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Headed to LA for Presentations

I’m headed to Los Angeles to make a couple of presentations for dBestlfow. The first one will take place at the Createasphere DAM Conference, in Universal City.  This 70 minute presentation will showcase the dpBestflow website as a great resource for collection managers and the photographers who supply them with images.

You can find out more about the program here. I’ll be speaking Wednesday.

Once I’m done with that, I’ll be speaking at Brooks Institute with Richard Anderson.  We’re doing a moring program on digital asset management, and then we’ll have a more free-form afternoon discussion with faculty and students about the DAM needs of a photo education program.

If you are at either event, please be sure to find me and say hello.

DNG Compatibility Settings

Adobe Labs has updated DNG conversion options in Lightroom, ACR, and the DNG Converter that offer some (possibly confusing) new options. You now have a preference pulldown for compatibility settings. What’s up with that? The short answer is that new functionality has been added to the DNG specification (and to the latest version of Camera Raw) that can do new tricks to the pictures.

For instance, there is now a way for Adobe (and others) to remove lens distortion from the image.  Since this is a new function, it’s necessary to make a new version of the spec that details how to save and apply the instructions. One thing this enables is for cameras that don’t work well with the current DNG spec to now be supported. Check out Tom Hogarty’s blog to see the new camera support.

Some new DNGs that make use of these new tools won’t be fully compatible with all DNG applications. You can save them so that they will work with the older software, but they will lose some of their rawness. How the heck does one decide which to use?

Answer after the jump. Continue reading DNG Compatibility Settings

SSD Drives coming of age

I’ve been waiting for solid state drives to start to live up to the expectations (speed, security, low power, adequate capacity, affordability) that the marketplace has.  According to Diglloyd, that day has arrived in the form of OWC Mercury Extreme SSD. This appears to be the first drive truly delivers (except maybe for affordability).

There are a couple of breakthroughs this drive offers.  First, some background, after the jump. Continue reading SSD Drives coming of age

Aperture 3 announced

Apple has just announced Aperture 3, the long-awaited next version of its catalog PIEware program. I’ve been looking at it the past few days, and there is some good stuff in the program.  Specifically, I’m happy that they have now allowed the export of metadata back to original files. This removes my most important concern with using the program – an exit strategy for your organizational work.

There is also some cool stuff, such as integrated geotagging, and the Faces technology that is not available in the main competitor, Lightroom.

I’ve encountered some bugs and stability problems, but that’s probably not too out of line with a .0 release.  Hopefully these issues will be addressed soon.  I’ve outlined some of my findings in the DAM Forum.

Glad to see Apple pushing things forward.

Book Correction – SuperDuper!

D’oh!

In The DAM Book, Second Edition, I mention that you can use SuperDuper! as a program to do a validated transfer on Mac (in addition to Chronosync, the program I use).  Some of my readers have contacted the software publisher and confirmed that it does NOT perform a validated transfer.

Sorry about the error, and thanks to readers Kevin Johnson and Tim Baker.

If you are wondering what the heck a validated transfer is, read about it at dpBestflow.org. (The movie embedded below is form the site, and shows the use of PC software SyncBack to do the process).

Validated Transfer – PC from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.

New Lenovo Photographer’s Laptop

A friend just pointed me to this pretty amazing new laptop, the Lenovo W510. Like it’s (really) big brother the W700, the W510 is really designed just for the digital photographer.  Here are a few highlights of the top-end model.

Quad Core i7 processors Integrated color calibrator
on board eSATA
CF and Smart Media readers
Touch Screen!
Can Take 16 GB RAM
1 GB VRAM
USB3!
Internal mobile broadband card slot
Blu-ray burner
Fingerprint reader
5.9 lbs

Full specs here.

I’ve got a W700DS here in the studio, which would probably be more accurately described as a portable than a laptop. This one looks very attractive for the location photographer.

Mac Break Weekly #171

Last December I did a Mac Break Weekly netcast with my fellow Tasmanian traveler Leo Laporte. It’s a really fun show to do, and you can catch it in the site archives. Caveat – mostly it’s a lot of goofing around. This is infotainment, people.

If you don’t know Leo, I suggest you check out his rapidly growing internet media empire TWiT TV. He’s building a new kind of broadcast network for the internet age.  Anybody who is creating content and is concerned with  the rapidly changing media landscape could do well to learn by his example.  Leo is one of the poster children for a content provider who creates his own distribution channels.

He’s also great fun to watch. Which, is, um, one reason he’s been so successful.

Speed up Lightroom on your Intel Mac

Here’s a quick tip to speed up Lightroom on an intel Mac. Select the program in the applications folder (single click), and then go to File>Get Info. In the General Panel, there is a checkbox to run the program in 32 bit mode. This is the default setting.  Uncheck this box, and Lightroom will now run in 64 bit mode, speeding things up.

This is not available for  G5 or earlier computers, nor for OS prior to 10.5.

On PC, you need to be running a 64 bit OS to install the 64 bit application.