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I like that I don't need software to use it.
I'm not so great at organizing photos. It's embarrassing to admit but I haven't backed up or done anything with my photo library on my computer since before Jasper was born. He turns two tomorrow and I have 3000+ photos slowing down my hard drive. Yes, I am a bad techno mommy. Anyway, being lazy as sin led me to discover something new and totally awesome! The Picture Keeper looks like an ordinary USB flash drive stick but it is pre-loaded with software that will automatically detect photos on your computer and copy them for safekeeping. How cool is that?
Unlike so many nifty gadgets I read about, this one is actually compatible with all Windows XP and Vista systems AND, more importantly to me, Mac. Too often we Mac users get shafted on solid, inexpensive technology like this but the Picture Keeper even provides a screen-by-screen tutorial on setting up automatic backup from iPhoto files that was much, much less complicated than I expected. I think it took me two minutes, maximum. And then the Picture Keeper promptly located 5600 photos on my hard drive. Eeek! I already need to upgrade from the 8 GB model I received to try out…
The Picture Keeper is available in several versions, depending on your archiving needs: 4 GB (saves up to 4000 pictures), 8 GB (saves up to 8000 pictures), or 16 GB (saves up to 16,000 pictures). The company also recently introduced the 160 GB PK Pro external hard drive which connects via a USB cable and stores a whopping 160,000 photos! Additionally, you can choose to build your own Picture Keeper by purchasing their proprietary software and using it to format your own drive.
What I find especially useful about the Picture Keeper– aside from its obvious use as a safety net in backing up your important memories– is that it is truly cross-platform and can share information between PC and Mac computers easily, which would be great for sending a zillion trillion grandkid pictures to my Apple-deprived in-laws in West Virginia or my dad in Hawaii. You can also plug the Picture Keeper into any USB-ready digital picture frame for immediate viewing. It really doesn't get any easier, as far as I know. As a matter of fact, it was recently named one of Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products for Summer 2009 and I would heartily agree.
To enter and win your 4 or 8 GB Picture Keeper, please comment on this post with your favorite thing about the Picture Keeper– is it the ease of use or the low cost or the easy-to-carry-anywhere size that appeals to you most?
Entries will be accepted through August 5th and I'll pick the winner using Random.org. US readers are eligible. Only one entry/comment per person, please.
For an additional entry, post my button on your blog (see code on sidebar), follow my blog, follow me on Twitter, fave me on Technorati or subscribe via email or subscribe via reader. You can also post the picture you'd most want to back up with the Picture Keeper on your blog and link back to this contest! Leave an extra comment letting me know what you did for each additional entry.
Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win!
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