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In Focus: September 2007

Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 11Compare PricesWin This!SLIM CAM

When you're out for a long hike, take the compact Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX100, which weighs just five ounces and has a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom. Other notable features include 12.2-megapixel resolution, a 2.5-inch LCD and optical image stabilization. The camera captures 1920 x 1080 high-definition stills and 1280 x 720 video at 15 frames per second. List Price: $400. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.

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Give your nature photos a unique look using Alien Skin's Snap Art software. With hundreds of styles to choose from, you can turn your photos into oil paintings, pencil sketches, comics and more in a single step. The software uses edge detection to make out objects, edges, lines and shapes of the original image. Using that outline, an advanced paint engine strokes and fills the outline using the brushes and colors you've chosen. List Price: $99. Contact: Alien Skin, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.


PhotoPress book-binding system by PowisCLASSY MINI-PRINTS

Make high-end prints in mini-format using Hahnemuhle's FineArt inkjet photo cards. Ideal for greeting cards and invitations, the 4x6-inch cards are offered in Photo Rag 308gsm, a 100-percent rag paper with a smooth, white surface, and FineArt Pearl 285gsm, a lignin-free, alpha cellulose fiber-based paper with a bright white surface similar to that of traditional silver gelatin photo paper. List Price: $15 (Photo Rag); $17 (FineArt Pearl). Contact: Hahnemuhle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.

OWC 160 GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable hard driveCompare PricesSOFTWARE SWAP

Fans of iView Media Pro 3 can check out
Microsoft Expression Media to find the latest version of the workflow application. Microsoft bought iView Multimedia in June of 2006 and their product line is now fully integrated into Microsoft. The program contains the same powerful tools, which include: quickly editing and organizing large numbers of images, including RAW; batch processing to rename, convert or tag hundreds of files at a time with sophisticated metadata (including IPTC) and keyword features; and creating sophisticated slideshows, videos and web galleries. List Price: $299. Contact: Microsoft, www.microsoft.com/expression; iView Multimedia, www.iview-multimedia.com.


Crumpler Bags Brazillion Dollar HomeWhen you're traveling, burn CDs and DVDs with the portable Samsung WriteMaster SE-T084L DVD burner. It supports 12cm, 3cm and 8cm discs for copying content from DVD camcorders. Data transfer rates vary depending on the media type and power source, with maximum read and write speeds of 10.8 MBps. The burner is 6.2x0.8x5.6 inches and weighs less than a pound. List Price: $150. Contact: Samsung Electronics, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.

DustKleen and SensorKleen, two new applications from Image Trends

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Get creative with your home movies using Ulead VideoStudio 11. The latest version of the software is packed with tools for creating professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs easily. New features include auto color and tone filters for correcting video shot in poor light, DeBlock and DeSnow filters for cleaning up noise, and fully interactive DVD authoring for creating motion menus. VideoStudio 11 Plus offers high-definition video-editing capabilities and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. List Price: $89 (standard); $129 (Plus). Contact: Corel, (800) 772-6735, www.corel.com; Ulead, www.ulead.com.

Billingham PhotoVest


Leave the tripod at home and still give your compact camera the support it needs with Monsterpod. It looks like orange Silly Putty® and sticks instantly to just about any surface, thanks to its polymer base. The stabilization device is ideal for cameras weighing less than 20 ounces and for up to 10 minutes, depending on the angle. Monsterpod isn't recommended for D-SLRs. List Price: $35. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.


Hahnem√ºhle‚’s Photo Rag Pearl 320gsmWin This!


Check to see if your D-SLR's sensor is dirty before you clean it with the VisibleDust SensorLoupe. The device uses a six-LED lighting system with 5x optical magnification to light up the sensor, giving you a clear view of any dirt or debris that could affect your images. By looking at the sensor before you shoot, SensorLoupe helps cut down on unnecessary cleanings that could damage your camera. List Price: $69. Contact: VisibleDust, (780) 455-1082, www.visibledust.com.

Specialist Keyboard for Adobe Photoshop from WorldTech Devices

Showcase your photos and video clips in Aluratek's 10.5-inch Digital Photo Frame. Play your content directly from the camera or camcorder by inserting a memory card or USB thumb drive into the frame. A built-in 256 MB memory makes it possible to transfer files directly to the frame from your computer. Play slideshows, zoom, rotate and listen to background music all at the touch of a button with the included remote control. List Price: $199. Contact: Aluratek, Inc., (866) 580-1978, www.aluratek.com.


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