June 10, 2011

April 27, 2011

It was an update day yesterday for Apple. Having released an updated version of MobileMe Control Panel for Windows that added compatibility with the new MobileMe Calendar backend in Outlook for Windows, Apple also unleashed Snow Leopard Font Update and iPhoto 9.1.2.

The former, available as a standalone installer here, contains fixes for Snow Leopard 10.6.7 that “address issues displaying and printing certain OpenType fonts”, per Apple’s release notes. iPhoto 9.1.2 comes with a new card theme and a bunch of fixes highlighted right after the break.

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December 21, 2010

Apple has just updated iPhoto to version 9.1.1 and the update includes some enhanced photo emailing features, bug fixes, and overall stability improvements. You can now email photos through apps besides the Mac’s included mail application and you can also use two new photo email themes: “Classic and Journal.”

This update adds new email options to iPhoto ’11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. Specific fixes include:

  • Adds a preference allowing photos to be emailed using an external email application
  • Adds “Classic” and “Journal” themes to email.
  • Photos attached to an email can now be sized to Small, Medium or Large
  • Improves reliability when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto
  • iPhoto now correctly preserves the sort order of Events after upgrading a library
  • Event titles displayed in headers can now be edited in Photos view
  • Addresses a problem that could cause duplicate photos to be added to a MobileMe album
  • Scrolling overlay now correctly displays ratings when photos are sorted by rating
  • Photos are now sorted correctly when a rating is changed and photos are sorted by rating
  • Fixes a problem that could cause text formatting controls to become inaccessible when editing a calendar

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.

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November 13, 2010

Among the other changes in yesterday’s release of iTunes 10.1, Apple has added a new feature that video-taking Apple TV owners will surely appreciate. Up until yesterday’s update iPhoto users could only stream their photos via Home Sharing but now they can stream videos in their iPhoto library. Simply head to the share menu on the iTunes menu bar, then click share photos, and check the box you see in the image above.

Update: Several readers have pointed out that this does not work for them. This is because the Apple TV is need of a software update to support Video AirPlay as well as this reported function. It should work as soon as Apple gets around to updating their “hobby” and this will probably happen closer to iOS 4.2’s public release. Also, the reported iPhoto video feature is an exclusive to the second generation Apple TV.

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November 4, 2010

This sounds more like the iPhoto Apple had originally planned on releasing.  iPhoto 9.1 supports Calendars once again and includes the fix that helped prevent photo deletion during import.

This update adds several new print product options to iPhoto ‚11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.

  • Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto.
  • Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into    iPhoto events.
  • The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ‚11.

Hit the Software Update for the goods.
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October 29, 2010

Earlier this week we told you about some of the issues iPhoto ’11 users are experiencing. Perhaps the most detrimental is an issue resulting in the loss of your iPhoto library when upgrading. Well today, Apple has fixed this with iPhoto 9.0.1.:

This update addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.

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October 24, 2010

We’ve been getting an unusually large amount of user submissions about issues when upgrading from iPhoto ’09 to iPhoto ’11.  Specifically, some people are losing some or all of their photo libraries when upgrading.  Also, iPhoto ’11 drops support for older AppleTVs as well as photo calendars.

Apple’s Discussion Forums are lighting up with people who are losing data..

So, don’t let Apple’s consistent delivery of fine software lull you to sleep.   Back up your photos and videos before doing the $49 iLife ’11 update.

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October 20, 2010

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November 25, 2009

Apple has introduced updates to iPhoto (improving the face recognition feature), Final Cut Server and its Xsan server software.

The iPhoto update (v 8.1.1) addresses issues affecting face recognition performance and accuracy. It also resolves minor issues with book ordering and iPod touch support. This update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’09.  It is available through Software Update or as a standalone installer here.

Final Cut Server 1.5.1 includes a range of improvements, as described in the tech support note these include:

  • Fixes possible slowdown in the check in and check out process.
  • Fixes status display in the Downloads & Uploads window.
  • Corrects aspect ratio on thumbnails for anamorphic clips.
  • Locked assets are now skipped in the archive process.
  • Fixes archiving and restore for bundle assets.
  • Improves reliability of adding and removing archive devices.
  • The release also contains a significant number of smaller stability fixes.

Updated: Removed erroneous Xsan info, feed error.

August 18, 2009

July 29, 2009

Although it isn’t true GPS like the iPhone 3G has (and possibly the unannounced iPod touch), Eye-Fi is now offering Apple’s iPhoto users a way to organize their pictures in Places without having a GPS-enabled camera.

