File Management

Where does the Flip-Pal save the images I scan?

By default, the Flip-Pal saves all scans to the SD memory card in a folder called 100_SCAN. This is a sub-folder of the DCIM folder. So, if you open the SD card on your computer, images are in DCIM > 100_SCAN. The EasyStitch stitching software always looks in the 100_SCAN folder for images to stitch, unless you direct it to another location.

How do I delete scans from my memory card?

From the Flip-Pal Toolbox, click on the “Files” tab. Click on “Open Scans” to use your computer operating system to browse the SD Card folder that has your Flip-Pal scanned images. From there you can highlight a scan, then press the “delete” key to remove them from your SD card (Command-Delete on Mac.)

Which graphics file format does the Flip-Pal mobile scanner use to save images?

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner uses the lowest loss (maximum quality) JPG format. JPEG/EXIF (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is the most common file format and is used by most digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices.

Some photo archivers choose to work with the TIF (aka: TIFF, Tagged Image File Format) format because it is a ‘lossless’ file format versus JPG which is a ‘lossy’ file format. Theoretically, this means that each time you edit and then resave a JPEG file it will degrade slightly in image quality; this does not happen with TIF. Practically speaking though, since Flip-Pal uses the lowest level of compression, the loss is imperceptible. The concern is a largely remnant of the early days of personal computers when jpg quality levels below 8 (out of 10) were commonly used to save disc space. That is no longer an issue.

JPG should not be used in scenarios where the exact reproduction of the data is required, such as some scientific and medical imaging applications and certain technical image processing work. JPEG may not be as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels can cause noticeable artifacts.

If you nevertheless prefer to use TIF, you can use image editing software to save the scanned JPG file to a TIF file.

Can the Flip-Pal scanner create PDF files?

Flip-Pal always stores the scans as jpg files. There are a variety of tools to convert those to PDF. Search “convert jpg to pdf”. Here’s how for Windows:

  1. Open the JPG image in the Photos program.
  2. Click the “…” button and select “Print.”
  3. Select “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the printer.
  4. Select the page orientation.
  5. Click the “Print” button.
  6. Give the file a name and select where you want to save it

What is the best way to back up my images?

Long term storage is a concern to anyone dealing with scans that might be the only available copy of a lost or unavailable original. Options include an external USB hard drive, or archiving to a CD or DVD. An online backup service may also be a solution. Backup services include DropBox, iDrive, Adobe, SOS, Mozy and Carbonite. Multiple types of backups are highly recommended, including storage of a backup disk away from your primary residence.

How can I share my scanned images with family and friends?

Click the Share tab in Flip-Pal Toolbox. There you will see multiple icons for various services that are closely integrated. Click on an icon such as Facebook or Picasa, then follow instructions to upload your scans to your account on those services and from there, notify your family or friends of the new pictures.
Don’t have an account? No problem, just follow the link to create an account with that service.

How does Flip-Pal determine the number to use in the filename and can it be reset?

It adheres to the DCF (Digital Camera File) standard. The 4 digits in the name SCANxxxx.jpg are sequential, starting at 0000 with the first scan done. It cannot be reset. You can change the file names when the SD card is in the computer.

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