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196  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Upgrade to Lightroom vs. Photoshop CS4 on: October 29, 2008, 12:35:53 PM
Sorry, I was being a little dense and didn't pick up on the ultra-subtle advice ~).  I will download the evaluation copy of LR2 and try it out.  Hopefully, the evaluation copy supports the latest cameras (?). 

I had tried converting a couple of files to DNG but found that process a bit cumbersome and (on my machine) time consuming, and the CS2 raw engine was not as good as what I was getting from Nikon's Capture NX2 so I decided to step up to the CS4/LR2 RAW engine.  I'm hoping that the CS2+LR2 combination will work for me for the next couple of years, until CS5 comes out and I migrate to a Mac..

Joe.
197  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Upgrade to Lightroom vs. Photoshop CS4 on: October 29, 2008, 11:31:25 AM
I was leaning towards buying LR2 rather than upgrading from CS2 to CS4, and that's the question I wanted people's advice on.

Oversimlpy put, Is CS4 better or worse than CS2 + LR2?

Joe
198  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Upgrade to Lightroom vs. Photoshop CS4 on: October 29, 2008, 10:06:40 AM
Moderator:

Does this belong in "Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications"?

Joe
199  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Upgrade to Lightroom vs. Photoshop CS4 on: October 29, 2008, 10:03:53 AM
I currently have Photoshop CS2.  I need to upgrade because CS2 does not support my Nikon DSLR (Adobe policy seems to be not to support new cameras except with latest version of software).  In addition to the DSLR, I also scan old slides and negatives from time to time.

My hobbiest budget does not allow me to get both Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4, so I have to choose one or the other.

What would your suggestion be?  (A) Upgrade to Photoshop CS4, or (B)  keep Photoshop CS2 and add Lightoom 2 as a companion piece?

Joe
200  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Archiving vs. backup on: October 29, 2008, 09:56:38 AM
I think I more or less understand archiving of RAW files.  Every photo that comes off the camera ends up in a bucket on the internal hard drive, with a copy of the bucket archived to the external hard drive (and once Blu Ray becomes accessible, probably Blu Ray disk as well).

How about back-ups of working files that are changing from day to day?  What procedures and software tools are available for backing those up?  Currently running Windows XP.

Joe
201  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Mixing PATA and SATA drives on: October 29, 2008, 09:47:27 AM
I am looking for an external enclosure for archiving photos.  I view this as a long term investment, so I thought it should accomodate at least 4 drives if not more.

In the short term, a Terabyte SATA drive is all I need.  However, I have a bunch of old PATA drives that I would love to make use of for a while.  Is there any good enclosure out there that allows both PATA and SATA drives to be installed at the same time?

[I realize I asked a similar question at the bottom of another posting, but I thought this deserved its own post.]

Joe
202  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Vista 64-bit or 32-bit? on: October 29, 2008, 09:40:04 AM
I have not a read a truly compelling reason to upgrade from Windows XP, although I am open to new information.  As such, my personal suggestion would be to save the (substantial) money required to buy Vista and install an old copy of Windows XP instead.  Then when Vista 64-bit becomes (more) stable, you can always upgrade without having lost any investment. 

Joe
203  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Best configuration for a 2 drive system on: October 29, 2008, 09:31:46 AM
Gus: David's plan is to use the larger drive for BOTH OS/apps and a second archive copy of his data.  I was in a similar situation with my Windows machine (200GB and 160GB internal drives), but I did was to place OS and apps on a small partition (around 50GB) on the 200GB drive and use the rest for data along with the entire 160GB drive.  Then I bought a 500GB Mybook external drive where I have a backup copy of the data.  I also place files I am currently editing on the small OS partition.  It works for me until I upgrade in the next year or two.

Joe.
204  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Intel X25-M SSD: Intel Delivers One of the World's Fastest Drives on: October 29, 2008, 07:42:26 AM
The reports on the MacBook Air earlier this year were that the SSD drive option on that computer was not any faster than the regular hard drive, and that's compared to a slow 4200 rpm drive I think.

Joe
205  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Another 12 cents per GB Drive on: October 29, 2008, 06:29:11 AM
Dan--what is the procedure for doing a burn-in on a hard drive?

Joe
206  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: what file system to use for my 1 tb external hard drive on: October 29, 2008, 06:24:29 AM
Is it safe to use a third party utility to read NTFS on a Mac?  It seems like the sort of thing you want built into the operating system.  Any chance Apple will support NTFS or Windows will support the Apple file system in the near future?

Joe
207  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Good use for multiple PATA drives; 5-year old Dell Dimension Desktop on: October 29, 2008, 06:20:57 AM
Are there any issues with using both PATA and SATA drives in the same machine or enclosure?
208  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Good use for multiple PATA drives; 5-year old Dell Dimension Desktop on: October 28, 2008, 02:21:45 PM
I have a Dell Dimension 8300 desktop with two PATA drives (200GB and 160GB) where I keep my files archived.  I also have an external 60GB PATA drive that I also use for archives.  (I have a separate, newer 500GB external drive for backing up the three PATA drives).

I am running out of space and computing power, so I was thinking of upgrading to another machine.

Then it occurred to me that rather than throwing out the existing machine and drives, I could keep them and run the computer as a server.

Upon opening the Dimension 8300, I discovered that in addition to the PATA (IDE) connectors, it has two SATA connectors. 

Does it make sense to keep the Dimension 8300, load it up with two new SATA drives and/or the existing PATA drives, and use it as server?

If not, can the three PATA drives be put to good use?  I have not found any inexpensive external drive enclosures that can take more than one PATA drive, and I would hate to clutter my workspace with three enclosures for such small drives.

Any advice will be most appreciated.  Thanks!
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