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Win A Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

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TipSquirrel and the Rocky Mountain Ventures Company are joining to together to give our lucky readers the chance to win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!

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If you haven’t heard of the Flip-Pal, you can read this review, but to recap, the Flip-Pal is a battery operated, completely cordless, little gem of a scanner! Simply flip it over, take a look at what you want to scan through the window, and scan. High Resolution 300 or 600 dpi, true color scans, are stored on the included SD card!

Nearly anything you can imagine can be scanned with this scanner, photos (framed and unframed!), books, documents, fabric, flowers…the list goes on!

Think of research trips to the Library – no more bad money eating copy machines! Digital scrapbookers? You can take this baby to fabric stores to get that perfect fabric for a background!

How To Win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

There are so many things you can do with this, we can’t even think of them all, so why don’t you tell us?

If you had a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, what would you do with it?

Answer the question in a comment at the end of this post, (sorry only one comment only per person). You’ll have until Sunday, December 19, to enter. The winner will be chosen, by comment number with Random.org, and announced on Monday, December 20th! Family members of TipSquirrel.com writers (and the writers themselves, of course!) are not eligible to win, but everyone else should definitely go for it! What a great Christmas present this will make!

This prize package includes: the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner (10.25″ x 6.5″ x 1.25″), four AA batteries, 2GB SD memory card, USB to SD adaptor, stitching and color restoration software, window protector sheet, Quick Start User Guide and One-Year limited warranty.

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About Janine Smith (114 Articles)
Janine Smith is the owner of Landailyn Research and Restoration, a Fort Worth, Texas based company whose services include family history research and photo restoration. Janine honed her skills in restoring badly damaged photos as a volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters. <br> Janine’s work is well-known in the world of genealogical and historical societies, museums, libraries, university archives, and non-profit organizations; appearing on the board of directors for several organizations and institutions. She is a sought-after lecturer on photo restoration and preservation to libraries, genealogical and historical societies. <br> In addition to being a Lynda.com author, Janine is the author of many articles on research and restoration appearing in newspapers and magazines, both on and offline. Janine's history and photo restoration columns appear regularly on TipSquirrel.com and in the popular Shades Of The Departed Digital Magazine. <br> Janine is the winner of the 2010 “Photoshop User Award” in the photo-restoration category.

90 Comments on Win A Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

  1. I would love to win a Flip-Pal! I would not only use it for genealogy and scrapbooking, I would also use it to scan all of my crochet and knitting patterns along with recipes. It would be so nice to clean up clutter and have it all digital. I also have some extra large family pictures I would love to try it on!

  2. John Thatcher // December 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm //

    When doing photo restoration work, this would be an ideal tool to take with me to scan people’s photos on-site. Their precious photos and memories need never leave their home.

  3. Jan Benjamin // December 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm //

    For pleasure I would scan the best of my photos from the days before digital and enjoy the trip down memory lane .
    For work it wold be invaluable for scanning documents while I am travelling – save me carrying loads of heavy paper home and give me more room in my luggage for more exciting things!

  4. I’d love 2win 1 Flip-Pal

  5. I know this is a different use. I would like to scan skin lesions that I see in my patients during visits to the skilled nursing facility. I could then show them to the specialist for an opinion.

  6. Teresa Martin Klaiber // December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm //

    My mother has alzheimers and I am caregiving. This would be ideal to scan the many photo albums while I am sitting at her house. As I go thru them maybe some of them will bring back a few memories.

  7. Pam Armstrong // December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm //

    Gotta use it for foresensic art on the go and scanning for media outlets and my records!

  8. I would use it to scan interesting textures to incorporate in my digital workflow.

  9. John Klaiber // December 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm //

    I would love to win a Flip Pal scanner for my mother. She is a genealogists and is often in need of scanning important documents while at libraries or courthouses. This would make her job much easier! It’d be the best gift I could give her this holiday season!!

