As a semi-pro user of Photoshop, there are many features of PS that are very difficult to implement efficiently in other apps, especially where specialised filters, plug-ins and actions combine. I routinely look around for alternatives but I'm never convinced.
When upgrade cycles of HW, OS and Apps were slower, the infrequent App upgrade was fine. Now that the pace has picked up significantly, the idea of keeping old Apps running is getting to be unrealistic. The iOS App model shows what is going on; Frequent updates to everything is the norm, so I see where Adobe are going with this.
I am also a pro CAD developer and while the costs make my eyes water, in this case a sub is cheaper than the traditional upgrade.
However, Adobe are increasing the costs for the subscription model, which is crazy.
I have no use for the online component they offer, so a discount for passing on those would be nice. While we're at it, I'd give up big chunks of PS I rarely use for a reduced sub.
Joel: Do the RAW comparison between the RX1 and the RX100; the baby of the two does an astonishingly good job at low ISO for the standard test points in the scene. My RX100 is certainly a hoot to make images with.
The idea that Sony have had to produce these two cameras on a theme is a very good one in that the RX100 will get you a decent way into RX1 territory for a sensible price. If you want the extra sensitivity, shallow DOF and gamut, the RX1 is the thing and I'm sure will be a lot of fun to own and to use, especially when its particular strengths will come to the fore.
It's certainly a very desirable object and, as has been mentioned, shows serious intent of the direction Sony want to take their imaging business, which is good for us.
My current combination of the R1 with the RX100 is one I'm really happy with and maybe I'll add the RX1 one day but it's not quite the machine I'm looking for, given what I tend to do.
Well, each product of this kind they launch reinforces their commitment to high standards of design, finish and photographic excellence which builds confidence in those who still regard Sony as a newcomer with something to prove.
I still come across this attitude in casual conversations when people ask me about the camera I use, which is why I mentioned it. I agree though that this is a declining trend.
Do the RAW comparison between the RX1 and the RX100; the baby of the two does an astonishingly good job at low ISO for the standard test points in the scene. My RX100 is certainly a hoot to make images with.
I had a look at these apps. and you have some good recommendations but then I thought I would try something I already have but wasn't using much; Keynote.
While playing on the iPad, you have good control, single tapping to advance or swiping right to backup, plus a thumbnail strip for quick navigation. The presentation can be set to loop so as not to end in edit mode. The graphical treatments are extensive and you can frame individual images according to what works best, choose any background and design unlimited slides with introductions, biography, captions etc.
Designing on the Mac then downloading to the iPad is a lot faster and richer experience (though creation of the whole thing on the iPad is easy enough) and backups are part of your existing workflow. Worth a look.
While I find LR3 to be an extremely good product, PS CS5 will probably be my last version. I'd be quite happy to keep older Mac hardware around to run it. There are some unique tools in PS which are perfect for retouching scans and the actions make a lot of processes automatic but this use hardly touches the feature set of PS, so the pricing model is making it hard to keep upgrading.
The odd thing is that software is facing a very steep downward pressure on cost as a result of the iOS and Mac App Stores but Adobe are resisting, going for reduced volume at higher prices instead of larger volumes, which would also protect them from competitors. PS must have recouped its R&D costs long ago.
If Adobe moved to this new business model while also introducing a seriously revamped PS for the 21st Century, I could understand. However, if CS6-7 are simply featuritis releases, then I think this is not going to work.
I like these reviews and anything else that might expose me to photographic resources of any kind that might be interesting.
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