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J A C S: "Sony users can rest easy, though, as the company categorizes its imaging division as a 'stable profit generator."

Translated form Japanese: be worried.

Apple apparently uses Sony sensors for the iPhone camera. Sounds good, but Apple has had a way of cutting out suppliers over the years like when they started making their own CPUs.

No doubt the smartphone sensor market is many times larger than DSLR or mirrorless. If Apple ever stops using those Sony camera sensors, you'll probably see the Sony sensor division pop up on eBay by the next morning.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:23 UTC
On Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac post (116 comments in total)
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EssexAsh: "Astropad turns THE iPad into A drawing tablet for THE Mac"

The continued mangling of the language carries unabated. You would think people who claim to be journalists would have the basic understanding of grammar.

It's worth looking at the Apple site to see how Apple itself uses the iPad name. Spot the "THE iPad" and you win.

From Apple's iPad in Business web page: "Businesses everywhere are doing great things with iPad. Companies are extending the iOS platform in amazing ways, scaling iPad..."

From Apple's iPad in Education web page: "There’s a reason both teachers and students love iPad...When it comes to finding content for your lessons, iPad has something for everything you teach."

From Apple's Make Music with iPad web page: "iPad is changing how we live, work, and create...whether she’s writing lyrics at home or recording on the road, iPad has become an essential part of her process..."

Apple has a reason for not putting an article in front of some names like iPad. Other companies do it too. I once was told the legal reason why, but I've forgotten. Anyway, they do it for a reason.

It's fun to be a grammar Nazi, but a little less fun for you to be a wrong grammar Nazi.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 21:48 UTC
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ipecaca: If you think of it, gay couples are more environment-friendly, they don't produce more people.

The flip side, WT21, is that you can have as many kids as you want but, as is observed in many many families, there is no guarantee that any of those kids will be willing or able to support you in your old age. In a lot of cases you'll be lucky if your kids don't move back in after losing a job!

If you want to be taken care of in your old age, it's a mistake to think of kids as guaranteed welfare. Instead, save and invest wisely, and keep yourself healthy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 00:37 UTC
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PeterD07: I've been using Affinity Photo for a couple days and although interesting at a glance it needs much work. Granted its beta but IMO a long way from final release. Brushes inconsistent, some features simply don't work. Images saved often are not saved and return unedited.I do like an alternative to Photoshop but will say it again that I wish something like this was integrated with an Aperture 3.0 functionality in file management & editing.
I use Aperture for 90% of my edits and unlike virtually all other photo editing apps which create monstrous file sizes! Yikes!! (a 30meg D800 file turns instantly into almost 200megs just for opening in CS6 or now Affinity!) Aperture does not regardless of how many edits. I do hope, however that Affinity Photo works out all the bugs and keeps it functional but simple.

@fuego6 he is talking about the normal expansion from raw to RGB. As a raw a photo is one channel, maybe 12-14 bits and often compressed. As an RGB in Photoshop or Affinity it must be expanded to 3 channel, at least 8 bits per channel but often 16 bits each.

The file size increase is mathematically plausible if the file goes from one compressed 14-bit channel to three 16-bit uncompressed channels. The increase does not happen in Aperture (or Lightroom or any other raw editor) because the file stays raw.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 07:54 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)

Between this and the new 50MP DSLRs, I'm surprised Canon hasn't started a new line of mass storage media aimed at photographers and priced for profit!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:53 UTC as 15th comment
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Forza5: As an Apple user, we need an Aperture alternative before looking for a Photoshop alternative. Perfect Photo Suite 9 is now available on the Mac app store.

I have used Media Pro through its long, sorry journey through multiple owners, and right now in the hands of Capture One, Media Pro is a neglected, decaying corpse in the sun. Wish someone would pick it up who actually cares about that software.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:51 UTC
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jadot: looks good to me so far, at least for what I need an editor to do. Fairly intuitive - up and running in no time.

Could be cancelling a subscription soon.

Don't cancel too soon.

Affinity looks great, but it is far from done. They're still asking for feedback on their forum about how they should do some features that are not yet implemented.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:45 UTC
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razadaz: You cannot compare the cost of this to Photoshop. Photoshop is a rental plan with no fixed rate. It can go up at a moments notice in the same way that long standing CS6 upgrade privileges to long time users evaporated over night and without warning. As far as I can see with this software is that it performs well, and that’s the most important factor. You can always add features but base performance is hard if not impossible to improve.

To those who believe Photoshop is so established it could never be knocked of its throne I have one word to say; Quark.

When I first started in computer graphics QuarkXpress was the de-facto DTP. No one ever thought its position at No 1 could ever be threatened.

@fuego6 It's true that Adobe has had an advantage over the other Photoshop wannabes in having a full suite of graphics apps for pros, not just a photo editor.

But notice what Affinity is doing here. Affinity already has Designer, a potential Illustrator competitor. This is Photo, a Photoshop competitor, and I have heard that Affinity is coming out with an Indesign competitor.

What that means is, Affinity is gradually assembling a suite similar to the one you enjoy from Adobe. This could put them a step ahead of all the other Photoshop wannabes who have no other software to complement their photo editor, and it could be a way that Affinity can compete better against the Adobe suite.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:41 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)
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CaPi: Come on go live, guys. I need something to follow up aperture. I hate the alternatives by adobe. Their cloud plans are NOT to my liking.

Then it's a good thing Lightroom is just about the only high-level Adobe photo app that you can still buy the latest version of in a box from Amazon. No cloud and no subscription required for Lightroom.

