Katie Piecrust

Katie Piecrust

Lives in Canada Canada
Joined on Jul 10, 2003

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Mickslick: Long time reader / lurker but not an active poster, this compelled me to register and post.

Bottom line, arrogance before the fall. Time after time companies get to a point where their lack of competition gives them a false sense of worth, value and brilliance. Then they overreach and, due to their arrogance, don't correct course until irreparable damage is done, often times to the point of no return.

Now what's really amazing is that it's not like Adobe is making jetliners, complex processors, heavy construction equipment etc..., it's photo software. Once the competitive vacuum opens up this thing will be replicated by competing products with like quality, if not better once Adobe starts losing all their engineers to the competitors, in probably months, not even years.

You have to realize this isn't just about photo editing. The majority of those working in the visual effects industries are just as upset. If you tend to spend your free time on just a few digital photography sites, you're definitely not getting a sense of the bigger picture.

There are a lot of software developers out there whom are already part of the way there and could release something if they so chose (The Foundry for example and many others). No doubt there are some who've wanted to challenge Adobe for a long time, but held back because it was too risky what with the stranglehold Adobe had on certain aspects of the CG market. Competitors won't find a better opportunity to try, nor will their chances for success ever be higher, than right now I think.

Adobe may ultimately come to regret their decision. While I'm sure they've spent much time studying the market, it's no guarantee the situation has been read correctly. Greed (not just for cash btw) often leads to wishful thinking.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:29 UTC
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OneGuy: Adobe: Lousy software. My PDF conversion from MS Word 2010 inserts edge artifacts -- hate to use it. Conversion of my manuscript to PDF was a royal pain (the only way to do it 7 yrs ago).

Adobe: A monopoly with US Govt backing. Sherman doesn't like it.

Bottom line: I don't use it. I deleted flash player and didn't even notice. Have no Adobe software except PDF reader and looking for replacement.

A good free reader I've been using for a couple of years now is:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

Used Foxit before that, until it began to develop problems (adware for instance). Of course now that Firefox has native support for displaying PDF files, that might be all one needs for basic reading.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 22:05 UTC
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TLD: I've lusted over the 24 inch Cintiq Touch since it came out, but it is a lot more money than the non touch version, and is so big it would take over your desk space leaving no room for a couple of large monitors. So I am interested in this device because it is a) affordable, and b) could occupy the same desk space as my Intuos 4.

But AFAICT this is NOT a Touch device, so I doubt I'll bother. There will probably be a Touch version down the road, but if the 24 inch Cintiq is anything to go by, a 13 inch Cintiq Touch would cost half as much again, be too much money for what it is and does.

Now if someone can tell me that I missed the Touch feature in 'this' version, I am definitely interested.

I found a good link showing touch navigation in Corel Painter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghlvpc3oz7I

And one showing it used in a 3D setting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKh4JGHwASc

Another good one I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOQ_gk3QtgA

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:38 UTC
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Arcie: Wacom price for 999, this version must have some downside. I rather pay for something around 5000$ greater, one for its price, other for its availability, since higher the cost usually comes with better benefits.
Who knows, this 999 version might be good for my students to use in High school.

If paying an arm and a leg (and another arm) is what you desire, wait until this summer when Wacom releases their own tablet PC (which the Cintiq is not).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
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TWIZEEL: I so used to use a mouse so dont know if I could to use it : ))

I've owned the Wacom Graphire 3, Intuos 2, Intuos 3, Bamboo Pen & Touch, and currently use the Intuos 4. I'll probably upgrade to the Intuos 5 if many of the apps I enjoy start supporting the touch features in a useful way (quick navigation for example). It's very natural for some things, like painting, and the pressure sensitivity is really useful, such as for controlling opacity on the fly. That said, there are still many things I prefer using a mouse for simply because an Intuos feels unnatural. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:29 UTC
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Aroart: Clearly this. Is Cintiques answer to all the new windows 8 tablets that offer an activ digitizer. I just bought a Samsung Ativ and might return it for this.

