with earlier photos. To avoid this, you must ensure that Pic Scanner folder in Photos app is empty, before you export the album.

Second, it depends on how many photos you have in the album. Mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad have limited processing capacity and memory (RAM). Trying to transfer a large number of images at once may cause your iPhone/iPad or our app to malfunction. Below is a rough guide to how many photos you may transfer at a time:

Newer devices (iPhone 6 / iPad Air 2 and later):

  • Saving “locally” i.e. to Photos app: Up to 20
  • Sending via internet, e.g. email: Up to 6

Old devices (iPhone 5S / iPad Air / iPad 4 etc.):

 

  • Saving “locally” i.e. to Photos app: Up to 12
  • Sending via internet, e.g. email: Up to 4

We are looking at options to allow a better way to bulk-export photos and albums, and hope to offer you this feature in the future.

Any questions or suggestions, please email us.

 

 

How to Free Up Space on iPhone or iPad

Storage space on iPhone getting Full? Read on for tips on what to do.

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Loading a 5 megabyte IBM hard disk into a plane, in 1956 (And you are out of space on your 64GB iPhone?:)

If your iPhone or iPad is running out of storage space, you can free up a few GB by doing some or all of the following simple things:

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1) Delete any apps that you never use (and never will). To do this, press the app’s icon until it jiggles, then tap the ‘X’ in the corner.

2) Go to Settings > General > Usage > Storage / Manage Storage to see list of apps and space used by them. Delete and reinstall apps for which this figure is large (except Photos & Camera and Music). Facebook, Twitter, messaging and other social media apps are the usual suspects.

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3) Turn on iCloud Photo Library (Note: You must have iOS8.1 or later for this): Settings > iCloud > Photos > turn on iCloud Photo Library. Then go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and tap Back Up Now. This will transfer full-resolution photos from device to iCloud, and create storage-saving versions on the device. The first time, this may take hours; afterwards it will be very quick. This should reduce the on-device space used by Photos by 50-70%.

4) Delete old messages from Messages, Line, WhatsApp and other messaging apps. To automatically delete old Messages, go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages > Select 30 days. Also set Audio and Video messages to expire after two minutes. Before deleting messages, save any attached photos you want to keep to Photos app or Dropbox.

5) Delete movies, videos, ibooks and podcasts once you are done with them. If these were purchased from the iTunes Store, you can always re-download them without paying again.

6) If you take HDR photos, your device saves HDR as well as a non-HDR version of the image by default. Waste of space! Go to Settings > Photos & Cameras > turn OFF ‘Keep Normal Photo’.

Restart device after doing the above (Press and hold down Home + Power buttons until Apple logo appears), then see how much more free space you have got!

Routine check: Connect your device to computer via USB cable, launch iTunes on computer, and select your device. Scroll down to the multicolor bar showing space usage by photos, audio etc. (See below) You will see “Other” taking up loads of space. This is useless stuff like caches for Safari, email, Siri, stocks, weather etc. As long as “Other” is less than 1GB, it’s OK. But any more than this, and it’s time for cleaning up. The 6 items above help get rid of most of “Other”.

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