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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

Reported by Rachel Johnson


Years ago, I worked for an art magazine, and scanning fine art images was a big part of my job. Since I had access to a professional grade scanner at work, I never got around to purchasing a scanner for home use. Since nearly all of my photography is digital, I mostly got by without one, but there were always instances when I wished I could scan an old photo or an illustration. It just never seemed worth it to go buy a huge, desktop scanner/printer combo for just a few projects or photos. It was a constant conundrum — I wanted to scan things, but I didn’t want to own a bulky scanner that would just take up room on my desk.

The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner solved my conundrum! The Flip Pal is a mini, battery-powered scanner that you can take anywhere. It is approximately 10 inches wide, 6.5 inches tall, and about an inch thick. It weighs about 1.5 pounds. It comes pre-loaded with batteries and a 2GB SD memory card. All you have to do to start scanning is take it out of its packaging. You don’t need to hook it up to a computer or plug it in; just switch it on, and press the scanning button! Magic!
The Flip Pal also comes with a simple instruction booklet and a handy thumb drive “SD to USB converter” that you can use with the SD card to load the scanned photos onto you computer. The thumb drive also contains special Flip Pal photo software that runs on Windows computers and can help you edit photos and stitch together large photos from multiple scans. However, I use Mac computers, so I was not able to access the software. Instead I used iPhoto and Photoshop to easily edit all my scans.

I got married long, long ago in the age of analog photography, and for years I have been meaning to scan some of my wedding photos. A perfect project to test out my new Flip Pal!
The scanning surface is 4 x 6 inches and can scan at a 300 dpi or 600 dpi resolution. Three hundred dpi is a standard print resolution, and scans made at that size can be printed at their original size. Scans made at 600 dpi resolution can be successfully printed up to twice their original size. Many professional scanners work at much higher scanning resolutions, but for nearly all hobby and craft purposes, 600 dpi is plenty large. Plus, each scan is very fast! I scanned over 80 wedding photos and didn’t even use up half of the battery power!

Each scan is displayed on the scanner’s small screen after it is completed. The digital display helps you make sure you positioned the scanned item correctly and allows you to review all of the scans you have made during a session.

Another great feature of the Flip Pal is that you can remove the cover and “contact scan” larger pieces or things that will not fit under the cover. Once the cover has been easily pulled off, you can flip the Flip Pal over and scan… well, really anything!

The clear back allows you to position the scanning surface correctly. I scanned a few of my large wedding photos and also a few older photos that are affixed to a scrapbook this way.
It was incredibly easy to import the scans onto my computer. You simply put the SD card into the USB converter and plug that into your computer. Then, you can import photos just as you normally would off of a digital camera. If you have an SD slot on your computer, you can use that instead of the USB converter. I imported my scans into iPhoto and did a little bit of cropping and editing. The whole scanning process was completely user friendly and easy.

I am thrilled that I finally got some of my old photos scanned, including the two above of my grandparents. I love my new Flip Pal!
Pros:
  • Small size makes it completely portable and easy to store.
  • User friendly and extremely easy to use.
  • No set up – simply open it up and start scanning!
  • Patented flip-and-scan technology – literally flip it over and scan anything!

Cons:
  • The included Flip Pal software only works on Windows computers.
  • The scanning surface is small – 4 x 6 inches.
  • Maximum scanning resolution is 600 dpi – some project may call for a higher res.

Giveaway!
The fine folks at Flip Pal are giving away a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner to one of our lucky readers. Just leave a comment on any Vendor Spotlight: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner article (there will be 2) answering the following questions:


Have you ever used a portable scanner, like the Flip Pal? What projects would you complete if you had a Flip Pal?

One comment per person, per article, please. You have until Monday, December 20th at 6pm CST to enter.

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154 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

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    Irene Lenihan December 16, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    That scanner looks like a fun tool. Would love to play with it.

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    Kay December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    This looks amazing! I’ve never used a portable scanner before, but this one looks like it would work like a dream. I scan all of my daughter’s artwork, so we can keep her work without keeping the piles of paper, but my scanner recently died, and the artwork to be scanned is piling up. Wouldn’t this be just perfect? : )

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    FireCrkrBaby December 16, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I haven’t used a portable, but have been researching to scan old family photos at our parents for a family history tree project.

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    Helen December 16, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I have not used a portable scanner. If I had one I would visit my uncles in West Virginia and scan family pictures. I have only 1 of my grandparents in their younger years.

