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September 14, 2009

What Does This Week Look Like?

The Autumn is in full flight. Most of my time this week is blocked out for the basics, practice, recording, photographing, writing, arranging. All nuts and bolts stuff. I have two bits of software testing going on right now. First of all, I’m diving into Adobe Lightroom, which for many photographers seems to be the […]

The Autumn is in full flight. Most of my time this week is blocked out for the basics, practice, recording, photographing, writing, arranging. All nuts and bolts stuff.

I have two bits of software testing going on right now. First of all, I’m diving into Adobe Lightroom, which for many photographers seems to be the preferred choice over Apple’s Aperture. Personally, I want to like Aperture, not least because I’ve already invested in it. BUt, I’ve had a hard time getting into that programme and I really need to rethink my approach to it if I’m ever going to work with it. By contrast, Lightroom seems to offer all sorts of workflow advantages out of the box and a much bigger and more active community of support around it. Of course, if Apple release something special with Aperture 3, that could change everything.

I’m also trying out Logic 9 in Snow Leopard 64 bit mode. Snow Leopard does not boot automatically into 64 bit, but I’ve been running it for a few days in that mode and there are some noticeable improvements. So far, most things in Logic 9 work well, but some plugs are erratic and my UAD2 card becomes unavailable. More on that to come.

This week I’m rethinking the way I tag categories on this blog. I really like what Jonny Baker has done in creating five broad areas for content on his blog. It’s an aspect of this blog that I’ve never been satisfied with.

This week will also see me working on my music collection, both physically, in taking discs out of jewel cases to save space and also managing the cataloging process and importing more music into my iTunes library. I’m often being asked for playlists and while I still follow an “I don’t DJ,” I also should be treating my music library more seriously as a professional (and social) resource.

Finally, I’m cooking – a lot. Actually, I don’t blog about food much and that has been bugging me. There’s simple changes I could make to my routine that would make it easier to blog about cooking and include some photos of food and food prep. Something to think about there.

Responses
Toni 13 years ago

I’d be interested in seeing the food images and hearing your descriptions of what you’re doing and why.

As for software and music (both things we listen to and things we play) I think we’re such poles apart except in the area of hurt through what others have done to us while we were church musicians that I’ve realised what works for you won’t work for me and vice versa. Mostly anyway.

On the software side, while the extra speed that snowleopard might bring would be welcome, I’m beginning to have doubts about ploughing any more money into this computer. Hearing that it only runs in 64 bit on Mac pros and a couple of other systems and doesn’t even automatically boot into it doesn’t make me feel any warmer toward it. I’m not enough of an apple fan to automatically want to update.

But I’m glad you’ve reached the conclusion you have about aperture.

Not that I have any experience with the software myself, to like or dislike, but it confirms that you are able to be objective and not just a sucker for Apple stuff. When I made the comment about feeling sick a few posts down it was after reading Mac Format magazine. Their software reviews have badly lost both objectivity and a sense of proportion when it comes to apple stuff, and even in the technical help section, problems were treated with “that’s probably failing hardware/software bug, isn’t apple wonderful?”. In software reviews, apple’s own software always wins, even when it clearly doesn’t live up to the users requirements. It’s like reading an American guitar magazine, and lack of objectivity and integrity makes me feel distinctly uncomfortable.

Fernando Gros 13 years ago

Toni – I was reflecting on the church musician experience yesterday afternoon (while swimming, actually), but decided not to blog on it again.

I’m not up on all the SL reviews and comments, but I always interpreted the upgrade as essentially geared towards multi-processor machines, which at the moment really means Mac Pros. I think Apple will, soon, release a quad core iMac and it makes sense for them to build a software platform for that.

To be honest, I don’t read “Mac” magazines anymore. The only reviews I find useful come in the music-specific magazines, like Sound On Sound. Actually, I think reviews that are not specifically focussed on real world tasks are pretty pointless.

And, while we are being honest, I really lament the Apple Fanboy thing altogether. I do love my Macs and the OS, but I find the Apple v Windows thing kinda tiring. At the end of the day the only conversations that really matter about tools for the job.

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