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In Focus: July 2007

Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 11


Compare PricesMOVIE TIME
Edit video, create sophisticated, custom slideshows, or combine the two with
Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 11 featuring loads of automated, creative tools and an easy-to-use interface. You can choose from hundreds of effects and transitions, along with generating a soundtrack using Scorefitter. The software includes the latest technology offering a complete high-definition workflow with native HDV and AVCHD editing, HD DVD disc burning and Hi-Fi audio music capabilities. List Price: $99. Contact: Pinnacle Systems, (650) 526-1600,www.pinnaclesys.com.

Ship your portfolio or mounted prints in the Tenba Airbook, a highly protective case designed with top-of-the-line fabric to protect valuable contents. Layers of air-channeled plastic panels, high-density foam and specially molded framing components safeguard and hold your contents in place. Corner cutouts in the interior protect mounted prints and delicate books from shipping damage, and hand cutouts on each side allow for easy removal. Four sizes are available for 8.5x11-, 11x14- and 11x17-inch books, and 16x20-inch prints. List Price: $198 to $250. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.


PhotoPress book-binding system by PowisBOOK BUILDER
Make beautiful photo books of your work in a few easy steps with the PhotoPress book-binding system by Powis. Each print is laminated to an adhesive signature sheet, via pressure rather than heat, and then bound together with a permanent adhesive. The sheets are then assembled into a Powis Photobook hardcover. PhotoPress can bind a stack of about 30 photos—silver-halide, dye-sub, inkjet or any other kind of one-sided print. Photo sizes can range from 4x6 to 12x13 inches. List Price: TBA. Contact: Powis, (800) 321-BIND, www.powis.com.


OWC 160 GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable hard driveSTORE IT
When you're out shooting in the field, store your images on the
OWC 160 GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable hard drive. Equipped with FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, this palm-sized 7200rpm drive can go anywhere and includes shock-isolation technology providing maximum protection for your files. The high-performance drive weighs less than 11 ounces and is compatible with most computers. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Other World Computing, (800) 275-4576, www.macsales.com.


Crumpler Bags Brazillion Dollar HomeSAFE KEEPER
Tote your gear around in style carrying the Crumpler Bags Brazillion Dollar Home shoulder bag. A water-resistant shell protects your valuables from harsh weather elements, while inside there's room for two D-SLRs and four lenses, plus pockets for flash, memory cards, cell phones and other accessories. The laptop slot in the main compartment fits up to a 17-inch MacBook Pro. The bag is 17x12x9 inches. Estimated Street Price: $280. Contact: Crumpler Bags, (718) 384-3020, www.crumplerbags.com.


DustKleen and SensorKleen, two new applications from Image TrendsFLAW FIXERS
Get rid of dust, debris and other defects that affect your images with DustKleen and SensorKleen, two new applications from Image Trends. DustKleen is an automatic dirt- and dust-removal program with added manual touch-up controls for cleaning dust from images. The program identifies defects and removes them without harming the image. SensorKleen removes artifacts created by dust and debris on a D-SLR sensor cover. Using SmartBrush technology, the program removes the artifacts while restoring the underlying image content. List Price: $50. Contact: Image Trends, (512) 637-7300, www.imagetrendsinc.com.

Billingham PhotoVestPHOTO VEST
Having enough pockets to carry all the gear you need shouldn't be a problem with the Billingham PhotoVest. The vest features four exterior 7x9-inch pockets with zip pulls, two 10-inch-long interior horizontal pockets, two nine-inch interior horizontal zip compartments, a small front flap pocket and four open pockets on the bottom interior that are ideal for carrying small accessories. The vest is available in four sizes in a light khaki. List Price: $398. Contact: R.T.S. Inc, (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.


Hahnem√ºhle‚’s Photo Rag Pearl 320gsmDIGITAL FINE-ART PAPER
Help your fine-art prints stand out using Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm, a natural white, OBA-free, pure cotton rag paper with a soft, smooth surface topped with pearl coating. The premium paper has a high maximum density and large color gamut for optimal color and monochrome image reproduction. The paper is extremely age resistant with first-rate archival qualities. It's available in all standard cut sheet sizes and 17-, 24-, 36- and 44-inch rolls. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: Hahnemuhle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.


Specialist Keyboard for Adobe Photoshop from WorldTech DevicesCompare PricesKEY IN
Boost your postproduction productivity with the Specialist Keyboard for Adobe Photoshop from WorldTech Devices. Based on the software's latest version, and with help from Photoshop experts, the keyboard helps you optimize and quickly locate shortcut commands. More than 80 keys feature clear, laser-etched command icons with colored key caps denoting different command categories, including palettes, image, layers, file, edit/select and view. All keyboards come in standard USB or wireless versions for PC and Macintosh systems. Estimated Street Price: $99 (standard); $154 (wireless). Contact: WorldTech Devices, (877) 888-1400, www.worldtechdevices.com.


GorillapodCompare Prices


The bendable, twistable legs of the Gorillapod now support SLRs with zoom lenses. The miniature tripod's limbs can turn and rotate 360 degrees for wrapping around a tree branch, hanging from a railing, perching on a rock and offering support in other thorny spots. This latest version also can be used with your own tripod head, supporting up to 6.6 pounds. The tripod is 9.8x2.4x2.4 inches and weighs 8.5 ounces. It ships with a 3/8-inch adapter screw in place. List Price: $49. Contact: Joby, (888) 569-JOBY, www.joby.com.




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