  10. I would use it with those older relatives who are reluctant to let you borrow their photos and papers (I would feel the same way.). I’ve also been to a FHC where no printer was working–it would have been great to have been able to scan some of the images while I was there.

  11. I would scan all of my personal pictures as well as the report written up when my parents got a divorce. I’d probably scan in a bunch of the old poems I did as a little boy so I could always have it. Oh, and I’d scan in all the old love notes my wife sent to me and vice versa so that our kids could see it all even after the napkins and other forms of paper had started to deteriorate. 🙂 That’s what I’d do with this scanner.

  12. Dawn Howeth // December 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm //

    I would love to win this!! My family has a lot of older pictures and it would be great to be able to scan them at their house and not have to bring them home!

  13. I would scan people’s business cards at Photoshopworld!

  14. Lindsay Ogden // December 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm //

    I would use it for creative projects, gathering textures for graphic design, as well as scanning documents, business cards, etc. I think the possibilities are endless!

  15. Miguel Campos // December 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm //

    I would Love to win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner.
    I would be able to scan some old photos and take it everywhere and scan all sort of things to extend my Textures Library so I could use them in Photoshop.

  16. This would be great to win! I have some old photos that are in need of scanning. And being portable, I could scan almost anything, anywhere!

  17. I want a Flip-Pal so bad! I would use it to scan genealogy documents on the fly at courthouses, libraries, etc. I would also use it to scan photos at relatives’ houses.

  18. Wow, so many uses for the Flip-Pal! I have plenty of relatives who are afraid to let me take their old photos home with me to scan, or they have great old family albums, so I could bring the Flip-Pal to my relatives instead! I could also use the Flip-Pal to scan documents at archives instead of paying for photocopies. It’s portable enough that I could bring it with me to genealogy conferences and expos to scan handouts or a variety of other items. I could also use it to quickly scan photos and documents that my clients have in their possession. Yep, I definitely want one! 🙂 And it would be a great holiday/birthday gift for me this month!

  19. Would be a great tool to have to digitize old family pictures and experiment with new “textures” in Photoshop.

  20. Marcia Rice // December 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm //

    I would use this to assist with my family history research. Especially visiting Uncles and Aunts with photos that they will not part with quick scan and I have a copy.

  21. I would love to have one to scan town hall records when I do my research and to easily scan all the pre-digital camera photos that are cluttering up my office closet!

  22. Great Gran kept a journal. Would love to copy/scan it without damaging the binding! This sounds ideal.

  23. I would go through my family’s entire photo collection, scan them all, and turn them into photobooks….it’ll take AGES!

  24. I would use the flip pal mobile scanner to take to the pictures and documents I would like to scan. So many things to scan so little time…

  25. I would use it to scan client photos on site for restoration, scrap-booking elements, textures, and found objects. It would come in very handy for so many projects!

  26. with my grandfather having 11 brothers and sisters there arent enough copies of old photos to go around. Having the FLIP PAL Scanner will make the decendents of my great grandparents happy
    since if i win ill make copies for the families of the 56 first cousins of my dad.

  27. Archiving photos and articles, of course.

  28. Barbara Bludsworth // December 14, 2010 at 5:37 am //

    I have a large box of old (1904-1940’s) family photos I would love to scan, the rest of the extended family would love that also….. Just saying….scanning old old headstones would be interesting also…. Would it do that?
    Ok, guess that’s it… Well I could just resort to a bit of begging…, please please please pick me….waving my hand trying to capture your attenion ……;)

  29. I would scan all the old family photos to spread out to all family members who don’t know there were even photos on paper in the old days 🙂

  30. Debbie Herring // December 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm //

    Would love to win! For years, I’ve been wanting to go around to see relatives & scan old pictures. There so many family members from way back that I don’t have photos of. (and I have boxes of photos) Thanks for the chance to win! This would be perfect!

