WWDC 2016 – Last Minute Thoughts from a MacBook Pro user.


WWDC 2016 – Last Minute Thoughts from a MacBook Pro user.

I have been quiet for quite some time because Apple Computer does not seem to care about computers (or computer users) any more. I bought my last MacBook Pro in 2011 and quite frankly I have seen no need to upgrade since then. I do upgrade my System and Applications software quite religiously, but the incremental upgrades in computer hardware have not really excited me.

I travel quite a lot so my personal computer is a MacBook Pro 13 inch. I wish it could be lighter than the computer I have, but I usually have most my ports plugged into something so the MacBook Air and MacBook versions have never appealed to me. I also spend a lot of time on bumpy roads and in hot countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, etc.) so I do not feel like taking chances (I need the 4WD version of the Mac, not the mini-compact).

I am a photographer who uses full frame cameras and processes his images on the road, so a tablet, phablet, or any kind of “personal digital device” is of no use to me (for photography). I need to be connected to at minimum 3 Terabytes of accessible storage at all times, more would be better. Hybrid drive systems pretty much guarantee a future data access disaster (I am pretty sure of that) and Cloud Storage is of no use at all in a Tropical Rain Storm (or worse).

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Apple kills off Aperture

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. Apple has officially given up developing Aperture and basically conceded defeat to Adobe Lightroom. There will be no further development and Apple is expecting everyone to move to the Cloud and the Photos App. Adobe is of course overjoyed and promising compatibility with all future Apple OS and devices.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards now available free on App Store

App Store – Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards

Bill Atkinson made the following announcement on Google+ today.

“Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 5 is now available free from the the iTunes App store. With it you can make custom postcards using my nature photos or your own photos, and send them via email or by post using a print-and-mail service that I run myself. Continue reading “Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards now available free on App Store”

What it means (to me) to be a Macintosh user.

This is of course a personal viewpoint, because I can not really know what being a Macintosh user means to anyone else but myself.

For me the beginning of my relationship with Apple Macintosh computers started in Bangkok about 25 years ago, when I needed a better way to communicate with a typesetter who kept making mistakes with my (English language) copy and my type layout instructions, for catalogs, brochures, flyers, and advertisements meant for reproduction in magazines and newspapers.

Typically (in those days) I would do a paste-up using original artwork and transfer type for the layout and then type out the smaller text for the typesetter on a typewriter (or occasionally write them out by longhand). There would always be misunderstandings and re-dos where a normal part of the business. The worst part was that mistakes would fairly often make it onto the final product.

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Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99. Continue reading “Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X”