Photo Nose Professional by Acute Tools [REVIEW]

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PhotoNoseLogo200.gifToday Sime reviews PhotoNose – a photo recovery software.

Download… Run… Next, Next, Next, Next… Install… Finish

You’re done, that’s all it takes to install Photo Nose Pro by Acute tools. I was sent this little (1.78mb) piece of photo recovery software by the guys at Acute Tools to try out, and what a great little piece of software it is. I use recovery software on a weekly basis in my “day job” mainly for recovering failed drives and that sort of thing. I’ve used about five different suites of recovery software in the course of my IT life and have not had much trouble with any of them as was the case with Photonose Pro… The install process took a whole forty seconds, then, with a double click I was well on my way to recovery.

I shot a 4gb card of photos last night in cr2 format (That’s Canons RAW file format) and, as ever was quite keen to get the photos onto my laptop for developing in Adobe Lightroom. I popped the little door open and slipped the card out and, to my dismay, noticed as the card was popping out that the file write was probably still part way through. Now, I know that the camera powers down when you open the little door, but, I managed to get it to power down mid way through a file write and corrupted the card! Brilliant… Well, not all bad, the shoot was just part of my threesixtyfive so it wasn’t crucial, but, it was an ideal time to put Photonose through its paces!

I plugged the generic Belkin card reader into my Windows XP computer and went about installing the software as described above… click click click and you’re done.

Running the software is a simple double click and you’re confronted with a window that welcomes you and tells you to make sure your camera or digital media is connected to the computer. A click of the next button and the software scans for devices and returns a list of possible devices from your computer, in my case this is a list of fifteen different drives. I selected the “EOS_DIGITAL” in drive H: and left the “Select file types” drop down menu set to “All supported media types” which is the default setting, and click next without changing any of the advanced settings, the advanced settings only give you an option not to perform a quick scan or not. Leaving the settings on default doesn’t seem to take any more time than specifically setting the software to search only for the type of files that you’re looking for, which in my case would have been .cr2. You have a choice of all the various raw formats as displayed down below, as well as various audio and video formats. Moving on, with the scan completed (My 4gb SanDisk Extreme 3 cf card took about 10 minutes to scan) Photonose reports that it has found five hundred and forty five files…

photo-nose-1.jpgOK! We’re in business, so to speak…

After the scan, it’s very simple to recover the found files; you select the drive location that you’d like to restore them to and in about ten minutes (in my case with a 4 GB SanDisk Extreme 3) you have a folder of files ready to use. I imported all the files into Adobe Lightroom to confirm that they were all intact … 100% success!

With a very easy to use interface and such quick install times and relatively small file size, I’d say that Photonose should be part of your Digital Photo processing suite, you never know when you’ll need it!

The Pro version of the software will set you back $49.95 with the regular version costing just $29.95 with a link HERE showing the difference between the two products.

Verdict?

Install 9/10 … A very easy install makes it easy for anyone scared of computers to use.

Ease of use 10/10 … A few very obvious clicks and you have your photos back!

Functionality 8/10 … Recovery of all the major file formats from most types of media.

Here’s your list of the various file formats and devices from which Photonose will recover.

photo-nose.jpg

Here’s a direct link to the manufacturers website where you can download a trial of the software

Try it out, worked very well for me…

Sime

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Larousse

    Have you tried Zero Assumption Recovery? It is very very good, and free.

  • Hi Guys, sorry – please note that the link for the trial download (just above) is NOT the manufacturer, it’s file kicker… you should go to http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/ for the direct manufacturer download!

    You can also join the Acute Tools group on facebook if you like – I did…yay!

    great little piece of software.

    Sime

  • Larousse, Hi… um, ZA don’t actually make the stand alone digital camera recovery software anymore. They still package it as part of ZAR which is $49.95USD…

    Sime

  • LadyExpat

    I have downloaded this file from three different sites, including the link here, and my anti-virus tells me there is a trojan horse attached to the file????????

  • You are downloading an executable (.exe file) maybe that’s why your virus software sees it as a trojan?..

    If you download directly from http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/ that link, or the one in the link in the review, you will not have any problems.

    Regards,
    sime

  • I’ll keep this software in mind the next time I need to recover files. Thanks for the review!

    Pete
    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • Kristopher

    I am getting the same trojan warnings using AVG Anti-virus, downloading the install directly from http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/

    Be warned.

  • Be warned is all well and good, but, be warned of what? I have downloaded it on both mac and pc with no warnings, I’ve scanned it with both mac and pc av software… (Please tell me you’re not using Norton) with no “warnings” … I will pass your concerns on to the manufacturer, but I have no reason to believe there is any malware buried in this piece of software.

    Sime

  • LORI

    tells me theres a trojan virus

  • Hi everyone and hi Sime! The problem is with AVG and it has to do with our software licensing system. We license using Armadillo by Silicon Realms. This issue is known by AVG and effects all software using this licensing system. It has also been reported to AVG so they can address the issue in their future virus definition updates and AVG is aware that their software sometimes reports false alarms (they address this in their FAQs here http://www.grisoft.com/ww.faq.num-1203). We will post this info on our website as well. – Acute Tools

  • leigh

    need to come up with somethin beter than this just the feed back put me off take more time dont be in such a hury i never had those problems when ya get somethin that dosnt have trojon stuck to it let me now see ya

  • richard

    hi people from actue.

    the problem as im sure ur aware is with photonose.exe which as u say AVG picks up as a “trojan horse irc/backdoor.sdbot3.cat”

  • Hi everyone again.

    Just to clarify….there is no trojan horse within Photo Nose. This is a false alarm reported by AVG.

