1Scan offers consumers a one or two day service where paper-based pictures are converted into 600 dp JPEG files for just 10 pence per scanned image. Jeff Underwood, 1Scan’s founder, explains, “We’ve been scanning negatives and slides for people for some years but, at the outset, couldn’t really provide a service for actual print scanning at a price point people would find attractive. Purchasing the Kodak s1220 system has enabled us to change this and offer a 10p-a-go service because of the volumes which can be handled.”
Normally people send 1Scan a whole stack of pictures for scanning so they can be uploaded to Kodak Gallery, Flickr or Facebook, put on computers or emailed to friends and family. The use of digital photo albums is becoming increasingly popular as it is a simple way of showing hundreds of shots – pictures which would otherwise have just remained in shoeboxes or dusty photo albums.
The Kodak s1220 scanning system handles up to 30 photos per minute, coping with mixed paper weights and colours as well as random orientation, all of which can be handled automatically by the system as pictures are fed through by the feeder.
1Scan runs the Kodak software on Windows Vista-based Acer PCs, with CD/DVD burners then used to produce image discs for clients.