Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a bus driver/retired
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, paint, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects', like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!

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Gollan: This was an interesting article. I was surprised to hear that Photos was going to be the Aperture replacement and I'm impressed that Jeff Keller even gave it a try. It seems to me that Apple has always catered to creative enterprise and it is somewhat surprising to see them back away. (Frankly, Apple has a history of blowing hot and cold in other areas too, such as the use of iPads in Education). My friend is a professional artist who uses iMacs, but she also uses a DSLR to produce much of the raw material that goes into her work. What message is Apple sending to her when they have taken away one of the powerful tools that is in her workflow?

I have a HP, a Dell, and an iMac.

Mechanically, I've only had issues with the Dell Inspiron, where a key on the keyboard suddenly fell apart, not worth sending it off for repair (the key top fell off, but it still works).

It has seen a change of OS, as it was very unstable originally, but is now running Mint (a Linux variant), flawlessly!

It has seen a new battery, that's all!

The HP Mini has seen a change of OS, to Ubuntu, and only sees use on travels.

The iMac has seen one major overhaul (including replacement of the screen), where the HD was replaced by a SSD (the orginal disc is now external, which works very well. An external back-up is also connected, via Firewire!

Really love the iMac, but I don't love Apple software that much!

Have had various stationary PCs, and RiscPCs (still use RiscOS, occasionally). Not likely I ever buy a PC again, but one never knows!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
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ben searle: I just installed Yosemite but still expected Aperture to work. I was aware an update was needed but still expected to get that from the App Store. When I try to open Aperture it says 'Download the latest version for free from the Mac App Store'. But when I get there is says 'The item you've requested is not currently available in the UK Store.'

Anyone know where I can get it? Is it still available in other countries?

I don't like the abrupt way Apple has disabled this - I thought I could at least keep the current version going....

Thanks

Glad to hear you got it fixed! Not every problem is solved that easy!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 15:37 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: This is a false comparison. The Photos app should be compared with iPhoto. And lest anyone forget, the Photos app is free; no one is being asked to pay anything for it. Photos is meant to be a consumer level app for the average user, giving them something for free to use on their photos.

Most Aperture users have already migrated to LR; this was something happening even before Apple announced the end of Aperture development. If any advanced users actually think Photos is meant to replace a pro app like Aperture, shame on them for not doing their homework. I don't know of a serious photographer who in any way is surprised or disappointed with the Photos app because they never expected it to be a pro app or replace Aperture.

The main problem is that newer cameras (posssibly newer lenses as well) get nil support, so Apple is saying you either get this freebie, and like it, or we're not giving you any support!

I started with iPhoto and progressed to Aperture, and found myself much more at home using Aperture than any other program I've used for photo editing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 15:34 UTC
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Gollan: This was an interesting article. I was surprised to hear that Photos was going to be the Aperture replacement and I'm impressed that Jeff Keller even gave it a try. It seems to me that Apple has always catered to creative enterprise and it is somewhat surprising to see them back away. (Frankly, Apple has a history of blowing hot and cold in other areas too, such as the use of iPads in Education). My friend is a professional artist who uses iMacs, but she also uses a DSLR to produce much of the raw material that goes into her work. What message is Apple sending to her when they have taken away one of the powerful tools that is in her workflow?

To me the switch from Dell/Windows to iMac was from very flakey operation to nearly nil problems.

Like any computer, the iMac needs some maintenance, occasionally, but it still performs well after over five years of intensive use! CleanMyMac, and ProtectMac, keeps it free from viruses, and from getting clogged by un-needed files.

Next improvement will be more memory, as it got a SSD a couple of years ago.

Ten years effective life, that's what I aim for!

Still got my Inspiron, but it runs on Mint 14, instead of Windows, so no more problems of any kind.

But OS X has to me been a delight from day one, and I only use it on my iMac (the wife's Mac Mini is seldom used)!

Aperture started to misbehave with the next to latest OS X upgrade, but since the present version, all problems have disappeared, totally, as by magic.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 10:20 UTC
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kodos: This is one reason I will never use Apple software. They seem to get "bored" of it easily. Look at how they also nerfed Pages. I only use Adobe and Microsoft software now. Cross platform and as software companies we know they are in it for the long haul, so it is unlikely they will move resources to work on $17k Gold Watches.

It had been a good idea to make it available on other platforms as well, I guess, but then none would by an Apple, would they?!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
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Tord S Eriksson: Tried the new magic Photos, and found it lacking in every way!

Happily I found a way to delete it totally (the OS doesn't allow this normally), and while I still mainly use Aperture, this will be the last of Apple software I'll be using (still using Final Cut Pro).

Really sad, that Apple just abandons us, just like that!

Mark,

CleanMyMac 3 did it effortlessly!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 04:41 UTC
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Gmon750: Apple concentrates on the masses, not the 1%. For that, Photos is a great application to have included as part of OSX.

