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      24.06.2010 10:43
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      Not worth RRP, but worth keeping an eye out for in the sales...

      OK I admit it: I'm not a technical whizz, so please excuse the fact that this review won't contain tons of jargon. But if you're also a beginner who wants to know the basic whats and how to's, read on...

      Ok; first things first. This product was designed with netbook users in mind (no disc drive for software), but this product is fine for use with a laptop (The family uses both, so I tried them for comparison. There was no difference in how it worked). It just means that users already familiar with various photography software might find the features on the FOTOBOX PLUS a little basic.

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      Set up
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      Simply take the memory card from your camera, insert it into the FOTOBOX's SDHC/SD/MMC slot, then insert the device into your netbook/laptop's USB port....

      Then this is where the only blip happened: The instructions tell you that the programme will just run automatically, however, the first time you use it, it won't...

      I had to go to the netbook's Computer panel. Once I opened that, I saw there was a new F drive listed: FOTOBOX. Click launcher, let it load, then you will be ready to go.

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      Easy mode or advanced mode? I naturally went with easy, and quickly picked up where everything was and how to use the templates to create slideshow's with my photos.

      Now, advanced mode is really where it's at. There's no increase in difficulty, so I'm not really sure why there is a option of 'easy' or 'advanced' to be honest, it has all of the same 'easy mode' options. The main difference between the two levels is the choice to edit photos before making your slideshow; Cropping, amend colour, brightness, red-eye removal, and adding in text. You also get more options on the presentation of your slideshow; You can use your own music and if you have a mike you can record your own narration.

      OK: You're now happy with your finished slideshow; now how best to show it to family and friends? How about uploading it to your mobile, Ipod or PSP? I have family and friends who live abroad, so eyeballing my Ipod over coffee isn't an option. Luckily FOTOBOX has thought of that and allows you to easily upload your finished masterpiece to YouTube and Facebook.

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      My opinion
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      All in all, I'm pleased with the options available here and the ease in which I could use it. It's something which I'll reuse, as opposed to being a 5 minute wonder. The main issue some users may have is the the product's chunky design may block unused USB ports.

      However, I've removed one star for the hiccup I had the first time I used it. The [basic] instructions don't tell you about this and it took me a little while before it occurred to me to check customer reviews online for help.

      I've removed the second star because - despite FOTOBOX being simple and faster - you can find similar software free online, if you search a bit.

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      Friendly warning
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      Depending on the type of memory card you use [e.g. MSD] you may need to buy an adapter to fit into FOTOBOX.

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      System Requirements
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      Operating System : Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
      USB 2.0 Host Controller/Port
      Processor : Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz, Pentium® D, Pentium® M 1.3 GHz, Pentium CoreTM Duo, or AMD® Athlon® 64 processor
      Memory : 512MB of RAM
      Free Hard Disk Space : 10GB for DVD creation
      Other :
      Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or higher
      Windows Media Format SDK 9 or higher
      Windows Media Player 7 or higher
      QuickTime Player for MOV
      CD Writer for VCD, SVCD
      DVD Writer for DVD
      Microphone for narration

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