July 2010 Archives

If you have been using Lightroom and involved with the Lightroom community for any length of time then one of the names that is sure to be familiar to you is George Jardine. George was involved with Lightroom from its beginning and was a Lightroom Evangelist at Adobe until he left in 2008 to explore new creative ventures.


George Jardine started as a professional photographer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Better Homes and Gardens, Interior Design magazine, and many other national publications. George first joined Adobe Systems in 1993, and in 2003, he began work on the Lightroom project. George currently teaches workshops, consults for digital photographers, and is a freelance video producer.
In the previous article, Creating iPad Albums With Lightroom, I talked about using Matt Kloskowski's export presets to create albums for your iPad. This method is accessible by both Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 3 users. However, if you have moved on to Lightroom 3 you can take advantage of one of its great new features--Publish Services. (Thanks to John Beardsworth whose comment on the previous article motivated me to get this article out of draft sooner rather than later!)

A lot of the attention Publish Services has gotten revolves around the link between Lightroom and online services such as Flickr, Zenfolio, SmugMug, etc.. But the other side of this feature is the ability to create links between Lightroom and your drives. And it is this aspect we will exploit here.

When a business course asks 'what are e-organizations doing differently from businesses that are not using the Internet,' I am stumped. I can't think of any businesses that aren't connected in some way. E-organizations are no longer a 'segment' within the business population, rather they are representative of the way business gets done...
...open source community asking itself, "how can we fix x (any of the world's challenges) with open source?"

The iPad is an excellent tool for showing off your work. Chances are, though, if you are a Lightroom user you don't want to fiddle with iPhoto just to get your images ready for your iPad and sorted into albums. And if you are a Windows based Lightroom user then iPhoto isn't an option for you.


