Make beautiful fine-art prints with the HP Photosmart B8550, a dye-based printer with a new five-ink printing system. The B8550 prints a range of sizes from 4x6 to 13x19 inches, with a 4x6-inch color photo printing in as fast as 30 seconds. You can view and print photos just by inserting your memory card into the built-in card slot. The 2.4-inch color display lets you review and enhance images. HP’s dual-drop volume technology helps enhance detail by using small ink droplets. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
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Frame your images in new and creative ways using PhotoFrame 4 from onOne Software. Available in Standard and Professional editions, both feature a base of 1,000 frames to choose from, with the same features for searching, combining and applying various edges. The Pro version includes an additional 300 frames, textures, overlays and presets designed by top Photoshop experts. The new Library window lets you easily search, browse and preview frames in real time. Estimated Street Price: $159 (Standard); $259 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
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Remove an unwanted background with Corel’s Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate. The full-featured image-processing suite includes a Background Remover tool that isolates and takes out part of a background, allowing you to replace it with another image. Fine details, like strands of hair, are preserved. There’s also a new Creative Content Pack that includes 150 custom-made photo frames, edges and graphics designed to fuel your creative side. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Corel, (800) 772-6735, www.corel.com.
Organize and manage your images with greater efficiency using ACDSee Pro 2.5, a workflow program that has received a major upgrade. You now can create a folder system, back up files, set categories and modify metadata as images are imported. Embedding custom metadata, like categories and ratings, saving custom search criteria and nondestructive editing round out the update. The auto slideshow feature is also improved. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com.
Wrap up your laptop in an AeroPro bag from Sima Products. The wrap is made from Aeroprene fabric, which provides a clear view for airport X-ray scanners while protecting your laptop from accidental scratches, bumps and dents. High-strength Velcro® seals the closure securely. The bags come in two sizes to fit all notebook sizes. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $89. Contact: BKA Photo, (847) 821-0450, www.bkaphoto.com.
Transport your valuable photo equipment in Porter Case’s PCX Lite series. The carry-on-sized luggage cases have wheels and a built-in cart feature that allows you to stack more than 100 pounds of other baggage on top. Optional adjustable dividers and a customizable, layered foam interior help to protect your gear. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $149. Contact: Porter Case, (800) 356-8348, www.portercase.com.