QromaScan version 1.5

QromaScan is a low-priced “scanner” designed to digitize boxes of old photos you’ve got gathering dust in the attic. One caveat: it only works with an iPhone.

The QromaScan Lightbox and the matching QromaScan iOS app work together to form a photo scanner that works by voice control. Tell it the date, place and people that are in your photo, and QromaScan tags your photos as it captures the highest quality image. You will end up with searchable, high quality images that will organize themselves whenever you import them into your photo organization software. When you are done, it folds right back up like a book in a second.

Best of all, genealogists can even import a GEDCOM file to provide additional information about the people shown in the images. Not bad for a $50 device!

I have a QromaScan and wrote about it at http://goo.gl/vpwH96 and at http://goo.gl/E2eiEp. Now I notice an update is available for this device.

Version 1.5 adds bug fixes, improvements, and one or two really great new features. Among them are:

iCloud Drive editing for GEDCOM, TXT and .QLOC files — If you have imported these files into Qromascan for use with name or location recognition, you can now edit these files in your Qromascan iCloud Drive folder on your Mac or PC, and have the changes automatically imported into QromaScan.

New Metadata Editor — Pick any photo in detail view, and you will see a new tag icon that allows you to edit or add metadata to a single photo, or a group of photos that share the same date and city. Quickly edit things like the date and location, or add a person that was missing.

Description Tag — Have you ever looked at a photo and wondered what was going on? QromaScan 1.5 now supports a Description tag that allows you to type in or transcribe up to 2,000 characters to tell the backstory of what happened in your photos. This industry standard tag is embedded directly into your image file. Any photo program or web service that reads standard photo metadata will import and make searchable any text you put in this field. I think it’s a great way to put your stories in your photos for future generations.

You can watch a 5 minute video that goes over the new features in detail. The video is available at https://youtu.be/ocrD1FlCbCo as well as in the video player below. You can learn more about the QromaScan at http://qroma.net.

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Thanks Dick,
1) I would like to easily edit the metadata on all my old JPG’s too. Does the iOS metadata editor app only work with new JPG files that were generated by the QromaScan? If not, any suggestions?
2) What is the range of photo sizes that can be “scanned”?

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    —> Does the iOS metadata editor app only work with new JPG files that were generated by the QromaScan?

    It is designed to work with newly-scanned pictures. You might be able to force it to do something else but I suspect you wouldn’t be happy with it.

    —> 2) What is the range of photo sizes that can be “scanned”?

    I had to get mine out and measure it! (smile) The “platform” where you place the picture is 8.5-inches wide and a bit more than 10-inches long.

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Can a group of pictures be created and exported so that an album could be assembled and subsequently printed by Shutterfly, Costco or other.

Also, where can this unit be purchased?

And is there a device to hold even slightly curled pictures flat? Or other solution?

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    —> Can a group of pictures be created and exported so that an album could be assembled and subsequently printed by Shutterfly, Costco or other.

    Yes.

    —> Also, where can this unit be purchased?

    http://qroma.net/

    —> And is there a device to hold even slightly curled pictures flat?

    Not in Qromascan.

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To avoid curled picture problems, would this unit work satisfactorily through glass in a picture frame or even just under a plain pane of glass?

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