Flip Pal lately. It's a great new tool and overall I'm very happy with it. But no tool is perfect. It needs to be selected for the right reason and the right task - just like any other tool you would buy.
Yesterday on my blog Jennifer left this comment:
"Thanks for the info on stitching. I have been debating whether to get a Flip-Pal scanner. I will use it primarily to scan 8 1/2 x 11 documents, though I am sure I will use it for photos too. Because I plan to use it primarily for documents, I've been debating whether just to get a portable scanner with a paper feed."
When I read this, I really felt it was time to talk about Flip Pal's strengths and weaknesses.
Flip Pal is the perfect tool if you need a light, portable scanner that you can take with you to scan snapshots while visiting family or at an archive, particularly if you need to scan computer screens or microfilm tables or if the archive doesn't allow wand scanners.
However, if you are planning on doing a lot of 8x10 photo scanning or 8 1/2x11 document scanning, you may want to re-think. The stitch feature on Flip Pal is great but it's not really practical if everything you scan is 8x10 or larger. All that stitching adds a lot of time to an already slow process.
I would encourage Jennifer to get a scanner with a feeder that can accommodate regular sized paper. She will have to determine for herself whether that means a portable one or a desktop one. Even a tabletop scanner without a feeder is going to be burdensome. If you are scanning lots of documents consistently then getting the feeder option would be worth it. If you scan documents occasionally then stick with a regular scanner that can accommodate the regular paper size.
I know that everyone is very excited about the Flip Pal. I am too. But it is not the answer in every situation. Before you spend your money be honest with yourself about your needs and how you are going to use a scanner. Better to purchase what will serve you best than to buy something that will become a source of continued frustration.