  31. I would use the Flip-Pal scanner to scan business documents, pictures, forms, photos and just about everything that could be scaned. Used as a travel scanner in cojuction with a laptop would be like having a traveling office and great for business purposes, personal use or for those times when you wish you had a way to scan anything when on the go.

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  32. Deneen Thompson // December 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm //

    I would use the Flip-Pal for anything I could. I would scan pictures and cards I make, as well as, documents from family members that do want to part with the items. This machine can do so much. I may even scan my husband if he stands still long enough…LOL. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. I’m a photojournalist and I’m just starting to research a new project about the ‘surveillance’ society.

    I want to do portraits of people, and given the theme of the project, using a scanner could be a really interesting way of doing it.

    I think this would be a really innovative way of using this innovative technology about a very important issue in contemporary society.

  34. It would be great to win a flip scanner, I am a college student and in the library always need to check out so many books, and that just kills my back, So I would just be able to scan the pages I need, instead of carrying around 10 books.

  35. If I had a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, what would I do with it? I would scan everything in the world… or at the very least, I would use it to scan important documents to archive digital versions of birth certificates, passports, and the like.

  36. I would use my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to take photos of old tombstones in ancient cemeteries. It would be ideal for closeups & would not disturb others who might be grieving, the way a camera would.
    I would also scan an original Buster Brown book from 1910 without damaging the fragile pages.

  37. Mary Beth Figgins // December 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm //

    I would firstly use it to scan photos, and letters at relatives homes. One distant relative has the round robin letters from his mother and her siblings. What a treasure trove! This would be perfect.

  38. Diane Cail // December 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm //

    I would use my Flip Pal scanner to share my newly acquired pictures my aunt of the family she let me have. I have many cousins who would like very much for me to be able to share with them.

    Diane

  39. Tombstones? I hadn’t thought of that. For me the biggest use would come from old original documents in courthouses and archives.

  40. The uses are too numerous to list here, but one that does come to mind is using the Flip-Pal to capture wine labels and tasting notes.

  41. Ray Warren // December 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm //

    I am using my Flip-Pal to scan items to big to capture any other way – like a Boy Scout neckerchief and Order of the Arrow sash.

  42. Megan Lamb // December 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm //

    I would use the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to take photos and scan items that I may not be able to get to a traditional scanner such as research items or items in the homes of people that are being interviewed. The mobility of this scanner would open up many doors.

  43. Donald Laird // December 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm //

    I would use it to demonstrate to my image restoration and retouching classes!

  44. I would love to win a flip-pal mobile scanner so I could have an extra one in my store to demonstrate this remarkable scanner to my customers. I want the one I have to be with me always so I don’t miss a beat if a scanning opportunity comes up. Best new thingy this year.

  45. Deb Mobley // December 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm //

    It would be great to win a flip-pal scanner. I would scan not only my own photos but also those of other family members when I go to visit them. I do a lot of scanner of other things as well to eliminate clutter in my home. I saw a demonstration last June at a Family History Expo and fell in love with it!!

  46. Nira Chambliss // December 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm //

    I have been waiting for something like this for a very long time. In my research I often interview people, people who have pictures that don’t want to give them to a ‘stranger’. This would enable me to scan those photos onsite.

  47. Several people in my family have old pictures I would love to copy, so I would take the scanner to their houses to do so. I’d also love to take it to the archives to scan records of birth, death,etc. for my family. I’m sure I could think of many more uses for it!
    Margay

  48. I want to scan family photo albums, headstones, and other records for our family tree. Relatives won’t let me take pix’s to Wal-Mart to scan.

  49. Hello, thanks for the opportunity to win a Flip-Pal scanner. Being pretty much a shut-in due to health it would be great to scan out of copyright books to put on the web for genealogy researchers. I am also a researcher and have many webpages that I volunteer to maintain. Scanning old records to extract data at home for webs in the ultimate ‘high’. Also the feature of being able to take the Flip-Pal scanner to a library or someone’s home to scan their photographs, postcards or artifacts for them and my webpages would be awesome. I have access to old large ledgers that are too large for a standard scanner which this would also be ideal for not to mention 3 plastic tubs of 1920’s and up local newspapers. Thanks again for the opportunity.. I have been watching this product for opinions of others and they are all positive.