The Cintiq line are not tablet PC's. They are an input device only. This one is basically an Intuos 5 with an LCD screen built in to it. Another way to think of it is as a mouse, like the one you're most likely using to navigate this website. The Wacom Cintiq is just a mouse with a screen built in (to over-simplify things a bit lol). ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:20 UTC
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TLD: I've lusted over the 24 inch Cintiq Touch since it came out, but it is a lot more money than the non touch version, and is so big it would take over your desk space leaving no room for a couple of large monitors. So I am interested in this device because it is a) affordable, and b) could occupy the same desk space as my Intuos 4.

But AFAICT this is NOT a Touch device, so I doubt I'll bother. There will probably be a Touch version down the road, but if the 24 inch Cintiq is anything to go by, a 13 inch Cintiq Touch would cost half as much again, be too much money for what it is and does.

Now if someone can tell me that I missed the Touch feature in 'this' version, I am definitely interested.

Touch can be used for navigation and the pen for the actual brushing. So in terms of both 2D and 3D usage, you would use your fingers for panning, zooming, and rotating. Think of touch as an alternative to 3D mice, such as those made by 3dConnexion. You have to realize that Wacom tablets are heavily used in the VFX industry and not just by photographers. Autodesk Mudbox 2014, which was just announced, is going to be one of only a few apps right now which can handle the newish touch features this way, something the much more commonly used Wacom Intuos 5 line now has (some Bamboo's too). Personally I would welcome the ability to rotate, zoom, and pan a mesh in 3D space using my fingers. It just seems like it would feel more natural while sculpting and probably would increase productivity to boot. No doubt the next version of Photoshop will have better support for touch navigation as well.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:13 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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AP7: Canon 6D may use the same shutter as Rebel series. Although the shutter in rebel camera can support 1/200 sec flash sync, in 6D it can only support 1/180sec due to longer travel (as the sensor is bigger).

I don't know, do 60D sales hurt 7D sales? Do you know the conclusive answer to that? For all we know could be that it did, and as a result Canon learned from it which is why we're seeing these artificial limitations today. And I really do believe they are artificial, just like limiting auto focus to f/5.6 and wider so consumers are encouraged to buy faster (as in more expensive) lenses. AF at f/8 is perfectly feasible, especially with that -3 EV spec, something else a hacked/updated firmware could probably change.

As far as the Rebels go, they're why I said "just about" in my previous comment. Peculiar is all I was saying, considering it's placement in Canon's entire lineup. It's hard to say what their logic actually is and I doubt we'll ever know for certain. Speculation is pretty much all we mere mortals can do, and it's important to remember that Canon isn't in the photography business. They're in the making money business lol. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 22:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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fdfgdfgdgf: A Phone as a remote LCD monitor?

"You can use your smartphone for remote camera control and operation (with the EOS Remote app),"

Does it possible?

How many people actually need everything todays smart phones do? If all one needs is a portable telephone, why constantly upgrade if what you already have works perfectly fine? Same goes for most of the stuff we all buy, including cameras. We tend to confuse our desires with actual needs and it's not easy to unlearn this behavior because it's how we've been raised, especially those of us in first world countries who've been blasted by constant advertising since birth practically. It took me a long time to realize money and possessions can't buy happiness. A lot of folks never manage to learn this and is why so many are deep in debt. I don't buy anything anymore unless it's something I actually need, and I'm a whole lot richer for it. I just let my money accumulate now, a good thing because it means I'll be ready should a sudden emergency ever arise. I also generate a lot less garbage which is good for our environment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 21:54 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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AP7: Canon 6D may use the same shutter as Rebel series. Although the shutter in rebel camera can support 1/200 sec flash sync, in 6D it can only support 1/180sec due to longer travel (as the sensor is bigger).

My feelings about the 1/180 flash sync and 1/4000 max shutter speed is that they are artificial limitations by Canon in order to prevent it from hurting 5DIII sales. Otherwise it's just plain odd when compared to, well, their entire DSLR line just about. I can see them releasing a firmware patch down the road that removes these limits when they're no longer considered an issue, much like they did with the 7D recently which proves they're willing to do such a thing. If I'm right, and I just as easily may not be, it'll be of much interest to hackers who will enjoy the challenge of removing said limits.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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Katie Piecrust: Hmm... does one choose a top of the line crop camera or a bottom of the line full frame? I think my preference is still going to be an updated 7D so long as they keep everything currently great about it, like the 100% viewfinder coverage. Adding that -3 EV and built in wi-fi would be a good start. I wonder if Canon will announce any other new cameras or if this is the last one for the year.

