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FW: [galicia] Free program to download FamilySearch.org digitized microfilm images

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  • Max Heffler
    A computer science student at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah has developed a free program called Fast Film that allows a person to automatically
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2012
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      A computer science student at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah has
      developed a free program called "Fast Film" that allows a person to
      automatically download batches of digitized microfilm images from
      FamilySearch.org to his or her hard drive. This would allow a researcher to
      quickly download all the images from a particular image set and then browse
      them offline at leisure and with whatever image tool he or she prefers,
      rather than having to slowly search through an online-only set of images one
      by one.

      The software is available here:
      http://students.cs.byu.edu/~jbejaran/FastFilm/

      Versions of the software are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but you
      must have Java already installed on your computer to run it.
      (Most people do.)

      I have no connection with this person nor with their software, but thought
      it could be a welcome tool for other researchers to use. While this is not
      an "official" FamilySearch tool, it appears to have been developed with
      their knowledge and implied permission, as the computer science student is
      at BYU and I first learned of the tool through a FamilySearch-related
      computer developers listserve.

      If you use this tool, please remember that FamilySearch owns the copyright
      on their microfilms, even if the images are downloaded.
      They should be used for personal research only, and not publicly reposted
      anywhere in bulk.


      - Brooke Schreier Ganz
      Los Angeles, California
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