freediverx

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Considering this model features an anodized finish while the black model is painted, I wonder if one is more durable than the other.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:11 UTC as 3rd comment
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hammarbytp: Great news, but it is a pity they could not of been released as open source and allow the community to carry them onwards

> it is difficult to measure a UI qualitatively

Just because you can't measure something scientifically doesn't mean it has no value. That's the difference between technology and art. Apple is the only major company in the tech field that has structured their entire organization around the equal importance of both, and that has a lot to do with why they have such passionate followers.

Some things are subjective, but I'd argue that everyone's opinion does not hold equal weight.

An interesting example of this difference in corporate cultures was provided by the documents that surfaced in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit. Internal Samsung documents showed how the company meticulously analyzed every screen, button, and slide gesture on the original iPhone and how it compared with their own product. But they still failed to "get it", focusing entirely on the more obvious differences without trying to understand or embrace the mindset and philosophy that led Apple to those superior details.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
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D200_4me: I've always wondered how they can offer something like Snapseed for free and keep dumping more money into it for improvements because I haven't see anywhere in Snapseed where you have to pay for certain features and so on and there are no ads, so how do they monetize that? It's not like Google needs the money, but I was just curious how that works. Maybe it's just to get you in the door using their apps and that might lead you to using their other services that do have ads or have paid features or something like that.

> Google has stated that the speed and location information it collects to calculate traffic conditions is anonymous.

“Anonymized” data really isn’t—and here’s why not"

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2009/09/your-secrets-live-online-in-databases-of-ruin/

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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James_UK: DXO still not supporting Fujifilm RAF (RAW) files?

Whelp, I guess DxO will never see any of my money then...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:06 UTC
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Grumpyrocker: Initially I thought this was great news.

Then remembered DXO's attitude to Fuji cameras.

Ho hum. Current Nik works great on my PC in Affinity Photo. And I've backed up the installer.

> DXO's attitude to Fuji cameras

I thought they supported Fuji cameras except for the medium format model.

Edit: looks like I was mistaken. Since I'm planning to move to Fuji, this pretty much disqualifies all DxO products from consideration.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
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tlinn: The only company that doesn't support Fujifilm now controls Nik. Hopefully the plug-in will be CS6 compatible.

> The only company that doesn't support Fujifilm now controls Nik.

I'm pretty sure they support Fujifilm, except for their medium format model.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 11:58 UTC
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hammarbytp: Great news, but it is a pity they could not of been released as open source and allow the community to carry them onwards

> Virtually all GUI's are built on the design language defined by Xerox Park.

Only on the most basic, primitive level. There's a huge qualitative difference in both aesthetics and usability between the GUI on macOS, Windows, and any flavor of Linux. The fact that you dismiss these differences speaks volumes, lol. This is like dismissing the differences between a BMW and a Chevy by declaring that all car interiors are built on the design language defined by Henry Ford.

> open source software ensures that it will be maintained and not locked away and maintain a life beyond the lifetime of the developers

I never said that open source has no benefits. What I said was that open source software tends to have cluttered, confusing, inconsistent, and inelegant user interface design.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 11:42 UTC
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hammarbytp: Great news, but it is a pity they could not of been released as open source and allow the community to carry them onwards

Open source software tends to follow a design path that believes that more is always better. Nobody is in charge, so everyone with an idea for a button or feature gets to shove it in, and the end result is a lot of clutter without any overarching vision or sense of order.

Windows is hardly a shining example of good design, and Gnome/KDE are basically attempts to mimic Windows (UI-wise).

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 12:37 UTC
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freediverx: Stop quoting DxO Mark ratings. They're completely meaningless.

https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/09/22/dxo-ratings-are-horseshit

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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BigEnso: "Not surprisingly, Nik-developed Snapseed is not included in the transaction, and will remain with Google. The company plans to continue actively developing and improving the mobile image editing app."

Improving? The new user interface in the current version (2.18) of Snapseed is a serious downgrade from the previous version. I have no idea who their UI team has as members but it doesn't appear that any of them are photographers.

