another blog???

Believe it or not, I am seriously considering starting another blog. In my search for my blogging voice, I think this next one will be closer to what I wanted. It won’t have as much political content – that will still be here – And it won’t be as irreverent, but it will still be humorous at times.

Anyway, most of the trials and tribulations will be covered on my Blogger account. The new blog will be revealed once things get a little more under control.

surprise, surprise

So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I got home and found the box from Adobe waiting for me.

I was convinced that it would be quite a while before the Lightroom program would show up… especially since the email when I placed the order said it would not ship for 5-7 days.

So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I got home and found the box from Adobe waiting for me. I’ve installed it but have not had time to check it out completely. It seems to respond quicker to me. I wonder if adding a license number removes some code to slow it down. Too paranoid?

i miss real manuals

What I don’t like, is typical of so much software lately. The only manual is either online or a help file within the program.

I’m down to two days on my trial copy of Adobe Lightroom. I am even more impressed than when I started the trial. In addition to the wonderful virtual copy, there is also something called “stacking” which, I understand is also in Apple’s Aperture. I’ll be purchasing Lightroom because even though both programs share many of the same features, Lightroom is less expensive.

What I don’t like, is typical of so much software lately. The only manual is either online or a help file within the program. This is great if you’re actually working with the program and need to find out how to do something, but you can’t really study how the program works at your leisure (if you know what I mean). In the olden days, after I purchased a piece of software, I carried the manual with me for weeks. If I had free time, I’d pull out the manual and learn how the program worked. Occasionally I’d bookmark or dog ear a page for more intensive study.

Yeah, I miss real manuals.

I’m aware that some of the best knownPhotoShop experts (Martin Evening, and Scott Kelby and others) either already have books out on Lightroom or will have a book out soon but why should I have to buy a manual?

Yeah, I’m a throwback, but I miss real manuals.

Adobe Lightroom

Last year, I started beta testing Adobe Lightroom (not as exclusive as it sounds). I was very impressed with the beta, and recently (Feb.) Adobe released version 1.0. They will give you a 30 day trial of the fully functional application, and I have to say, I’m even more impressed with this version. In all liklihood, I will purrchase the program when my trial period ends.

Most impressive feature: Virtual Copies.
Try as many versions as you like and never take up more than the space of a text file on you harddrive.

Most valuable feature: non destructive processing
Better than layers.

I’ll probably write more about this program as I discover more.

comment spam & typekey

I’ve gotten a few comment spams lately (just enough to be annoying). Typepad offers an option to require a typekey before being allowed to comment. If you have a typekey account, then you simply enter your username and password. If you don’t have a typekey, you would need to get one.

For more specific info on typekey, you can go here.

I’d really be interested in what people think about this (either comment or email). I’m considering using typekey, but will not if most responders object. Right now, comments is set to optional use of typekey if you want to try it out.

apples with intel inside

At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.

(Via MacMinute News.)

Perhaps I’ll get my G5 sooner rather than later.

Ironically, as Apple moves to put “Intel inside,” Microsoft, Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo have all moved to embrace IBM’s PowerPC technology in their next-generation video game machines.

(via MercuryNews.com}