Life is busy and sometimes there is that rare moment where we can pause just for a second to appreciate how truly blessed we are. If you’re lucky, you could even possibly capture that moment on camera and then be able to look at it over and over again when you’re having a not so blessed day. I’m a visual person and I forget how much an image/photo can affect my mood. Since I’ve been terribly home sick recently, I have also realized that we don’t have any pictures of our family up in our home and it would probably help me miss them less if I actually could “see” them everyday. Considering how important my photos are too me, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never backed them up. They are all scattered over my laptop, cameras, and various jump drives and I’ve been meaning to save them, but all that clicking and dragging just seems overwhelming right now. Luckily, I came across the Picture Keeper and I’m really excited to introduce you to this easy-to-use product!
Based in Atlanta, GA with offices in Colorado, Simplified I.T. Products, LLC is a pioneer in developing simple, affordable solutions for the mass market. Picture Keeper is the world’s first all-in-one USB device with embedded software to protect pictures and other irreplaceable files.
I received the PK 4 drive, which holds up to 4,000 1MB pictures, for review and what’s really great about this product is that it can be used on a PC or a Mac. I currently have a PC, but the last thing I want to do is save my pictures on a device and then later on down the road, not be able to get them off if I have a Mac. It’s also great that I can easily save a large portion of photos and ship it off to the grandparents without worrying if they’ll be able to retrieve them.
The Picture Keeper stores photos using the same folder names that are on your computer. Although I think that this is awesome, it also meant I had a little bit of prep work to do. As I mentioned above, my pictures were scattered everywhere and it took a bit of work to organize them into a system that would be easy to use not only for backup purposes, but also for future photos. This was important because not only does the Picture Keeper back up your current photos, but it also keeps track of what was stored, so when you backup again, it doesn’t re-add the same photos.
The Picture Keeper is pretty straight forward to use. You simply plug the device in to a USB port. My laptop uses Windows 7, so the first screen I saw was the auto play window.
I clicked on the “open folder to view files” and then on the next screen I selected the “LaunchPictureKeeper”.
The program launched quickly and it was easy to find the “start backup” option I was looking for.
The Picture Keeper then began searching for my digital photos. By default, the device searches specific folders for .jpg and .bmp files, but you can open the options menu and select “advanced options” prior to starting the backup if you want to change the settings. I chose not to change the default settings since I primarily wanted to save the pictures I had stored in my “pictures” folder.
The Picture Keeper started saving my photos that it had located and I must admit that this was my favorite part. As it saved, the photos lingered on the screen for a moment and it was like a visual flashback through the last couple of years. I almost wished this step took a bit longer so I could have soaked up some more cuteness to start my day.
You can also see above that the device found almost 7500 photos, so I knew right away that not all of them were going to fit on the PK 4 drive. I’m just happy that when I get another device, it will know which ones have already been saved. Once it was full, it alerted me that it was finished.
There is also a summary screen at the end to give you the details on how much space is left and how many photos were saved. It ended up saving just over 3000 photos for me, so I obviously had a few images that were over the 1 MB file size that is used to estimate how many digital photos the Picture Keeper can hold.
After the backup is complete, you can close out of the Picture Keeper, which also will eject the drive, or you can view your photos, set up a reminder, or even reset the device if you want to start over.
If you choose to view your digital photos, you will see that the images were copied over just like how they were organized on your computer. You can even delete images that were copied over that perhaps you didn’t want backed up and the next time you use the device, it won’t copy it over even if you leave it on your computer. I personally like that I could group different Picture Keepers by year, so I could just delete any pictures that didn’t fall into the year that I was trying to save.
The Picture Keeper can also be used with photo developing kiosks, most digital photo frames, printers and many HDTV’s. I tested it out with our digital photo frame and sure enough, the pictures displayed like they should.
Some other great perks are:
- one time purchase (no monthly/annual fees)
- no software to install/setup
- no passwords to remember
Overall, I am very pleased with the performance of the Picture Keeper and although it wasn’t fun organizing my pictures, I’m glad it is done and they are now safely backed up. I also love that when I get another Picture Keeper it will pick up where the last one left off, although I think I need to get the PK 8 drive next time.
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I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.