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Let's embark on what I'd like to call "Adventures in Printer, Scanner, and Fax Installation." Last Thanksgiving, I did something I rarely do: I went shopping on Black Friday. Picked up some great buys on USB flash drives, SDHC cards and a fantastic deal on a HP Officejet All-in-one. By now installing new devices, hardware and even entire systems is old hat around my house.

Well George Jardine is back with a new set of video tutorials on the Develop module in Lightroom 3!


George was kind enough to let me review the series. I always enjoy his tutorials and this new series is no exception. George presents with an ease and fluidity not found in many other tutorials. He crafts his presentations to make sure that the viewer is both entertained and informed. Don't take my word for it. Go and see for yourself. Click here to view one of the tutorials in its entirety. George covers the features that are new in Lightroom 3 in great detail including sharpening and noise reduction, lens profiles, new raw processing and more.


You have a large or complex Schematron schema and it produces no errors. How do you know it is working? A coverage report lets you see how many of each Schematron rule was fired when checking the document(s). The report...

In LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 1 we looked at relocating missing files. Missing folder were covered in LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 2. Now let's take a look at some additional techniques to use in the Folders section of the Library module.


Nearly anything we can do in the operating system with files and folders can be done inside of Lightroom. Gaining a proficiency with the Folders section will assist you in avoiding quite a few file/folder headaches in your workflow. Lightroom and your operating system are intertwined. What you do in one will impact the other.

It is important to remember that Lightroom approaches your file system in a much different way than your operating system. Lightroom is only concerned with where the files for your images are located. Your operating system, on the other hand, must concern itself with the location of every file and folder. That lets you show as much or as little of the folder hierarchy as you like to see.

In LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 1 we looked at the problem of missing files in Lightroom. Now it is time to turn our attention the the issue of missing folders.


It is extremely useful to get acquainted with the Folders section of the Library module. Becoming familiar with these tools will help you solve any number of file and folder issue. It will also make it easier to manipulate the location of your images and folders. This saves time.


It's easier to make changes using your operating system only because you are much more familiar with how to do things there. Take the time to use Lightroom and it will become easier over time. Then you won't have to help Lightroom find things after you've played with them outside.

Lightroom does an excellent job of keeping track of your images. But there are times when things don't seem to go so well. You open your catalog and several images have missing file icons or some folders appear to be missing. You scratch your head and wonder what happened.


The simple answer, in most cases, is that you or another application has moved some files and no one bothered to keep Lightroom in the loop. This can cause some confusion, especially when you try to fix the disconnect. So let's take a closer look at how all this works and interacts.


Lightroom keeps track of your images and their locations via a database (the catalog). Your operating system does pretty much the same thing. Location information is stored in some database-like table. The problem is that your operating system doesn't tell Lightroom about location and name changes. Lightroom, on the other hand, will keep your operating system informed about what it's up to.

XML is one of the most popular formats for files and data streams that need to represent complex data. The .NET Framework gives you some really powerful tools for creating, loading, and saving XML files. And once you've got your hands on XML data, you can use LINQ to query anything from data that you created to an RSS feed. In this post, I'll show you two simple LINQ to XML tutorial style examples that highlight basic patterns that you can use to create or query XML data using LINQ to XML.

Mouse Wars

By Rick Jelliffe
October 16, 2010 | Comments: 4

In October 2010, the US NIH held a Workshop on XMRV with many new studies presented from different sources. The results are very striking.
We may be on the cusp of some big changes in the way businesses view human rights issues; many may start to take a leading role in increasing the visibility and urgency of critical human rights issues because they realize it is in their best interests and tied more directly than ever before to the sustainability of their organizations...

In Adjustment Brush Basics--Part 1 we explored the Effect section of the adjustment brush panel. Many of those concepts are already familiar to the Lightroom user. The ability to localize exposure and saturation adjustments lets us stay in Lightroom's non-destructive workflow longer and lessens to need to roundtrip out to Photoshop or another external editor.


The more we can do to stay within the non-destructive workflow that Lightroom allows the more we can confidently play with our images knowing that no matter what we do we can always get back to out original or just undo any series of steps. No pixels are ever harmed in the creation of our image while we are in Lightroom.

Lightroom provides a feature rich interface which can sometimes hide things in plain sight. Even if you have used the Adjustment Brush before there may still be some things hiding in the tool's panel. And that's one of the great pleasures of using Lightroom. Most tools are powerful and easy to use right out of the box. This let's a new user get quickly into the flow and start making their images dazzling.


Yet, many tools have more things to offer with some additional digging. Let's take a basic tour of the Adjustment Brush panel and explore the many parts of the interface. There is a lot there so we should get started! You will find the Adjustment Brush in the toolstrip below the histogram in the Develop module. You activate the tool by clicking on the brush icon or pressing K. (Another memorable shortcut--K for Kbrush...the K is silent...just kidding).
Oracle OpenWorld 2010 provided a series of significant announcements. We'll briefly highlight a few of them here as a further update to the 4th Edition of the book and our subsequent blogs.
Programmers and academics often think and theorize about XML as kind of tree data structure. And so indeed it is. But it also allows much more: it is a series of different graph structures composed into or imposed on that tree.

There's a new kid on the photo-sharing block. Say hello to Yogile. (Luckily for me this isn't a podcast because I have no idea how to pronounce Yogile.) If you thought it was easy to share photos before... you won't believe how easy it is now! This is one of those ideas that is so sublimely simple you say to yourself, "Now why didn't I think of that!" With Yogile you can set up public or private photo albums. Each album gets a unique URL and email address. Share those with your friends and family and now any of them can easily view or add images. They don't even need to sign in or open an account of their own! Photos can be uploaded via the website or sent by email. It's super simple.

Recently, I heard from a reader who had made adjustments to an image only to find that he had inadvertently applied them to a large selection of images. His question was how could he revert all of those images back to their import state without having to go into each image one by one. Apparently quite a few images were impacted and it would take some time doing each one individually.

How does this happen? Well, Lightroom is very flexible environment in which to work. You can hide all sorts of things in the interface to cut down on distractions while you work. If you had selected multiple images in the grid and then pressed Shift Tab to hide all the panels followed by D to enter the Develop module you would only see the active image on the screen. If you previously had Auto Sync turned on then everything you do to that image will sync to the other selected images. If the filmstrip is hidden you might not notice until you return to the grid and see all those images adjusted!

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