GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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MostlyHarmless: 1. We need to stop taking this personally.
2. We need to get a sense of proportion (we are not starving or in fear of our lives).
3. Adobe are just doing what companies do.
4. Limited functionality after you stop paying shouldn't change anything - it just means you can do what you should do *after* you stop paying instead of just before (migrate).
5. Always have an exit strategy - no system is around forever.
6. Mike Ronesia below has the right attitude:-)

Many of us are already adopting our exit strategies. We are just doing what consumers do. Not trusting a company that has shown we cannot trust it. For some reason that seems to annoy the cloudies.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

That is the EXISTING installed user base. Three million will represent less than 20% of total users. That's small anyway you look at it, despite the evangelists. And again, this is not counting the people they will drive away to other software or who will turn to the pirates.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 03:52 UTC

If you are inclined to believe Lightroom and others will never be converted to Creative Cloud only, trust what they tell their investors, not what they tell their customers:

"More importantly, moving forward all Adobe and channel focus will solely be on Creative Cloud offerings and CS6 perpetual revenue becomes de minimis."
Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen

"Q2 was the last quarter we broadly offered perpetual volume licensing of CS6 through the channel. As a result, there was high demand by customers serviced by the channel who wanted to add to their perpetual seat capacity. This drove the upside relative to the high-end of our total targeted Q2 revenue range. We believe these customers will migrate to Creative Cloud over time. Beginning in Q3, the channel is solely focused on licensing Creative Cloud."
Adobe CFO Mark Garrett.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 02:35 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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ssh33: I refuse to use anything "cloud" out of principle. The files I pay for or create are going to live on my hard drives or my colocated servers.

I do not think they are talking about security issues but about reliability issues. If those company websites go down, your money and investments still exist. Your cloud data does not. I use Dropbox for convenience, but I am damned if I'd store my ONLY copy of any file or photograph on it.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

After a little more digging: Adobe, in its investor relations reports, DOES acknowledge a user base of 12.8 million for legacy point products and suites. EXCLUDING CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTIONS. So 2.3 million in one year of "special offer" reduced prices is not the huge success the Adobe evangelists are pretending.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:30 UTC
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backayonder: I don't have CC as I only have limited broadband bandwidth per month so will continue to use Lightroom and Cs5 as a photographer I don't need anything else ie upgrades to Photoshop.

I guess by moving to the cloud Adobe have cut down on pirated software?

The cracked version of Photoshop CC was available ONE DAY after the legit one. It does not surprise me. The irony is that, as so often in the past, the pirated version is more user friendly than the legit one. I always buy legit software, but I have known many people fed up with usability issues from "dongles", "copy protection", anti-piracy measures, and so on, actually buy a legit licence and actually run a pirated one on their workstations.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:25 UTC
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Kodachrome200: i love my 9.99 subscription. Ive pretty much always had to pay this much for photoshop and lightroom to be up to date. and the new mobile features are great. and photoshop now runs on my mac and pc with the same subscirption

That's what we'd like Adobe to allow. The fact they do not is the strongest indicator of all that they KNOW most users will not choose the CC model if given free choice. No one wants to take your CC away from you. We just don't want the alternative taken away from us.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:18 UTC
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spitfire31: "Lightroom 5 is currently available with a 'perpetual license' for $79 as an upgrade or $149 for a full version."

Fine, but for how long? Who can trust Adobe with not suddenly making an arbitrary reversal of policy?

I don't, for one.