  50. I would use it to scan pictures

  51. Jackie Fielder // December 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm //

    I do a lot of Genealogy research and next to my laptop would be my new best friend ( a new Flip-Pal mobile scanner.. less printing and more pictures and book information the can be copies

  52. Would love to win one. Could scan pics, needlework, documents, souvenirs, textiles… Can’t wait to become a scanning fool!

  53. The scanner is great! It looks so easy to use,won’t damage fragile photos or documents. Easily scans large items and ‘knits’ them back together. It is incredible. I would use it for Vail Preservation Society.

  54. gerald lamb // December 15, 2010 at 12:33 am //

    I would use the flip-pal scanner to scan the large armor patterns i make so i could get it digitized easily 🙂

  55. I would be able to easily go back and scan in all my old pictures including those from my parents. It would be so much easier than having to use a regular scanner.

  56. I would love to be able to take a Flip-Pal to my scrapbooking store to scan the card they have on display from the company. Taking a picture with my camera is just not the same. I don’t get the right angle and don’t know how much of each card is fitting in the frame. With a Flip-Pal, I know exactly what will show up in the final version that I either print out or save to my computer.
    Wendie

  57. My husband and I are divorcing. I want a Flip-Pal to copy all the photo albums without having to rip everything apart! Save all the fighting over who gets what!
    Anny

  58. I would use a Flip-Pal to scan all my loose documents and keep them digitally, so I can get rid of all the bits of paper.

  59. From what I have seen and read about the Flip-Pal Scanner there is so much versatility and how it can be used that it would be my next best buddy. When I go out to do research my laptop is #1 and I have also been taking along a Canon scanner which has been #2 and of course I have to plug that scanner in order to use it. It would be so much easier scanning photos when I visit elderly relatives and they show me all of their old photos. The best part is that the size of the photos would no longer matter given the stitch software of the Flip-Pal. I hope I win but if I don’t I’m sure the winner will so enjoy having the Flip-Pal.

  60. Curt Carroll // December 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm //

    My Mother’s family has several family photo albums put together by my Grandmother that were spread out among various family members after she passed away. They were of the type where the photos were glued on to black album pages. With the Flip-Pal I could visit each of the family members and easily scan the photos in the albums they have and then share them with all family members on the family photo web site.

  61. My parents wrote in their will that they wanted me to copy and distribute all of their family pictures to various family members. I have boxes upon boxes of pictures that need to be sorted, scanned and copied onto cd’s. As you can imagine this is a monumental task. My computer scanner takes so long to scan a picture that I was wondering how on earth I would be able to scan all these pictures without it taking decades! Then I saw this device and it is definitely at the top of my wishlist. I am also the family genealogist, so this would come in handy to scan pictures that other family members own but aren’t willing to let leave the house long enough to make a copy. This is a wonderful product!

  62. Pete Nicholls // December 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm //

    Wow, a Flip-Pal! I would scan business cards, my wife’s fabric collection for her sewing projects.

  63. Oliver Brandt // December 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm //

    I will send it to relatives in Germany that are “technology challenged” and ask that they scan some crucial old photos that I need for my geneology research (and would LOVE to see).

    They would never want to send me the photos for me to scan in (and with the danger of the photos getting lost – I would not want them to either).
    I am not able to invest into a trip to visit them anytime soon either but those pictures might get lost easily (when folks pass away)… so time is crucial.

    The beauty of this scanner is …
    Those relatives know how to exchange batteries – and that’s all they have to do besides pushing the scan button.

    If I would have to ask them to scan a photo and “attach” it to an email OR try to find a place that does it for them – it would never happen.
    Now sending out this scanner and asking them to do this and send the scanner back to me when they are done – that’s doable for them.

