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PhotoRescue is a tool that can attempt to recover lost or erased files from digital media. Many file formats are supported, but the focus is on digital photography file formats like JPEG, TIFF, NEF, Compressed NEF and CRW file. It works with SmartMedia, CompactFlash, Memory Sticks, SD, MMC, XD Cards and Microdrives and also most other external storage devices.

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Toni-K Member IconReview+9

I could save many photos from my old card.

very good app.

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Peleve Member IconReview+5

I have used the app successfully about a year ago. But, I have to question the amount of work that goes into it. Your versioning numbering system: seems a little strange, over the top I would say. I look at it this way: to go from 3.3 to 3.4 you would probably add 10 features. From 3.3.5 to 3.3.6 to 3.3.7 etc. you probably fix 10 to 20 errors in each. Then you have under 3.3.5 over 13399 changes, implying that you keep track of each? That computes to millions of changes to keep track of!! I highly doubt that!

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2composers Member IconReview+9

In urgent need (who isn't when photos get lost) for a friend who needed vacation photos resurrected, I bought the Mac version from Kagi; it was stated that the serial number would follow "in a few minutes" and of course, it did not! I sent an email to the developer, and called +32-4-3446510 (as indicated on their 2007 Webpage) where I left a message in French saying I needed the serial number asap. It frustrates me quite a bit not being able to save the photos, and not to obtain a response. Nothing in my junk and trash folders, either...

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Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

Still not 64-bit capable -- EVERY app should be made 64-bit, then folks simply Get Info, and launch as 32-bit, if they prefer.

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Well, if you say so, so be it. Amen.


OMG!! Does Adobe know this? Holy crap, they better fix Illustrator in the CS5 suite....it's 32-bit!! They should be flogged.

Twisted Member IconComment+72

I bought PhotoRescue via RegSoft four days ago because it seemed to be able to recover the files in my corrupted SD card. Yay! ... BUT as today I'm still waiting for my serial number. RegSoft did not answered to my e-mail asking for information.

Maybe because accidentally I've opened the card through the Finder, now the demo version cannot recover the pictures anymore! I've lost a lot of time and my hope to recover my pictures just because this crappy buying method. The next time I will search for the pirated version!

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hi twisted, i just bought the registration key and i hasn't arrived yet :(.... how about you? did you finally get yours? cheers, librador


I purchased it again in April 2010 and then I got soon the key. To my request assistance in 2009, the RegSoft support answered five days after, saying that the payment was marked as "fraudolent" (??), but meanwhile my picture were gone :(
So I canceled my order. The support from the developer was faster. My experience with RegSoft is always bad.

misha Member IconReview+1789

Like others, I have only a success story to share about this app. It got back about 98% of the photos from an SD card that I accidentally deleted. This was version 2, mind you, but the only issue I had was that the date created and files names were quite garbled... which meant there was a bit of legwork needed to put the photos in correct chronological order again.

My only complaint is that the upgrade from version 2 to version 3 is $19. I already paid $29 for the app... upgrades to tools like this should always be

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I accidently deleted some recent photos from a family gathering, and i wanted to know if u would mind me using ur registration key. i know its a lot to ask but i would really appreciate it! There are pics in there that my family wants to use for an obituary of a loved one.


Sorry but no can do... the software is reasonably priced for the memories it will retrieve, I'm sure you'll agree.


Take your software-stealing arse to bittorrent where it belongs. I can't believe you're trying to pirate software on MacUpdate!

m4rtin Member IconReview+5

When I needed to recover RAW image files from a Compact Flash card that my Nikon D70S showed in the camera but were not visible through the card reader I tried a few apps. PhotoRescue is the only one that worked and it was fast and simple to use.
Exif Untrasher could not find the images. FAIL.
CardRaider took several hours of preparation then crashed. FAIL.
FileSalvage couldn't find anything. FAIL.

PhotoRescue allows you to see if it can locate the missing files in demo mode before paying for the app. Once the items are located you sign up and when the registration code arrives you can then save the recovered files.
US$30 is a fair price for something that works so well and does what the other apps mentioned above could not.

I don't normally write reviews for apps but as finding this one was such a task I figured this might help others in the same situation.

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Colette Member IconReview+493

Works very nice.

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MiniMarc Member IconReview+254

very helpful

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Tomdoherty Member IconReview+51

Weird ...I actually have this particular version 3.1.6 (Build 1178) which I downloaded from a MacUpdate announcement on July 2nd, 2008!!

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"Latest free Mac OS X Demo ( - August 16, 2008)"


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Downloads 35,507
Version Downloads 710
License Demo
Date 23 Feb 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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