Places is an iPhoto feature that organizes photos according to where they are taken, and arranges them in an easy to decipher Google Map. Although you can later manually tag photos to the general area where they were taken, the process is tedious and time consuming. 

Eye-Fi is targeting Apple’s iPhoto users with their new Geo Card ($60 Apple Store), which seamlessly geotags photos that can then be downloaded into Apple’s iPhoto as normal.  The SD card uses Wifi triangulation to give best approximations of location, much like the iPod touch uses Wifi to locate itself in the Maps.app.

Users can also upgrade their Geo card to share images online at MobileMe – or one of more than 20 other photo sharing and social networking sites – for a $9.99 annual fee.

February 9, 2009

According to a recently unearthed Apple Knowledge Base Article, you PowerPCers out there aren’t getting the full iPhoto ’09 love when it comes to transitions effects.  G4 users only get Ken Burns and Classic.  G5 users get Classic, Ken Burns, Scrapbook, Sliding Panels.  Intel owners get the whole nine.

The number of slideshow themes available in iPhoto ’09 depends on your Mac’s processor and, in some cases, available vRAM:

  • Intel-based Mac computers, PowerPC G5 with more than 64MB of vRAM: All iPhoto ’09 slideshow themes are available, as in the image below.

  • PowerPC G5 with less than 64MB of vRAM: Only Classic, Ken Burns, Scrapbook, Sliding Panels are availabe.

  • PowerPC G4: Classic and Ken Burns are available.

 

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January 28, 2009

Let’s face it.  The geotagging feature is great on iPhoto ’09 but there are only a few cameras out there that currently have geotagging built in.  Obviously the iPhone does, and for most of us that is it.  While good for a camera phone, iPhone images aren’t fantastic.  Some of you might have theGPS-enabled Nikon’s Coolpix P6000 13.5MP Digital Camera which is the camera that Apple showed off during the iPhoto demonstration.  Most of us don’t have geotagging for great photos.  But there is a pretty cool little workaround. 

Eye-Fi Explore SD cards ($100), which have a built in Wifi card, use their wireless capabilities to geotag pictures.  While it isn’t quite as accurate as a real GPS (or even Cell tower GPS), it is still accurate enough to get the point across.  It triangulates based on nearby Wifi hotspots that are in a national database with geographic coordinates.  This is very similar to the technology that the iPod Touch uses to find itself in the Maps application.  If you aren’t in a Wifi’s range when the picture is snapped, it will point to the area where the next wifi point is triangulated.  (more below)

Using the Eye-fi Explore obviously could cut down on your usable amount of storage space (2GB) and also probably uses your battery significantly faster, but having a geotagging function is probably worth it for most.  You’ll also need a camera that takes SD Cards.  Cameras that take CF Cards, SonyMemory Sticks, xD cards or any other type of media unfortunately won’t be able to take advantage of this technology.

Manufacturer Product Description
A Wireless Memory Card? Yes, there really is Wi-Fi inside that tiny little card. It’s going to change the way you take, save and share photos.

Explore Usage

It makes your camera a Wi-Fi camera. Upload your photos automatically.

Photos shouldn’t be trapped in your camera. Set them free effortlessly and wirelessly. The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless SD memory card for your digital camera. It stores pictures like a standard SD memory card, but also uses your Wi-Fi network to automatically upload images from inside your camera to your PC or Mac. No cables, no cradles, no fuss. It also neatly organizes your photo uploads by date in the folder you choose.

Key Features

  • Unlimited Geotagging
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Access for 1 year
  • Unlimited WebShare Service
  • Wireless Uploads to Computer
  • 2 GB of storage

Eye-Fi Explore is for those who tag or organize, for those who blog or share in real-time, for those who need to upload here, there or somewhere else, and all the rest who are simply passionate about managing, sharing and saving their memories.
It uploads photos wirelessly to your computer and to the web, of course. But, Eye-Fi Explore also automatically adds geographic location labels to your photos and allows you to upload from more than 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. Your memories will be easier to search and more fun to share with geo tags, and you’ll be able to upload them on the go.

How it works

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Geotagging

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With Geotagging, your photos will be automatically labeled, or tagged, to show where they were taken. Today, tags make searching for photos easier and make sharing them more meaningful, but it’s a time-consuming and manual process. With Eye-Fi’s Geotagging Service, you won’t have to spend your time entering the info. It’s done for you when you upload your photo.

