When it comes to standards and companies not following them, I could have a good old rant about many top companies, computer and software companies being the worse.
The other day a photographer friend of mine was demonstrating his new photo editing software.
While key wording and adding other important metadata, we wondered where it was writing this data.
As I suspected, it was using a sidecar file to accompany the jpg’s and raw’s.
What really rilled me was instead of using an xmp sidecar file (an open standard developed by Adobe) which many other software programs can read, not just Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw, it uses it’s own proprietary format.
Why! Lock in, thats why, but the worry is, will the companies own future software support their own proprietary formats, past history suggests not.
XMP sidecar files. For file formats that have no internal support for XMP data, the data is stored in separate .xmp files with the same base file name. Many photo cataloging applications have support for this file format.
Well as expected Apple announced their iPad update, the new iPad2. I am sure the Apple haters will trash it and the Apple lovers announce its the best update since sliced white bread.
For me these devices are more about what you can do with them and that means the applications.
As a Hassleblad medium format camera user, I received an email from them today, announcing there new iPad app which basically allows remote control and viewing of the taken image from your Hassleblad on the iPad.
With apps like this, a great 9.7 inch display, then not only does it make a great device for showing photos to clients but a productive and creative device too.
Looks good. Will I get one. Don’t know, there are still a couple of apps I would like to see, are you listening Adobe and Elinchrom!
Update: New iTunes available now to support the new features.
Installing Lightroom presets can be a little tricky but as Mat from Lightroom Killer Tips has recently found out, there is a far easy way; Just Drag and drop the preset file on to your Lightroom icon. Thanks Matt. Another great reason for having a Apple Mac, it just makes things so easy for you.
If you’re a Windows user then double click the preset file. It will most likely say it does not understand the file type. Associate the file type with Lightroom and then double click will install it.
Have not tried it in Windows, as I do not have a Windows machine handy to test it on, only Apple Mac’s, Linux, and Solaris at present. Must rebuild that Windows 7 test machine of mine.
More snow greeted us this morning, so we first spent a while clearing the car and driveway. This would be the second day in a row we would be commuting by car. Warm clothing, a flask of hot drink and a shovel in the boot and of course a camera and off we set.
It was not far before we got stuck in the deep snow, a bit of shovelling and we got going again. Eventually we made it to the main road, and from there, quickly made it into work.
With the weather so bad (well for the UK anyway), it was decided that anyone who had made it in by car should leave at 13:00 to guarantee they got home safe, so we headed home in the afternoon, only stopping for a few photographs in Lincoln.
Once home I dug out the laptop and proceeded to finish up some paperwork. Lets hope tomorrow is less interesting.