AMITIAE - Wednesday 15 April 2015
Photographs and Metadata on iOS and OS X - Part 2: Applications on the Mac (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
A Tweet on Monday reported, "Apple has started canceling orders if you have more than two watches coming to one address. Even if different people ordered them" (@NoelArtiles). Apple has been acutely aware of how products like the iPhone when first released are sold on, ending up in China and other countries marked up several times.
Also released was the new MacBook. Again, despite early naysayers, when reviewers actually had them in their hands, reports were quite favourable. These are available here, starting at 43,900 baht (42,200 baht for students and teachers). Availability is shown as 3-4 weeks.
I downloaded OS X the next morning. I had been using beta versions of the update including the new Photos. This is now available to all users. The update also fixed a back-door API insecurity.
Photos - Editing Panel and Metadata
Where Snell admits he is less strong is with Aperture. Photos is not going to please those who work with this useful application. So much we depend on is unavailable. Photos has some excellent basic editing functions with sliders that work almost the same as in Photos on iOS devices.
Metadata in Aperture
Metadata in Graphic Converter
My first choice was the $4.99 (163 baht) ExifExtreme by Marc Rochkind whose unusual website reveals he has a number of other apps and several technical books to his credit. One of his other creations is ExifChanger which has expanded features, including the ability to add location data. This can be done with Aperture, but is not currently possible with Photos.
Metadata in ExifExtreme
The only way I was able to have this display metadata for a RAW (NEF) image was to export that, then drag it in to the working panel. Graphic Converter was the same and only displayed file data for NEF if the image was exported first
Basic Metadata and More Info Panels in Image info
This utility is useful but can get in the way as the menubar provides the only way to access it. If that is crowded it may not be instantly visible. I was able to drag images from Aperture and iPhoto into the panel, but (as with others) not from Photos. Also like other metadata applications, images dragged in from photo software on the Mac only used the JPG reference image.
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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