Monday, February 4, 2008
Find and manage your images with ease using ACDSee 10 Photo Manager software, which now unzips files immediately for faster viewing and organizing. The Instant Preview feature lets you simply scroll the mouse over thumbnails for instant viewing in the browser. Smart tools automatically import, rename and categorize new images when your camera is connected. Organize images the way that works best for you whether using Windows file folders, adding keywords and ratings or creating your own categories. Editing features include red-eye removal and a Shadow/Highlight tool for restoring detail. List Price: $49. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com.
Check out and back up images in the field with the JOBO GIGA Vu extreme media viewer, which comes in capacities up to 160 GB. Equally as important as the storage space are the pro-level photo functions it offers, including RAW file decoding and viewing, high-speed downloading and a 3.7-inch VGA-resolution LCD screen. Additional features include a power zoom with one-to-one comparison of image pixels to screen pixels, dust detection and a TV output for sharing images or portfolios image by image or with a slick slideshow. List Price: From $599 (80 GB). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 453-0300, www.jobo-usa.com.
Add some cool, realistic-looking lens flares to your images using Knoll Light Factory 3.0 from Digital Anarchy. Of the program's 110 lighting presets, about 50 are new to this latest version. You can manipulate them by adding, deleting, reordering and editing properties. Choose from 19 flare elements and layer them to create effects like lasers, explosions and suns. There are also options for painting with light, obscuring light with a grayscale mask and generating original settings. Other features include a simplified user interface, real-time previews and 16-bit color support. Estimated Street Price: $149 ($89 for upgrade). Contact: Digital Anarchy, (415) 586-8434, www.digitalanarchy.com.
Shoulder the heavy load of your photo gear comfortably using the Tamrac Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack. The main compartment holds a D-SLR with grip and lens attached, plus two to three additional lenses and accessories. A separate rear compartment holds a 17-inch laptop, and the large top compartment offers space for a jacket and personal items. Dividers provide a custom fit for your equipment, while mesh pockets on the sides and front give fast access to accessories. The backpack is foam-padded for protection and comfort. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Do more than just display your photos in the SyncPix picture frame from Smartparts. With software that synchronizes, optimizes and resizes pictures as they're copied onto the frame's memory, SyncPix also organizes your images into themed albums and plays video clips from most digital cameras with no need for a special video mode. The 8-inch Espresso-colored frame also features an energy-saving motion detector. List Price: $179. Contact: Smartparts, (800) 442-1418, www.smartpartsproducts.com.
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