NY Post Reports That B&H Photo is Unfair to Minority Workers February 28th, 2016
As a hobbyist photographer, and a professional computer technician and software teacher, I’ve used this company for years. Even did the “pilgrimage” to visit them, last time I was in NY. I was so excited to see the actual PLACE.
This store is very popular online, for computer equipment, photography equipment, video equipment and assorted other, related paraphernalia.
I’m EXTREMELY angered and disappointed to read this about them. I will do my best to find and use good competitor companies to fulfill my needs in the future.
YouControl app STILL works! – UPDATE February 17th, 2016
When I upgraded to Yosemite (I know, El Capitan is newer, but I have some older hardware and software I’d rather not upgrade yet), I had several concerns, not the least of which was whether one of my most-used apps would still run under the new OS.
YouControl was last updated in 2009, and it’s currently abandon-ware (the company closed, there’s no support, and there will be no upgrades).
I’d tried to do a lot of research, and all I read was that when doing a fresh installation, YouControl could no longer connect to the developer’s server, so would not authenticate, so it wouldn’t run.
I’m posting this, in case anybody else has the same concern – instead of doing a fresh installation of the OS, I did an upgrade installation (after thoroughly backing up on 2 different media, of course), running utilities and cleanup, and doing extensive preparation beforehand. I’m here to tell you – it STILL WORKS!
All aspects – hotkeys, multi-clipboard, stock checking, system monitoring… I run the gamut (only thing that died was the weather function, which had died years ago).
So, for those of you who don’t know of this app, I’m sorry for the interruption – nevermind – you can’t get it. But for those of you who have the same concern as I, who can’t find a real answer anywhere – I’m writing this to let you know that if you maintain your installation – YouControl will continue to work. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to it’s use in El Capitan, but I would assume upgrading instead of reinstalling would do the same thing.
Last thing – this should also work with a clean SYSTEM installation, and migration – since YouControl never has tried to check in with the server when I’ve done that in the past.
UPDATE 2/23/16 – it seems I may have spoken too soon. While YouControl DOES work, it’s not very stable. Apparently, the application makes a call to a command that was deprecated after OS 10.8. Since the developer isn’t available to fix the code, the application occasionally mis-identifies the Operating System on the computer (thinks it’s 10.9) and gets confused, causing the need to force quit. I will continue to work on finding a fix, but please do note that this application isn’t as stable as I’d hoped. The worst part is that in order to do even part of what i’ve been doing with this great app, I’ll have to run at least 4 other background applications. Sad.
Deal on On1 Plugin for Photoshop February 17th, 2016
Hi guys. As you know, I love Photoshop, use it extensively and work intensively with almost all of it’s features (certainly not all on one project, since it’s so very vast.
Long ago, I won a silent auction for OnOne Perfect Effects. I hadn’t used plugins in a few years, but the ease of use and functionality of this set of controls made what I usually did in Photoshop SO much faster, and gave me so many options, that I quickly became addicted. For any photo, we can run our entire workflow while only using On1 (they changed the name) and it’s functions. Please note, this set is for photo enhancement and adjustment – with very powerful features, but it’s not a replacement for Photoshop, since it’s not a program “about” compositing, 3d, video.
On1 is on their version 10 right now, and they’re offering a great deal: On1 Photo 10 (Photo editing, effects, masks, organization, state-of-the-art enlargement), a Training set, Presets (which, by the way, they send you new ones monthly for free), and a magazine – all for $80!
I now use quite a few sets of plugins (there are some really great deals out there, if you watch for them, or meet them at a trade-show), but On1 gives me so much functionality, it’s become a strong part of my go-to package.
Take a look: On1.com
NOTE – there’re only 2 days left on this promotion
Adobe’s Email “Take 10 Free Images On Us” – Beware February 16th, 2016
Today, many Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers (and subscribers to other sites who do business with Adobe) got emails with the subject line “Take 10 free images on us”, with a link to the Adobe Stock site.
While this is a great offer for those who want access to very good Stock Imagery, please be aware that this offer is not anything new or interesting – it’s simply a “First Month’s Free” offer.
In order to get your “Free” images, you need to sign up for their basic 10 images/month plan, with recurring payments of $29.99/mo. Then, they’ll credit you the first month. At that time, if you don’t cancel your plan, you’re going to continue to be billed $30/monthly.
Adobe Stock is a great plan for those who need these images, and the pricing is reasonable as far as the market goes. But it’s important to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for.
PhotoshopUser has Changed, and KelbyOne is Changing February 7th, 2016
And it may not be in, what I consider, a GOOD way!
MAJOR changes going on at KelbyOne (formerly PhotoshopUser). If you’re considering signing up, you may want to hold off until they’re more clear about what they’re actually doing. They just laid off their “Photoshop Guys” and announced their magazine will no longer be offered in print.
I’ve been a member forever, and I may not renew, unless they give some answers. Just a head’s up to my students to whom I’d recommended this site, recently.
I upgraded myself to Yosemite, finally! February 7th, 2016
So, those of you who who know me from my technical background or been my students or clients know that I’m not one to jump on things like operating system changes and such, with great enthusiasm. So, I’ve been on the MacOS 10.9.5 Mavericks OS, which, by now is a couple of years old. This weekend, I moved, NOT up to El Capitan (10.11), but finally at least to Yosemite 10.10 (TOO much of my old stuff just won’t work in El Capitan without me spending a fortune).
I’ve already upgraded many of my clients to both Yosemite and El Capitan – but as you all know, I’m very particular as to whether an operating system is appropriate for each client’s needs.
WOW, does this look DIFFERENT! Acts the same – just looks… so flat!
Photoshop Week 2016 February 7th, 2016
If you can make it to the FREE classes (they’re free while they’re live) this can provide a good foundation to start your learning, or add to it. THEN, Contact me for classes to fill in all the gaps!!!