    The incentive I am planning for all of them is that I create a photobook through something like snapfish or picasa.

    Hopefully I win – the oldest photo that I’d like to see is from the early 1900s (my grandma -who I never met- when she was a young child) and another one from her marriage 1927 … if I can get that because of this scanner – I’ll be happy to share (it probably is deterioriating further by the day already)!

  64. Janet Eiler // December 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm //

    Would love to win a new flip-pal for genealogy and local history projects! I am the newsletter editor and publications chair for our local society and this would be a remarkable tool to have!

  65. Wow, the things I could do with this! As a genealogist, I could use it to scan old documents and photographs when on the go. As a quilter, I could use it to scan cool fabrics. As a mom, I can use it to scan my son’s artwork (cause I don’t have room to keep it all!). I’m sure I can come up with even more uses for it over time. What a cool product!

  66. Dale Karllin // December 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm //

    Both my daughter and I create designs for various products on the fly. We draw on napkins, scrap paper, desk calendars, even magazine margins and other inappropriate places that must be erased or discarded. The designs flow when and where ever the inspiration hits. This Flip Pal would make collecting these “inspirations” so easy. This would be much better than hand copying them which often results in loss of subtleties from the original. The ability to download to a computer would guaranty
    the idea will be preserved and easily found when needed. Great product! Thank you for coming up with this useful thing.

  67. Oh, Velvet Squirrel & Queen of Rrestorations, how I love you. Will this help me win? No? OK. Then I will take it to Montana to a little old house near the Canadian border and scan thousands of RPPCs in a box, and I’m not telling you exactly where. It is my secret.

    -fM

  68. Marilyn Keim // December 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm //

    That scanner would be perfect to take to the courthouse to scan marriage licenses and to the newspaper office to scan old obituaries in doing my genealogy and to scan a bunch of old photos of relatives to include in my Family Tree.

  69. brad peterman // December 16, 2010 at 1:08 am //

    What would i scan you ask? Well I say what wouldn’t i scan? First things first i would scan in all my photo albums and framed pictures. Luckily i wouldn’t even bother with taking them out of the frames. So with the time I saved, i think i might get creative and scan some fabric for my photo shop textures folder. I think would try my hand at scanning some fall leaves for some upcoming projects. With that being done i would capture some pressed flowers i have, digital is forever. Once i have the fun stuff done i would move to what would be more painful… Manuals I keep them all and warranty cards too. Would be so nice to reclaim those draws in the file cabinet. Now with all the time i saved using my Flip Pal i can get back to whats important, My beautiful family. Yup, I need one!

  70. This is such a fantastic opportunity..would love to win this prize! If I were to win one of these, I would definitely go on a scanning frenzy, scanning family artwork, old family heirlooms, jewelery, photos and many old and important documents. This would be the most amazing Christmas present I could get!

  71. suzanne thayne // December 16, 2010 at 5:27 am //

    If I had a Flip-Pal scanner I would be in heaven. I would scan all those photos and documents grandma and auntie won’t allow to leave the house. Then, when I go to the library or court house I can capture all the documents there to share with the world. I can’t even imagine how valuable it would be in so many diffrent settings. Hope I win so I can try them all.

  72. John Douglas // December 16, 2010 at 6:44 am //

    I’m an Art Director for a small newspaper in my town. I’m always having to go to clients’ locations to talk to them about ads. Without fail, 1 out of 3 of them will hand me something to include in an ad (that they of course want back). Most of them don’t have scanners (or even computers) of their own, so I end up making several trips across town just to get the necessary components for an ad.
    If I hand some sort of handheld scanner, It would save me gas, wear on my vehicle and stress.

  73. sandra miaskoff // December 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm //

    Aside from taking the Flip Pal to scrapbook crops to “scraplift” pages from my scrapbook friends, I would take it to Israel with me to visit my family and be able to scan all the pictures they constantly are taking – with a camera I bought for them – and then on the long flight home, I can look at them in my computer and get rid of the ones I don’t want and save the ones I want. By the time I get home, I’ll be ready for my vacation scrapbook.

