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Reviews

  • Vegas 5 review

    Vegas is the permanent underdog of the video-editing world. The NLE has a small but fanatical following in the US, but has probably slipped under the radar of most editors – although it’s a tool you’d know about if you always wanted to make music videos. It's available 'straight' or bundled with the DVD Architect 2.0 authoring package (reviewed here) as Vegas+DVD.

  • DVD Architect 2 (from Vegas+DVD 5) review

    Against rivals such as Adobe’s Encore DVD, Apple’s DVD Studio and Ulead’s DVD Workshop, DVD Architect is unusual in that it’s available only as part of Sony’s Vegas+DVD bundle (Vegas 5 is reviewed here). Looking at version 2.0, this makes perfect sense – as while its interface and integration will appeal to Vegas users, its toolset isn’t up to the competition.

  • Photosmart 945 review

    HP’s Photosmart 945 camera is difficult to pigeonhole. Over five megapixels, and an 8x optical zoom lens might put it in the class of advanced cameras like the Minolta Dimage A1 or the Fujifilm FinePix S7000, which cost a lot more. But the overall design of the Photosmart 945 seems aimed at providing point-&-shoot ease.

  • Photosmart 7762 review

    HP’s Photosmart 7762 is a decent printer that delivers when it comes to photo quality. The price isn’t bad, either, and the unit is well equipped to print photos from memory cards or directly from a digital camera. The control panel’s 1.8-inch LCD displays either photos or menu commands, and the flash-memory card slots on the front of the printer read all common memory-card formats. You can connect an ...

  • 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 ...

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