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On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (352 comments in total)
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backayonder: Oh well on a positive note think of all the trees and minerals and that shiny ingredient that makes DVD's er shine being saved due to Adobe not making a physical product.

Any Green Environmentalists opposed to the CC model must be very traumatised.

Next exercise: If you're going to dump Adobe based on not having product for sale on disc, then list all Photoshop alternatives currently shipping on disc.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 00:13 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (352 comments in total)
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tom1234567: If Serif Affinity for windows comes out then I would switch it looks like a very good program so Mac users have a good alternative in Affinity

Bhima78, it is because these companies are not programming for the general marketplace. They are making products for photographers, and the market share there is much different.

It is as it is in phones, where general market share is not useful to developers because that is not where the money is.

Serif is not going to be able to sell quality photo apps to the millions of Windows boxes installed in banks, hospitals, factories,, and car repair garages, the places where so much of Windows market share goes. They're not applicable to the target market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 00:11 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (352 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: Buy a new camera and be condemned to buy new software. Such (can't say that word here which is still can't say the word). Most of the time there isn't even a difference in the RAW files except for the header info.

It's mostly the fault of the camera companies. Some of them (Pentax, Leica...) do the right thing and save their files in open standard DNG so that new software is not needed.

If camera manufacturers continue pursuing proprietary raw formats, and if no cameras are to be dropped from being supported, the list of supported cameras will grow until there are thousands and whatever software you buy will need to be bloated accordingly to keep supporting more and more cameras. That is what's ridiculous.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (352 comments in total)
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backayonder: Oh well on a positive note think of all the trees and minerals and that shiny ingredient that makes DVD's er shine being saved due to Adobe not making a physical product.

Any Green Environmentalists opposed to the CC model must be very traumatised.

Exercise: List all currently shipping major products by Apple & Microsoft that ship on DVDs or CD.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (352 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: It sounds like the article would be more accurate if it said that Adobe is intentionally crippling ACR so that new releases will no longer work with CS6, in hopes of forcing satisfied CS6 users into an upgrade they would otherwise not buy.

The flaw in that thinking is that if Adobe really wanted to cut off users and force them, they also would have stopped offering DNG Converter for free. But DNG Converter is still a free way to make new raws work with old Photoshops like CS6. It's an extra step, but it doesn't cut users off completely.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 23:55 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: @Nathan Cowlishaw: The present economic climate is neither the time nor the place for 'Star Trek' style adventurism and fantasy.

We should concentrate on solving the real problems we have with the limited resources available to us.

"Just to put NASA's cost efficiency into context: $700 million is less than a tenth of the amount Microsoft wrote off after its takeover of Nokia. Apple could fund fifteen New Horizons missions with just the profit from its last three months. And AT&T's proposed takeover of DirecTV is close to 70 times more expensive than the humble Pluto probe." - Vlad Savov, The Verge

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: @Nathan Cowlishaw: The present economic climate is neither the time nor the place for 'Star Trek' style adventurism and fantasy.

We should concentrate on solving the real problems we have with the limited resources available to us.

You might get a different response AlexRuiz but what I said would still be true to both sides: World history would have been different if Columbus' exploration was defunded.

The USA might still exist but mostly speaking French with the Russians still owning Alaska, and the Native Americans were marginalized anyway. Or America never existed, so Hitler was stopped mostly by the Soviets, who took over Europe except for the UK...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (279 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: Well, it's great for professionals or people who have a lot of money to burn on software, but it's prohibitively expensive for an average amateur photographer. I wish they had a more reasonably priced trimmed down option, perhaps without tethering functions.

Jim in Hudson, that may be a factor, but on the other hand, that's like saying people have double standards for hardware and software. Because most of us only use the small fraction of camera controls that we're interested in (think of all the menus and custom settings), or a small fraction of the capabilities and options of our computers and cars. Yet we bought those knowing we will never use most of the features of those products.

But if we had everyone raise their hands if their current camera retails for less money than Capture One's $299, how many hands would go up...?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 23:45 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (279 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: Well, it's great for professionals or people who have a lot of money to burn on software, but it's prohibitively expensive for an average amateur photographer. I wish they had a more reasonably priced trimmed down option, perhaps without tethering functions.

I use software that is less expensive than Capture One, but I still don't think Capture One is "prohibitively expensive." From what I have seen, amateurs who are serious enough to want Capture One already have many individual pieces of gear that they consciously paid more than $300 for without question. Or maybe it's because I got going in an age where Photoshop cost $600 and Aperture debuted at $500.

While I am not a Capture One user, it is very mature and professional software. If someone thinks $300 is too expensive there are many free options out there for raw developing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: @Nathan Cowlishaw: The present economic climate is neither the time nor the place for 'Star Trek' style adventurism and fantasy.

We should concentrate on solving the real problems we have with the limited resources available to us.

Wubslin: May we ask what country you reside in?

It is by any chance a country that was made possible by highly speculative exploration?

