Helicon Photo Safe for Image Management
Everyone's heard the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words". But in today's parlance, it would be more accurate to say that a picture is worth thousands of data points, and it's rare to find an image management system that offers you the power and flexibility to keep track of thousands of digital photos, as well as location data, privacy controls, and easy file manipulation and organization. But such a solution exists today, and it's called Helicon Photo Safe!
Pro and Free versions
Helicon Photo Safe is released as Free and Pro versions.
Pro version contains all the newest features (see full list here) and offers priority support. Current Pro version includes quick search bar, multi-threaded image scanning engine and connectivity to wider range of social networks. You are welcome to evaluate fully functional Pro version for 30 trial days. Afterwards the program will switch to Free mode.
Free version is completely free: no ads, no limitations. Free version has almost the same functionality as Pro version but new features are added a few months later. Try out Free version and upgrade to Pro if you like the program and want to support its development.
Easy and Intuitive Privacy Settings
It seems that every day brings a new threat to privacy based on one-sided changes to social network default settings. But just because you think a photo is cool doesn't mean you want to share it with just ANYONE on the Internet. Yet, you don't want your friends and family to have to jump through hoops just to view your pictures. Helicon Photo Safe features an innovative and simple way to safeguard your private photos with Helicon "Safes"! Here's how easy it is:
- Simply place your private photos into a "safe" to transform them into encrypted password-protected files
- Three different algorithms provide increasingly stronger levels of protection - against everyday users, advanced users, or security experts - just select and protect.
- Easily recover passwords using an email address specified during the encryption process
No other photo management software offers you this level of detailed control over your privacy!
Full Integration with Social Networking Services
Times have changed. Instead of keeping your photos to yourself, you can now create communities of colleagues, friends, and family members who can view and comment on your best shots on popular sites like Facebook, Picasa, and Flickr. But instead of going through the motions of uploading your files to each service, Helicon Photo Safe makes the task easy with the Web Gate. In just a few clicks, your photos get converted, resized perfectly, and posted - and the conversation begins! And easier posting means more frequent posting of photos, empowering you to make the most out of your collection.
Fun Location Geotagging, Full Screen Viewer, and Slideshow
Most digital cameras and smartphones now include location data as part of every photo that you take, but that data is usually in the form of GPS coordinates that aren't very useful to the everyday consumer. Helicon Photo Safe takes geotagging to the next level with its unique Panoramio layer, which shows you a visual display of every photo's exact location in Google Maps! Imagine reliving your vacation by hopping through your photos on an animated globe. Or, just enjoy your photos in full-screen glory, or as part of an entertaining slideshow that you can create in just a few clicks.
Easy File and Folder Management
If you like to organize your collection of digital photos into folders and subfolders, Helicon Photo Safe makes managing and curating your pictures easier and more efficient than ever before. Using a familiar two-panel interface, you can quickly drag images from one folder to another - no more tedious drill-downs or overlapping windows! You can even view all images within a selected hierarchy - just pick a folder and all images in that folder, including subfolders, are displayed for your viewing pleasure. Best of all, you can burn photos right to optical media without leaving the application, thanks to the integrated CD/DVD burner.
Quick Identification of Duplicate Photos
Duplicate photos are the bane of every photographer - they eat up valuable hard drive space, but it's a pain to have to scroll through your collection to find them. Helicon Photo Safe takes the tedium out of finding duplicates, by showing you how many copies of an image you have, superimposed on top of the thumbnail! From there, it's easy to decide whether to delete your duplicates or take any other action.
Astounding Performance for Large Libraries
Have you ever used a photo management program that grew bloated and heavy as your collection of digital photos (and file sizes) grew? With Helicon Photo Safe, you can browse hundreds of thousands of images without any performance hiccups. It's an application that can easily scale to accommodate your expanding library of media.
Powerful, Flexible Search and Sort Functionality
Besides crumbling in the face of huge photo libraries, other photo management applications also fail at making it easy for you to find specific photos. As anyone can attest, if finding photos becomes a tedious chore, you eventually stop using your photo management software and your best shots languish in obscurity! Helicon Photo Filter solves this issue by giving you an extremely flexible search function, empowering you to zero in on photos by entering a variety of criteria. Additionally, you can pull up a series of photos based on calendar date range, a wonderful feature for finding vacation photos, seasonal pictures, and the like! Plus, you can incorporate your own image ratings for each photo, giving you yet another criteria for grouping, sorting, and filtering your shots.
Full Support for a Full Spectrum of Image Formats
Sure, it seems that the entire world is using JPEG or GIF formats, but just to be sure, Helicon Photo Safe offers full support for a wide variety of files, including Adobe Photoshop PSD files and RAW formats unique to specific camera brands! Check out the entire list:
- Bitmaps (bmp)
- JPEG (jpg; jpeg)
- JPEG 2000 (jp2)
- TIFF (tiff; tif)
- Graphics Interchange Format (gif)
- Adobe Photoshop (psd)
- Digital NeGative (dng)
- Foveon X3F (x3f)
- FujiFilm RAF (raf)
- Canon Raw (crw; cr2)
- Kodak PDC formats
- Leica Digilux 2 RAW
- Minolta Raw (mrw)
- Nikon NEF (nef)
- Olympus Raw (orf)
- Pentax *ist D PEF (pef)
- Sony Raw (srf)
- Sony PMP (pmp)