But in Apple's case, the designers are hugely influential within the company, whereas in other companies they're treated as commodities and must play second fiddle to developers.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
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mrvco: Now they just need to buy the Aperture source from Apple.

I'd be OK with that if not for the fact that they abandoned pro users with their cancellation of Aperture.

Actually, Apple have exposed iCloud to more competition by killing Aperture. Most Aperture users have migrated to Adobe Lightroom where they are offered a competing cloud service. I have to imagine that many of those folks will decide there's no point in paying for two cloud photo services and abandon Apple's.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Requested to download the Nik plugins from DxO site. 15 minutes later, still no email with the link from DxO. Their servers must be getting hammered right now.

As an Optics Pro fan, I am very pleased with this direction that DxO is taking. Now, if they would integrate decent DAM as well, I could probably ditch Adobe. I really hate Lightroom's UI.

Same here. Never received anything.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 22:55 UTC
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hammarbytp: Great news, but it is a pity they could not of been released as open source and allow the community to carry them onwards

*I'm* talking about UI design, because Aperture's UI and workflows are among its best features.

Have you ever used Linux? That's what you get when you leave UI design to open source. Adobe isn't open source, but their UI design looks and feels a lot like it came out of an open source project.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 22:51 UTC
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freediverx: Stop quoting DxO Mark ratings. They're completely meaningless.

No, they're meaningless because they're based on weighted ratings across multiple categories arbitrarily selected by DxO. Their detailed reviews contain some useful information, but their overall scores are complete BS.

Additionally, they're pretty sketchy in that they review products from companies who pay them for services. Conflict of interest. Basically they charge consulting fees to hep you optimize your products to score well on their tests.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 22:47 UTC

Stop quoting DxO Mark ratings. They're completely meaningless.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 17:59 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
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Ron Poelman: That can't be good.

>Because it IS free and it works;

Why do you expect that to change? Just because they start charging for a revised version doesn't mean your free version will stop working. Also it's not as if Google was actively developing the free version either.

I just don't get where your objection to this comes from. You seem to be offended by the notions that a) developers need to make a living and continuing development of an app requires revenue, and b) that an new an improved version of your currently abandoned free software will be available to people for a fee.

Now if you're objecting to the idea that the new suite will come with a subscription model vs. a standalone license, that's a valid argument, but one that has no bearing on people who want to keep the old free version.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
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mrvco: Now they just need to buy the Aperture source from Apple.

> this will include use of options for using local computer and/or various cloud based services for storage

Color me skeptical. At best this will likely allow users to import from and export to various cloud services. That's not what I'm talking about.

The main benefit of iCloud Photo Library is that it syncs all of my photos and videos across all of my devices, including non-destructive editing, while intelligently managing the consumption of local storage space in each device.

Similar services are available from Google and Adobe, each with respective pros and cons specific to their companies' business models, strengths, and weaknesses.

I've yet to see a third party digital asset manager that integrates with any of these services.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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BigEnso: "Not surprisingly, Nik-developed Snapseed is not included in the transaction, and will remain with Google. The company plans to continue actively developing and improving the mobile image editing app."

Improving? The new user interface in the current version (2.18) of Snapseed is a serious downgrade from the previous version. I have no idea who their UI team has as members but it doesn't appear that any of them are photographers.

Google occasionally dabbles in UX, but their efforts are short-lived and inconsistent because product design is not in their corporate DNA.

Google is great with data, which is why their AI and voice assistant run rings around Siri. But they're never going to rival Apple in user experience design.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 21:45 UTC
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BigEnso: "Not surprisingly, Nik-developed Snapseed is not included in the transaction, and will remain with Google. The company plans to continue actively developing and improving the mobile image editing app."

Improving? The new user interface in the current version (2.18) of Snapseed is a serious downgrade from the previous version. I have no idea who their UI team has as members but it doesn't appear that any of them are photographers.

It takes a massive backlash to get Google to even acknowledge any complaint about their products—let alone correct them. Don't waste your breath.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
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xsamie: DXO pixel2 camera consulting fees and score must have been quite high I am guessing. Nik software was the downpayment.

Google only embraces "openness" when it suits their business.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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