MemoryKick Si Media Centre

8.5 Rating

A pocketable, battery-powered backup device for storing and playing image, video and music files.Manufactured in Korea by NionCom, the MemoryKick Si provides photographers with a conveniently-sized device for backing up image files and viewing stored images and video clips without requiring a computer. It also doubles as a portable music player. Small enough to slip into a handbag or pants or jacket pocket, it weighs only 280 grams and comes in capacities up to 500GB. Photo Review received the 250GB model to review.

Seagate FreeAgent Desk External Hard Disk Drive

8.5 Rating

A competitively-priced, high-capacity desktop drive with simple backup software.With a stylish brushed aluminium casing and a formatted capacity of 931GB, Seagate’s FreeAgent Desk drive is an attractive option as desktop backup drive. It can lie flat on a desktop or shelf or stand upright in the supplied holder where space is limited. Its low cost per gigabyte of 32 cents makes it one of the most competitively priced backup drives on the market.

Iomega eGo 160GB Portable Hard Drive

9 Rating

An elegant-looking, well-designed portable backup device for photographers who travel with a notebook computer.Small, stylish-looking and easy to use, Iomega’s eGo 160GB portable hard drive will be a useful addition to many photographers’ kits. Small enough to slip in a camera or laptop bag, it can be used for moving large files from one place to another, backing-up files and folders or housing a media library. Available in two colours (red and silver) its anodised aluminium casing is curved like a hip flask and has steel end caps.

Iomega Rev 35GB Removable USB Drive

8 Rating

A portable storage system with removable hard disks for backups, drive imaging and general data storage.Developed by the inventor of the Zip and Jaz disks and drives, Iomega’s Rev disks and drives are based on a similar concept of having a drive that remains connected to a computer plus removable storage disks. The Rev system is offered in two capacities: 35GB and 70GB The capacities of both are expandable through bundled data compression software. In this review we focus on the 35GB USB system.

Zoner Photo Studio 13 Free

8.5 Rating

A basic image editor with an attractive interface and good facilities for online image sharing. Zoner Software in the Czech Republic has been developing imaging software since 1993. It was the first to introduce support GPS (Global Positioning System) location data and 3D picture making and these features are included in its latest offering, Zoner Photo Studio 13. The application is available in three ‘editions’ : Pro, Home and Free.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7

8.5 Rating

A useful application that combines image editing, drawing tools, web graphics, Flash animation and desktop publishing.Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7 is an update to an application that has been popular in Europe and North America because it combines a suite of useful functions at an affordable price. Providing integrated bitmap and vector handling, it enables users to edit image files, create publications for printing (cards, calendars and photo books for example), develop Flash photo galleries or multi-page websites and produce simple animations for exporting as GIFs, SWF or AVI video files.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

9 Rating

The latest version of a popular and accomplished image editor for photo enthusiasts.Adobe’s Photoshop Elements is now in its ninth edition and each version has provided incremental improvements on its predecessor. In Photoshop Elements 9, Mac users gain access to the Organiser cataloguing function, which Windows users have had since Elements 8, while users on both platforms benefit from additional functions and special effects.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

8.5 Rating

The latest version of Adobe’s popular consumer image editing application. Adobe’s Photoshop Elements has been a popular image editor since it was introduced in April 2001 because it offered many of the features of the professional application (Photoshop) at roughly one sixth of the cost. Version 10, which was released in September 2011, maintains the key elements of the previous versions but updates or fine-tunes some of them and adds the ability to share images and video clips via popular social networks.

Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Touch Apps

8.5 Rating

We focus on new apps developed to integrate Photoshop with mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. Photoshop received a minor revision when Adobe upgraded its software suites to Version 5.5 in May. The new version (12.0.4) was so slight as to be barely noticeable but included changes to the internal scripting engine to enable users to integrate Photoshop CS5 with new companion apps as they become available for mobile devices like tablets and smart phones and access added connectivity between Photoshop and these devices.