There was a time when people would take photos and put the extra prints into several shoeboxes. We now have a generation that is trying to merge this past practice with current digital trends to save their family history. The task can seem a little overwhelming, but thanks to technology it’s getting better! We combed the internet to find the four best photo scanning apps to make this task as easy as possible. Grab a coffee and pull up a chair, let’s start saving the past for the next generation.
1.Google Photoscan – Free
Google is taking some serious strides in helping people get a handle on photos and storage. It made an app that takes time intensive act of scanning photos into an easy, almost gamer like way of saving your photos. The free app PhotoScan is available for both iOS and Android. It’s pretty simple to use. Why is this app different than others? For starters, you’re not just taking a picture of a picture. It asks you to take four snaps of your image and stitches them together for the best photo possible. The best part? It only takes seconds.
Automatic edge detection
2. Photomyne – Free can Upgrade to Premium
Photomyne is one of the new kids on the block but seems to be making a lot of waves in the industry with its vision and passion for saving old photos. It has some impressive features and touts its unique AI interface. According to the website,
“It has an officially-awarded Photomyne patent, the first part of the scanning process in the app is based on a deep learning network that taught itself to detect an image, “understand” where its boundaries are, and where the background begins and ends.”
So what does this mean exactly? It means you can scan a whole album page and the app will recognize and crop each image on that page and save them as individual digital photos.
Scan whole Album Pages
Automatic photo cropping
Photo effects and colorizing
Online Access and Vibrant Community
3. Family Search Memories-Free
This app puts the emphasis on family, history and genealogy. FamilySearch Memories helps you not only scan your photos but it also helps you build your family tree in the process by helping identify relatives in the photos and automatically updating your family tree. This app likes to combine the whole family story, not just photos but you can attach stories, documents, and audio to help tell your story.
Scan both family photos and documents
Identify relatives in photos that will automatically attach to family tree
App works without internet
4. ShoeBox – Free can Upgrade to Pro
Shoebox was one of the early apps on the scene to help you scan your photos. Its primary focus though is to make sure you keep all your photos in one place so it offers unlimited free cloud storage. It started in 2012 as it saw how “photo sharing was growing exponentially, but the simple task of keeping your photos backed up, organized and synced across all your devices was becoming more and more difficult. Even if you went to the effort to create backups, you rarely relived the moments you captured.”So now ShoeBox is trying to make the back end process of saving and sharing photos from past and present easier.
Unlimited free cloud storage
Easily Share Photos
Any one of these apps will help you archive the past and be able to print and share them with the next generation. Which one you choose depends on what features you think are the most beneficial. Just taking that first step, is the most important
One Last Pro Tip: When printing out your older photos try adding a vintage type look to them, try the AdoramaPix Silk Photo Paper which is fashioned after photo papers of yesteryear. It’s thicker with a subtle texture that renders skin tones and colors perfectly.