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    Megs December 16, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    What a great idea! This is great to share family photos without taking them out of your parents or other relatives houses. I know my extended family has photos that I would love to have & this is the perfect gadget to finally get them for myself 🙂 Thanks for this contest!!

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    Cheryl December 16, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I have never used a portable scanner- I am amazed to learn that there is one available. I would love to use it to scan in some photos, such as my grandparents, that I want to have on display. I could display the scanned images and put the originals away. What an interesting product- I look forward to checking it out in more detail.

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    Margie H December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    I was hoping you all would do a review on this product – thank you!

    Since my family live overseas, this would be perfect to take over during my visit. I’ve been begging them to either mail or bring to me which is risky or would forget.

    I can bring this along and scan right on the spot! So excited about this scanner!

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    Carrie December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Wow! I have never seen anything like this. Looks very interesting. I would probably use it when going to other family members home and scanning their pictures in that I don’t have. I wonder if you can transfer pictures from someone’s camera to the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner? I’ll have to check on that.

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    margaret December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Never used such an item but could so, so use it finish our family history (at least up to my mom and dad). Mom has created treasure for us with grandparents, greatgrandparents, great, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc but due to health reasons she cannot finish about her and dad. This scanner would make it so much easier to bring information from her place to my computer.

    It would be a WONDERFUL GIFT to HER and would help me finish her work. Thank you. It certainly looks intreging!

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    That is SO cool! I’ve never had a portable scanner…if I did, I too would scan wedding photos. 1984 just didn’t see any digital stuff!

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    Jeaneen December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    I have never used anything like this and would love to give it a try.

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    Donna VW December 16, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    You forgot to mention that the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner won the CHA Innovation Award this year!

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    Dana (*danavee*) December 16, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    lol Donna, that little tid-bit will be in my article tomorrow!

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    Jackie December 16, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I was not aware there was such a thing! I would start by scanning my kids artwork and such from when they were in kindergarten and grade school, and who knows where that would lead?

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    Silvergirl December 16, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Seriously… this is the coolest thing ever! I do not have a scanner and I’m always wishing I could get old photos, handwritten recipe cards or my children’s art into electronic form.

    Amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!

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    reader December 16, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    My big printer/scanner died recently and a portable scanner would really come in handy to have up in my craft room, so that I could scan photos for printing. This would be perfect to use with my small laptop.

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    {Lynn - that's me!} December 16, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Nope, I’ve never used a portable scanner…but mine is so old and lacking so many capabilities that it has become more of a boat anchor than a functioning tool.

    I have a suitcase full of turn of the century photographs that I inherited from my mom and grandma and I’d love to scan. Many of these people could be total strangers as far as I am concerned…no names, dates, etc. But they would make awesome digi elements to cards and scrapbook pages. Oooooh, I really would love to have this little gem.

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    earmstrong December 16, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Both of my partner’s parents have passed away in the past 3 years, and we have several boxes of family photos that multiple extended family members are clamoring for copies of. This FlipPal would be PERFECT for this project, thanks for the critique, and the contest!!

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    Cindy December 16, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Scanning older photos to print and scrapbook from my Grandmothers old photo albums would be easy with this tool. I would also love to use it to scan and post greeting cards and small school projects and drawings.

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    Renee December 16, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    I’ve never used a mobile scanner but it would come in super handy with all my old photos.

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    Tamikko December 16, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Thank you for the great review. My mom and I need this badly to preserve pictures that are one of a kind. We’ve already lost tonnes of pictures to computer crashes, hers and mine. I can think of other ways to use it to, like scanning my kids artwork, so I don’t feel like I have to keep everything.
    thanks

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    Stacy December 16, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner. It would really come in handy to keep in my craft room for enlarging and printing patterns.

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    Scrapycandy December 16, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    We love to visit the national archives and other places for historical info and this product is perfect! Thank for the info!

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    RedGem December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    I have never used one but I do have plenty of old pictures that I would love to share with family just don’t want to let go of originals. Tku!

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    Linda Fulghum December 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    This is a definite time saver! What a great idea! Right now, I use my home scanner but this would be so convenient to use as I travel. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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    Tamara December 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I do have a portable scanner. One that was reviewed previously I think. It pulls the photos through the scanner and only does 4*6 photos. It works well, but I would love the ability to scan things that are in photo albums, scrapbooks, and larger images.

