An upcoming release of Image Rescue, Lexar Media's photo recovery and Lexar card maintenance application, adds the ability to recover photos from any brand of card, not just Lexar's, and through any mass storage compliant card reader, including FireWire and USB 2.0 models from various reader makers.
Version 2.0 of Image Rescue will recognize and recover JPEG, standard TIFF and most RAW formats, plus other document types including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It will support FAT16 and FAT32-formatted media and, like the current version of Image Rescue, is able to overwrite all data on the card through its Secure Erase function.
Version 2.0 will also make it possible for the end user to update a compatible Lexar card's internal firmware, though only when the card is inserted in a Lexar USB Jumpshot reader. It will also incorporate a function to send an email to Lexar tech support from within the program; the email will automatically include technical data on the card itself as well as a description of the problem entered by the user.
Image Rescue 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.2 (and later), Windows 2000 and Windows XP is expected to ship in November 2003 for about US$40, and will be a free upgrade for existing Image Rescue v1.x owners. The new version will also be bundled with Lexar Pro Series CompactFlash cards at no extra charge, as the existing version is now.