Do you remember film cameras? Do you remember being discriminatory in what you photographed? Yeah, me neither.
Even since buying my first digital camera, my picture taking has, well, what’s more than quadrupled? It’s Christmas, take photos. Birthdays, take photos. New shoes, take photos. The cat looks cute, take photos. You get the idea.
What’s worse than the fact I have thousands of photos, is that they are spread across three laptops. And *gasp* my back up system is virtually non-existent.
After that was done, I plugged Picture Keeper in. This screen popped up and I hit Ok. Laptop #1 is a PC with Windows XP.
On the next screen, I clicked “Start Backup.” From this screen, you can also sign up for a monthly email that will remind you to backup, view the photos on your Picture Keeper, and set up more advanced options (more on that later).
Picture Keeper said it was searching for photos, and then quickly started backing up. On my first laptop, it found 1,030 photos.
It took about seven minutes for Picture Keeper to download all those photos. When it was done, the screen below came up, telling me I still had 88% of my space remaining. That was good news since I still had many more photos to back up.
Once the backup was complete, I took a stroll through the photos now stored on the Picture Keeper. There were still some images I didn’t want backed up, and a few duplicates I missed, so I deleted those directly off the Picture Keeper. I was very excited to see that it had sorted the photos in the exact same way I sorted them on my PC.
I again scrolled through the images on the Picture Keeper, just to double check it got them all and to see how it would organize images from two computers. It separated the images from each computer into separate files, using the name of the computer as the file name.
Download times are the longest the first time you use Picture Keeper. After the initial download, each time you plug it in, it will only download new images or images that have changed since the last download.
I really like this feature. No longer will I back up files twice, for fear I forgot them the first time around. Picture Keeper will take care of that for me.
And, if you actually want to print some of those photos, the Picture Keeper will work in photo kiosks at your favorite developer. There’s even a lanyard, if you want to wear your Picture Keeper. You can also plug it into digital photo frames, and actually look at some of those photos.
Overall, I found this much simpler to use than backing up with CDs, which means I will be more likely to stay on top of those massive amounts of photos. I liked that it found the photos itself, stored them the same way I do on my laptops and could be used on more than one computer.
I feel so much better that I have my photos backed up, especially the ones from that clunker.
- Simple to use, no software to download.
- Can be used at store kiosks and in digital photo frames.
- Downloads photos and organizes them the same way you do on your computer.
- In the options menu, you can add file types and directories.
- Help is available online and through a toll-free number.
- Free email reminders to back up once a month.
- You have to clean up your computer first, deleting duplicates and images you don’t want (but you probably should be doing this anyway).
- There’s no where to write down what images, years, events, etc. are stored on the Picture Keeper. But as a crafter, I’m sure I can find a way to take care of this.
The 4 GB Picture Keeper retails for $29.99; the 8 GB for $59.99 and the 16 GB for $99.99.
10% off the price of any Picture Keeper AND FREE SHIPPING for the Craft Critique readers; enter coupon code PKBFF during checkout!
Picture Keeper is giving away a FREE 16 GB Picture Keeper to one of our readers! Leave a comment on any Vendor Spotlight: Picture Keeper post (there will be 2), and tell us how many photos you have lurking on your computer that need backing up! One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be drawn on Sunday June 6, 2010 at noon CST.