  74. This is very cool! There’s no end to the list of uses I could find for this gem!

  75. I often visit relatives with photographs I want to copy, this would be perfect!

  76. Joyce Lawrence // December 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm //

    If I had a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner I would all the old photos that I don’t have a copy of and share them with friends and family.

  77. I’ve always been to cheap to buy myself a scanner which I admit is pretty stupid. So if I had a Flip Pal I would draw more custom patterns like I did for my self portrait. Then I could scan the drawing instead of photographing it which would save me a lot of time.

  78. Helen Johnson // December 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm //

    This is so cool. I would love one to scan family pictures when I visit relatives and cards I make for classes.

  79. Thanks for this! I would definitely scan family pictures. So many have been lost over the years due to natural disasters, etc.

  80. Mary Ann Jordan // December 18, 2010 at 12:36 am //

    I would love to have a flip-pal mobile scanner! I could take it to so many places to scan documents for my genealogy hobby. I could even take it to Italy to scan the documents of my ancestors there. I would really love to win the mobile scanner!

  81. I would love to have the Flip Pal scanner. I want to visit all my relatives and scan pictures they have in their albums of my parents and family. They are not all high-tech so I will be bringing whatever I can to get copies of the pictures. Lots of times the pictures are stuck in the books. This would be a great tool to have for this and a million other projects. I have seen Janine use it to scan an old family document for me that was too curled up to put on a flat bed scanner. It did a fantastic job…and with Janine doing the repair work the result was unbelievable! She is a genius!

  82. Tom Keenan // December 18, 2010 at 3:05 am //

    I am a road warrior and my customers are always handing me something written on paper. My car is a mess! I would scan and clean so someone can finally sit in the back seat.!

  83. If I had a Flip Pal I would finally be able to scan photos held hostage by relatives who won’t let them out of their sight.

  84. Mike Bieberle // December 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm //

    I love my scanner. It is great for scanning business cards and certificates of completion. Then they can be retrieved electronically.

  85. Loretta Crapser // December 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm //

    Would love to win a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner for my daughter who has been a great genealogist for the last 10 years. She has found lots of missing relatives and been copying pictures for her blog to send out to many relatives to identify. Our family tree has expanded in many ways in the last few years and other members of the family are sending her pictures by the shoebox full to scan and return.

  86. The Flip Pal Mobil Scanner would great for scanning oversized documents and hard to scan scrapbook/photo albums. It would be an asset to have when visiting family to scan their photos.

  87. Lyle W. Swenson // December 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm //

    We at the Mitchell Area Historical Society feel this is just the scanner to fit our needs. Like other comments in reference to the wand type, too many problems. It would indeed be an honor to win this unit that would enhance our capabilities.

  88. Andie Sindt // December 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm //

    The main problem with wand scanners is that any little bump turns the scanner off, plus you cannot see what you are scanning. The flip pal corrects these two problems. As a genealogist I scan many historical items. I would love to give this dandy little machine a work out.

  89. What a cool little scanner! I have an older flatbed, which is a pain to use, cause we share it and it needs to be connected each time. We have a bin next to it and just toss everything to scan in it: drawings from the kids we want to preserve (there’s a book in there somewhere), school documents, receipts for big household purchases, and on and on. It would be sooo much easier to scan items literally ‘on the spot’ and be done with it–so much less clutter. And we all can use less clutter in our lives, now can we? So, really, if I win, I’ll be helping the environment–yeah, that’s it! 😀

  90. PlantDrEMB // December 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm //

    thank you for this opportunity. In addition to genealogy and historical research and personal clutter reduction; I want to explore in situ scanning of insects and plant diseases for plant problem diagnosis and record. This will generate images useful for training Master Gardeners and Ag Professionals

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