It's unfortunate that Aperture went the way of vine-rot. I was about to purchase it last year, then heard the rumor that Apple was going to axe it. I went with Lightroom and never looked back. Apple announced the discontinuation of Aperture a week later.

Lightroom is not perfect by far, however like Photoshop, it is the standard for RAW photography.

The first program that have got my attention in a long time, after Apple declared Aperture as a non-supported piece of software, has been DxO Optics Pro 10, which does the basics so very well, including correcting lens errors, and handling noise much better than any add-on to LR or Aperture I've tried (I haven't tried NIK, but several others, including Noiseware and Topaz).

It does lack all the nice brushes you find in Aperture and LR, but the basics it handles very well indeed! Version 9 isn't very interesting (been given away for free), but 10 is amazing!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 22:21 UTC

My Aperture was flakey lately, but the latest update to the OS fixed all issues as by magic.

But with it came Photos, and that didn't agree with my way of doing things at all! But easily fixed with CleanMyMac3, which seemingly elegantly deleted Photos, with no ill effects!

Photos was eagerly awaited, but was definitely not for me! With it came the OS upgrade which, as by magic, improved my old iMac!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:12 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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JerryShots: LOL - Anyone who is interested in photography is already using a real 'Adult' program - Why should they be interested in another walk down a plank software treat from Apple?
Lightroom is too complicated for Apple users?
<chuckling 'cause it's true>

Adobe (named after a little creek flowing between the founders' homes!) abandoned PageMaker, once a revolutionary DTP program, just like that, leaving thousands of users in limbo.

So in that respect Adobe isn't different from Apple.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 09:00 UTC
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Craig Atkinson: I've always found LR better than Aperture. Surprised at how many Ap users here. New LR next week maybe, good timing, to mop up!

I prefer DxO over LR, but some things is handled so well by LR, I hate to admit.

But I do prefer the Aperture way of editing images, I must say.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:21 UTC
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Gazeomon: One cannot even delete PHOTOS from the hard drive and free some disc space.
Every time I import images into Lightroom, this crappy PHOTO has to be clicked out of my sight. Just another APPLE p-ss off.

CleanMyMac3 easily deleted the entire shebang and freed a lot of disc space, and memory!

Managed to delete a lot of other useless software, too, also claimed to be essential by Apple.

The computer seems to be happier than ever, too (latest OS X update is much more stable than the preceeding version).

Great firmware update!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:20 UTC
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User2774675837: I started using Aperture with its first release (there was no Lightroom at this time). It is sad that Apple did pull the plug on this software. It is still a very valuable app for my workflow. I do not care much about the talking regarding Apple shifting strategies. I think they made a bold move with FinalCut (which I also use) and it worked out.

Probably I will switch to Lightroom. I am not sure though if I like their subscription approach. We will see what happens with LR6. LR5's feature set is not a reason enough for me to switch.

I am an avid user of the DxO package which in my opinion is the best software for RAW development. Its lens data use and noise reduction algorithm are exceptional. It lacks some essential features for management and manipulation (brushes etc.). But, it offers fair LR integration. Maybe I simply stick with Photos and DxO. Photos may improve over time, it satisfies my needs regarding private sharing and iOS integration, and it is free ...

I use DxO, and Aperture, and I'd love the combination if the export from DxO faster.

I open my RAW in DxO, set PRIME, and do some other basic editing before moving the images to Aperture for final editing. Works great, BUT the exporting takes a very, very long time!

That really sucks!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:14 UTC
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Stubb: I ditched Aperture several months ago for a combination of DxO Optics Pro (raw conversion) and Photo Supreme (metadata). It's a little extra work jumping between the two programs, but Photo Supreme plays real with DxO and actually interprets some of the info in DxO sidecars for building previews (e.g., cropping). It's somewhat reassuring not relying on one company for everything.

I've just started with DxO, so I'll certainly check out Photo Supreme as well!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:07 UTC
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Alan G Thompson: Good Grief
It just happened, i realized I wont be looking at my next computer being an Apple, I have just been on the Apple website trying to find out the specs of iMovie and I can't find out! Just "It's So Cool" download here, after finding out how bad Photo's is and what it does to my work, it was the last straw, I'm trying to be creative and Apple is now hindering that instead of facilitating it... just like Windows 8 did, i really hope something happens that changes Apples seemingly burning desire to be the MacDonalds of computers.

I too had been in the process of choosing my new Aplle computer, and now I realise that it probably will be a, gulp, Windows machine.

Great news for Microsoft, that Apple is abandoning the pro image makers.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:05 UTC
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myung keun: Jony Ive's frenzy for minimalism doesn't only affect aesthetics but also functionality. I can live with less visual clutter, but not less functionality.
That being said, there is of course a more sensible side to this:

This is just a start.
I assume that Apple is working hard to widen their photography platform capabilities. They just needed a strong grounded foundation to built on.
We all know that Apple is serious and passionate about photography.
Aperture was a good software but it was trying to be a separate entity on its own and was not connected to the existing Apple infrastructure (at least not as well). The platform lost its merit to be expanded any further. Apple wanted a clean slate. A fresh start. They knew it's going to upset many of the existing loyal Aperture users. But they also knew they couldn't do that without sacrificing at least something.