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    Jill December 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Looks neat! Gadgets are fun!

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    Lynda December 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I had a hand scanner years ago until I bought my flat bed, which has since been retired. I love the portability of this flip pal and I could scan a lot of those old 35 mm pictures that I’ve lost the negatives. I hate that it’s not for Macs, but I do have a pc laptop I could use it on. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Linda A. December 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I would love a scanner like this! My Grandmother made some lovely scrapbook-style albums but used permanently bound albums and a very permanent adhesive, making them impossible to scan and digitize. I’d love to be able to make a copy for my sister to enjoy as well. That would be my main project. I’d also like to be able to scan the kids’ artwork and keep it digitally instead of keeping piles of paper! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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    Carolyn Sharkas December 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Wow! This looks like a great tool. I have never used a hand held scanner, and don’t own a regular one anymore since mine died a couple of years ago. I would really like to finish up some heritage scrapbooks that I have started and this would be just the thing to boot me into action. Thanks for sharing.

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    Annie December 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I would love to own one of these, years worth of photo’s I’d like to scan! Would make it so easy!

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    rush December 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    i have never used a portable scanner. if i had one of these, i could scan in my vintage and antique photos and ephemera so i don’t have to use the original in my art. i could finish the ones i have left and scan as i acquired new stuffs.

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    gemscribe December 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    What wouldn’t I scan? This is great!

    Family pics for sure. Receipts, jewelry (for home inventory), at 600 dpi: any item i could to make my own digital embellishments & background textures: buttons, real & flowers, ribbon, pasta, fabric, daughter’s doodles…you name it, I’d try it!

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    Debbie H. December 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner but, oh my would I love to use one to scan all of the childrens school picture photos into my computer. What a great tool for schools!

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    Swr4him December 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I did not know about portable scanners and definitely want one. It would be perfect for me to start on the box of photos that my family is working on to let our younger generation see their family members who have passed on. I am definitely waiting tg see if I win this!

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    Patchi December 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I’ve been wanting a scanner for some time, but, like you, I did not want another bulky gadget. This might be exactly what I need!

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    Elaine December 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    The scanner looks perfect, I have dozens of antique photo’s I need to scan. It’s such a slow process on my printer scanner. Thanks for review it.

    Elaine Hannagan

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    Dee in Oklahoma December 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    No, I have never used a portable scanner like Flip Pal..I would love to have this.
    I would scan old photos that are stuck in the old albums that had sticky pages, and I cannot remove them. This would be the perfect tool to do the job.
    I would also go to relitives homes and scan photos I would love to have.
    I am keeping my fingers crossed..I would love to win this Flip Pal.
    Thank you, Deanna

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    Denise T December 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    how fun…would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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    Hee Jin R. December 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Would love to play with it! I never have used a portable scanner before. If I had one, I would scan my parent’s old albums that are non archival currently and scrap them. and share them with family. I’m sure it would make my job quicker in scrapping!

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    Tami Weil December 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    What a cool gadget! I would take it with me when visiting family so I could copy their photos. Also, I have many old family photos that I would share with my sisters using this toy. The article didn’t say anything about the price, so I’m wondering how affordable it is.

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    scrappymomtotwins December 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Have you ever used a portable scanner, like the Flip Pal?

    I’ve used a portable sheet-fed scanner. it’s very handy for working away from the computer, and for mundane scanning jobs.

    What projects would you complete if you had a Flip Pal?

    I LOVE that it’s NOT a sheetfed scanner, but a flatbed. That means you aren’t limited to flat paper to scan. Right now, I’d love to be scanning some of my vintage christmas tree ornaments, because there is a page I want to do. I’d also like to do my wedding album (which, being bound, is not a candidate for a sheet fed scanner). There are so many things you can do with a flat bed you can’t do with a sheet fed!

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    Suzette December 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Wow! This looks amazing! I’ve never used a portable scanner before, but I’d love to! I can see myself bringing it along to visits with family, saving my daughters art projects and I’m sure many other possiblities remain. I’d love the chance to play. 🙂

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    Donna December 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I have a large printer/scanner but I’ve never tried a portable scanner. I have always wanted to try scrapbooking and I think that this scanner would make that easier!

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    Jan Castle December 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Are you kidding! With all the cards I make, a scanner would be fabu!!!! Would truly love to win it; thanks for the opportunity to be in the running. Have never had a portable scanner.
    Jan Castle

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    Jodemart December 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner before. I would definitely scan my old wedding photos as well as my childhood photos with this scanner.

