Charting Companion

Charting Software from Progeny
Charting Companion
Platform: Windows Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000
$34.95

Charting Companion complements RootsMagic by providing beautiful charts not offered by RootsMagic itself.

You can create full color fan charts of all types: full circle, half circle or quarter circle. Just select the starting person, the number of generations, and any number of options. You can even create descendant fan charts, which aren't available anywhere else.

Descendant Fan Chart

Another great feature is the ability to include siblings on ancestor, hourglass and bowtie charts. Now you can see aunts and uncles and spot naming patterns across generations.

Ancestor Chart with Siblings

You can color your charts based on gender, generation, lineage, or x-chromosome line, and with access to the full range of colors, including gradients and beveled edges, you can create spectacular wall size charts.

Descendant Chart colored by lineage

Flip-Pal Portable Scanner

Battery powered, portable flatbed scanner
Flip-Pal Scanner
$149.99

Flip-Pal is a small portable scanner which runs on AA batteries and scans directly to a standard SD memory card like your digital camera uses (it doesn't have to be hooked up to a computer or anything).

The Flip-Pal will scan full color at 600 or 300 dpi, and can directly scan 4x6" photographs, clippings, etc. But what is really cool is that the bottom of the scanner is also see through, so you can turn it upside down and scan a document or book which is just laying on the table (you can see through the scanner to see exactly what you are scanning).

If you want to scan something bigger, the clear bottom panel has guidelines so that you can make sure to leave enough room on the sides of the scan so that you can stitch multiple images into a larger image (the scanner comes with the software to stitch smaller scans into a single larger image).