World history would have been different if King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella said "You know, Columbus, we have better things to spend money on than your fantastical speculations about lands too far away to visit safely. Now go away."

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:17 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (279 comments in total)
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h2k: Remarkable how often the pronoun "I" appears in the conclusion.

I don't see anything wrong with that. At least they're being honest that it's a personal opinion and not trying to pretend to objectively say this is the best ever."

Remember, there is no truly objective reporting. The best we can do is understand the bias of each source. Saying "I" works in favor of that idea, not against it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (279 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: Well, it's great for professionals or people who have a lot of money to burn on software, but it's prohibitively expensive for an average amateur photographer. I wish they had a more reasonably priced trimmed down option, perhaps without tethering functions.

Wait, so we're comparing the price of used cameras to new top-of-the-line professional level software? Try again please.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
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iAPX: I have a problem with DPReview reviewing tablets as "digital cameras". If they want to present us anything that could take a digital picture, why not testing also any webcam-equipped notebook, or event desktop PC/Mac?!?

Why not adding adding any security camera, given they took 25 or 30 "photography" per second?!?

I am also excited to see their reviews of automated radar-cameras that every country put on their road, as well on the ability to focus quickly, their Dynamic Range, color accuracy, are they good portraiture equipments?

Is their any test of the spying satellites too?

You jump the shark while testing tablets as "cameras". So, now where will you end???

Tablets are unfairly made fun of as cameras. In the film world, that size would be called "large format" or a "view camera." All they have to do is upgrade the lens and sensor and it would be there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS real-world sample gallery article (216 comments in total)
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kodakrome: Nikon and Sony users should be congratulating Canon on making such an excellent camera. That happens on other websites. But around here, it's mostly all fanatics.

I've only owned Canon DSLRs. Congratulations, Canon, for helping solidify my decision that my next body will not come from Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: @Nathan Cowlishaw: The present economic climate is neither the time nor the place for 'Star Trek' style adventurism and fantasy.

We should concentrate on solving the real problems we have with the limited resources available to us.

And how can you say it's "adventurism and fantasy" when so much science is coming back? You've got it backwards. This is actually the opposite of fantasy: This is reality.

No longer do we have to fantasize about what Pluto looks like. Now we have the facts. We are getting actual data that results in advances in geological science. We are no longer making things up.

Ironically, if we followed your advice and cut space science, that would leave us exactly where you don't want to be: Devoid of facts about the universe, without science, ignorant, left to merely fantasize.

You might as well put away your computer and start posting on this forum by sending in letters written on paper, because if you don't believe in basic science, you don't believe in the process that led to it being possible for you to afford a computer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: @Nathan Cowlishaw: The present economic climate is neither the time nor the place for 'Star Trek' style adventurism and fantasy.

We should concentrate on solving the real problems we have with the limited resources available to us.

@Wubslin The solution of many, many pressing problems on Earth depend on space science. For example, few things have advanced weather/storm forecasting and climate science than the last 20 years of data from our satellites in space. Satellites do things like help farmers, including those in poor countries, find new sources of water. Or petroleum. Sun research helps us understand the solar flares that could knock out the electronics you are using to write your post.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/earth-from-space.html

Some of those satellites are reaching the end of their lives but the blind, ignorant cutting of space science may result in problems no longer being solved for millions of ordinary people on Earth.

The cost of the Pluto mission is less than one of the many sports stadiums that private owners managed to get partially funded by taxpayers in many cities. And the budget of NASA is at one of its lowest points in history.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 21:35 UTC
On Week in Review: To boldly go article (66 comments in total)
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Wubslin: How much are the taxpayers on the hook for this particular exercise in adventurism?

NASA is currently 0.5% of the federal budget. That is the second lowest point in history. That percentage was twice as much 20 years ago and nine times as much in 1966.

If you want to complain about wasted money, there are much larger targets in the federal budget than NASA because NASA's budget keeps getting cut further every year.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 21:23 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (154 comments in total)

Enjoyed this review since I've been looking for a better travel mini-tripod, although for now I'm sticking with my $30 Slik tabletop tripod and its pan/tilt head.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 01:41 UTC as 40th comment
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Steve in GA: This move by Adobe makes me wonder how successful their change to the, "creative cloud" business model has been.

If creative cloud were making big bucks for Adobe, would they have offered a second free trial?

@Steve - How is Adobe doing, you ask? As Barry posted, latest earnings beat estimates. And also their stock is now at an all-time high, double what it was in early 2013.

We may have issues with the Creative Cloud, but it does not seem to have hurt Adobe in the least. It may have helped.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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graybalanced: So, where in North America were you able to see the Northern Lights? DPReview is in Seattle now, right? Was it in that region?

HowaboutRAW - Not sure why you're bugging me about the North America thing. The only, and sole, reason I mentioned NA at all, is because it was a verbatim quote from the article itself. If it's that important to drag Canada and Mexico into it, it looks like you have an issue with the author of the article.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 23:49 UTC
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