May 23, 2011 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING: Tom B, Jack H, Larry T, Jerry L, Gene N, Henry B.

(How to convert your old film slides, negatives and prints into digital files using a scanner)

Tom gave a brief demo using color slides inserted into the cover tray of an HP 3570c ScanJet. The drivers and software are free to download here.

Though it is an older model scanner, it still works well with OSX Leopard. After converting slides into digital files, the simplest way to view and show them is by using Preview.

How to Use Preview for Slideshow (see example)
1) Open folder, then select all pix in folder (Command-A)
2) Right-click (Control-click) on one of the titles and choose 'Slideshow' from Menu.
3) Slow speed of slideshow by clicking Pause, then use direction arrows ->
4) Move translucent control panel of slideshow by click-holding on thin divider line

Why convert old color slides, negatives and prints into digital files?
1) Easily send to friends / family as e-mail attachments.
2) Create a Web Photo Album using iPhoto.
3) Display slideshows to groups via Preview, Keynote, PowerPoint.
4) Compose and print in books via iPhoto.
5) Import as illustrations into geneologies, histories and journals.
6) Use as desktop pictures on your computer.
7) Backup one-of-a-kind photos and family treasures.

Software for refining digital images

VueScan - recommended by Jerry L. ($39.95)
- - - scans documents, photos and film
- - - creates PDF, JPEG, TIFF and TXT files
- - - supports 'File | Import' from Photoshop
- - - supports more than 1750 scanners
- - - has 32-bit and 64-bit versions

GraphicConverter - shareware with a zillion image formats including FITS, HAM and Doodle ($39)

PixelNhance PixelNhance - small free application which is very handy for refining digital images.


The Phoebe Snow Jack H. wrapped up the meeting with an interesting slideshow of his railroad slides taken during the 1950s of the Lackawanna Railroad running through the Cohocton Valley of New York. We learned a lot about the trains and times as seen through the eyes of an actual engineer. One anecdote that illustrated the common-sense thinking of the day involved the disposal of tons of snow removed from the Buffalo railroad tracks and placed in hopper cars. The solution: pull the train-load of snow south until it melted. And so they did. By Harrisburg, the snow was gone and problem solved. Thanks Jack.

Some Odd Facts
• 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
• The sentence 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' contains every letter of the alphabet.
'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
'Uncopyrightable' is the only 15-letter word not to repeat a letter.
'Screeched' is the longest one-syllable word in the English language.
• There are 6 possible ways to reach first base in a major league baseball game.

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