June 2006

June 14, 2006

Lightroom Test Drive

I’m test driving Lightroom Beta 3 and updating this post with my thoughts as I go along…

  • No installer.

    Nice! You’re off to a good start Lightroom.

  • The “Five Rules”.

    Don’t call them rules. Just don’t.

  • File > Import…

    This opens a File Browser. I want to import photos from my camera. (Ah, once you plug in your camera File > Import… opens a Choose Source window that lets you select whether to import from the camera or the disk.)

  • Help

    “Help isn’t available for Lightroom.” So, why is there a menu item called “Lightroom Help”?

  • Import from Camera

    The Import from Camera window does basically the same stuff as Aperture. But Aperture’s import is about a million times sexier.

  • Hiding Panels

    It’s nice how you can hide the various panels by clicking the edges of the windows. It’s less nice how hovering over the edges makes them pop back up.

That’s it for now. Lightroom looks nice. I’ll continue exploring it. It will be interesting to see where Adobe positions it in terms of price. All in all, Aperture feels a lot smoother and I have yet to discover anything in Lightroom that I’d like to see in Aperture.

June 12, 2006



Cars is great, great fun.

June 2, 2006

E Pluribus, Atom

For quite a while I’ve wanted an easy way to splice my various feeds into one combined überfeed. I’ve poked around with various services and code, screwed around with building it myself, and time after time given up in disgust. Recently though I became aware of Planet, a “a flexible feed aggregator” that seems to do exactly what I want, get the data, build the templates, repeat indefinitely.

So I downloaded the nightly build, installed, configured, and ran it (at this point there was a error with the include tree but it only took one email to the fantastic folks at SegPub before I left work to have it working by the time I got home) and presto, all my stuff in one place. Finally.

For now I’m experimenting with it on the home page of iWalt.com but once that’s working smoothly I’ll publish it as an Atom feed. Just what the internet needs, a river of Walt. :)

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