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    Pennywort December 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner before, but if I am lucky enough to win one, I’ll use it to scan my daughter’s drawing.

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    Linda Lee Finke December 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    This opens a whole new way to get photos from cousins, siblings, etc. growing up.
    You will not have to take apart other people abums! How cool is this!

    I would love to have this!

    Pick me Pick me Pick me!

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    Gina December 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    What an amazing gadget. I’ve never used a mobile scanner before. This is very clever. What would I do? I have a leather bound book of letters that were written from 1915to 1919 by my great-grandfather, his lawyer, the secretary of state, our state representative and senators, etc. My grandfather and his mother had been travelling abroad and WWI started. My great-grandfather spent the entire war trying to find out if they were still alive (they were, but he didn’t find out until the war was over). I would give everyone in my family a copy. The book itself is old and the pages are brittle, and the book can’t be taken apart, so scanning on a flat scanner is risky and difficult. This mobile scanner would be the PERFECT solution!

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    havivaa December 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I Have n’t ever used a portable scanner, like the Flip Pal.
    If I had a Flip Pallike this, I would scann all my old famelly’s pictures from the 50th and creat a beautiful vintage albume.
    HO I’M SO EXSIETED…..

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    SeaSmurf57 December 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    What an awesome idea, this looks amazing. I love its compactability (is that a word..lol)

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    Claudia December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner, but what a great idea. I would scan my handcrafted cards to save the ideas (I can never remember what I made after I give it away). Geez.

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    SeaSmurf57 December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

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    Terry December 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I have a bulky desktop model and I use it to scan cards that I make. It would be nice to have a portable one, then I would not have to run upstairs from my craft room to scan. Also, like the idea of sitting in front of the TV scanning old pictures! Would love to have a one!

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    Yvonne Norman December 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I just recieved from my parents ALL of our family pictures. They were in the old magnetic photo albums, which I just finished taking them out of. I would love to have that scanner to scan them all in and give to each one of us in our family. I haven’t started looking for a scanner yet. This one looks perfect! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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    CreatedByWendy December 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that you can flip it over and scan just about anything. I’ve often struggled to scan thicker objects when I didn’t have my digital camera handy. Also love that it’s protable, great to take to scrap classes!

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    Mary (Happy Now) December 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Oh, I would love this!! I’ve never used a portable scanner, but I have a lot of children’s artwork, notes, etc. that I want to scan into my scrapbooks. This looks to be perfect!

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    wilcoxdesigns December 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Never used a portable scanner before. I would love to scan old photos.

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    Nana Jo December 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    This is right up my ally – infact I need one as I want to scan all my in-laws old pictures so I can make a heritage scrapbook for our family.

    mmlmn@polarcomm.com

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    anaximander December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    For a long time I had a small scanner, powered by USB only, made by HP, that I only ever saw ONCE in store. I’d love to be able to replace it – something to take to my grandmother’s to scan her photos, to avoid fights after the inevitable.

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    Michelle December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    This scanner is amazing! I’ve never used a partable scanner before, but would love one to scan all of my mother’s old family photos of her and my great-great grandparents growing up in Scotland!

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    Shirley Fread December 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I haven’t used a portable scanner but sure would love to. It would be great to visit school friends and scan any pics they might have, that I don’t and then I could sned them to other school friends and so on…

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    Frances December 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner. I should go through my old photo albums and scan everything, then lend the scanner to parents for all those baby photos of me that are hoarded away somewhere.

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    C December 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow, I love this. It would be a tool that I could use most every day……. Charlene

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    Amanda December 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    What a great little scanner! I’ve never seen one so small let alone used one! I could desperately use one of these. The large scanners are expensive and take up so much room that I could never justify getting one but I have many photo’s frome my childhood that I need to scan, scrapbook, and archive.

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    Donna December 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner, but I sure would use this one. This is small enough to take anywhere and I could finally get all the old photos of my boys from years ago that my sister has in her family albums. And to be able to scan articles and pictures from books and magazines on the road is a dream come true. I need this!

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    Picture Pages December 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I never used a portable scanner. I would love to copy our wedding album for one of our Picture Pages demos.

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    connie December 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    NO, never used a portable scanner. Would scan my parents wedding pictures and scrapbook her an album.

