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

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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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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