Apple wanted Big Brother, where everything is accessible to the authorities, whoever they might be! Every piece of hardware need to send the images it makes to the enlightened authorities to see if you've been up to something, or if you've accidentally photographed anything that could be of interest to them!

So send off all your images, videos, and conversations, into the cloud (a.k.a. Big Brother), where thousands of people and computers are looking at your images, watching your movies, and are listening to your conversations, and recordings.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 08:02 UTC
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meanwhile: You only have to look around the Photos package a bit to realise this is just the beginning. It's not a replacement for Aperture, but they never said it was.

Big Brother is moving in, in a big way. Nothing should be left to the user, all your images should soar out into void, where government agencies can check through all the images you ever have taken.

Evidently Apple is thinking the same, as you can't control which images soar off into the cloud, and which are not.

Must be Big Brother's dream, where people willingly send off all their images into the Cloud, to allow Big Brother and his NSA buddies to check them all out.

If one of these images contain a person that Big Brother doesn't approve of, a Reaper will be making a visit any day, soon!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 07:54 UTC
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Siberiinn: The answer to the title of this article is "no, not yet". The key word is "yet". Once Apple opens up Extensions (plug-ins) then other developers (e.g. onOne, MacPhun, etc.) will grow Photos into more than Aperture was. I think Apple realized they can't compete with LR, but also realized their cameras took a LOT of photos and iPhotos was out-dated. I'm a LR user (non-pro/ enthusiast) and Photos won't replace LR for me. Will it replace iPhoto? Absolutely! This is just Photos 1.0.

To the pompous snobs that have been posting that Photos isn't enough for them and so Apple is doomed because Steve Jobs would have never done this, get real! Steve Jobs is not coming back. You are basically saying the other tens of thousands of employees at Apple are meaningless because Steve Jobs must have written every line of code and hand-built every piece of hardware. Steve Jobs helped make Apple a successful company, but the success is still continuing. Compare the share price and market cap.

Silberlinn,

I think that's wishful thinking! Apple wants to be as closed shop as they can be, so your Extensions heaven is, I'm afraid, a dream.

And calling me a pompous snob, that's up to you, but to me Photos is a great step backwards.

Apple became a success thanks to excellent software, not because their Appple II was a computer was better than the other offerings that swarmed the market.

Same with the iPhone, where it was the firmware & software that made it a success.

Photos is a dumbed down Aperture, with a bit of LR thrown in.

Maybe Apple is moving out of the computer business over all?!

Wanting us only to use iPads, iPhones, and whatever else they invent, getting us to rid ourselves of those ugly desktop computers?!
Big Brother is here, the mainframes take over (the cloud is just millions of mainframes joining hands), while our local computers get dumber, and dumber, not working properly without the internet, NFC, and other means of hooking up to Big Brother!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 07:45 UTC
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Gollan: This was an interesting article. I was surprised to hear that Photos was going to be the Aperture replacement and I'm impressed that Jeff Keller even gave it a try. It seems to me that Apple has always catered to creative enterprise and it is somewhat surprising to see them back away. (Frankly, Apple has a history of blowing hot and cold in other areas too, such as the use of iPads in Education). My friend is a professional artist who uses iMacs, but she also uses a DSLR to produce much of the raw material that goes into her work. What message is Apple sending to her when they have taken away one of the powerful tools that is in her workflow?

The clear message from Apple is, we're not interested in you as customers any more, and we can't care less if you buy something else.

My major outlays the last five years have been Toyota, Pentax, Nikon and Apple (including software for my Apple products).

This will surely change in the future (Pentax is already off the list), as now it seems Apple will be struck off the list!

Is there something iMac-like in the world of Linux?!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 07:27 UTC
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kodos: This is one reason I will never use Apple software. They seem to get "bored" of it easily. Look at how they also nerfed Pages. I only use Adobe and Microsoft software now. Cross platform and as software companies we know they are in it for the long haul, so it is unlikely they will move resources to work on $17k Gold Watches.

Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that likes Apple hardware, but not terribly keen on Apple's way of handling its software, nor its software customers.

Indeed, 'Jobs has left the building' is more and more evident!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 07:16 UTC
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DaveE1: Next week, Jeff Keller write a long piece explaining why he doesn't like eating apples when he wants an orange.

Photos is not supposed to be Aperture. If it was, it would be Aperture. Use an application that does what you want instead would be the best advice.

To me Photos is totally geared to the non-pro, non-enthusiast, in short the masses.

I have no need for the masses, so good-bye Apple!

I had planned to upgrade my iMac to something current, but now I'll be doing a serious checkout of the alternatives!

Thanks for giving me the push!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 07:12 UTC
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