An example: http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-hemelop/afbeeldingenmuur.php]]>
When it comes to scanning large photos and documents I just do it in pieces and splice them together in Photoshop. But, I have heard good things about the Flip Pal portable scanner – you can scan several parts of something and the included software stitches it all together. Bad news: I believe the current version creates JPGs. (I’m holding out for a native TIF version.)
As for storing and serving very large files: Personally, I don’t even try to store my full res TIF images online; for my purposes uploading jpg versions created from the TIFs works. (I use Flickr Pro and just looked up that it has a 20MB file size limit.)
But, if you need to store larger files and want something reliable you’re going to have to pay at least something for the service. Box.net is a good service for this.
An alternative that might be more cost effective is to use Amazon S3 storage (pay by the GB stored plus transfers charges.) You can use a client like Jungledisk or Cyberduck (Free) to make moving the files up and down more easy to deal with.
I have looked at Photobucket, Flickr, Shutterfly etc. and found that commonly photo uploads are limited to 15-50 MB per photo. I saw a few random sites that allow 100-2000 MB files, but those are less well known and I don’t want to store it on some random website. Of course, I know the importance of keeping a backup of the image myself, but I still want a service that is reliable to link through Zoom.it
I was willing to go with a 2400 scanned jpg which was acceptable for zooming though not as crisp as a TIF. It was actually smaller than a 1200 TIF in file size. ~ 120 MB vs. 184 MB
Also if anyone has advice on scanning stuff bigger than 8×11? I have scanned one long picture in 2 scans with part of the picture hanging off the side and I still missed a few people in the middle because it is so long. I can try something as simple as cutting them digitally and lining them up in Microsoft Paint? My 14 Mpix digital camera is nice for some digitization, but not as crisp as a TIF scan.]]>
Gena Morris Raban]]>