Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Google supports scammers!

When are Google going to be responsible and start checking out their advertisers? Here's yet another scammer whose money Google is perfectly happy to accept, regardless of the consequential damage to Google's actual profit-base: their users!

Shame on you, Google!

For Olga

Thursday, 5 November 2009

How to show file extensions in Aperture

One of the very common "issues" that new users have with Apple Aperture is that the file extension does not show in the browser view. This means it's not easy to distinguish between the original camera file and JPEG or TIFF versions of that file.

I've seen it reported in various forums that "it isn't possible". But, in fact, it is and it's really very simple.

The browser shows, by default, a metadata "view" which includes the meta field "version name" (which is the filename MINUS the extension). All you have to do is edit that metadata "view" to remove the "version name" field and instead show the "filename" field.

First, go the Metadata tab in the Inspector. From the pull-down list, select Grid View - Expanded.

Now, at the bottom of the metadata panel, select the "Other" tab. You should now see this:

Simply deselect "Version Name" and select "File Name" instead.

If it doesn't appear to change anything in your browser view, just go to Preferences and check that you have it set like this:

Here's what your browser should look like now:

Why Apple couldn't set it this way by default is beyond me - very perverse!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

What price to charge?

One of the most difficult things about being a professional photographer is knowing what to charge for jobs, and getting it!

Great piece here by a great architectural photographer about pricing.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

27" iMac - stunning value!

Most Micromasochists denounce Apples for being, amongst other things, too expensive.

But the stunning new Apple 27" iMac is just €1799 (for the quad-core version). If you subtract the current market price of a 27" IPS LED screen (let alone one with 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution), that leaves you paying (I reckon) about €500 for a quad-core computer with 4GB RAM and a 1TB drive, plus top notch wireless keyboard and mouse, DVD drive, etc. And since the lesser models still have the same screen, that means the dual-core computer (at €1499) comes more or less free with the display!

Now who can say that Macs are expensive?

New Apple candy!

Well, knock me over with a feather! Apple has done it again!

Fabulous new 27" iMac... I'll definitely have me one of those!

And less than a month ago I blogged that I'd like a Trackpad built into a keyboard. Trust those clever chaps at Apple to go one better... the new Magic Mouse with the multi-touch built into the entire top surface! Inspired! Brilliant! Bravo!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Navigon and iPhone - perfect!

I've had the Navigon software on my iPhone for a few days now. On Monday evening I went to meet an old friend for dinner in Lagos, which is not familiar territory for me. The Navigon system took me straight to his hotel (buried in the tiny back streets) and then we headed for a restaurant on the other side of the town. Our destination was in a pedestrian street in the heart of the old city. This proved the value of having the SatNav in my phone - seeing from the (very clear) display that we were within a few hundred metres of the target, I spotted a parking place and dived into it. It was then a simple matter of pulling the iPhone out of its dashboard mount, changing the journey "profile" to "pedestrian" and completing the journey on foot. Flawless!

This aspect of needing to complete the last part of a journey on foot convinces me absolutely that it's better to have a phone-based navigation system rather than a dedicated SatNav. Although some of the aftermarket systems have battery support, you'd feel a bit of an idiot walking along with a 7" Navigon screen in your hands! And even less useful would be a SatNav built into the car - once you've parked, how are you going to remember the 8 turns between your parking place and your destination?

iPhone rocks!