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    Gwen December 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    This is fabulous! I’ve never used one, but I can think of several things I’d use it for. It would be great when I’m traveling to scan little things to post on my blog. I would really use it for genealogy – like going to my grandma’s house to scan photos (she won’t let anyone take them from the house) or scanning lots of stuff in front of the TV to use for genealogy or scrapbooking later on.

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    melaniesilver December 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    hi,
    i have tryed other portable scanners and they are not too good. grainy quality. i have lots of art from my sons id love to use on my computer and scan photos and other art in. it would be a great tool to have.
    melanie silver

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    Scrappy Rat December 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Nope, I haven’t used one before, but I can definitely think of projects I could use it for! I have a kajillion “heritage” photos and it would be nice to be able to scan them in to create some sort of book to give other members of my family.

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    Wende December 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I have not used a portable scanner like flip pal before. This is the most awesome tech gadget ever, when I visit family members and they have old family photos that they do not want to let out of their sight for me to be able to have copies made, well this just fits the bill. Fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win one of these amazing scanners.

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    Anne Temple December 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner, but would love it. I would probaby scan old photos that my grandmother had first, then go forward from there and get all my old picutres saved digitally. Thanks for the chace to win one.

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    Jean Fitch from jlfstudio December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Looks amazing. I’ve never used a portable scanner such as this though I do remember the old hand scanners that were truly a pain. A portable scanner such as this would be lovely. Besides being able to take to stamping events and scanning participants cards instantly to send on to them as a group…. My Mom has lots of old family pictures and documents I’d love to scan but she won’t let them out of the house and has no scanner of her own. Taking pictures of pictures just doesn’t cut it so I’m crossing my fingers and toes hoping to win this give away! – LOL!

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    Jennifer Moore December 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner before. It would be handy to take with me at Christmas for scanning photos at my parents or in-laws house.

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    cgl1539 December 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner. I do use my scanner to put old pictures on facebook and such. ALso I make cards and I can scan those in, but its an all in one printer scanner combo and its really bulky. I would love to have this little scanner for those projects.

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    marilynmurphy December 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    What an amazing product the fact that it’s portable is a big plus. I have never seen a portable scanner. I plan to do our family tree and this would be such a help.

    Marilyn

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    Sheryl Porter December 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    As a senior citizen who could never figure out the 3 scanners we have had over the last 20 years, this one looks like something I might be able to use. I also would scan family pictures. I’d love to win it! Thanks for spotlighting this neat gadget!

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    My name is Irene Yu December 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner before. But I would imagine that it would be convenient to scan items on the fly. I would love to scan any old 4×6 photos of family and friends if I had a Flip Pal. It would be handy to have digital copies to share in photo albums over the internet.

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    Betty Benton December 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Never used a portable scanner before. It would be great to be able to sit down in front of the tv and scan all those old pictures from when we lived in Indonesia and have them in digital files where they won’t fade and get bent!

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    Cindy d December 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner, but I’d love to try it! My mom has tons of photos that I’d like to scan and preserve, but she is reluctant to let the albums out of her sight. A portable scanner would allow me to scan at her house instead of taking the albums away from her.

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    Jacki B December 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    I have a small 4×6 scanner by Pandital that worked ok with the first few photos but then began leaving streaks down the photos. I tried cleaning it as suggested by the instructions, but the streaks don’t go away. This Flip Pal looks great! I have lots of old family photos I’d like to scan and share with family members. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this contest!

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    deanna December 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    This looks like an awesome scanner to have with when I am visiting my older relatives who have photos I would love to have copies of!! Thank you for the chance to win.

    Deanna A.

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    Rebecca Ednie December 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    This looks amazing! It would be great to scan my wedding pictures too! And the vacation photos in my scrapbook that are the only copy because hubby erased the digital files! (accidentally but still… Grr)

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    SuZeQ December 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Nope. Never used a portable scanner – but sure would like to!

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    Karenliz December 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    WOW I’m so glad you critique this. I wanted to buy one but don’t know anyone who has used one. I would like to use it. I have all my parents old pictures and that would be great to scan them all in and give out DVDs to family members!

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    MaryNSC December 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I had to DELTE other posting I got so excited I forgot to check my spelling..:O(
    O MY gosh My Hubbie is 74 and has been doing his family tree O my gosh he could work this O this would be a BLESSING for Him.. O WOW. No I have never had a samll one like this Just the regular Big Old All in One Scanners..That hubbie can not work..This would make him SO HAPPY!!!Thanks for the chance.

