Fotoware is now shipping FotoStation Classic 5.1.
The full-featured photo browser for Windows and Mac (which the company says has been rewritten from the ground up for Mac OS X) enables the importing, viewing, captioning, sorting, searching and sending - including via email or FTP - of digital camera photographs (as well as other file formats supported by QuickTime).
The program also utilizes its own user-configurable macros called Actions (not to be confused with Photoshop Actions), and has the ability to display photos in the colour space of their embedded ICC profile, as well as embed ICC profiles into photos.
FotoStation Classic is meant to be a somewhat less expensive sibling to Fotostation Pro (which runs on Windows only right now); the Classic version lacks the built-in image editor of Pro but is otherwise identical.
Pricing information from Fotoware pegs the cost of FotoStation Classic 5.1 for either platform at US$547; upgrading from FotoStation Classic 5.1 to FotoStation Pro 5.1 (to add image editing capabilities) is US$125. Registered users of FotoStation 4.5 ED can upgrade to FotoStation 5.1 for US$273. The only way to purchase FotoStation Classic currently is through one of Fotoware's resellers. The company plans to offer it for sale direct from Fotoware's online shop starting in January 2005, at prices similar to its resellers.
FotoStation Classic 5.1 Build 26 for Mac OS X 10.3 or later, as well as FotoStation Classic 5.1 Build 46 for Windows 2000/XP, are available in both 30 day trial versions and updaters (product key required) for previous versions of FotoStation Classic. Free registration is required to access the downloads. If you downloaded Build 25 for Mac OS X and found, as we did, that the program operated like it was stuck in molasses, you might try Build 26, which appears to have eliminated the slow loading and spinning cursor problems here.
Update, December 3, 2004: FotoStation Classic 5.1 for Mac OS X has been revved again this week, to Build 27.
Other photo browsers geared at working professionals include Camera Bits Photo Mechanic (our longtime favourite) and eRoket FotoTrafiX.