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#523 Impossible Tempered Glass, Photos Convinces Me to Buy a 12″ Macbook, Why Delete Button is Missing from Image Capture, FxFactory, Apple Watch Accessibility

The Mac Roundtable is back! Check out Episode #226 at macroundtable.com. I also got to be on the SMR Podcast this week – give a listen to SMR Podcast episode 253 for some more fun. If you buy from Amazon, please do your initial search from the Amazon affiliate search window over at podfeet.com to help fund the podcast. For the first time, I actually like a screen protector, after the Impossible Tempered Glass on my Olympus camera. I explain how Apple’s Photos App Convinced Me to Buy a 12″ Macbook. I answer the question, why is the delete button missing from Image Capture, and why is that ok? We talk to Joseph Nilo representing FxFactory about their visual effects tools for video editing programs. In Chit Chat Across the Pond we’re joined by David Woodbridge, the host of Apple and Other Accessible Technology podcast where he tells about how useful the Apple Watch is for him.


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How Apple’s Photos App Convinced Me to Buy a 12″ Macbook

Allison proudly holding the 12_inch_macbookI’ve always used one computer at a time, while others have a desktop and a laptop. Because I only had one computer, I have always gone for the fastest machine I could buy with the most storage and RAM Apple could build into it. That also means I bought only laptops, not desktops. I think the last time I had a desktop it was when Steve and I shared a G4 tower!

My Macs do some fairly heavy lifting. I don’t edit video, but I do broadcast live video while recording and editing audio. That drives the purchase of a high end processor and a lot of RAM. Disk is an issue too, since I create a couple of gigabytes of audio files a week. Again, it’s not video files I’m creating but, those audio files do stack up. But that’s not the primary thing that drives my need for disk. The primary thing is that I really want ALL of my photos with me everywhere I go.

I take a lot of photos, and I go to great effort to organize and name my photos so that I can instantly find them. If someone brings up Halloween costumes, I want to be able to instantly bring up the picture of my mom and dad dressed as Tarzan and Jane while my mom was super pregnant or the crazy bat costume my dad made for my brother Grant. Someone says sailboat, and they’re going to see a picture of Windride, the sailboat I grew up on. It makes me really happy to be able to do this.

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Why is Delete Missing from Image Capture and Why Is That OK?

delete button there before iCloud and gone afterHow many times have you run into the problem of an iPhone or iPad that was running out of space? Happens a lot, and if you’re well informed, you know about the hidden jewel of OS X – Image Capture. While not well known, it allows you to plug in your device and view all of the photos and videos as large thumbnails. From there you can select photos to either have them imported into iPhoto or Aperture, or dump them all to your hard drive. Once you’ve executed that maneuver, you can select all (or just some) and hit the handy dandy delete button to remove them all from your device. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this to clean up a device.

This week Steve wanted to delete some photos from his iPhone, so he connected it to his Mac, launched Image Capture…but there was no Delete button. I took a look, but I couldn’t find it either. We did a bunch of searching but no joy. I even found the current Apple Support Article where they still say, “You can also select individual items on your device, then press the Delete key on your keyboard” but pressing delete does nothing, and the Delete button simply isn’t there any more.
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Peau Productions Will Modify Your GoPro With Improved Lenses & Filters

Allison interviews Nolan Ramseyer from Peau Productions about their modifications to GoPro cameras. Peau Productions provides several options for modifying and upgrading GoPro Hero camera stock lenses. Products include internal lens modifications to add filters, remove the fish-eye effects, add zoom and other optical effects. Peau also provides modification kits to support user swappable lenses and filters for GoPro cameras. The setting is the NAB 2015 show floor.

Learn more at http://peauproductions.com

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Impossible Tempered Glass Convinces Me to Use a Screen Protector

Tempered Glass going on a cameraA few weeks ago I got an email from Patchworks, who sell a product called Impossible Tempered Glass screen protectors. They asked me if I’d like to test one designed for the display on my Olympus camera. I have to admit that I was intrigued by the idea of some protection for my camera. It’s so small I can throw it in my purse, and did over nearly a month traveling in India. I worried about the zippers inside my purse, or other random things I throw in there, afraid that they would wreck my display. So far they haven’t but I worry about it a lot.