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    Janette December 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    I saw this product on HSN and it looks seriously amazing. I think it would be such a fun tool, and I am mostly interested in preserving heritage photos, and this looks like it would do an awesome job!

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    Anita December 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    What a cool tool!

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    Carrie December 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner, but always thought it would be great when I go to Africa for ministry work and EVERYTHING is cash based and we have to account for all funds. I could just scan and send back to the US and voila!

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    Chookarooni December 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    What a great new tool – have only used “normal” kind of scanner – this would enable me to scan some of the fragile things in my parent’s wedding album.
    Mary-Jane

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    chantal December 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I’m about to start grad school and I think this would be perfect for achival work.

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    debbie December 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    this scanner looks wonderful. i have used a portable scanner before and the results were awful. if i had one of these i would take it to my parents who will not share any of their old pics and scan them in. thanks for your reviews, they are always so useful to me. d

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    ashurden December 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    This would be perfect to take to all the relatives houses and get copies of all the pics you always talk abt getting copies of but never do!! I love it!!

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    campbelljudy1228 December 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    This scanner would be a blessing to win. I would love to have it to scan alot of old family photo’s from childhood. Especially when you’re visiting relatives, who have those pics.

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    Cyndi - Dreams Unltd December 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    I’ve had and used a scanner for years – I’m on at least scanner #4 or 5! – but never used a portable scanner. When you started discussing it, my first thought was “but it can only do small photos!” But when you showed how you can take the cover off and turn it over, with a clear back that lets you see what you are scanning, I was hooked! And by stitching scans together, you could actually scan a really large item! I’m getting one of these puppies, by hook or by crook!

    I’ve been wanting to scan my mothers old photos for years, but its such a hassle to bring them all over to my house, since I really want her to be here to talk about them so I can take notes on who everyone is, coordinating our time! Now I can go over to her house and scan them right there WHILE she’s there! (*singing*) love it! (*end singing)

    dreamsunltd at equestrimin dot com

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    maryvernau December 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    I have never used a scanner. I have always assumed they would be difficult, but this sounds pretty easy. I have suitcases full of photos that I need ti organize!

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    Melinda AKA medialady December 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    This would be a great for scanning all of my grandparents pictures so all of the grandchildren would have copies!

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    Debbie December 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    How neat!
    I’ve used scanners for years, but have never even seen a portable scanner. What a concept!
    I would scan my mother’s old photos and my old photos and make a scrapbook for my mother. She’d love it.
    Thanks for a chance to win something.

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    Cynthia Ferenz December 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    OMG! I would love to win one of these. I have a ton of old photos (huge storage container full) of old photos we found when my DH’s mother passed away and the family wants me to scan them and put them on a CD/DVD for everyone. I have yet to do this and this would make it so much easier than the mammoth scanner I have. I wouldn’t have to be sequestered in my craft room to do it. And now I have a ton of photos from my parents that I would like to scan for my brothers and sisters since my mother passed away. Thanks for a chance to win one of these awesome tools. If I don’t win, I will definitely have to check this out.

    Cynthia Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

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    Lindsey December 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Our Canon portable scanner just died, so this sounds like the perfect replacement!

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    Laura/lauras_line@hotmail.com December 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    I have not ever used a portable scanner before. I would use it to scan pics from some of my albums to share,scan and make copies of old photos from my grandmother to share with my sibs and cousins and I am sure I can think of much much more!!

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    Sue in CT December 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    I never seen one before this article. The kind I used was the big bulky flat bed scanner or the 3 in 1 printer (scanner, printer, copier or fax)type things. I would love this, I have boxes and boxes of pictures I am trying to go through before they are lost forever. My mother passed a few years ago and I have all the pictures but they are old pictures, some of them when you touch it, they crumble. This would help me so much.

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    lenainwonderland December 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    I have a small scanner at work, but it is black and white only. I’d love one in color…I have so many childhood photos that I’d love to scrap and can’t. Or at least have saved copies of..

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    Michele December 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    I’ve used countless scanners in my career. This one looks neat! Would love to give a it a whirl!

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    Michelle December 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner before but really need one badly. I’ve got 3 two gallon ziplocs of pics from my hubby’s side alone that needs scanning and 2 copier boxes full of photos from my family. This would be great!!!

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    Lyndall December 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner before. My scanner is in my husbands study, not very convient for me. Having this scanner would make it so much easier for me to scan at my own desk.

