Free Works!



Two week ago, I asked the question, “Is free still a viable business model?” This week the answer appears to be yes. Flag, which is planning to print and give away photos that have advertisements on the back received funding through Kickstarter. Not only did Flag receive funding, but they received an additional $50,000 to simultaneously develop iOS and Andoid Apps. This funding allows Flag to reach the majority of the mobile marketplace, avoiding the Apple versus Android arguments that inevitably result when an App supports only one platform.

Unfortunately, the desktop version required $200,000 and did not get funded. I guess we’ll have to live with that since phones and tablets are the future, while desktop systems are in decline.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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2 Responses to Free Works!

  1. Laurie Risbrudt says:

    Hello Dr Mark,
    Have the recommendations for VHS to DVD transfer changed at all. I found a post from 2009 yesterday and now I can’t find it.
    Thank you!
    Laurie R

  2. Mark Mizen says:

    I have never transferred VHS to DVD. I did transfer some 8 mm movies, and I learned quite a few lessons then. My suggestion would be to look for a commercial service and try them out before transferring large numbers. Once you get the digital files, I suggest copying them to high-quality disc.. See . for one approach.

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