Using its built-in Wi-Fi, the Eye-Fi Card locates any surrounding Wi-Fi networks as you take pictures. Then, the Eye-Fi Service translates that data into geographic location and adds the information to each picture (in the EXIF data) as it is delivered to the web or your computer. It’s as easy as that. You snap the shot and the photo shows up labeled with the city and state in which it was taken.

The coverage area is expanding all the time, as new Wi-Fi access points appear and as the location of those wireless networks are mapped and added to the system. Today, in North America, about 70 percent of the populated areas have been mapped. In Europe, the top 50 metropolitan areas are covered, along with 70 percent of the populated areas in Germany, France and the UK. Coverage is expanding in Western Europe as well as several areas of Asia, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other countries.

Certain online photo sites already support geotagging and even have visualization tools that let you map your memories. Check out Flickr, Picasa and SmugMug to see what geotagging can do. Many desktop photo management programs also make good use of geotags as well, including Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 6 (PC only), Google’s Picasa (PC only), Ovolabs Geophoto (mac only) and Microsoft’s Pro Photo Tools (PC only).

Eye-Fi Explore includes unlimited Geotagging.

HotSpot Access

With Hotspot Access, you’ll be able to upload from more than 10,000 Wayport Wi-Fi hotspots across the US just as easily as at home. You don’t need to have your laptop with you or even have an account with the hotspot provider. Your photos will be delivered to your photo-sharing website and to your computer, even if it’s thousands of miles away.

To make this possible and easy, Eye-Fi has worked directly with hotspot provider Wayport. Wayport offers Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations, including most McDonald’s restaurants, major hotels, airports, and other locales. To see a map of all the locations in the US, click here.

An Eye-Fi Card with Hotspot Access already includes access to Wayport hotspots. Simply walk into a Wayport location and turn on your camera. Your Eye-Fi Card will recognize the network, connect to it and start uploading your photos while you have a burger or wait for your flight.

If you want to be informed about your uploads, you can choose to receive status updates from Eye-Fi as either email or SMS messages. We’ll let you know when you’ve connected to a supported hotspot network and are uploading and we’ll let you know when your upload is finished. And, like all Eye-Fi uploads, if you leave the location before your upload is finished, it will pick up right where it left off the next time you’re in a supported location.

Eye-Fi Explore includes 1 year of Wayport Hotspot Access. Eye-Fi Explore users will be able to renew Hotspot Access for $19 per year after the first year.

WebShare

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With WebShare, your photos can be automatically uploaded to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking website. No wasted time sitting in front of your computer. No fussing with upload software. No delay in sharing your new memories with friends and family.

Choose from among more than 20 of the most popular websites and some up-and-comers too. You can upload images privately and

control if and when they are viewable by others. Many sites even let you edit your photo albums online. And, you can change your preferred upload site at any time.

You can even upload to the Web when your computer is turned off. The Eye-Fi Share and The Eye-Fi Explore will upload your photos directly to the Eye-Fi Service through your home Wi-Fi network. We’ll deliver them to your photo site and then deliver them to your computer the next time you turn it on. The Eye-Fi Service is secure and encrypted, so your data and photos are safe and private.

Eye-Fi Share and Eye-Fi Explore include unlimited WebShare service. Upload and share all you want.

Product Description

For those who tag or organize, who blog or share in real-time, who need to upload here, there, or somewhere else; and for all the rest who are simply passionate about managing, sharing, and saving their memories: there is now the Eye-Fi Explore Wireless SD card. It uploads photos wirelessly to your computer and to the web, of course. But, Eye-Fi Explore also automatically adds geographic location labels to your photos and allows you to upload from more than 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. Your memories will be easier to search and more fun to share with geo tags, and you’ll be able to upload them while on the go.

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January 6, 2009

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iPhoto plug-insiPhoto 7, part of the new iLife 08 suite, has some great new features, including the much-touted “events” categorization instead of “rolls,” a better levels slider and a new “reduce noise” slider that clears up fuzz (and in the extreme can make your friends look like digital cartoons – nice).