I also wonder if Canon is planning on eventually retiring the 1.6x crop factor sensor for good, perhaps only keeping it in their Rebels for a spell while the rest of their line goes FF. Certainly they can only take crop sensors so far before they have no choice but to increase the sensor area. Would certainly shake up the field, that's for sure. I suppose 1.3x crop could also be a possibility down the road, something Canon has played with before.

I'm not asking them to ditch the 1.6x crop sensor, only saying that it may eventually be inevitable (due to the laws of physics in case you weren't aware). There have been a few good comments regarding the fact that Canon is also in the glass business, and FF sensors necessitate good glass. It's not hard to do the math, so to speak.

Like Tommot1965 said, APC-C sensors were the result of cost limitations at the time, probably technical too since FF didn't even exist in the first few pro DSLR'S back then. Those limits don't really apply anymore, so why keep making them assuming one has reached the limit of what they can achieve? One less sensor to produce increases profits too.

There has always been this unconscious (or conscious?) desire to mimic 35mm film, including it's dimensions (an artificial limitation admittedly), especially among those whom grew up with it (good old nostalgia). And don't forget 4K is making an appearance this year too, a sign of things to come.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:00 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)

Hmm... does one choose a top of the line crop camera or a bottom of the line full frame? I think my preference is still going to be an updated 7D so long as they keep everything currently great about it, like the 100% viewfinder coverage. Adding that -3 EV and built in wi-fi would be a good start. I wonder if Canon will announce any other new cameras or if this is the last one for the year.

I also wonder if Canon is planning on eventually retiring the 1.6x crop factor sensor for good, perhaps only keeping it in their Rebels for a spell while the rest of their line goes FF. Certainly they can only take crop sensors so far before they have no choice but to increase the sensor area. Would certainly shake up the field, that's for sure. I suppose 1.3x crop could also be a possibility down the road, something Canon has played with before.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 18:27 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies

The number of people complaining about the camera resolution is very telling. It shows us just how many amateurs use this site, which is clearly a lot. Based on what I've been reading, DPR really needs to consider doing an article on photo stitching if they haven't already.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the clarity of multiple stitched images using a lower megapixel sensor should easily beat a single shot from a high megapixel one of the same size, yes? Something to consider and discuss. I also find it interesting that a Mars probe ten years from now will, based on how things are done at NASA, likely be sporting the technology available today, or at least close to it when limitations are considered.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:47 UTC as 45th comment
On Roger Cicala investigates Canon's AF marketing claims article (89 comments in total)
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facedodge: Conclusion... newer is better.

Regarding software, newer IS usually better in the beginning. It's all up hill for the first few months/years of development, then it reaches it's zenith where the developers should stop adding features and just focus on stability. They never do that though and down the other side of the hill it goes. Once bloated to the point of uselessness, everyone moves onto the next big thing only to see the cycle start all over again. It is physically impossible for a developer to stop when good sense says they should lol.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 01:30 UTC
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Jun2: These lenses look like SONY

Who buys their lens based on how it looks? Isn't performance what matters most to you? I'd happily use the ugliest lens ever created in the history of photography if it meant I was also getting the sharpest lens ever made in the history of photography lol. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:23 UTC
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)

I've read quite a few comments that this is proof Canon won't be releasing a replacement camera any time soon. One comment stated they don't make any money by releasing a firmware update so this can only be goodwill from Canon. I have a suspicion such statements are incorrect though.

With Photokina right around the corner, consumers are more likely to take a wait and see approach rather than buy anything right now. I know this because I'm currently doing it, as I'm sure many are. Thus releasing new firmware, especially one that boosts both features and performance, actually makes sense. Canon doesn't want people to wait, especially if they do have a 7d2 all ready to go. They want consumers to keep buying in spite of the fact a new model might be announced in September.

The timing of this firmware release is perfect when viewed in that light. Three years and they couldn't have released it sooner? It has to be a tactic, especially with competition heating up from the other vendors.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2012 at 05:40 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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