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Decent if unspectacular dedicated handling of digital camera images.

The secret to successfully managing dozens, hundreds and even thousands of digital camera images is to have a clear workflow and that’s exactly what the latest Paint Shop Pro Album (PSP Album) provides with its new tabbed interface.

The first tab is Organize. Here you download images directly from your camera and then view and manage them as thumbnail previews (now instantly resizable). Unlike Photoshop Album or the new Photoshop Elements 3 ( see ) with its central browser for all your photos, PSP Album primarily takes a traditional tree-based folder approach (now either of your entire hard disk or of specified favourite folders) though you can also find images based on keywords and date using the new Calendar view (nothing like as attractive or intuitive as Elements’). This is also where you can access PSP Album’s new PhotoSafe feature which lets you copy all your images to CD/ DVD or just those images that haven’t yet been archived. You can also now catalogue removable media so that you can browse thumbnails without having to have the disk in the drive.

The next tab is Enhance which is where you fix those photos that need it. Apart from the essential red eye removal there are three main options: a one click QuickFix; a 4-step Adjust Wizard which lets you choose between three different settings for colour, exposure, vividness and sharpness; and the tabbed Adjust dialog which offers greater control over features such as backlighting/flash and brightness and contrast. Unfortunately the dialog previews for the Adjust commands are just too small to make sensible decisions so, if you’re using Paint Shop Pro Studio (see above ), much your best bet is to quickly open the images into that for editing.    

Next up is the Create tab. This has seen a major overhaul and now lets you create six major project types – album pages, greetings cards, books, e-cards, calendars and CD Labels. The standalone Deluxe Edition version of PSP Album includes hundreds of additional templates and royalty-free photos to liven them up (as well as a utility for recovering photos from damaged media cards), which is just as well as otherwise the options are pretty spartan.

Finally there’s the Share tab. Here you can output your photos (multiple prints to a page), view them onscreen and turn them into a screensaver. New options include the ability to burn images to CD with just two-clicks and new templates for web galleries (though again these are hardly state-of-the-art). Most impressive is the ability to create Video CD based slideshows for DVD playback complete with an embedded player for PC-based playback – though again the control is rudimentary.

All in all, PSP Album 5 still lags behind Photoshop Album/Elements when it comes to managing your photos efficiently and professionally, but its on-the-fly folder-based handling demands less commitment from the user, and it provides enough functionality to keep most digital camera owners happy.

Features
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Ease of Use
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Value for Money
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Overall
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ratings out of 6

System Requirements: Pentium III 300MHz, 128/256MB of RAM, 135MB of hard disk space, Windows 98SE, 2000 (SP4), ME or XP, SVGA

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October 2004


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