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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Yet Another Scanning Question.

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MikeyToo
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08 Dec 2015
10:23:45am
For the record, I have searched and read a lot of the scanning threads so that I would not duplicate a previous question. I'm looking for a little guidance here.

Right now my collection is small (200 to 250 stamps). I purchased Stamp Manager 2015 to help keep track of them. The software provides a stock photo of each stamp, but also has a place for you to insert a scanned image of the stamp(s) you actually own.

My question is, would it be a good practice to scan each stamp and store that image, or just use the one provided with the software? Even with the currently small number it's still a task because access to the scanner requires walking around the desk and I'm old with worn out legs and feet.

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Mikey

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08 Dec 2015
10:49:41am
re: Yet Another Scanning Question.

hmmmm. it all depends on what you're using the software for. if it's an insurance record, or some other "official" document, then perhaps a scan of YOUR stamps instead of the generic would be better. If, on the other hand, this is strictly for you, and you have your stamps right there, next to you in an album, I don't see the point.

I don't know this software, so I don't know if it will be immediately apparent which scans are YOURS and which THEIRS; if not, that's another argument against it.

I'm always against anything that requires work without reward

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08 Dec 2015
11:01:44am
re: Yet Another Scanning Question.

Mikey

Keep in mind that stamp collecting is a hobby and is supposed to be fun. If you make it work, you will soon cease to enjoy it. I have been collecting for 60 years and have never worried with record keeping. As a result, I have, on many occasions, acquired stamps already in my collection. As a result I now have many, many duplicates, and get to enjoy the further pleasure of sharing them with other collectors.

There are some collectors who keep meticulous records, even though they have tens of thousands of stamps in their collection. Those that do, however, do not look upon that record keeping as work, but rather as an enjoyable part of the hobby.

So I guess what I am saying is, do what pleases you with your collection, but do not worry (especially at this stage) with the infrastructure until you know where you want to go.

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Ningpo
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08 Dec 2015
11:18:37am
re: Yet Another Scanning Question.

As you mentioned you've read a lot about scanning threads, you may have come across a free software download by Stamporama member Franck on this thread Scanning stamps.

I downloaded it, road tested it and liaised with Franck about a couple of enhancements. I can't comment on other image bursting software but this is a simple program, well worth a try. There are a few bell and whistles, like rotating a stamp or block that is not in the same alignment as others on the page.

I tried using this program for scanning a page of stamps, for the purpose of making a trial approvals page. This worked well.

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Mike
08 Dec 2015
09:38:39pm
re: Yet Another Scanning Question.

Mikey,
I suggest you take Bobby's message to heart. It is supposed to be a hobby, not a job and what you are looking into will turn into a big job before you know it. That type of task takes time away from the collecting part of the hobby that you can never get back. Before you know it you will have a thousand stamps, then 10,000 stamps and so on and so on. It takes a lot of time to scan stamps and if you are going to collect them you will have the collection right near you, for you to enjoy looking at, not spending time scanning and et cetra with them.
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