AMITIAE -Thursday 20 November 2014
Cassandra: Apple News Snippets
By Graham K. Rogers
TodayOne of the first things I do each day after breakfast is check email and in this morning's collection of advertisements and items of interest, was a circulation from Apple: a reminder that the gift-giving season is almost upon us. The theme in the email was a warm, homey scene with children silhouetted in a tent. An iPad is being handed to one, who is excited. Scrolling down, most of the Apple product line - iOS, Macs, AppleTV - were shown.
In the Thai iTunes store, the top level display still shows "free" beneath those apps that have no charge, while clicking on the app and visiting the app panel shows the "Get" button.
Immediate FutureMost users of OS X are aware that a new app will replace iPhoto some time next year and that Aperture is coming to the end of its life: Apple has stated that it will no longer be developed. Users have the choice of using Apple's new Photo application when it arrives, or of migrating to Adobe's Lightroom. As many Mac users are already using this, it is felt that most users will take this route. I am still hanging on: waiting for Photos and seeing how the developers of the plugins I have will react.
Adobe has not gloated about this. Instead their reactions have been positive: releasing advice on how to start the migration manually; then starting to develop a migration tool. Now we are told (MacNN) that Adobe has released an update to Lightroom (v5.7) and that this has the promised migration tool, but the article reminds us that any adjustments made in Aperture will not be carried over. However, star ratings, flags, keywords, GPS data and other information will be incorporated.
For more information see that MacNN article.
While this will open up the market to new chargers, there is the added possibility that accessory developers will make use of this.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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