Yesterday I bought a new life for my trusted MacBook (2009 model). I purchased a 23 inch LED monitor which has an IPS panel. Earlier I upgraded the memory to 4 Gb and that was of course huge thing too but so is this monitor thing. I really can't understand how I was able to adjust my photos with MacBook's quite mediocre 13 inch display. Now my eyes are like wide open. Nice! I also bought Apple Wireless Keyboard which is very cool and small in size.
Here is one photo shot with Fuji X-Pro1 in JPEG. I loved to adjust this one with the new monitor.
I have now Snapseed app in my iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and in my MacBook. Really fantastic. I think I am going to use the desktop version quite much for my Fuji X100 shots. I’m shooting in JPEG with X100 and I feel Snapseed will suit very well for those shots (even though Snapseed is capable to process RAWs too). If you are not familiar with this awesome app, I suggest that you should visit Snapseed website.
Here’s one quick processing by desktop version of Snapseed from last night.
I upgraded recently to OSX Lion and I am using Apple’s Magic Trackpad with it to fully enjoy all gestures Lion offers (I have 2009 MacBook). I am slowly learning to use all the gestures to change pages and programmes etc. with Aperture it seems to be a different story, however.
With Magic Trackpad I have to double click Aperture’s adjustment sliders to “lock” them. After that I am able to move the sliders. Same thing with keyword list; I have to double click the keyword to move it out from the list on the photo. To release the lock I have click again. That’s quite annoying. With Magic Mouse I just click once with left button and keep the button down and am able to move sliders and keywords right away (normal dragging with a mouse). There is an option for “three finger dragging” in the Magic Trackpad preferences but I would like to use three fingers for changing the programs (I find using four fingers little bit awkward). Maybe it is so that I have to use Magic Mouse when using Aperture and Magic Trackpad in other occasions.
During last days I’ve had high fever (at least +39 C at the moment) for a new iMac. I have a MacBook (not a pro model) now and I am especially longing for a bigger screen. Of course more power and speed would be nice too. I have already decided the possible iMac model too: basic 21.5′ iMac (2.5 GHz i5 processor) with 8 Gb memory plus Magic Trackpad (I’ve already have a Magic Mouse). I think that quite basic model is just nice for me (all I want) and it will be a big leap forward from my MacBook. It will cost about 1300 euros which is at my limit at the moment.
Now that I have upgraded RAM for my MacBook from 2Gb to 4 Gb (max for MacBook) makes a real difference in speed and stability when using Aperture 3. I wouldn’t believe the difference is so significant before I installed the new memory. After this upgrade I have been a full time Aperture 3 user. I have tried to learn a lot how to effectively use curves tool in Aperture and especially how to use multiple curves adjustments locally (by brushing them in) to improve the tonality and colors in a shot. I think I have taken a big and very crucial step forward with Aperture. Now I am starting to feel “home” when using it. So, if you have speed problems with Aperture 3, upgrade the memory, it really has a big impact!
As a new Aperture 3 user I am pondering which of my computers I should use as a main workstation with Aperture.
My iMac has a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 Gb 667 MHz memory, ATI Radeon X1600 (128 Mb) graphics card, and 20″ screen.
My MacBook has a 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 Gb 800 MHz memory, GeForce 9400M (256 Mb) graphics card, and 13″ screen.
I think the main difference between these two is the graphics cards and of course the display size. Aperture 3 is quite usable with my iMac. And I think I will upgrade the memory to 4 Gb in the computer I will choose as the main workstation.
If I use fullscreen editing (which I like much) in Aperture I think 13″ screen could be OK.
So, which one to use? A new computer is not yet an option, so I have to deal with the above ones.