AMITIAE - Tuesday 6 January 2015
New Version of the Plum Amazing Watermarking Software for iOS Devices: iWatermark+
By Graham K. Rogers
There are also those running their own sites - not large operators - who want a couple of images to go with the information they have and simply copy and paste with no attribution. Several of my images have appeared on sites in Vietnam, Russia, Singapore and elsewhere.
There are major commercial sites, often news-oriented, who do sometimes try to contact owners of the original image, but in emergency - a breaking story for example - will use the images. In some cases, the companies will negotiate later.
There are also social networking sites, for example, Facebook, and if an image is uploaded there, it is owned by that site: read the Terms and Conditions. Apart from student images uploaded to a Facebook group, intended for such communications, I avoid putting high quality images on my Facebook pages (or other social networking sites), uploading only pictures with a deliberately low resolution. In most cases, I also add a watermark.
On the Mac I have been using versions of Plum Amazing Software's iWatermark, for a while now: originally iWatermark, but later iWatermark Pro as this has a plugin for Aperture and (for now at least), I can export in one go. I have also been using iWatermark on the iPhone and reviewed this in January 2012, commenting then on updates to iWatermark.
[Note: Steganography is "secret writing" - allows text to be concealed within an image file.]
The free version of the iOS app does add a developer watermark as well as those created by the user. This is a normal practice and does encourage those serious about protecting their photographs to upgrade: $3.99 (132 baht)is not a massive amount.
And despite the icon at the top of the page, I did upgrade to the full version.
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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