However, I don’t like screen protectors. So I wrote back to them saying, “I hate screen protectors, I’ve never seen one that I like. If you’re bold enough, I’m willing to try yours. If I hate it I won’t review it but if you change my mind about screen protectors and I like it I’ll review it. Up for the challenge?” I figured that would get rid of them, right?
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#522 10th Anniversary Show, Rechargeable 9V Batteries, Returning Milanese Loop, Good Bad and Ugly about Photos, Tayzu Robotics, TTT 34 Introducing HTTP

NosillaCast 10 year image feet, fireworksWoohoo – it’s the 10 year anniversary of the NosillaCast on Wednesday! I got to be on Let’s Talk Apple, and listen to the show to get $10 off the early bird pricing for Macstock . Don’t forget to register at midwestmacbbq.com so Barry knows you’re coming to the barbecue too. David Quiring corrects me and sends a link to rechargeable 9V batteries. I explain why I’m returning the Milanese Loop for Apple Watch, and then I cover a lot more about the Photos App: debating whether they really REMOVED things from Photos, how confusing the terminology is inside Photos, and I even talk about what I like in Photos (like the adjustments everyone is whining about. Another interview from CES, this time with Tayzu Robotics about their wicked cool drone that can land in water without being destroyed.


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I’m Returning the Milanese Loop for Apple Watch

Milanese_Loop sitting at an angleMilanese_Loop_Apple_Watch on my armI’m going to hold off on talking too much about the watch this week because I’ve actually not been testing as much as you would have thought I would. That’s because Steve’s watch didn’t come right away and out of solidarity I’m waiting on a bunch of stuff I want to try. The good news is that he’s getting his watch on Monday so we should be able to have some fun. I did want to tell you one thing this week though.

I really drooled when I first saw the Milanese Loop in the Apple Watch announcement. When I went to my try-on appointment the first day after the watch went on sale, I liked the Milanese Loop but it was a bit more industrial looking than it was in the pictures. While the side views in the advertisements makes it look super shiny and elegant, it’s actually a darker grey than I had hoped. I ordered it anyway, shelling out $150 for the privilege.
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What DO You Like In Photos?

light controls as I'll describe later in the postTo make sure you know I don’t dislike Photos, I should tell you some stuff I do like. Exporting from Photos works pretty well. You can choose JPEG, TIFF or PNG, set the quality (low/med/high for JPEG & PNG, 16bit for TIFF) and you can define the size of the exported image. You can choose to simply constrain the width or the height, or you can define a specific dimension. I like that you can choose to retain certain info in the file, like the Title, keywords and description and/or the location information. I like to test this kind of thing, so I put the word “boogers” in the description field of a photo, exported it, then did a search for the word boogers in Spotlight and it immediately found the photo. That’s pretty cool. If you do a Get Info on the file it also shows the Title in there.

Another thing I like to do after naming my photos is to export them (in order) to then upload them to social media. In Aperture I could export them with the name I had given them with an index in front of it to keep them in order. In Photos I have to choose between those two options – either to name the file with the title OR have an index number plus the same title for each photo. For example on my recent trip I might export 01-riding camels, 02-dune bashing. But in Photos I have to either have 01-Dubai, 02-Dubai, OR Riding camels and dune bashing which will get alphabetized instead of staying in time order. I submitted the combination as a feature request on apple.com/feedback but in the mean time I sent Dorothy a note suggestion she write me an AppleScript/Automator Action to grab the Title from Get Info and the sequence number from the file and replace the name. I like to keep her busy, you know.
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So Confused – Photos vs All Photos

showing three places they explain photos vs all photosThere’s one thing that still confuses me about Photos. In Photos you can look at your Photos as Photos or All Photos. Did I mention to you that it kind of drives me nuts that Apple uses generic terms to name things? Let me tell you what I DO know about Photos vs. All Photos.

In Photos you can view an individual photo, back out to see the Moment that contains the photo, back out again and see the Collection in which the Moment exists, and then back out one more time to get to the Year in which the Collection exists. I cannot find a definition anywhere of what a “Moment” is or a “Collection” for that matter. A Collection of mine is called “Dubai, Amer & San Diego”. I don’t know what Amer is, but this sounds like a Collection is location-based. This collection has no photos taken in San Diego by the way. Moments appear to be time based, but I’m not clear on what timeframe they’re using because some photos are taken on the same day but aren’t in the same Collection. So…are you clear on what Photos is? Nope, me neither.
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Backup Weirdness after Photos Library Transition

superduper_iconI do want to talk a bit more about things I’ve discovered about Photos since my initial discovery. After the transition to Photos from Aperture, SuperDuper!, which I use for my local backups, told me that my 1TB backup drive couldn’t accommodate my 850GB of data. When you run the migration from iPhoto/Aperture to Photos, it creates a new library file that looks like it’s a complete duplicate of all of your photos, thereby doubling the disk space chewed up by photos. However, the two databases use hard links to a single set of files, so in fact it’s not a true duplicate.

I suspected that the problem might be that SuperDuper! was viewing the old library and the new library as duplicates of the data. I tried searching in their help files for an answer but Apple’s insistence on calling things by their generic names (like Photos), it makes it REALLY hard to use search pretty much anywhere.
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