FAXJoy’s 96 year-old friend Ida had a real estate document that needed faxing. Joy’s scanner didn’t work, so what to do? Well, she took a picture of Ida’s document and emailed it.

We did the same thing with our tax returns. We signed the documents, snapped pictures and sent them to our accountant. Consider the camera as a portable scanner. If you’re a student, reporter or researcher, it’s also a good note-taking device.

We recommend installing the free Google Picasa photo editor on your computer. Once you’ve imported your photos, the program opens to allow you to edit them. For example, Joy’s photo of Ida’s document was a bit dark and distorted; she lightened, cropped and sent it as an email.

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