"Indefinitely" means "until we decide otherwise". It's a weasel word.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
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sandy b: The lack of trust does not seem to extend much past DPR. 1.8 million subscribers. Up 405,000 between Jan and March.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140318006472/en/Adobe-Reports-Strong-Q1-FY2014-Results#.U8CjFPldV8G

It's hysterical for anyone to be claiming the two million subscribers for the whole Creative Cloud suite is a success when Photoshop CS6 ALONE has almost five million downloads from just one download site and Adobe Photoshop Extended has 19 million. And this is from just ONE site, and not even Adobe's own. Adobe have always tried to bury their figures for individual users but it is tens of multiples of two million ... just on ONE product. And that's not even counting the pirates.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

It's hysterical for anyone to be claiming the two million subscribers for the whole Creative Cloud suite is a success when Photoshop CS6 ALONE has almost five million downloads from just one download site and Adobe Photoshop Extended has 19 million. And this is from just ONE site, and not even Adobe's own. Adobe have always tried to bury their figures for individual users but it is tens of multiples of two million ... just on ONE product. And that's not even counting the pirates.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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backayonder: I don't have CC as I only have limited broadband bandwidth per month so will continue to use Lightroom and Cs5 as a photographer I don't need anything else ie upgrades to Photoshop.

I guess by moving to the cloud Adobe have cut down on pirated software?

No. They have boosted it. They admitted this was never the issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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GaryJP: Why is it people keep talking about the "poor" dynamic range of Canon's "outdated" sensors and are unable to use their eyes enough to see the DR of the 5D Mk3, particularly in terms of the highlights, is smoking the Sony? Particularly on those big tripod like things in the distance.

Then it's not much of a comparison image is it? It happens to be the first part of the image that got magnified on my computer, I also note that other highlight areas (lighted windows) do not show "demonstrably" better DR in the highlight areas either. At least not on this sample. They are actually much of a muchness. Even the Seattle Tower light areas have a little more detail on the 5D. You guys shot the images. I didn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 23:56 UTC

Why is it people keep talking about the "poor" dynamic range of Canon's "outdated" sensors and are unable to use their eyes enough to see the DR of the 5D Mk3, particularly in terms of the highlights, is smoking the Sony? Particularly on those big tripod like things in the distance.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 15:02 UTC as 20th comment | 11 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
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Solar Eagle: Why not cover the new macro capability in this review? It would be nice to know what kind of magnification you get from 5cm at 24mm, since Canon isnt telling us. Even a simple mention of the MM or coverage area would have been fine.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53953449

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53958301

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
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patcam7122: My God, is DPReview so desperate for material to fill space that it searches the globe for dull, boring nonsense like this? Instead of displaying mediocrity like this why not spend more time and space on something actually useful to the majority of viewers on this site?

There are good pictures of cats or dogs. Besides, half the time that is about all the people trashing other photographers here, and brand bashing most vociferously, even take.

That, birds, and pretty flowers.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 04:02 UTC
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patcam7122: My God, is DPReview so desperate for material to fill space that it searches the globe for dull, boring nonsense like this? Instead of displaying mediocrity like this why not spend more time and space on something actually useful to the majority of viewers on this site?

I for one will happily see more such photographs and fewer brand-bashing wars here.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 02:22 UTC
On article 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced (102 comments in total)

It's the eye that counts. Not the "I".

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 11:33 UTC as 40th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images (175 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: I don't like this camera!

Just to talk meaningfully about it.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 06:59 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images (175 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: I don't like this camera!

Is that even a necessity on DPReview?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 23:39 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 and E-M1 get firmware updates (53 comments in total)
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nekrosoft13: I got E-M1 and E-M10, amazing cameras!!! so much better then any Canon Crop camera (previous owner of 7D, and 70D user).

The nonsense is this constant DPReview background of boosterism for camera brands. I just get so damn tired of it. Does my OMD EM1 shoot more frames a second than my 1D Mk3? I don't think so. Is its autofocus faster? Transparently not. Does it compete with my 5D Mk3 for video? It does not even begin to. Is it as fast as many of my other cameras? As portable?As discrete in candid situations? Can I shoot the moon well with it?

All cameras are compromises. As I have said over and over. It's often sensible, pace your comment, to say: "This camera suits MY purposes better," which references those "experiences and perceptions".

But the "this camera is best", "this camera is the winner" in these forums is irritating as hell.

There is no best camera. If there were, everyone would have it and there'd be nothing else out there. And I am not knocking my EM1. It is a superb piece of kit.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
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