Handheld Scanner, Custom Packing Lists, and a Green Closing Gift

A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.

April 1, 2010

Scan Photos Fast

Have a stack of old photographs that you’ve been meaning to get on the Web? Convert hard-copy photos into high-resolution digital files with the handheld Pandigital Photolink One-Touch 5x7 Scanner, which scans your prints in less than 5 seconds and saves a JPG version directly onto the memory card of your choice. The device comes with a USB cord so you can upload the scanned images to your computer. PhotoLink can also be used as a business card scanner to help you keep your contacts organized on your computer. $89.99. Pandigital; Dublin, Calif.; 800-715-5354; www.pandigital.net.

Pack Like a Pro

There’s nothing worse than unpacking at your hotel and realizing your BlackBerry charger never made it into your luggage. The next time you take a trip, give Packwhiz a try. The free online service helps you quickly create customized packing checklists based on your destination, means of transportation, planned activities, and accommodations. Packwhiz generates a list of everything you need—clothing, documents, and gadgets—and will even remind you to take care of some essentials before you go, such as getting cash, setting up an automated e-mail response, and taking out the garbage. Free. Bitcomber; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 415-493-8080; www.packwhiz.com.

Just in Time for Earth Day

Need a closing gift for green-minded clients? Trees for a Change plants and cares for native species trees in U.S. national forests, restoring areas that were destroyed by wildfire, disease, or insects. A Personalized Tree Gift includes a planting certificate with your client’s name, a card with an explanation of the gift, and your personal message. The recipient’s name and the month of the gift is recorded on the company’s online name registry. Photos and extra information about where the tree is planted also are available online. $35. Trees for a Change; Santa Rosa, Calif.; 707-508-9262; www.treesforachange.com.

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

Erica Christoffer is the product manager for REALTOR® Magazine, driving growth and helping make data-driven decisions for the editorial products and programs that fall under the publication's umbrella. Erica also co-manages the magazine's 30 Under 30 program. During her tenure as an editor, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles for the magazine and launched the Broker to Broker section. Connect with Erica via email: echristoffer@nar.realtor.