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Picasa for Mac released

January 6, 2009 Leave a comment

picasaGoogle has released a version of its Picasa photo editing/management for the Macintosh. Currently a Beta, Version 3 of the software is missing some features of the Windows and Linux versions  but adds the ability to import from iPhoto. Most importantly, and unlike iPhoto, Picasa doesn’t store another copy of each photo you edit and works happily with an existing directory tree. This should help to keep the size of photo collections to a minimum, and also work better with other apps. I’ve been trying Adobe’s Lightroom V2 recently which also can work from an existing directory tree. Picasa runs very fast on my Hackintosh so will probably become the app of choice for quickly previewing and searching for Photo’s, while Lightroom will be used for editing.

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Cheap media streaming with XBMC

July 6, 2008 3 comments

For the past three years I’ve used an Xbox running the Xbox Media Centre software, to play video stored on my network through a TV. For a games system that’s several years old the interface and playback are very smooth, as long as you stick to standard definition video. HD is beyond the processor power available unfortunately, but that won’t become an issue until I finally upgrade to an LCD TV. Read more…

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iPhoto Book problems

January 31, 2008 3 comments

Apple PhotoBookI recently ordered some books from Apple through iPhoto, one hardcover and three softcover books. They contained my wedding photo’s, the hardcover for myself and Mrs Basshead, the softcovers for family members. The books arrived yesterday and there’s a problem or two.
The images in the softcover book appear to have had their saturation boosted, but still look acceptable. The Hardcover book is pretty horrible though. Saturation has been boosted to the point where skin tones are unnatural and most shadow detail has been lost. I use an EyeOne Display screen colour calibrator so I know the colours in iPhoto were accurate.
The other problem is the text on the inside rear flap. I listed the wedding guests, and their names are garbled with letters printed on top of each other and unwanted spaces. This all came as a big surprise to me as I have ordered Apple books before and been impressed with the results. The last book I ordered was for my father-in-law’s seventieth birthday. I scanned fifty years of family photo’s for that album, it looked great and he was very impressed.
I called Apple support this morning and after around 30 seconds my call was answered by a helpful lady who emailed me the support link for Apple’s Photo Services Team. I detailed the issues and was told onscreen that they strive to answer all support emails within 24 hours. You’re offered a replacement or refund if not satisfied with your book, so I’ve asked for a replacement if the problems can be fixed or a refund if they can’t. I’ll post again when they get back to me. I’ve always thought you can’t judge a company until you see how they deal with problems. Apple have been a bit hit and miss in my past contact with them, so here’s their chance to shine.

Cameras with blink/smile recognition

January 25, 2008 Leave a comment

E1050In the never ending quest to find the feature that sells a bucketload, General Electric is to launch a range of compact cameras in the UK with blink and smile recognition. The models will warn when someone in the photo you just took was blinking, so you can take another snap. They will also focus on smiling faces.
No definite pricing on these yet, but reghardware are claiming prices of £60 for the 7 megapixel A735, £120 for the 8 megapixel G2 and £180 for the 12 megapixel E1235. The 10 megapixel E1050 is probably the most interesting at £200, with a built in GPS receiver for geotagging and a HDMI port.

This makes me wonder what gimick the phone makers will try next to differentiate their products. Maybe the credibility filter, to remove anyone too ugly or embarrasing. Or how about a parental filter that removes nudity, drunken behaviour and obscene hand gestures so you can show your parents the lad/ladette holiday shots.