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    JoanieB December 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Looks very cool. Would love to try this and scan all my vaca photos to create an album for all to enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity. Joan

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    Jennifer December 17, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    WoW! This looks fantastic!! I have never used anything like this before. It would be perfect for scanning old pictures. Love it:)

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    TiaKeas December 17, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    I’ve never heard of a portable scanner, the scanners that I’ve seen in the stores are much bigger and I think that I would prefer a small one.

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    Kate aka stinkydudette December 17, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    This is amazing!! Didn’t know such a product existed! I have heaps of childhood photos (even ones from my grandma’s time) that I want to scan and work with. I just find it really tedious to scan using those big bulky scanners. Besides, it looks easy enough for my mom, who’s not so tech savvy, to use!! That will definitely help in getting the pictures sorted out faster – with my mom’s help! Thanks for the review!

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    Jenny b December 17, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner (I have the big all in one printer style). But I think this portable one would be great for me. I scan old maps and some times it’s hard to position it just right on my big all in one. I can think of tons of other projects I could use it on. Great article!!

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    Irit Shalom December 17, 2010 at 3:12 am #

    Never used a portable,, I think I realy need it to scan my old photos- not the digi ones..

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    paperqueen December 17, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    No, I never have, but this looks so easy to use. I have many photos in scrapbooks that I’d love to have on my computer, and this device looks like it would be perfect for scanning them without having to remove them from the pages.
    Eileen

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    Deb December 17, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    I’ve been dreaming about having a scanner, this one would be perfect! I am hoping to scan all the photos of when my now adult kids were little.

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    Lisa Bohler December 17, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    I haven’t used a portable scanner but would LOVE one. I would use it to scan my parents wedding photos without having to remove photos from their album or their album form their home!

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    Pat December 17, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    scan old photos of my deceased parents to share with the rest of my family

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    susies1955 December 17, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Use it for scrapbooking, card making and I would take it on our Harley trips. YEHA!
    Susie
    susies@twcny.rr.com

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    Elaine A December 17, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Wow –

    I’d never heard of this machine before. What a great idea, a portable scanner! I have loads of family photos, some of them so old they are brittle and flake away when handled(great-great-grandparents). I would love to be able to scan in some of these more delicate items. I also have old drawings my son made when he was very little, 2 or 3 years old, which are also becoming brittle. He is now 37, and I’d love to scan them in to have a record of them and to present to him.
    This really sounds like a fun tool!

    Elaine Allen

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    pennyd December 17, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I have a big, bulky, 3-in-1 next to my laptop. I’ve never used a portable scanner – but would love to! I am overwhelmed with box upon box of old photos and this would make safekeeping all those memories a snap!

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    Janett December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Wow, this device seems really interesting! I think I would scan some of the artwork my 2 years has created and try to make a paper quilt out of them and use it as a scrapbook page!

    janett079@yahoo,com

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    Tonya December 17, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    This would make it almost impossible to procrastinate on getting the family photo’s saved and up on the family website!

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    Carole RB December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Nop I never used a prtable scanner but would surely appreciate to have one. I’ll used it a lot.

    I’m with my 4th scanner (they all died from being overused). I’m always scanning: photos, articles, my cards, accounts (want to get rid of paper). A portable scanner, wow this would help me a lot because I’ll always have it with me (in m y purse. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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    StampinCathy December 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I’ve never used one! I would love to be the lucky person to play with this fun tool. I just love how you can take it with you. I would love to scan artwork my kids did in school and make them a special keepsake gift. Thanks for a chance.

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    Four11Lady December 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Looks like fun!

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    ViviB December 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I’ve never used a portable scanner but would love to give it a whirl!
    So so many things I could use it for…old family recipes and photos at my MIL’s house, scanning fabric for home dec projects, old newspaper clippings that need to be rescued…it wouldn’t be where to start but when to stop!

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    Prilbert December 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I have only used big desktop scanners. I am excited that you can “contact scan” with this! I would finish family scans, including ones that are hanging on the wall at my relatives houses!

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    Anonymous December 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner, but, I would love to try. I have many photos that I’d like to scan and then give to my son for his albums. Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway.
    Charlene
    cmlebel@sbcglobal.net

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    Kristy December 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    I have not ever used one. But if I had one I would love to play around with it and I could see myself just scanning everything. I love vintage pieces so that would probably be what I would scan.

