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nextMOBILE MEDIA MANAGER
Preview, share and store images and other media files with Argraph’s MemoryKick MediaCenter. Download photos from your memory card or other devices through a built-in card reader or the USB On-The-Go feature. Transfer speed is 7 MBps. With capacities of 30 GB or 60 GB, the 5.6-ounce device also acts as a portable hard drive so it’s great for taking on a trip. View your photos on the 2.2-inch LCD or output to a TV using the composite video output. It supports most popular memory-card formats. List Price: $299 (30 GB), $349 (60 GB). Contact: Argraph, (201) 939-7722, www.argraph.com.

nextLIGHT CASE
Store your valuable lighting equipment in the Flashpoint CS770 Lighting Kit Case from Adorama. Rugged material used for the bag’s exterior shields your flashes, light stands and other gear from weather, while reinforced padded walls protect the inside. A divider shelf runs across the length of the case, separating flash gear from light stands and umbrellas. You can position the vertical dividers however you want for a customized fit. Estimated Street Price: $170. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

nextULTIMATE DIGITAL DARKROOM
Enhance images quickly and easily with Nik Software’s Complete Collection of plug-ins for Photoshop and Aperture. Nik has packaged its most popular programs, which include Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0, into a powerful box set for controlling noise, color, exposure, black-and-white conversions, sharpening and more. All of these apps make editing more intuitive through Nik’s progressive U Point technology, which allows you to make precise, localized adjustments by placing Control Points on an image. List Price: $299 (Aperture), $599 (Photoshop and Aperture). Contact: Nik Software, (888) 284-4085, www.niksoftware.com.

nextCOLOREDGE LCD
View your images in high-def using the 24.1-inch widescreen EIZO CG242W LCD, which features 1920 x 1200 native resolution. Designed for still and video work, the monitor comes with ColorNavigator calibration software that sets target values for brightness, white point and gamma, and works with most color-measurement devices. The CG242W features 16-bit internal processing, which helps produce smooth grayscale tones to bring out more detail in the dark areas of an image. The monitor can be connected to two PCs. List Price: TBA. Contact: EIZO, (914) 347-3300, www.eizo.com.

nextSTEALTH BAG
Conceal your expensive camera gear in the Lowepro Classified AW. Designed to look unlike a typical camera bag, the slim profile moves naturally with your stride. Available in four sizes, all models have a briefcase look with soft edges and leather detailing. Collapsible interior padding lets you customize how you arrange your gear. Capacities range from fitting a D-SLR with attached zoom and an additional lens or flash, to carrying up to two professional D-SLRs with attached 70-200mm zoom, two to three extra lenses or flash and a 15.4-inch notebook. List Price: $169 to $259. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

nextnextPHOTO TOOL BOX
Streamline your workflow by eliminating repetitive image corrections with PhotoTools 2 from onOne Software. Harnessing the power of Photoshop’s Actions commands, the program has more than 270 photographic tools for creating effects, making corrections and performing other automated production tasks. A Preset Mode displays a list of presets or effects while the Keyword Mode helps you narrow down the list of effects to those that match your search criteria. The pro version includes more than 300 effects along with support for Lightroom and Aperture. List Price: $159 (Standard), $259 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

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