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).
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.
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).
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
Can Take 16 GB RAM
1 GB VRAM
Internal mobile broadband card slot
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 empireTWiT 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.
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.
I’ll be in Tampa this Thursday, from 6-8 PM doing a free program on the dpBestflow project at the International Academy of Design and Technology’s Digital Boot Camp. Like all of my currently scheduled dpBestflow appearances, this is sponsored by ASMP. (Thanks to the Central Florida chapter for making this one happen).
This presentation is a discussion of the nature of digital photography workflow, and how to create a workflow that is appropriate for your budget and skillset, as well as the objectives of the job at hand. This program presents a strategy for the use of the tools we’ve created in dpBestflow.org, as well as The DAM Book.
This is an entirely new presentation – built from the ground up with Richard Anderson over the last couple of months.
First come, first served. I’m told that the they have always been able to accommodate everyone who shows up, but that some people may not get seats, so you might want to show up a little early.
I’m venturing back into the world of Blogging, after a long hiatus. The php attack on the blog last year was a huge pain to deal with, and I’m very thankful to John Beardsworth for helping me purge the offending code. Hopefully it does not come back.
Since I’m headed out on the road starting this week, I thought it would be time to try and get back on the horse. At minimum, I’ll try to keep all my upcoming events posted. (of course, you can also look on the DAM Forum here:
and find out where I’m scheduled to be.
For now, I’ve got comments turned off, since that’s where the php attack came from originally. I’ll work over the next few weeks to get the old posts back up, and to see if I can get comments turned back on.