Friday, September 28, 2012

Thumb Drives, A Better Way to Transfer Files

Every day the staff at Archival Arts remains tenacious in keeping pace with ever changing digital technology.  Many of the skills we utilize to ensure your scans and prints are the finest quality are of no direct concern to our customers. That is to say it is not necessary that you understand how we persist in providing you with the highest quality work. However, sometimes we simply must involve you and bring you with us.

Until now, with each scan we have provided you with a CD containing your digital files. This has worked well in the past but we are finding that most of the CDs we provide are lost or given away.
On your next visit we encourage you to update the way you store your important scans. CDs have a limited shelf life and over time can corrupt. Hard drives offer a more stable and adaptable storage alternative so we are asking our customers to consider using a thumb drive to transfer files from Archival Arts to your computer at home.

So now you are thinking, "thumb drive! where do I get a thumb drive?" Archival Arts has them for sale at a cost of $12. They hold up to 4 Gigabytes so this means we can save approximately 15 scans on the thumb drive so you can transfer the files to your system when you get home. This will speed your wait time here when picking up and also give you a method to transfer files to other computers easily.

For our customers who have a great volume of work we want to strongly suggest you use an external USB hard drive for storage as well. As a rule, we cannot guarantee that your files will always be available at Archival Arts. Accidents happen. So at the risk of repeating ourselves please store your files safely at your home or studio. We are happy to help our customers take this next step.

If you do decide to purchase an external USB drive for your files at home, feel free to make an appointment and bring your drive to Archival Arts. We would be happy to transfer everything we have of yours on our server onto your drive.  This will save you the task of transferring all of your cd's to the hard drive.  Please do keep your cd's if you have them..they are still a second backup!  Once everything is transferred, you can use your new thumb drive to transfer new scans from Archival Arts to your computer.

Monday, September 3, 2012

New Website and Gallery

It's been a few weeks since a blog has been posted but it's only because we have been very busy bees making Archival Arts a better business.  As of today, (Labor Day) our website has been updated.  A nicer look, easier to navigate and a brand new gallery!

If you are not currently in the gallery, don't feel bad!  If you have had scans done at Archival Arts, just subscribe to the gallery and you will soon be able to upload jpeg files of your images.

The gallery is now a SEARCHABLE database that allows users to type in a keyword and see all the art in our database that pertains to that keyword.  It is currently using titles of the art to search the database but that is where YOU come in!

This gallery now allows our artists to modify, delete and upload images once you register and are accepted into the gallery.  It is free to be in the gallery however we have only posted galleries for artists who have had 10 or more pieces scanned at Archival Arts.  Once you are registered you will find tools that will allow you to add keywords to your images.  Please try to do this on your own, we do not have the person-power to handle phone calls for tech support for this FREE service.  Adding keywords to your art will enhance your particular gallery and make your images show up on searches more easily.

Please be aware that this gallery is ONLY for images that have been scanned at Archival Arts with our BetterLight scanner.  Any other images uploaded to the site will be deleted by the administrator. You will only be able to change images in your gallery space.  If you find any art in your gallery that is not yours, please feel free to delete it.

Finally, this gallery is not currently set up to sell art.  If someone is interested in an image, they will call Archival Arts to inquire, we will call the artist to discuss the job and pricing and the buyer will be contacted by Archival Arts to complete the job.  A check or credit will be given to the artist for the amount they asked for, minus the cost of the printing.  Buyers will pay shipping and artists will not be charged a commission.

If for any reason you find any problems with the new website and gallery, please send us an email or mention it the next time we talk.  I would like to avoid a rush of phone calls if at all possible!
I really hope you all enjoy the new gallery.  This has been my dream for a long time and we finally have it up and running!

P.S.  Please refer your friends to this blog if you think it would be useful to them!