Thursday, June 8, 2023

Rabbit Holes With Randy -- Scanning Album Photos With Reimagine

 This is a major family history Rabbit Hole for me - I've spent hours using the MyHeritage Reimagine mobile app to scan photo album pages during the past week.  

The MyHeritage blog post about the Reimagine app is Introducing Reimagine: An Innovative Photo App by MyHeritage.  I wrote Test Driving the MyHeritage Reimagine Mobile App on 1 June 2023 to document my process.

1)  The scanned album pages may have a number of photographs on the page, and the Reimagine app separates them into individual photos, adjusts the image to be rectangular, and saves them on my MyHeritage Photos page (shown below):

The scanning process and saving them to the Photos page is the easy part - I can do about 50 album pages in an hour, producing about 150 individual photos.  

2)  The hardest and most time-consuming part is dealing with each photograph.  My process to do that is:

*  Save each photo on MyHeritage Photos

*  Enhance and colorize the photos as needed using the MyHeritage photo tools

*  Tag the persons in the images (using the Tag options on the right side of the screen)

*  Add the date and place to the MyHeritage Photo (using the date and place edit links)

*  Rename the image file (run your mouse over the photo file name to see the Edit icon at the top left of the screen)

*  Download the image to my computer (using the download icon on the top left of the screen under the "Date")

*  Save it to my "My Pictures" computer file and to the pertinent "Family File" on my computer

*  Add it to my RootsMagic family tree program (for some photos)

*  Add it to my Ancestry Member Tree gallery (for some photos, using RootsMagic TreeShare)

*  Add it to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile of the person(s) in the Memories section (for some photos, using RootsMagic FamilySearch Central)

*  Add it to my Forever account photograph file (for some photos).

To get the finished photograph done for the first six steps above takes about 5 minutes for each photo.

Here is the MyHeritage Photos page for one photograph:

I've managed to do this process for about 60 of my 541 MyHeritage photos.  It's a long slog, and I try to do about 10 of them each day.

3)  So far, I've done the Reimagine part of the task for four of my 15 large photo albums (my daughter's wedding album, my Aunt Marion's album, our 1992/3 album, and one of my grandparents' albums).  There are also several smaller photo albums and several boxes of loose photos to look through and scan.  

I need to buy more carrots to reward myself for going down this rabbit hole!!!


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.  I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.  I am a paid subscriber to the Reimagine mobile app.

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