scanning

How can I scan and organize my documents?

Scanner

Episode 1148

Paul from Lake Forest, CA

Paul would like to scan documents, organize them, and save them online. Leo says he can pick up a scanner and scan his documents. To organize them, Leo recommends using Evernote. He can scan directly to it, and then Evernote will categorize them automatically. Another option is Neat Receipts, a software utility that will work with his scanner to scan and organize receipts.

How can I scan a bunch of negatives and slides?

Epson Perfection V600

Episode 1134

Neil from San Diego, CA

Neil has a ton of family photographs that he'd like to digitize and share with the family, but he's not very computer literate. That's why Leo says to get a service to do it for him. Or he could get a computer and a negative and slide scanner. The Epson V600 Photo Scanner can do it, and it's $229. He'll want one that does 600 DPI or better and does negatives, slides, and prints.

How can I organize scanned photos?

Episode 1084

Bernie from Colorado

Bernie is scanning slides into his computer and wants to organize them in groups. Leo says that the best way is to create an album first. Then scan them into that album. Picasa will let him do that, as will iPhoto. He can rename all the files, but that's a bit complicated. Picasa does have a batch file name utility, then he could sort by that. For iPhoto, he can create an album that will allow it to stay in order. Then he can reorder them within that album.

How can I make my email truly private?

Episode 991

Pat from Malibu, CA

Pat has a Hotmail account and she's concerned that Microsoft is moving her to Outlook.com. What concerns her is that everywhere she goes online, they know her email address and they put ads in her email. Leo says that's the curse of a free email account. So Pat will have to pay for email to avoid that. What about anti spam utilities? Leo says that also will scan her email for key words to block certain messages. Pat shouldn't fear that someone is reading her mail. The NSA is reading all of our mail anyway. It's all done electronically.

How can I convert old photos and slides to digital?

Episode 978

Frank from Huntington Beach, CA

Frank came across his parents old photo albums and slides and wants to know if he really saves money by doing scanning them on his own or using a service. Leo says that using a good digital camera and shooting the pictures on an easel is the cheapest way to go.

However, using a service can be beneficial because they'll use the negatives and clean them up too. Scan Cafe is great because they'll send him a box that he can fill and send back. They'll also do Super 8, 8mm, and home videos too.