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    Kathy December 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    No, I have never used a portable scanner before. I have several “magnetic” albums with heritage family photos, and they are stuck to the pages beyond removal. So I would love to be able to scan all of these with the Flip Pal!

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    Mary December 18, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    This looks and sounds like a great little scanner! I would use it to copy all of my older photographs that I’ve lost the negatves to as well as scan items to make digi embellishments and papers.Love the idea of this scanner.

    Mary

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    Debbie H December 18, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Wow, that scanner is pretty cool, I’ve never seen anything like it. Have you ever used a portable scanner, like the Flip Pal? Nope Never. What projects would you complete if you had a Flip Pal? I would incorporate this scanner into my paper crafting activities, card making, maybe scanning stamped images,hmmm, the possibilities!

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    Anonymous December 18, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    I would scan photos, scrapbook pages, pictures, art work, old recipes, old love letters, etc. Basically anything and everything!
    What an awesome little tool!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one. I’m glad I stumbled onto this site, have been looking at the large desktop ones and trying to figure out how I could take one with me—you solved my dilemma!!! KUDOS!!
    S M Simmons

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    Susie McCormick December 18, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    If I don’t win this it will definetly be on my wish list! AT THE VERY TOP! I am always taking pictures of textures with my camera and this would be soooooooo cool to have!!! OMG! This is the first I have seen of this! I used to have a handheld one that you moved and everything was distorted but I did great things with it!!!

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    LaurieJay December 18, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I, too, always wanted a scanner but didn’t want the big ol’ honking desktop scanner. Since I carry my camera around with me all the time, it would be so wonderful to also be able to carry around a scanner. I see art wherever I go, so it would be so incredible to be able to scan wherever I go!

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    emarci December 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I would love to scan different vegetables I see at the grocery store and produce market for their colors and textures!

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    interactthis December 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Looks like a useful tool, can’t wait to try it out

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    SmilynStef December 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I love the idea of scanning textures to use in paper-crafting designs … what a fun little gadget.

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    Tona December 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I have never used a portable scanner before. This looks like it does a fantastic job.

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    Jessica Canham December 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I’ve never had the chance to use a tool like this. I love the fact that it’s portable and I could bring it to my grandma’s house to scan things.

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    Kimba's Kreations December 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    This FLIP PAL is WAYYYYY COOL!!!
    I would be a ” SCANNING MANIAC ” and scan everything in sight!

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    Denise L Morgante December 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    What a great tool!…I could think of so many ways to be able to use this. I would love to win this mobile scanner.
    Thanks you for the opportunity to do so.
    Denise Morgante

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    debpaint16 December 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    This looks amazing!! We have so many photos from the 1899″s that we would like to make copies of, but they are to fragile to handle….this would be perfect!!! I would love to win this, & be able to give my sister’s & brother’s copies of these family treasures!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!

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    Marilyn623 December 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    I am kind of a scanner junkie… always wanting to try the next best thing…and here it is! Love it!

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    arlsmom aka Lynda December 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I don’t have a portable scanner…have seen this one in action and it is totally cool. Would be great to scan just about anything and everything with it…makes you think outside the box for sure!

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    Renee R December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I don’t have a scanner so I would probably go nuts and scan everything I get my hands on : )
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Deby December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    I would love one of these for my genealogy research!

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    rlang221 December 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    The only scanner I have is the one on my printer. The flip pal sounds like it would be great to capture all sorts of stuff, especially old photo and my cards.

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    Diane Langness December 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    I have not used a portable scanner before. I would love to use this tool to scan things for crafts projects.

    DCL75@msn.com

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    Jeanette December 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    I have not used a portable scanner.
    The Flip Pal would be a great help in my effort to organize and publish my family histories. I want to put these into the hands of my grandchildren before I leave this world.

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    Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I am brand new to your site and this is an amazing opportunity. This looks like an awesome tool for any crafters room! I’d first use it to copy all my family pictures that others have, that I haven’t been able to get copies of over the years. I’d scan all the pics my parents have and put them into books for everyone!!! Then….who knows…..I have many thoughts running thru my head. WOW!!!! Best wishes to everyone on winning this gem.
    Hugs and Happy Holidays,
    Sherry
    parn90@cox.net

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    rudie2shoes December 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I’ve never used something like this before but it looks super handy & fun!

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    Bea February 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Wow this looks fab – just the answer to all my old photos and my grown up sons photo albums – so portable and fun