Besides, if you've read all the articles about Photos...does it really look like Photos is a viable way to follow up Aperture? It looks like the answer is No.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:43 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)
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LEGACYMOMENTSPHOTOGRAPHY: I do not like the idea of these clouds, for software or storage I like my software and photos on my computer and on back up drives at my house not a server room in some random place. I don't trust anyone but myself with my work.

According to all reports it is still possible to use this new Photos app without connecting it to the cloud.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:41 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)
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ecube: Cloud? Why give control of your files? I have two 1-½ terabyte, USB portable drives about 10% larger than a cigarette pack. One in my computer bag, another a back-up that stay at home. No need for on-line connection to access my files.

If both of your backups are in the same building, they are vulnerable to fire or natural disaster. I don't use the cloud either, so I keep at least one complete backup of everything off site. Even though I don't back up to the cloud, it is a legitimate way to get that off-site backup that everyone should have.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:41 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I tried Lightroom 5.7 last week. Adobe's website would only make the trial version available as part of CC, so I doubt new version 6 will be sold as a standalone application.
Apparently Adobe succeded in dragging every Lr user to CC, despite it being outrageously expensive. You paid less for the standalone programme even if you updated it every year. I knew this would happen.
As for the 5.7v I tried, it is exactly the same as Lr4, which I tried some three years ago, save for some presentation details. Lr6 will undoubtedly have some fancy features added, but I have no reason to believe it will bring any real improvement over previous versions.

@ManuelVilardeMacedo: I see. Thanks for explaining it, I get it now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I tried Lightroom 5.7 last week. Adobe's website would only make the trial version available as part of CC, so I doubt new version 6 will be sold as a standalone application.
Apparently Adobe succeded in dragging every Lr user to CC, despite it being outrageously expensive. You paid less for the standalone programme even if you updated it every year. I knew this would happen.
As for the 5.7v I tried, it is exactly the same as Lr4, which I tried some three years ago, save for some presentation details. Lr6 will undoubtedly have some fancy features added, but I have no reason to believe it will bring any real improvement over previous versions.

"I've been doing a lot of research on Adobe's website. Turns out Lr is still available as a standalone product."

The problem there was doing the research on Adobe's website. Lr standalone is easily found, instantly, at Amazon, B&H, Adorama...and usually for less than at Adobe.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 00:54 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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karlwunsch: Why not making it available on Linux as well?

Requires resolving several issues:
1. which of the many Linux distributions are we talking about here?
2. of those, which Linux distributions have the APIs that make it easy to develop on Mac and Windows?
3. of those that remain, which has a significant user base?
4. of those that still remain, how many would pay enough to offset development costs?
There is a very small number of people at the end there, and that's why it's not on Linux.

Anybody remember what happened to the big Corel initiative to go Linux on its graphics suite? Uh huh.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:19 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Lightroom really needs a panorama, and HDR feature. A face detection feature that exposes for subjects faces would be nice also. Maybe its too much to ask, but full GPU acceleration would be great for high MP cameras.

MPA1 - that probably means you *have* seen HDR images that were normal-looking, but since they didn't stand out, you didn't notice. Because technically, many of the best film darkroom professionals employed HDR-like techniques (masked and blended multi exposures) to make what we consider "normal" photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Would be nice if worked straight from iPhoto instead or export import

Translation: It would be nice if iPhoto's internal directory structure wasn't so convoluted and baffling.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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LiSkynden: I dont believe it... again another stupid selfie LCD camera! First every camera brand ditched the good old vari-angle screen and now everyone puts on this stupid selfie LCD???

They have their smart phones for that. They dont buy bulky cameras with selfie LCD, helloo!

It's puzzling, these "serious" photographers who act like self-portraits have not been a respected genre of photography for decades going back to the film days.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
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GaryJP: Apple makes cameras?

(Incidentally my Samsung Note 4 has a better "camera" than my old iPhone and even shoots 4k video.)

Papi61, you're ignoring the fact that I mentioned, that many users in the comments came from Android back to iOS because of the iPhone camera. They don't work for the Verge, and they aren't Apple fanboys because their last phone was a consciously chosen Android.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 00:43 UTC
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Simple man: I don't understand the above chart.

Not that it matters. It's absolutly no surprise to see Apple pushing the big boys Nikon and Canon around a bit. Local zoos, museums any tourist area..... Smartphones and devices rule.

It's almost funny seeing people hold iPads up to take photos at the zoo. But not nearly as funny as a guy taking wildlife photos with his $3,000 kit. He is truly the misfit. His kit being made for safari; yet its resolved to a life of shooting caged creatures. And his photos are no better that the iPads. Don't believe? Check out FLICKR....

Shooting with an iPad is standing behind a 10-inch-wide rectangle to take a picture, so people call it ridiculous.

Ansel Adams also stood behind a 10-inch-wide rectangle to take a picture, and people call that professional...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 04:51 UTC
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Just Ed: It is amazing that the other smartphone manufacturer except for Samsung have such a small share.

Papi61, it's not crap, and it's not just about Internet usage. Every known metric says if you are a developer and you put out an app on iOS, you're probably going to make 8x the money you would if it was an Android app.

Because sheer market share doesn't count for anything. It's engagement and revenue that does.

It's the same reason Apple has less than 10% computer market share, but the Mac division alone is financially doing better than most PC companies (the ones who haven't gone out of business already).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 04:47 UTC
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