Over the weekend at the St. George Family History Expo I was able to purchase a couple of Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners for my aunt and sister-in-law. Yes, they did give me money to purchase them... I had a couple people say to me at the conference that they wished they were family so I would buy them on too!
As many of you already know, the Flip-Pal is such a great new product enabling you to take a scanner anywhere you go. Because the scanner is so small it makes it so easy to take it to your family's home and scan photo after photo without having to worry about unplugging it from your computer, power outlet and size.
One of the things that impresses me most about the company that manufactures the Flip-Pal is their customer service and customer satisfaction. The Flip-Pal has only been available since the end of November, and since then they have had many Mac users ask them if their EasyStitch software worked on their Mac. At the time it was only available to Windows users, like many other software programs out there. However, they must have had so many Mac users request to have their software work on their computers that they have developed EasyStitch to work now for both Windows and Mac. This impresses me a lot! Most often, software developers do not think that there are that many Mac users to make it worth developing their software for Mac as well as Windows. Now, I agree that there are many software programs that would not have a big Mac user-base, but I believe that Mac users are growing very rapidly and especially in the genealogy community. I want to say "Thank you" to the Flip-Pal team for showing us Mac users that you listen and care enough to make your amazing software available to all of us!
At the conference I was able to play with the Flip-Pal and use the EasyStitch software on my Mac. The software works very similar to the Windows software. It is VERY simple and easy to use. All you have to do is open the software, select which images you want to "stitch" and let it do its magic. Below is a video I put together to show how easy and simple it is to use. Even for you Windows users, this video shows a great demonstration of the Flip-Pal.
If you already own a Flip-Pal you can still download and use the Mac software free of charge! All you have to do is follow the simple steps found here. This new software for Mac only includes the EasyStitch and not the color correction software like on Windows. I am sure the Flip-Pal team have this on their to-do list though.
After frustrations of trying to connect to the Internet on Friday, I was finally able to connect my laptop to the wireless on Saturday morning. Whatever the reasons people were having problems connecting, as soon as the Dixie Center opened up the wifi to everyone without a password, everyone was able to connect just fine - everyone but me that is. Finally, I tried clearing my browser cache (which I did a number of times the day before) it finally worked. After quite a bit of discussion with other bloggers, vendors and others, we came to the conclusion that a big part of the problem was probably because of all the people who had their own cell phones and other devices that were able to become a "mobile hotspot". A post about this and future conferences regarding wireless internet is coming!
Saturday morning classes started bright and early at 8 am. I attended a class with my aunt and then headed to the Blog House to meet up with some of the other bloggers. During the conference, I was able to meet Leslie Albrecht Huber, author of The Journey Takers. We were able to visit with one another and get to know each other. I look forward to hopefully seeing her at future conferences.
Just like previous conferences, one of my favorite parts of attending a genealogy conference is being able to see my genealogy friends. While sitting at the Blog House, I was able to visit with DearMYRTLE of the DearMYRTLE Blog, Jean Wilcox Hibben of Circlemending, Arlene Eakle of Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog, Rayanne Melick of Grove Creek Family History Blog, and the Ancestry Insider. There were also many new friends and genealogists I had the pleasure of meeting while at the conference and I look forward to seeing them again next year!
Saturday afternoon I taught the class How to Produce a Family History CD. It makes me very happy to see so many seasoned genealogists that are wanting to share their genealogy research with their family and friends. Ever since I started doing genealogy, I have had the attitude that if you don't share your genealogy with others, what is the point of taking all that time to research and collect records if you don't do anything with it. If you don't put your research in a way that you can easily share it with others it will most likely be thrown away or lost with other junk in the attic - and even if it gets stored in the attic, it will eventually get thrown away. So, do something to preserve and share your genealogy!
Even though the St. George Family History Expo was so great, I must admit I was disappointed in the weather. I was looking forward to going down to St. George and get away from the colder weather, but it was so cold and rainy! This same thing happened to me last year at the Mesa Family History Expo. For those of you who attended there, you probably remember how rainy and cold it was there! Isn't that the point of having these two conferences during January and February - get out of the cold? Oh well, regardless of the weather, the conference was a blast!
This last weekend was the St. George Family History Expo. Like always, it was another great event with lots of people, great speakers and an awesome vendor hall.
The blogging and tweeting on Friday were a little limited however because of the Internet connection issues some of us were having. I was one of the unfortunate ones that was having a difficult time connecting, so what tweeting I was able to do was done from my iPhone.
Even though my computer was having difficulty connecting to the Internet, luckily my iPad was connecting just fine. I was concerned that I would not have any wireless connection on my iPad for my Mobile Apps class, but everything went smoothly. This is the third time I have given this particular presentation and I must say it is so fun!
Just like at RootsTech, one of the busiest booths in the vendor hall was the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner booth. I wanted to get one of the scanners for both my aunt as well as my sister-in-law, so I rushed to the booth as soon as the vendor hall opened. I did not want them to run out like they did at RootsTech. I also used one of their scanners to do a review of their EasyStitch software for Mac. I made a little video of me doing a demonstration of the Flip-Pal scanner. I will post more about that in the coming week.
After the classes and vendor hall closed for the day, I was invited to attend the evening banquet featuring M. Bridget Cook. This evening with Bridget talking about some of her books and her experiences with the people in them was amazing! The topic of her presentation was about the "skeletons in your closet" - what secrets and stories are there in your family history that you or your family have kept hidden for years? I will be talking more about this amazing presentation in another blog post.
Many of you know and love Family History Expos. For the past 7 years Family History Expos as been bringing us such wonderful conferences for us to learn more about our family history, better techniques and resources as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow genealogists.
You may remember last year about this time that the Family History Expos website servers were damaged by
Holly and her team have been working very hard for the past year to rebuild their website along with their client and attendee list. I am amazed at how well they were able to function after their terrible loss of their website and database.
If you have not yet seen the new website, go ahead and check it out. While you are there, be sure to check out the upcoming expo dates and places. The next expo will be on February 25 and 26. I will be presenting 3 classes at this expo. The classes I will be presenting are: