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16  General / Comments about the book / Re: Terrific book but now the dilemma on: February 19, 2010, 08:23:30 AM
Hi Greg,

I understand you're eager to sort out the chaos, but with EM it's likely you'll have to migrate to another program eventually (consistent with Peter's "serial monogamy" concept for DAM).  As Peter mentioned, running IDimager in a windows virtual machine, for example VMWare's Fusion product (that's what I'm doing), is a real option and it's possible you won't have to migrate to another DAM as soon as you may have to with EM.  Good luck with whatever you decide.

--George
17  Software Discussions / idImager / Re: Idimager on a Mac on: February 18, 2010, 03:53:56 PM
Hi Peter & Dan,

Finally got my Mac and was able to put IDimager to work.  It definitely feels snappy, especially compared to my 5 year old PC. Here's what I'm using:  Hardware: iMac with 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel i7, 8 GB memory, 7200 RPM 2 TB SATA hard drive. Software: Windows XP SP3 running under VMWare 3 with 3 GB memory allocated to the Windows virtual machine, IDimager 5.0.3.  If there's anything someone would like to see benchmarked, I'll certainly try to do it (no guarantees as my day job keeps me busy).  Unfortunately, I've never used Iview/Expression media, so I can't compare my current setup head to head with that program.  I'm on a 30 day trial of VMWare, and if I get a chance, I may try Parallels as that product is likely faster:

http://www.mactech.com/articles/mactech/Vol.25/25.04/VMBenchmarks/

Bottom line:  I know cross-platform compatibility is an important feature of IView/EM for Peter, but running IDimager in a virtual machine on a Mac is a very viable option for those that want to stay with their Mac hardware.

--George
18  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: A note about Western Digital Passport USB hard drives on: February 05, 2010, 12:34:02 PM
Hi Ken & Peter,

When you have a chance, please look at this:

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartware

It looks like the VCD can be disabled, but not removed.  Do you read this this same way?

--George
19  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: A note about Western Digital Passport USB hard drives on: January 23, 2010, 06:25:48 AM
Thanks Ken--I'll check it out.

--George
20  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: A note about Western Digital Passport USB hard drives on: January 21, 2010, 04:32:39 PM
Ken,

Thanks for the heads-up.  Off to do some reading about this stuff.  I also have several of the older models and was about to buy one of the 750gb or 1tb models.

--George
21  Software Discussions / idImager / Re: Idimager on a Mac on: January 21, 2010, 11:53:22 AM
I should have some info shortly.  I ordered an iMac and intend to run IDimager in VMWare's fusion as Dan & I discussed over on the IDimager forum.  Two weeks for delivery though.

Congrats with your purchase George! The iMac is a great machine. Looking forward to your results with IDI in virtualization software.

Hert
Thanks Hert.  I figure if you like the iMac for IDimager development, it should be good for running IDimager!

--George
22  Software Discussions / idImager / Re: Idimager on a Mac on: January 21, 2010, 08:55:28 AM
Hi Dan & Peter,

I should have some info shortly.  I ordered an iMac and intend to run IDimager in VMWare's fusion as Dan & I discussed over on the IDimager forum.  Two weeks for delivery though.

--George
23  General / dpBestflow.org Discussions / Re: "Use a card reader and not the camera for downloading image files ..." ??? on: January 16, 2010, 08:02:29 AM
What is the advantage of using a card reader, except for speed?
Is it more secure?

Somehow I have the feeling that inserting and ejecting the card in my camera in the long run will wear out the contacts??
Hi Dick,

Card readers are substantially faster, so that's a big advantage.  Also, looking at my cameras, the contacts for the cards seem more substantial that the relatively flimsy cable connectors.

--George
24  Software Discussions / idImager / version 5 on: September 21, 2009, 11:13:22 PM
The public beta of Version 5 of IDimager just started, if anyone's interested in taking the plunge:

http://forum.idimager.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=11007

I have no relation to IDimager other than as a satisfied customer.

--George
25  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Need Recomendation for DAM software on: September 17, 2009, 04:19:04 PM
Hi Pat,

I suggest IDimager:

http://www.idimager.com/

Take a look at what Dan Altick said about IDimager in this thread:

http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=4202.0

--George

26  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / Re: Does the DNG format compress the image data? on: September 08, 2009, 11:06:17 AM
Hi David & Peter,

I am just now implemeting IDImager as my DAM software and have not really tried the card deletion approach with it  But I would like to hear if others cull directly from the card and then ingest.

Im personally uncomfortable with the practice of deleting on the card for a couple of reasons.
The first is that you could delet accidentally, and there is no backup.
The second is that mucking around with the card's filesystem seems risky to me, over the long term.

I also use IDimager for DAM, including its downloader.  However, I don't have the downloader delete images from the card, for exactly the reasons Peter mentioned.  Once everything's backed up to my satisfaction, I format the card in the camera.

--George

27  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: USB Memory sticks on: September 05, 2009, 04:05:33 AM
Hi Chris.  I've used usb sticks to carry image and non-image files back & forth to work on a daily basis for years.  They're slower than laptop HDDs but I've not had a problem otherwise.
--George
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