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Digital_Foci_Picture_Porter_35_frntDigital Foci has created a new firmware update for its Picture Porter 35 portable photo manager. The 250-500GB drive can be updated to software version 1.2.1 to add a number of new features, including the use of external USB storage devices and further DSLR support for RAW, EXIF, IPTC and histograms.

The update, which can be downloaded with full instructions from the Digital Foci website, also offers incremental backup for easier file removal and full screen preview and selection for convenient viewing.

The main new firmware features in full:
Incremental Backup Convenience
“The incremental backup feature allows you to save new photos to an existing folder in the Backup Directory. This makes backing up photos even more convenient and improves the photo management features for professional photographers and vacationers alike.”
 
USB Mode Selection for USB-Host Function – Connecting to External Hard Drives
“The USB-Host function expands support for external hard drives connected to Picture Porter 35. This provides a convenient and inexpensive method for making a secondary backup of critical photos. In a simple two-step process, you can easily back up the photos on your memory card to Picture Porter 35 and then connect an external hard drive to Picture Porter 35 to make a second backup. In addition to connecting USB hard drives and flash drives, you can also connect two Picture Porter 35 devices together to transfer files and share playlists between them.”

Full Screen Preview and Selection – Easily View & Organize Photos on the Road
“Preview your photos on a full screen, for a total of 4 different screen layout styles: Full Screen, 3×2 Thumbnail View, 5×4 Thumbnail View, and List View. As you are reviewing your photos, you can take advantage of different file management tools, including Copy, Delete, Export, Rename, Sort by Name or Date, Create New Folders and Add to Playlist. This is a quick and convenient method for photo management and rough editing while waiting at the airport or in the plane on your way back from a trip or photo shoot. When you get back to your computer at home, you’ll have your photos organized and ready to get started on your post processing.”

New DSLR RAW Support with EXIF & Histogram for Pro Photographers
“Picture Porter 35 supports RAW images with zoom capability and EXIF/histogram viewing to let you examine photos in greater detail. Firmware version 1.2.1 adds to the long list of RAW formats already supported by adding the following DSLR models: Canon 1D Mark4, G11, and 7D; Nikon D5000 and D3000; Sony A300, A330, and A550. As newer models are introduced into the market, Digital Foci will add new RAW support with future firmware releases. Picture Porter 35 already supports IPTC metadata display, so you can view information, such as headline, copyright owner, and comments that are embedded in the photos.”

The Picture Porter 35 offers:
* A 3.5-inch colour LCD screen
* Storage and viewing of digital photos, music and video
* Built-in hard drive with either 250GB or 500GB capacity
* Copy speeds of 1GB of data under 90 seconds
* A multi-format memory card reader for CF, MMC, SD/HC Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and xD-Picture card
* Digital audio recorder with built-in mic
* Output to TV or projector
* Removable Li-Ion battery rechargeable via USB or AC
* Weight: 14oz
* Dimensions (L x W x D): 5.4-inch x 3.8-inch x 1.2-inch.

The 250GB model costs $399 (around £260), while the 500GB version sells for $499 (around £325).

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