Shoebox, the iPhone App, makes it easy to scan old paper photos and share them with family and friends. It helps you bring albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled “shoeboxes” out of the closet and into an online, shareable space where they can be organized and shared with family and friends.

Shoebox’s edge detection and perspective correction make sure that the paper photographs you scan turn out beautifully. After scanning, you can quickly crop, straighten, rotate your photo, as well as record the stories behind the photographs by adding captions, dates, and tags.

The quality of camera phones has increased so much that your handy iPhone is now as good as the clunky piece of hardware you have next to your computer, and with none of the wires or drivers. The new iPhone 4S offers a 8 megapixel camera that takes images at 2448×3264 resolution. Using Shoebox to scan a typical 4″x6″ photo produces a DPI of 550 – the same high quality recommended by scanning experts like ScanCafe.

Your photos are saved on your iPhone and on 1000memories where they can be shared for free with friends and family. You can also share via Facebook and Twitter. All photos on 1000memories are backed up and preserved forever through our partnership with the Internet Archive.

Download the Shoebox App. It’s free.

(via @LBM)

10 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Interested until I read:

    “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with 1000memories”

    Don’t mean to be a conspiracy person, but isn’t this a little much in terms of anti-privacy and anti-IP… The business of acquiring the rights to vintage photos is big business, and this service get’s you to give the rights to your images up… They could sell a picture of you, or any of your family members without asking / telling you or giving you any revenue.

    Then again, who reads a Terms of Service… Oh, that’s right. Me.

  2. AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Hi B, we appreciate your feedback. To clarify things a bit, we don’t intend on selling anyone’s photos. We have adopted a privacy policy in line with the other leading photography sites on the Internet (e.g., Facebook and Flickr). We’re constantly investigating if there are other best practices for privacy policies that we can adopt. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] should you like to discuss this topic with us in greater depth.

  4. It’s dowloading now and I am forwarding this info to both my kids…thanks!

  5. “To clarify things a bit, we don’t intend on selling anyone’s photos.”

    Just because you don’t intend on selling anyone’s photo does not mean in the future you can’t or won’t sell the photos. The fact remains 1000memories terms of services gives them the right to license or sell any of the photos a user of the service uploads.

  6. This is brillant and great fun i started playing and uploading right away but as with the other 2 comments above the i sort then had a read of the T+C and you have to ask your self do you want your memories sold .Flickr allows you to lock down the copyright this is a much better approach …nice app nice idea but they may need to tweak the legal so you feel a bit safer

  7. The video was a complete copy of the Ikea lamp ad by Spike Jonze. Taking inspiration is one thing. Completely ripping off without giving due credit is another.

  8. Nice App, nice video.
    But oh, it hurts, when they killed the old showbox.

  9. I love the concept but I don’t like the idea that my dead uncle’s pics may be shared/sold to a third party without my authorization. I am also happy that someone from 1000memories took the time to read and answer the first comment but I wish they would do more than Facebook (definitely not a good example).
    Privacy is an important issue and no one wants to see his or her family pics published in a “100 bad family pictures” book or sold to car company.

  10. Very neat idea. But not sure I would want it all over the internet, not mush privacy.