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Review: JoeSoft Klix – Photo Recovery Software

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We’ve all been there: flicking through a portfolio of pictures and accidentally deleting one of our favourites. The despair and anguish of accidentally deleting treasured images from a camera or memory card is only made worse by the annoyance of knowing you can’t turn back time and undo the delete. That was until JoeSoft introduced its latest photo product named Klix, which is an easy to use image-retrieval program. The catchy named application has two straightforward roles: to retrieve deleted images and to restore corrupted ones. The set up was very simple and installation took no longer than 15 minutes. The Mona Lisa icon appears on the dock and the program is ready to go when you are. Impressively, the app trawled through empty memory cards and traced hundreds of previously disposed images and movies – proving that it performs true to its word. Klix is incredibly simple to open and its interface is as straightforward and as uncomplicated as you’d expect from a product that only offers a handful of feautures. To save the reborn files individually, all you need to do is select and drag the ones that are wanted onto the desktop. This is a great credit to the product as many users may find uploading all of the retrieved files time consuming and largely unnecessary – after all, most will have been deleted for very good reasons!

One of the greatest assets of Klix is a feature called Secure-Delete. This tool is designed to permanently erase files, which is important if you have files you want to make sure never resurface again. Klix is certainly a great boon if you enjoy taking photographs, especially if you have ever accidentally lost images or movies. However, you should be aware that the software cannot retrieve pictures from xD media cards after a format operation, which may disappoint a number of Olympus and Fujifilm camera owners. On the upside, the app is compatible with the market’s most popular stalwarts, including: Nikon, Kodak, Casio, Canon and Sony. There can be no denying that Klix is a useful application, and although it may not be the most exciting of products, it’s definitely one of those programs that Mac users will be thankful to have stored in their arsenal of software for when mistakes undoubtedly happen.

Pros: Retrieving accidentally deleted images speaks for itself. It really is a lifesaver

Cons: Klix cannot recover files after a format operation in Olympus and Fuji cameras using xD

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This review was originally printed in issue 64 of iCreate magazine.
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