    There have historically been issues like this with AVG and they’re working on it we’re sure.

    Photo Nose is safe.

    It has been scanned successfully with these anti-virus programs:

    Avast!
    Symantec
    Trend Micro

  • And Panda AV and Mcafee

    Thanks for the reassurance Acute Tools.

    Sime

  • Greatwaves

    I used the trialversion and saw that it had appeared to recover all photo and video from my xd picture card. I paid for the pro version to get the avi files as well. When I tried to open the files in finepix and in windows viewer and then some other photo viewing software, the files show as invalid format (extensions are .jpg and .avi)

    I lost the files when I used a card reader and got a message that the disc needed to be formatted to be used.

    I’m hoping to hear back from Acute Tools for help..

  • Acute Tools

    Looking into it…

  • Acute Tools

    We have received and responded to the support request for this issue Greatwaves.

  • @Acute Tools – Guys, thanks for following this up!

    Sime

  • please i already paid and i waiting for my license for the program ,i dont know for how long i have to wait?

  • Very good photo recovery software. Use it and recover your photos.

  • It takes only few seconds to install Photo Nose Pro by Acute. And the Recovery process is very easy in comparison to another Recovery software.

Some Older Comments

  • Digital Image Recovery October 13, 2010 07:36 pm

    It takes only few seconds to install Photo Nose Pro by Acute. And the Recovery process is very easy in comparison to another Recovery software.

  • digital image recovery September 30, 2010 09:53 pm

    Very good photo recovery software. Use it and recover your photos.

  • Lily January 12, 2010 10:37 am

    please i already paid and i waiting for my license for the program ,i dont know for how long i have to wait?

  • Sime October 14, 2008 12:04 am

    @Acute Tools - Guys, thanks for following this up!

    Sime

  • Acute Tools October 14, 2008 12:02 am

    We have received and responded to the support request for this issue Greatwaves.

  • Acute Tools October 13, 2008 02:08 am

    Looking into it...

  • Greatwaves October 12, 2008 01:48 am

    I used the trialversion and saw that it had appeared to recover all photo and video from my xd picture card. I paid for the pro version to get the avi files as well. When I tried to open the files in finepix and in windows viewer and then some other photo viewing software, the files show as invalid format (extensions are .jpg and .avi)

    I lost the files when I used a card reader and got a message that the disc needed to be formatted to be used.

    I'm hoping to hear back from Acute Tools for help..

  • Sime September 18, 2008 12:44 am

    And Panda AV and Mcafee

    Thanks for the reassurance Acute Tools.

    Sime

  • Acute Tools September 18, 2008 12:42 am

    Hi everyone again.

    Just to clarify....there is no trojan horse within Photo Nose. This is a false alarm reported by AVG.

    There have historically been issues like this with AVG and they're working on it we're sure.

    Photo Nose is safe.

    It has been scanned successfully with these anti-virus programs:

    Avast!
    Symantec
    Trend Micro

  • richard September 17, 2008 04:00 pm

    hi people from actue.

    the problem as im sure ur aware is with photonose.exe which as u say AVG picks up as a "trojan horse irc/backdoor.sdbot3.cat"

  • leigh September 17, 2008 01:39 pm

    need to come up with somethin beter than this just the feed back put me off take more time dont be in such a hury i never had those problems when ya get somethin that dosnt have trojon stuck to it let me now see ya

  • Acute Tools September 17, 2008 10:45 am

    Hi everyone and hi Sime! The problem is with AVG and it has to do with our software licensing system. We license using Armadillo by Silicon Realms. This issue is known by AVG and effects all software using this licensing system. It has also been reported to AVG so they can address the issue in their future virus definition updates and AVG is aware that their software sometimes reports false alarms (they address this in their FAQs here http://www.grisoft.com/ww.faq.num-1203). We will post this info on our website as well. - Acute Tools

  • LORI September 17, 2008 09:31 am

    tells me theres a trojan virus

  • Sime September 17, 2008 09:13 am

    Be warned is all well and good, but, be warned of what? I have downloaded it on both mac and pc with no warnings, I've scanned it with both mac and pc av software... (Please tell me you're not using Norton) with no "warnings" ... I will pass your concerns on to the manufacturer, but I have no reason to believe there is any malware buried in this piece of software.

    Sime

  • Kristopher September 17, 2008 08:36 am

    I am getting the same trojan warnings using AVG Anti-virus, downloading the install directly from http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/

    Be warned.

  • Pete Langlois September 16, 2008 10:44 pm

    I'll keep this software in mind the next time I need to recover files. Thanks for the review!

    Pete
    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • Sime September 16, 2008 07:43 pm

    You are downloading an executable (.exe file) maybe that's why your virus software sees it as a trojan?..

    If you download directly from http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/ that link, or the one in the link in the review, you will not have any problems.

    Regards,
    sime

  • LadyExpat September 16, 2008 08:45 am

    I have downloaded this file from three different sites, including the link here, and my anti-virus tells me there is a trojan horse attached to the file????????

  • Sime September 16, 2008 07:05 am

    Larousse, Hi... um, ZA don't actually make the stand alone digital camera recovery software anymore. They still package it as part of ZAR which is $49.95USD...

    Sime

  • Sime September 16, 2008 01:00 am

    Hi Guys, sorry - please note that the link for the trial download (just above) is NOT the manufacturer, it's file kicker... you should go to http://www.acutetools.com/photonose/ for the direct manufacturer download!

    You can also join the Acute Tools group on facebook if you like - I did...yay!

    great little piece of software.

    Sime

  • Larousse September 16, 2008 12:42 am

    Have you tried Zero Assumption Recovery? It is very very good, and free.

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