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31  Software Discussions / idImager / Re: Idimager on a Mac on: March 08, 2010, 12:54:04 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:

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.


OK, but how does this setup affect your workflow? I had written in your other thread that I would be disappointed to lose a valuable function of EM: the Helper Application menu that pops up when you right click a thumbnail (e.g., Open in Photoshop, Open in Nikon Capture NX2, etc.).

Don't you now have to do your cataloguing in Windows and then toggle over to Mac OS to actually open/edit your images? If so, do you care? Perhaps I could get used to it, but it would be an annoying/unnecessary step in my workflow if I were to adopt this set up.
32  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Trying to get organized on: February 20, 2010, 07:20:12 PM

I'm not an expert, but it strikes me that your needs aren't very extensive. Do you have a need for extensive keywording, Web gallery creation, managing a stock or commercial photo database, etc.? Or do you simply want a way to organize/browse family photos? I don't mean to say that you won't benefit from, or enjoy using a DAM but, is it possible your needs could be met by the ImageBrowser software package that came with your Canon cameras? Or did you already try it and not like it? Perhaps if you could articulate what you actually want to do with your photos after putting them on your computer, some of the experts here could help you match your needs with appropriate software.
33  General / Comments about the book / Re: Terrific book but now the dilemma on: February 19, 2010, 02:29:56 PM
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.



I'm also an iView/EM user with an older Power Mac G5. I'm content with using EM until I absolutely have to get a new Mac (I hope not for at least another year or two).

Regarding IDimager in a virtual Windows environment... I have my doubts as to whether this will be attractive option due to the interrelationships between my DAM and other software programs. For example, in EM I can right-mouse click a thumbnail and choose "Open in Nikon Capture NX2" or "Open in Photoshop". I could be wrong, but I doubt a DAM software running in virtual Windows can "see" my Photoshop, etc., on the Mac side. I can't justify purchasing redundant sets of software for Windows; I'd rather have my DAM and my image software all on the same (Mac) platform. Please correct me if I'm underestimating the power of an Intel Mac/virtual Windows setup.
34  General / General Discussion / Editing posts in this forum on: February 13, 2010, 08:13:52 PM
The Help section says that "Modify and Delete options are normally provided to enable registered members to edit their own posts." Yet I notice that those options are not available to me. Are these options available only to moderators? (If so, I'd like to suggest that the options be provided to all members; it's a useful tool to correct typos or other errors.)
35  Software Discussions / Aperture / Re: Aperture 3 - Apple has been listening! on: February 10, 2010, 01:45:10 PM
While I might use built-in galleries for quick contact sheets, I've long had a preference for driving the web site with a database-driven app. Nowadays I use an off-the-shelf package called SlideShowPro Director and simply upload large images directly from Lightroom. Separately, I build my web pages so they call images from Director.

Thank for your thoughts, John. I really like that built-in galleries generate all the necessary JPEGs automatically from the source/master images (e.g., my edited and cropped RAW files in my DAM), without the need to manage additional files (other than the output files). Does SlideShow Pro Director do this too? Or does it require that you create/export a separate set of JPEGs prior to generating the Web files (i.e., to get the images out of Lightroom and into SSP Director)? In other words, "how many more clicks" are required to use SSP Director compared to a built-in Web gallery?

How would you feel if EM offered catalog sets, but simply didn't have anything like the folder panel? They wouldn't phrase it this way, but Aperture only has virtual folders or "projects" - but completely hides the actual locations of your files.

I might feel cheated, disappointed and remorseful. Then again, as long as I know where my files are, I might adapt. As long as Aperture doesn't create duplicates of my files like iPhoto does (at least I think it does; I don't actually use it.)

Second, Aperture advocates would say that Lightroom doesn't have web albums. The trouble is that Lightroom's collections are multi-functional - they are projects, and they are web albums. So it's a little like criticising someone for not having a sixth finger.

Well, I don't like unnecessary or imposed organization schemes. Point for Lightroom.
36  Software Discussions / Aperture / Re: Aperture 3 - Apple has been listening! on: February 09, 2010, 09:09:24 PM
Peter, I haven't been following the Aperture feature history as I'm still using Expression Media/iView Media Pro on a Mac running Tiger OS. One day soon I'll have to upgrade and abandon EM2, possibly for Aperture (assuming these bugs get worked out), but Tiger is incompatible with Aperture 3, so I can't test it.

I have a couple specific questions that I hope you can help with...

1. Can Aperture Web galleries be customized with the same sophistication to which I'm accustomed in iView/EM2? (I've tried researching this on the 'net, but the articles I found are very old, circa 2006 or 2007, and they say the gallery tools can not be customized very extensively, so I'm wondering if this has changed.)

2. I use Expression Media's "Catalog Sets" extensively (with nested sets) to organize photos for my galleries (e.g., choose Catalog Set > Make HTML Gallery. Do Aperture's organization tools approximate this behavior? (The Web gallery video tutorial on the Apple Aperture 3 web site implies as much, but it also shows a person "selecting" the photos manually with the cursor rather than simply choosing a project/folder/album. Very kludgy.)
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