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1  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Make certain you demo the new Media Pro before paying for an upgrade from EM2 on: May 26, 2011, 06:39:38 PM
Yeah, I'm curious to know what these show stoppers are. I haven't downloaded the trial. Looks like good eye candy in the screenshots.

-Doug
2  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom 3 is not faster on: August 11, 2010, 12:05:47 AM
This out today:

Bugs Corrected in the Lightroom 3.2 Release Candidate

Library: Sub-optimal preview rendering performance could impact application performance
(among dozens of other bug fixes)
http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2010/08/lightroom-3-2-and-camera-raw-6-2-available-on-adobe-labs.html

-Doug
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Phase One buys Expression Media - updated on: May 25, 2010, 10:01:32 PM
Good news!
4  DAM Stuff / Scans and Camera Scans / Re: Equipment Questions on: February 09, 2010, 04:45:30 AM
Dale,
I'm using the Canon 60mm macro and find it quite acceptable. I can see everything in my scans at 100% that I can see in an 8x loupe. I can't exactly picture your set up. Mine is horizontal and I'm using an inexpensive light umbrella and light stand with a shoe-mount Canon flash off-camera. I find that room light is enough to frame and focus with. I spent a little while in the garage with a hack saw and some brackets from Home Depot, which it sounds like you don't want to do, but I ended up using like $25 in parts (other than things I already had) including a Canon film stage.
-Doug
5  DAM Stuff / Scans and Camera Scans / Re: Equipment Questions on: February 09, 2010, 04:40:42 AM
Dale,
I'm using the Canon 60mm macro and find it quite acceptable. I can see everything in my scans at 100% that I can see in an 8x loupe. I can't exactly picture your set up. Mine is horizontal and I'm using an inexpensive light umbrella and light stand with a shoe-mount Canon flash off-camera. I find that room light is enough to frame and focus with. 
6  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Annotations from EM to LightRoom? on: September 24, 2009, 03:28:23 PM
I think one way to do it might be:

Copy your custom fields into Keywords in EM (should be too hard since you have only 7)
Import into LR
Filter one-by-one each of your old custom fields and make Collections (or leave them as keywords and have Smart Collections perhaps)

Not perfect and a bit cumbersome, but doable.
7  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Future of Expression Media on: September 24, 2009, 03:21:39 PM
Let's keep our fingers crossed for Camera Bits (makers of Photo Mechanic) to release their long-awaited DAM app. In the meantime, I've just slowly and not-very-deliberately moved towards using Lightroom for nearly everything. I'm really pretty pleased with it despite its sloth in exporting and the non-exportability of Collections. I've been working setting up a DAM system for a client and reluctantly had them buy a couple copies of EM since, as we all here know its the best that is currently available, but we're holding off on more licenses knowing that a) EM may be doomed and b) competition is probably on the horizon.

-Doug
8  DAM Stuff / Scans and Camera Scans / Re: Camera Scan Whitepaper on: August 12, 2009, 05:47:53 PM
Peter,
Thanks for that well done whitepaper. I may be embarking on a job to scan (someone else's) 35mm color slides. I had assumed that I would buy a regular Nikon film scanner but its pretty obvious that this is the way to go. For the quality needed for this particular project, the 40D I already own will provide plenty of pixels and the EF-S 60mm macro is as sharp as they come.
9  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: star ratings not saved into metadata ?? on: August 12, 2009, 05:29:30 PM
nevermind.  I figured it out.  now I have an additional step in my workflow:  "write metadata to files"

I thought upgrades were supposed to make my life easier.       right.

rick O.

You don't need an extra step.  Lightroom>Catalog Settings>Metadata>Automatically Write Changes to XMP.

Does it on the fly as you work. I was very happy to have stumbled upon this checkbox a couple months ago!

10  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Catalog sets vs. Collections (EM vs. LR) on: August 12, 2009, 05:25:31 PM
Peter,
Yes, since LR seems to be on a steady development track with substantial improvements coming with each release, I have been pretty much expecting that this will be fixed/improved in the future. The LR folks also seem to consult with and listen to their expert consultants, like yourself. Hopefully the collections will be exportable to xmp as well.
11  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / iView homepage now links to... on: July 17, 2009, 08:23:38 PM
a page that has no mention of Expression Media.

The "Expression Media home" link at www.iview-multmedia.com goes to the Expression Studio page, but not only has EM been removed from Studio, no mention whatsoever of EM is on this page. The "Visit the iView Website" link goes to an old iView splash page announcing Expression, but then from there it links to the same Studio page.

Its so conspicuously absent its as if they're trying to hide its existence, like old photos of fallen Russian political figures.
12  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Catalog sets vs. Collections (EM vs. LR) on: July 17, 2009, 07:02:26 PM
One thing I like much better about EM catalog sets is that there is no distinction between "Collections" and "Collection Sets." You can add sub-sets underneath a set you already have and you can have image in the topmost parent set. In LR, you have to plan ahead and have the proper number of levels and only the bottom level actually holds images. I find it annoying.
13  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: EM2 Catalog Sets don't stick when syncing annotations on: March 20, 2009, 04:50:39 PM
Went back and tried a few more combinations of boxes ticked and un-ticked and narrowed it down and realized that the "Include Custom Fields" button is actually exporting the Catalog Sets, and the "Include Catalog Sets" button is actually exporting the Custom Fields!  Somehow, these two buttons have been switched with each other...
 Cheers, Josh[/i]


Thanks for this thread. This had been vexing me and was a MAJOR annoyance last fall. I finally gave up every trying to transfer catalog set info. What I was doing was making separate small catalogs for certain shoots, just to keep things quick/separate/simple in my mind, then importing the files into my main one after exporting metadata. The sets never carried over and I was pulling my hair out. Another example of M$ at work. Obviously after 10 months of SP1 being out in public they didn't fix the problem for SP2. *sigh*
14  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Expressions Media Service Pack 2 announced on: March 20, 2009, 04:37:46 PM
What a clown show! I am soooo glad I came across this thread and read it before doing something I would regret, like installing EM SP2.

Its obvious that Anita is doing her best to help folks here on this forum, which is really a great thing and frankly more than I would expect from M$. So, thanks Anita.

But seriously, they take 10 months to come out with a fairly minor update and then within a day of release its obvious that the thing is all f-ed up? You wonder if the folks making the software ever just tried to install and use it...you know, like, a test or something. Maybe shoot a few pictures and see what happens. Installing SP1 was a serious pain, too...it just wouldn't stick and I had to search forums for an hour or so to find a workaround, but only after banging my head against the desk wondering why it just wouldn't work.

The real problem is that there is not a serious competitor. From what I read on the forums at Camera Bits (the folks who make Photo Mechanic) it sounds like they are probably working on a DAM product, but details are still sketchy. They have a history of designing for the pro photog market and make frequent updates and swift response to user input. Given the high quality of Photo Mechanic, I expect that when/if their DAM product is released that EM will be instant history. *cross fingers*

15  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Why make folders at all? on: December 19, 2008, 08:37:52 AM
I'm probably in between Jonathan and Peter in volume. I can shoot a few thousand images in a month, but not every month. I find folders by either subject or location useful for my lowest level. I have Year then Year_Month (2008_12) then any name that'll help me find stuff later. Its really irrelevant to the DAM, but it helps me when I'm looking without a DAM app. If my shoot is a certain trip stretched over a couple weeks, it'll all go in a folder named for the place, for example. Just jogs the memory.

With Toast (and probably others) able to span many DVDs, automatically creating 4.3GB chunks from an arbitrary amount of initial data and then burning them in succession, I don't personally find any use for breaking things into buckets.

-doug
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