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Monday, October 1, 2007

In Focus: October 2007


Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 11


VALUABLE PLUG-INS

The
onOne Software Plug-In Suite 3 features full versions of four powerful, image-enhancing tools that are now compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Intel-based Macs. Using this comprehensive bundle, which consists of Intellihance Pro 4.2, Mask Pro 4.1, PhotoFrame Pro 3.1 and Genuine Fractals 5, you can make multiple image adjustments at a time, mask difficult subjects like hair and glass, add unique border and edge effects, and increase image size by 1,000 percent with no loss of detail or sharpness. Estimated Street Price: $399; $299 (Genuine Fractals users). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.


Tenba Airbook
AFFORDABLE, HIGH-RES SCANNER

Give new life to old photos captured on 35mm film and slides using the Microtek ScanMaker s450. The scanner features 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color and eight Smart Touch buttons that automate frequently performed tasks. The built-in 35mm adapter allows easy, convenient scanning of positive and negative 35mm slides and filmstrips. The 8.5x11.7-inch scan bed has a Zero Boundary design that extends the scan area without distorting the image. The one-step ColoRescue function lets you quickly restore faded photographs, slides and filmstrips. List Price: $99. Contact: Microtek, (310) 687-5940, www.microtekusa.com.

PhotoPress book-binding system by Powis
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS

Download photos and video clips from your last trip before you've stepped off the plane using Phanfare, an online video- and photo-sharing service. Using its desktop application, you can edit images and write captions when you're offline. When you go online, the program automatically synchronizes the pictures with your customized Phanfare website, updating your changes. In the desktop feature, just drag and drop your photos into a virtual album, which is automatically recreated on the web. List Price: $7 (month); $55 (year); $300 (lifetime member). Contact: Phanfare, (800) 699-9354 www.phanfare.com.

OWC 160 GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable hard drive
CENTRAL SERVER

Share, store and back up files across your network using the compact
MediaSmart Server from Hewlett-Packard. With every PC set up on the network, users can browse shared folders, add and share photos, and back up immediately on their computer. You control each user's access by setting access privileges to the shared folders. Approved users can remotely access files and applications on their home computer from any PC with an Internet connection. Storage capacity expands up to 6 TB, and automatic backup keeps files safe. Estimated Street Price: TBD. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.


SPOTLESS PROJECTION

Crumpler Bags Brazillion Dollar HomeShow crisp-looking images on the big screen using the Epson PowerLite S5 multimedia projector. With 2,000 lumens, SVGA resolution and 3LCD technology, your photos, slideshows and high-definition video will look bright, colorful and sharp. For quick presentation pauses, an A/V Mute Slide option turns off the sound and images. Instant On and Instant Off functions power the machine up and down within five seconds. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

DustKleen and SensorKleen, two new applications from Image TrendsFREE TRIAL
Try out the latest version of ACDSee Pro by downloading the beta version for free. The versatile workflow solution lets you efficiently view, edit, organize and publish your photo collection. Faster viewing, more nondestructive RAW editing features, a better batch-processing tool and improved browser are some of the updates included in version 2.0. The full program is expected to be released this fall. Estimated Street Price: $129 (beta testers and users of the previous version receive a 30-percent discount). Contact: ACDSee Systems, (866) 244-2237, www.acdsystems.com or www.acdseepro.com.

Billingham PhotoVest

SOFT LIGHT BOX
Shoot up close without fear of overexposure using the Quantum Mini Folding Softbox QF69. With a surface area about one square foot, the softbox covers close to a 180-degree light spread, letting you use flash with any wide-angle lens. When attached to the Quantum Qflash, you can mount the unit to a camera bracket or fasten it to an umbrella bracket for placement on a light stand. When you're done, the QF69 folds up neatly into its convenient carrying case. Estimated Street Price: $76. Contact: Quantum Instruments, (631) 656-7400, www.qtm.com.

Hahnem√ºhle‚’s Photo Rag Pearl 320gsmPHOTO LIFT
Bring out the full detail and texture of landscape shots with Pixel Vistas' Photo Lift. The Photoshop plug-in amplifies contrast without affecting overall tonality or creating artifacts by separating the image into small- and large-scale components. A preview of the filter's effect can be previewed at various zoom levels, and a navigation window helps you look closely at various parts of the image. Estimated Street Price: $35. Contact: Pixel Vistas, www.pixelvistas.com.

Specialist Keyboard for Adobe Photoshop from WorldTech Devices

MULTIMEDIA FRAME

Look at your video clips and high-resolution stills through the new eMotion Digital Picture Frame by Media Street. With a 15-inch (4:3 aspect ratio) digital TFT LCD panel and 1024 x 768 resolution, your images will look sharp. The frame supports most motion and still-image file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4, AVI, MP3, WMA, JPEG and BMP. The memory-card slot accepts SD/SDHC, MMC, CF, MS and xD cards. The frame comes with a remote control, USB cable, desktop stand and a bracket for mounting on the wall. List Price: $349.95. Contact: MediaStreet Inc., (888) 633-4295, www.mediastreet.com.


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