With some of the news these days it sure seems like Back to the Future. With reports of flying hoverboards and flying cars what else could be happening? Today we have a blast from the past as Apple subsidiary Filemaker, Inc. now known for its database program of the same name is changing its name to Claris International which reminds many long time Mac users of the former company that made ClarisWorks. AppleInsider provides some more background into the history of Apple/Claris/Filemaker.
GraphicConverter provides a great selection of features including browsing and image editing. For those occasions where you need to use another image editor it is easy to send the picture from the browser to open in your desired program. There are two different ways to do this.
- Right click and in the menu select “Open With”.
- Add the “Open With” button in the toolbar.
The external editors need to be set up initially to make them available. The editors are set in the preferences.
Opening from the menu
Preferences -> General -> External Editors
In the window add any photo editors you have available here using the + button. More than one program can be listed here. In the browser right click on the image, select “Open With” and the list of applications will be shown. It can also be accessed from the main menu Edit -> Edit With.
Opening from the toolbar
Preferences -> Browser -> Misc
For the option “Open With” Application set your preferred program.
Right click on the toolbar to customize it and add the “Open With” button to the toolbar.
Affinity Photo is the program chosen here, which means that clicking on the “Open With” button on the toolbar will open a selected image in Affinity Photo. The setting here will also affect when opening from the menu by placing the chosen program at the top of the list.
Today the Internet Archive, an important resource documenting the world wide web, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A key feature has been the scanning and archiving of websites over the years. Using the WayBackMachine you can type in a URL and see what the website looked like in the past.
The Internet Archive also provides access to a large number of contributed text and multimedia resources. Below are a couple links to some Apple related resources.
With an individual picture the camera model is shown in Photos if you right click on a picture and select Get Info. There may be times when you want to sort your photos by the camera you took them with. For instance if you want to separate out the pictures taken from an iPhone or iPad from pictures taken from a DSLR.
Using Smart Albums it is possible to have Apple Photos display your photos based on the camera you took them with. If you have RAW images in the program then you can filter those out too.
In Photos select File -> New Smart Album… This will bring up a dialog box to set the options for the album.
- For the album name type in an album name such as the name of your camera
- For the criteria select Camera Model is (your camera model) Photos may not get every one so try includes instead of is
- To display images in RAW format add the following
- Match all conditions
- add a line (press the + button) and specify Filename ends with (add the filename extension for your RAW files)
Last summer a new advanced image editing program for the Mac was released called Affinity Photo. The program was the second graphics program released in the Affinity line after Affinity Designer, an illustration program. More programs for the Mac have been promised including Affinity Publisher, a page layout program.
Affinity Photo uses various “personas” to group different types of functions for image editing, working with RAW images and stitching together panoramas. Image editing allows for many different kinds of non-destructive adjustments. Extensions to allow some of the tools to work in Apple Photos are also available.
On March 15 an announcement was made indicating that Affinity software, including Affinity Photo, will come to Windows. Serif which is the company behind Affinity software previously made graphics software for the consumer market on Windows, but now is focusing on the Affinity software suite.
With the latest update of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Apple added the much anticipated Photos app. Photos which Apple developed to work more closely with the Photos app on iOS devices and in the process has meant the ceasing of development of iPhoto and Aperture.
While Apple advertises the iCloud Photo Library to sync photos it still remains possible to sync photos via iTunes for those that don’t wish to upload all of their photos. At the time 10.10.3 was released iTunes was also updated to support Photos. In order to change syncing from iPhoto to the Photos app, one needs to setup and resync the photos.
When opening the Photos for the first time it will ask about using the iCloud Photo Library at which time you can decline. To make any changes later go into the iCloud Preferences pane within Photos.
In iTunes after you have connected your iPhone or iPad select it and then find the tab for Photos in the Settings. Here there is an option with “Copy photos from Photos” and then select which photos you want to transfer. You can transfer all photos or recent months or particular albums. When you apply the changes it will resync your photos.
My personal use of iPhoto at present (and now Photos) is primarily for syncing photos between the Mac and iOS devices. I also use it for the occasional project, such as gift cards. To avoid depending on iPhoto/Photos which hides the pictures in the Finder I import into a regular folder structure and use other software such as GraphicConverter to access the photos. Importing the photos can be done using Image Capture.
Some more tips for using the Photos app:
- Select “Show Sidebar” from the “View” menu, in order to see albums listed.
- Photos doesn’t appear to support Events, however, events in iPhoto are imported into albums.
In the process of moving photos that were originally on an older Mac onto my current Mac with Mavericks and iPhoto 9.5.1. When I first opened the library there weren’t any images showing. To help in this situations Apple has a Library Upgrader available. The upgrader is for iPhoto libraries that you want to use from iPhoto ’08 (version 7) or earlier. iPhoto will still go through the upgrading process when you open the library after that. This worked for a couple different libraries when I used the upgrader.
To open a library other than the default one, use the option key when starting iPhoto. There is also a shareware program called iPhoto Library Manager that is useful when you are working with multiple libraries.
Update 17/04/2014: Unfortunately I found the upgrader doesn’t work in all cases and the pictures still don’t appear in iPhoto. iPhoto Library Manager can help in these cases by using the “Extract Photos” menu item. This will search for the pictures in the library and put them in a folder on your hard drive.
One of the things I enjoy doing is creating desktop images/wallpapers for my computer and mobile devices: providing some variety. I found a good tutorial for the Mac image editor Acorn to create some nice desktop images. The tutorial makes use of something called the bokeh effect. The tutorial can be found in the Acorn help section.
Below is one of the desktop images that I created.
Unfortunately after today Filemaker will be no longer offering the easy to use database program Bento. If you use the Mac program and the iOS app one ends up with problems syncing after upgrading to iOS 7. The fix is to setup syncing as a new device. Check the Bento forums, i.e. this thread for info.
Bento continues to work at the moment and hopefully Mavericks won’t cause any serious issues. That is what I find so problematic about Filemaker quitting development at this time, it is right at the same time as major operating system updates. If you want to check for other programs available, Bento users have posted a list of some of the options available.
Macworld has a tip if you are ever in a tough spot needing to access an iWork file on Windows and you don’t have iWork at hand to convert it.