Dec 1, 2004

FotoStation Classic 5.1 now shipping for Windows and Mac

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 | by Rob Galbraith
Fotoware is now shipping FotoStation Classic 5.1.

The full-featured photo browser for Windows and Mac (which the company says has been rewritten from the ground up for Mac OS X) enables the importing, viewing, captioning, sorting, searching and sending - including via email or FTP - of digital camera photographs (as well as other file formats supported by QuickTime).

The program also utilizes its own user-configurable macros called Actions (not to be confused with Photoshop Actions), and has the ability to display photos in the colour space of their embedded ICC profile, as well as embed ICC profiles into photos.

FotoStation Classic is meant to be a less expensive sibling of the US$550 Fotostation Pro (which runs on Windows only); the Classic version lacks the built-in image editor of Pro but is otherwise identical. Information about the precise cost of FotoStation Classic, and whether there is an upgrade path from FotoStation 4.5, is not to be found on the Fotoware web site (and a wider Web search revealed only what appears to be incorrect information). We've requested pricing details from the company and will update this story when we know more.

FotoStation Classic 5.1 Build 26 for Mac OS X 10.3 or later, as well as FotoStation Classic 5.1 Build 46 for Windows 2000/XP, are available in both 30 day trial versions and updaters (product key required) for previous versions of FotoStation Classic. Free registration is required to access the downloads. If you downloaded Build 25 for Mac OS X and found, as we did, that the program operated like it was stuck in molasses, you might try Build 26, which appears to have eliminated the slow loading and spinning cursor problems here.

Other photo browsers geared at working professionals include Camera Bits Photo Mechanic (which remains our personal favourite) and eRoket FotoTrafiX.