The upgrade is not without its faults, however, and even the most simple of operations

July 20

History will remember the early 21st Century as a turning point for photography — the point at which mainstream photos transitioned from chemical to digital, thereby becoming “print optional” for the first time. Although digital photography has taken small annual steps for 20 years, those steps have collectively evolved early, uselessly low-resolution digital cameras into superior alternatives to their film-based predecessors. Even the tiny cameras built into iPhones take much better-quality photos than Kodaks and Polaroids, and more of them, too: the days of 12-, 24-, or 36-exposure film cartridges and fading exposures are long gone, replaced by all but infinite burst-mode photos that can live on your computer forever.

But some photos deserve a more prominent display in your home than a vault in your computer’s photo library. Apple has known this since the dawn of digital photography. Since iPhoto launched in 2002, Apple has offered photo and book printing services, a feature later added to Aperture and OS X Photos. Yet even though CanonSony, and Nikon have introduced high- and ultra-high-resolution cameras capable of creating huge prints, Apple hasn’t updated its apps with new large-format print options. That’s where this How-To series comes in.

It’s possible to use Photos to create large paper prints, but there’s a lot of exciting large-format photo printing work being done now with other materials, including metal, glass, and canvas. Part 1 of this How-To guide looked at large-format metal prints, and Part 2 looked at canvas and glass prints, with tips on composing large-format images. This third and final part looks at several additional options: turning your photos into hand-painted art, printing on brushed silver aluminum, and large-format “behind acrylic glass” photo printing. Each is different from the prior prints we covered, and one is the most beautiful large photo-to-wall art process I’ve yet seen…

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July 13

Your digital photos were never intended to remain trapped on your computer’s hard drive. Apple’s original 2002 version of iPhoto proudly included physical book and photo printing services, adding new books and various types of cards every 2-3 years. Since early digital cameras took low-resolution photos, Apple’s services focused primarily on small prints. But over the past decade, cameras have really evolved: there are now 36-Megapixel Nikons42-Megapixel Sonys, and 50-Megapixel Canons. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t update iPhoto or its later Aperture and Photos apps with additional large-format printing options to keep up with the higher-resolution cameras many people are using.

Even if you don’t have a high-end DSLR, there are ways to turn more typical 20-Megapixel images into large pieces of wall art — if you’re willing to look outside Apple’s photo apps for printing services. And amazingly, even recent iPhones and iPads can create 43-Megapixel ultra-wide panoramas that will look stunning on one or more large canvases, as shown in the photo above.

What’s the best large format to choose for your photos? That depends on the type of images you have, and the results you’re looking for. To illustrate the options, I reached out to a number of popular photo printing services to see how digital photos would look on metal, glass, and canvas — large-format alternatives Apple doesn’t offer. Part 1 of this How-To guide looked at metal prints that apply dyes and gloss directly onto aluminum surfaces. Today, Part 2 looks at large-format canvas and glass prints. And the last part, coming next week, will look at several additional options that provide unique twists on these options. Inside, you’ll see how each process has its own unique appeal…

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July 4

Apple knew it had something special to share with the world when it released iPhoto in 2002: in addition to printing 20″ by 30″ poster-sized photos, the original iPhoto’s “most stunning feature” (according to Apple) was a page layout tool that quickly turned digital photo collections into printed hardcover books. These were Apple’s acknowledgements that tangible photos still had value in a digital era, and it subsequently added calendars, greeting cards, softcover books, and letterpress cards to iPhoto. Apple’s newer app Photos for Mac hides these options under the File menu at the top of the screen, and hasn’t expanded on them, a shame considering how nice the results look.

But apart from including the poster options in 2002, Apple never added “large-format art” to the list of things its photo apps could produce. Back in 2002, digital cameras were so low-resolution that they struggled to produce pixel-free 4″ by 6″ photos, so it’s no surprise that Apple wasn’t trying to build a market for large prints. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. Canon currently sells two 50-Megapixel cameras, Sony has one 42-Megapixel camera, and Nikon offers four 36-Megapixel cameras. iPhones and iPads can create up to 43-Megapixel ultra-wide panoramas. A large, properly-composed print from any of these cameras (or even the more common 20- to 25-Megapixel cameras people are using today) will look amazing hanging on the wall of your home or office… if you know how to do it.

I wanted to see what the best options were for large-format photography, so I reached out to a collection of excellent art print services to see how digital photos would look on metal, glass, and canvas — materials Photos doesn’t offer. In Part 1 of this How-To guide, I’m looking at large-format metal prints that apply dyes and gloss directly onto aluminum surfaces, with results as saturated as Apple’s famous “nanochromatic” iPod nanos. A new Part 2 looks at large-format canvas and glass prints. Read on for all the details…

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