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Scanners. Why’d it have to be scanners?

8 Feb

Do you ever get tired of having to buy a new scanner to work with your new computer?

I’ve used personal computers for a long time. There was only one on campus when I was in high school–I think it was an Apple IIe–in the Physics classroom, and I was one of the 3 or 4 students interested in learning to program on it. The first I ever owned was a Zenith Z-181 purchased when I was in college, a 12-lb. MS-DOS machine with two, count them TWO, floppy disk drives. It was seriously called a “portable computer” back then. Well, it had a handle. My second was a Mac SE, which actually had a hard drive! My third was my first Windows machine, an HP Vectra of some iteration or other.

For every computer I’ve owned, I needed drivers for any peripherals I used, mostly printers and scanners. For my oldest machine, I needed a compatible driver for every program I’d use with a given peripheral. Mac and Windows changed that–I could use a single driver on a computer for my printer, and it would work with all the appropriate programs I’d use. Every time I’d get a new computer, though, it would almost always have a new operating system that required new drivers for any peripherals I hoped I could still use. Continue reading

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Memory Manager 4’s New Home Button

30 Oct

The new Home button is customizable!

In previous versions of Memory Manager there has been a “Home” button, which when clicked, would show you every photo and video file you had in your Memory Vault. In the new version of Memory Manager, there is an “All” button that does that, and now the Home button is customizable. Here is how I take advantage of that!

When I’m not in the middle of a project, I have my Home button set to show the same view as the All button. But when I’m in the middle of a project—especially a big one—the ability to change what it shows me is so helpful! I like to work on one manageable group of pictures at a time in my digital StoryBooks. (StoryBook Creator can create the whole book for me if I give it all the pictures at once, but this is how I make my books. Consider that my family brought home over 2000 pictures on various cameras and cell phones from our summer vacation! A little editing was in order!) In Memory Manager, the new Home button effectively acts as a bookmark for me to quickly get to where I left off! Continue reading

Consider Photographing Your Memorabilia

28 Oct
Photo of Ferry Ticket

This ticket was photographed instead of scanned.

I have been making digital CM StoryBooks for my family since their introduction in 2006*. This week I’ve been working on our summer vacation album, with the recently-introduced Custom Album Pages in mind to try something new. In the past, I have scanned lots of memorabilia (my daughter is a pro at collecting memorabilia!) to include in my digital albums. It takes a lot of time to scan memorabilia if you’ve got a collection! And when I scan tickets, brochures, etc., the image ends up looking more like the original item’s artwork than the item itself. If what I want to include with my memories is the information, like the actual print on a map or an agenda, a scan might be ideal. But what if I want the image to be more like what I held in my hand—a ticket, a note, a candy bar wrapper? Continue reading

Notes on Windows 8

13 Oct

Windows 8 Start ScreenLast week my hard drive crashed and though the data could be recovered, the boot sector could not be. (I did have a backup waiting in the wings, though. Every hard drive crashes eventually!) As long as I was going to have to do a clean install anyway, I thought, why not try out Windows 8? Here are notes from my personal experience with Windows 8 and Creative Memories scrapbooking- and business-related software. Keep in mind that I have only been using this for one week. Your experience may differ, and as of this writing Creative Memories does not support Windows 8, which is due to be released later this month. (A preview is available now at Microsoft’s website.)

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Pictures Are Cheap; Memories Are Priceless

4 Jan

picture of flowersI’m not working on my 2008 family album project today, but I do want to share some numbers with you. My family took nearly 2500 pictures in 2008 (for which I kept the photo files; numerous others were deleted). Of those, I chose about 400 to print for this album. As I go through the next couple of steps toward completion, the number of pictures I’m using may get smaller still. (Some of the unprinted pictures I have are destined for other albums, but most won’t be used.)

My point is that you do not have to scrapbook every photo you take! Photography has come a long way in a short time. Taking digital pictures costs nothing, and prints are very inexpensive. It is more important to me that the events and the everyday of my family’s life are remembered and kept as a legacy for my children, than having every photo in an album. I can choose, celebrate, and display the best of the bunch! Editing down the number of photos I preserve in albums, and keeping my album-making and my album pages simple, are the main ways completed scrapbooks (whether traditional or digital) are possible for me.

Just something to consider! :) And by the way, even if I were to change my scrapbooking style to a highly designer-decorative one (and if I had that talent!), the steps I use to complete scrapbooks would remain the same. You artists out there can still follow along with the steps I’m laying out!

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Carolyn Gordon is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Carolyn Gordon is an independent consultant and the opinions and content on this site are not necessarily endorsed by Creative Memories.

Camera Set to the Wrong Date or Time?

18 Sep

For the past few days, I have been organizing and editing photos and memorabilia for a digital StoryBook of our summer family vacation. All of our jpegs came from 3 different cameras, 1 camera phone, and memorabilia scanned after our return. Having been through this before, I had reminded everyone at the beginning of our trip to “synchronize our cameras” so that everything would automatically sort just so in Memory Manager.

I had to set the date and time for each piece of scanned memorabilia of course, but as I was going through the photos I realized that one camera was set to AM when it should have been PM, and another didn’t get changed mid-trip when we crossed time zone boundaries. With nearly 1000 photos, I did not want to go through them individually to correct them.

I do hope that someday Memory Manager has a feature to change the “offset” of the time it thinks a group of photos was taken, but I wanted to find something that would help me today (Memory Manager does let you set a group of photos to the same date and time right now, but not to a particular difference from the time currently stored in each photo). I did a quick search on the net and found a quick-and-dirty free utility called jhead (for the fact that it edits jpeg headers). You have to be either technical or of-a-certain-computer-user-age to use this program–because it runs from the old-fashioned command prompt, youngsters aren’t likely to want to try it. And, of course, neither I nor Creative Memories claim any responsibility for the program; someone brilliant with no affiliation wrote it.

But if you need to be saved like I needed to be today, it might be worth a look!

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Carolyn Gordon is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Carolyn Gordon is an independent consultant and the opinions and content on this site are not necessarily endorsed by Creative Memories. StoryBook and Memory Manager are trademarks of Creative Memories.

Tossing Photos

3 Jul

Some of you may be too young to remember this, but it wasn’t that long ago that we generally purchased prints of every photo on a roll of film, and put every single one into a photo album. We did it because that’s just what everyone did; photos were a huge investment! Then scrapbooking came along, and we were taught that we could throw the bad ones away. (That was really hard at first, by the way.) Continue reading