In 2001 we had an interesting exchange about schema languages on the XML-DEV mail list. I had written Are we losing out because of grammars?. What do I think of it now? Four heads: disconnection, importance, a category error, and operator grammars.
Whether you think your organization is ready, or not, cloud computing is a reality.
Harris' Operator Grammars is a linguistic theory that we can adopt (or be inspired by, or perhaps dumb-down) for validation purposes. We don't need more information than is in the Wikipedia summary: we want to suggest Schematron features that can...
Schematron can be used to report on rare sequences based on thresholds and probabilities from a hidden Markov model, as well as validating illegal sequences.
When Rackspace and NASA announced OpenStack, I thought of it as either a PR or yet another attempt to impose some pet project on the world as a standard. But it may actually a newsworthy intervention into the furiously evolving cloud industry.
Oh yeah, there's the conference too, but this is the real reason to be in Portland next week.
Opening the champagne here in chilly blue-skied Sydney: the Committee Draft of the new version of ISO Schematron standard which I edit has been approved by a very good majority: 20 national bodies voted to approve as submitted, 9 national...
Dawn comes first in New Zealand! From the New Zealand governments Beehive.govt.nz website: Commerce Minister Simon Power has instructed the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) to develop guidelines to allow inventions that contain embedded software to be patented....
I am used to the idea that there is an 'internet' of people (email, blogs, twitter, social media, phones, mail) and an 'internet' of data (WWW, W3C Linked Data/RDF, wikipedia, Atom feeds, HTML, ATM machines, etc), but an EU discussion...
Articles on the success of the various hand-held devices recently tend to emphasize the gadget-y aspects like touch screens or form factors, or they emphasize the 'curated experience' angle. The positive reasons pulling consumers. But I wonder whether, with all...
Imagine this: you make a new (re-) installation of Windows XP on some old PC you want to make good use of. You add all the updates, day after tedious day of updates. You do the whole Genuine Advantage thing....
Help define the most useful reports from log data.
I would like to talk about some of the ways in which schools are driving the use of technology to improve the environmental performance of their institutions...
During OSCON, you can meet several Perl book authors for a panel discussion, questions and answers, and socializing at Powell's Technical Books on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 pm. Bring your Perl books to get them signed by your favorite...
There is something enticing about a software toolkit for non-developers; the concept that if you can articulate a workflow or algorithmic outcome, you can "meta-program" it without writing a line of code. That's why I think that there is some warranted excitement around Google's App Inventor for Android. It represents a holy grail and a myth at the same time. Read more...
I recently had a reader e-mail me with a question about assemblies and namespaces because he had trouble on a job interview that asked a lot of interview questions about .NET assemblies. Luckily, I had a good answer for him that covered the .NET assembly basics: what an assembly is, how to create a class assembly DLL, how to use that assembly DLL in another program, how to use the Add References window in Visual Studio, and where Visual Studio gets its assemblies to list in that window. At the end of Head First C#, we have a section about it that also uses the IDE as a teaching tool to explore how assemblies work.
I had an odd problem last Friday with my new PC-BSD installation. Suddenly a whole lot of things stopped working: in particular, I couldn't load media or see extra disks. Opening up Dolphin file manager in Adminstrator mode (under the...
Charles Oliver Nutter discusses his latest attempt to bring the usability and clarity of Ruby to the JVM. In this interview Nutter discusses Mirah, a new, Ruby-like language which can be compiled to bytecode. He discusses some of the advantages of being able to compile to bytecode and how Mirah relates to JRuby.
The Australian Privacy Commissioner found against my formerly odious neighbour Google Australia, but has been stopped from penalizing them by a well-known loophole: Under the current Privacy Act, I am unable to impose a sanction on an organisation when I...
I see the ZVON.org site has recently been renovated. It is a great site with tutorials or reference material on dozens of Web-related topics. Highly recommended. The site slogan is ZVON.org cleaning information pipelines but the logo says ZVON the...
Unhelpful and defensive. Nothing remotely close to fraudulent or incompetent, or the other lurid allegations.
Developer Christophe Lauret recently commented: "A schema is like an aircraft: it can be designed for stability or maneuverability but not both." I recently have been trying a different method for designing intermediate schemas in publication chains. It is an exercise in taking the three-layer model for XML with Schematron to an extreme. The best name I can think of this is Highly Generic Schemas.
It is my hope that this series of articles will spread awareness of the anti-competitive nature of Apple's business practices, and illustrate why they should open the iTouch, iPhone, and iPad applications development environment and restore the user's freedom of choice.

It's been a long ride full of adventure and discovery from Lightroom 3 Beta through Lightroom 3 Beta 2 to Lightroom 3. Along the way we all made suggestions and requests. Adobe listened. If one of your suggestions didn't make it into this version don't worry. This won't be the last version of Lightroom. I am confident that we have a lot of new and exciting things in the future. For now, let's get comfortable with Lightroom 3!



As with any version of Lightroom it all begins with Import. And this time around we have an entirely new and improved import feature. While this has been the source of some consternation and controversy, once you dig in and look at what's new here I think you'll be on board.


Thanks to Apple's execution in rolling out over 100M iOS-powered devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad), we are on the cusp of completing the "last mile" to rich, persistent information mobility; a domain where compute, communications, gaming, media playback and media creation tools are literally at your fingertips. Into the mix, Sigal suggests that a long-extinct Apple technology initiative, known as OpenDoc, offers a conduit between document, device, the cloud and beyond.
There was a time when film grain was a problem for some photographers. That concern translated into a concern with digital noise. Many words have been written on the techniques in many applications to remove or lessen digital noise or grain in modern images. Some even seek to find ways to remove the grain from old film photographs. Despite all of this, grain has its place in modern digital photography. Grain now brings with it the charm and nostalgia of bygone film days. When compositing images, grain can be the unifying effect bringing different images from different times together for a great composite. Adding grain to a black and white or sepia image can add a pleasing artistic texture to the work. Whatever the reason, many photographers add grain to an image. Sometimes after working diligently to remove digital noise! But, then, grain isn't noise.

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