Client Advisory: Adobe release CS5.5

Adobe have decided to change the way they release products. Historically they operated a system of 18 months between major releases of the Creative Suite products but have now decided to change this to 24 months with a minor 0.5 release every 12 months.

Its all part of a plan to extract more money of course and Adobe have also decided to offer the option of a software rental scheme at the same time that enables you to pay for products on a monthly basis (no pay – no work).
There is no change to Photoshop software compared to 5.0 so no real reason to upgrade at present though the default Photoshop included in Suites is now the extended rather than the standard version which will be useful when CS6 is released in 12 months time (Update : Applies to the subscription version of the premium only – dash!)
Adobe had better get their pricing right on this, they have a reputation for being expensive, if they push too hard then it will be worthwhile for another developer to challenge Adobes monopoly. I’m not keen on monopolies and Adobe have a real monopoly on image editing software.

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Client Story: Sue Flood

Congratulations to Sue Flood on her exhibition at the Getty Gallery in central London.
“Cold Places” Pole to Pole is a collection of Sue’s work from the polar regions. Its sponsored by Canon and has attracted a lot of attention from the national media and I was particularly surprised to hear Sue talk about her work on “Woman’s hour” on radio 4 which kind of gives away my listening habits! The exhibition was launched in the middle of March and runs till the 9th of April. Sue took the opportunity to launch her book “Cold Places” to coincide with the exhibition.
Gallery details are here: http://www.gettyimagesgallery.com/
Her book is available online from the usual suspects but you can get yourself a copy directly from Sue from her website: http://www.sueflood.com/
Sue was away for a large part of the time involved in producing both the book and the exhibitions so I helped out with the production. Because I keep high res copies of Sue’s files I was able to prepare press ready CMYK sharpened files optimised for the print size of each image to pass onto the books designer Simon Bishop. I worked closely with Simon and the books printers to ensure that we got the best possible colour and tone on paper. I also prepared RGB print files to size and sharpened for print to Canon for them to make the exhibition prints. Mark Bennet at Canon converted the files to the printers colour space and the result was some very pleasing large format prints, nice to see Epson have some competition in the photographic quality printer stakes.
I also prepared and sent files for PR uses and serviced requests from the national newspapers.
The whole process involved a lot of intense work over a short period but I was pleased to help get Sue’s work in front of a larger audience and help raise her profile.
In the past I have helped Sue with equipment choices and training as well as editing and retouching , Sue is an example of a client who uses my services is a holistic way which would normally require full time staff and the associated costs and responsibilities. By offering my services as a freelance I enable clients to tackle work projects to a set quality and budget.
Stephen
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Client Story – Round the Island Race 80th Anniversary Exhibition

Congratulations are in order for Karren May who with herculean effort and dedication has managed to mount a major exhibition on behalf of J P Morgan Asset management.

The exhibition covers the 80 years of the Isle of Wright race from some pioneering yacht photography captured with specially made large format plate glass cameras all the way to digital capture.
Karren asked me to help with “digital restoration” of a variety of images from aged plate glass to more modern images, my brief was to overcome any artefacts and present the images at their best.
It was important that the retouching was sensitive to the documentary requirements and ensure that only distracting artefacts were removed and to respect the underlying image. Careful tonal and colour adjustments were made to bring out the true image from the raw stock.
I was pleased to complete the work on time and within budget.
Karren kept a diary of her work and its an interesting read here:
Karren owned and ran the Bluegreen marine stock photography agency, since selling the agency she has been helping a variety of organizations to present their work through a variety of projects from publications to exhibitions. I am happy to introduce Karren as part of a team of creative professionals who can handle a wide variety of image based tasks and projects.
Stephen
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Windows 7 SP1

Microsoft have today released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7.
This is a mixture of all previous updates and bug fixes together with some new ones.
I will be testing the update this week to see if it has any impact on Photoshop/Lightroom/Exiftool etc use. If your PC is mission critical then you may wish to accept just normal updates and hold back on SP1 till I have tested here.
UPDATE:
Well its been a week now and there is nothing bad to report from my experiences of the SP1 update. I have noticed a few small improvements in responsiveness so I would suggest that if you run Windows 7 you give the service patch a go.
Stephen
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Pen click animations in Windows 7

If you are getting the annoying “bloop” animations in Windows 7 when using a Wacom tablet pen then the following may be of use.

To turn these animations off:

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (Start:Run:gpedit.msc)
2. Navigate to User Configuration: Administrative Templates: Windows Components: Tablet PC: Cursor
3. Enable the Turn off pen feedback setting.

Retouching in Photoshop is much smoother without these animated cursors, I had got rid of them some time ago but they came back recently (possible after a service patch). I confirmed that the Microsoft tablet controls service had been switched off but obviously this associated setting was still in place.

 

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vatcalc 2.0 VAT calculator for Windows

I mainly write custom windows programs to help automate imaging workflow for clients but occasionally I write the odd useful utility program.
vatcalc 2.0 allows you to change any of the values in the boxes (just press the tab key to the box you require and enter a value) vatcalc will then update the other variables allowing you for instance to work out the exclusive and vat values when entering a retail vat inclusive price – handy for those vat returns.
You can buy vatcalc from the shop section of this website.
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Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.3 (windows only)

Adobe have historically released a 0.1 release of most versions of Photoshop over the years so it was unusual to see a 0.2 release some time ago. Today Adobe release a 0.3 update bringing the total to 3.

To be fair most of the bugs look pretty obscure and I have not noticed many of them myself. All the fixes seem to be platform dependant (fonts etc) so this release is just for Windows systems.

If you dont get updated automatically then select from the “Help” menu the subitem “Updates…”
You can check your version of Photoshop by selecting the “Help” menu and choosing “About Photoshop…”

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Lightroom tethered shooting

Just a quick update to say that when using the latest version of Lightroom 3.2 and Canon capture software I had no problems on recent shoots so it looks like the update has helped.
I’m still getting Lightroom 3.2 crashes when opening catalogues occasionally but it is less ropey than in the past.(not exactly high praise, lets just say its workable.)

Stephen

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