today has taken the wraps off Image Rescue 3 for Mac and Windows, a revamp of the company's photo recovery and memory card maintenance application. The new release can burn to CD or DVD the contents of a recovery, has a simplified step-by-step interface, features a check-for-updates function and live support link within the program and fixes bugs. The Mac release is a Universal Binary for native operation on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs, while the Windows release introduces compatibility with Vista.
We've long considered Image Rescue an essential part of a working photographer's toolbox, because in addition to its ability to recover JPEG, TIFF and various RAW formats it can also test a card to help determine whether it's healthy enough to remain in service, and secure erase a card to get rid of improper formatting or a corrupt file system. Image Rescue's makeover in version 3 means an important piece of software has gotten easier to use.
For recovering photos from a wide variety of calamities, we've had the very best success over the years with Data Rescue's PhotoRescue
, but we also think that having more than one card recovery option on hand when - or better yet, before - disaster strikes is equally important. If you want to build a powerful card management toolkit, get both Image Rescue 3 and PhotoRescue (version 3 of which is slated for release any day now).
Image Rescue 3 system requirements are Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later, and Windows 2000/XP and later (as noted, the software will run on Vista). Unlike a much earlier version, Image Rescue 3 will work with any brand of card and reader, it's not restricted to Lexar products. Lexar hasn't announced a precise release date, but it's expected to be available by the time they begin to ship their recently-announced Professional 300X CompactFlash
and Professional 4GB 133X SDHC
A license for the application will be included with these card lines (the software itself must be downloaded from Lexar's website), as well as all others in Lexar's Professional and Platinum II CompactFlash and SD/SDHC series. Lexar will also release a free updater for earlier versions of the application. In addition, the software will also be sold separately at pro photo retailers at a manufacturer's suggested list price of US$29.95 in the U.S., and will be available for purchase and download directly from Lexar too.
Here's a glimpse at Image Rescue 3's new look. These screenshots are from the Mac version; the Windows version is very similar but not identical in appearance.