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  • Profile Mechanic review

    Profile Mechanic consists of two independent programs, sold separately. Profile Mechanic Monitor can calibrate and write ICC correction profiles for CRT and LCD monitors. It provides a small USB colorimeter sensor with interchangeable supports for both types of monitor. Profile Mechanic Scanner creates correction profiles for any flatbed or transparency scanner, as well as digital cameras.

  • EasyShare CX7430 review

    If simplicity is a virtue when it comes to digital cameras, the Kodak EasyShare CX7430 outclasses most of its competition. Kodak gave this camera just the few controls needed for basic snapshot photography, and added text-based help prompts so that even the most neophyte photographer can work through them after a little instruction.

  • Stylus Photo R300M review

    The Epson Photo R300M possesses many features that make printing and managing your photography – with or without a PC – more convenient. The £135 plus VAT printer has two 2.5-inch LCDs: a monochrome display on the control panel for viewing menus, and a colour LCD for previewing images before printing. Among the menu options are commands for printing multiple images (or multiple copies of the same image) on one page, correcting colour and brightness ...

  • FileMaker Pro 7 review

    FileMaker seems to be aiming straight at the content creation market with version 7 of this database solution. There is a new field type called a Container that can be used to store digital pictures, movies, music, and other digital media – up to 4GB per field. It’s not only for the creative side of the business though, as the Container field can handle Word documents, full Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, PowerPoint presentation files, OLE objects, and more.

  • Designjet 130 review

    HP’s Designjet 120 was a revelation when we first looked at it back in September last year. A 24-inch inkjet printer that combined the best from HP’s wide-format and photo inkjet divisions, the 120 was inexpensive to buy – though not to run – and was small enough to be considered a desktop printer. Now HP has upgraded it to create the 130 ...

  • Matchmover Pro 3 review

    Designed for high-end post-production work, MatchMover Pro is Realviz’s professional 3D camera-tracking system. It’s a robust and generally well-designed package, and it offers both automatic and full user control of the tracking process. Match-moving is the process by which 3D camera data can be extracted from nothing more than film or video footage ...

  • FinePix F610 Zoom review

    The FinePix F610 is the latest incarnation of Fuji’s line of flat, square compact cameras, which manages to combine a minimalist stainless steel look with excellent performance. When you switch it off, the lens retracts completely and there are no protruding parts, so it’s easy to carry in a pocket without worrying about breaking it.

  • Sigma SD10 review

    Despite its position as one of the lowest-cost digital SLRs on the market, the Sigma SD10 has some of the most innovative technology. Together with its SD9 predecessor, released in 2002 but still available, these are the only reasonably high-resolution users of the Foveon X3 sensor – although Polaroid offers a 2mp version on a consumer camera.

  • Final Cut Express 2.0 review

    Final Cut Pro may be Apple’s main offering for the professional video-editing market, but it would be a mistake to dismiss the cut-down Final Cut Express as a mere toy for consumers and hobbyists. After all, it was Final Cut Express that finally put paid to the Mac version of Premiere, by offering some impressive editing features at a much lower price.

  • HP Workstation xw4100 review

    The xw4100 is HP’s workstation for buyers on a budget. It’s small for a workstation and looks like a high-end games machine. The design doesn’t exude style like Apple’s G5, or power like Dell’s Precision systems, but it’s one of the few workstations you wouldn’t stub your toe on if you tripped over it.

  • CoolPix 8700 review

    Last summer, Sony announced a new eight million-pixel sensor for compact cameras, and we’re now seeing a rash of new models all hitting the market together. Sony was first, naturally, with the excellent semi-pro DSC-F828 that arrived late last year. It was followed by 8mp announcements from Canon, Minolta, Olympus. Nikon joined the queue with the CoolPix 8700 ...

  • FlashTrax review

    To the uninitiated, the FlashTrax is an iPod for still images. At its heart is a hard drive running a basic OS viewable through a 3.5-inch colour LCD screen. Photographers can view, manipulate, and delete their images with a minimum of fuss. Rather than just allowing you to view your pictures on the move, the FlashTrax can take them from your camera’s media card.

  • C5100n review

    The Oki C5100n colour LED printer has all the makings of a shared studio laser printer. It has USB 2.0 and ethernet interfaces, as well as plenty of paper capacity, all for a very reasonable £699. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the Mac platform, it’s slow, and the printer’s output just isn’t good enough to meet the high quality demands of most creative professionals.

  • Phaser 8400N review

    The defining characteristic of Xerox’s Phaser 8400N is its solid-ink technology. This system prints by painting the imaging drum with waxy crayon-like blocks of coloured material, whereas most laser printers work by electrostatically attaching powdered plastic toner.

  • Edius 2.0 review

    When first launched in summer 2003, Edius seemed like a saviour for users of Canopus’s capture and effects hardware. Tied to Adobe’s ailing Premiere 6.5, Edius offered a more professional and efficient editing environment for the discerning editor. However, Edius turned out to be about as well finished as a PoundStretcher tea-set ...

  • RX-E Workstation review

    Armari’s RX-E includes some of the best components currently available for mid-range, Windows-based 3D workstations. It offers two of the latest generation Xeon processors and a healthy amount of fast RAM – and it sees the first appearance of ATI’s latest workstation-class graphics card.

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