"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
Automated Picture Displays in Adobe Creative Cloud
by Reviewer Rob
So, I went to a coffee shop last night at 12:30 and sat down, and by 3 a.m. automated a photo gallery in Adobe Creative Cloud for the first time. For two or three years now I’d been lamenting the absence of the standard included autogallery in Creative Cloud and even Photoshop 6 after switching over from Mac to PC in 2010, but then searched online and found I could add the Photoshop auto gallery function from the ‘Goodies’ disc that came with Creative Suite 6. Why they did that was puzzling. When in 2007 a buddy in Ocean Beach SD who lived two doors down and webmastered a BBW site told me all that was required to output a Photoshop gallery was File > Automate I quite literally went nuts. It was like an epiphany that spurned a massive surge in creativity. I credit that and the the discovery of WordPress for content management as being what made everything make sense in web design and were the real starting points for everything that came after for me. Well, there was also that girl from Craigslist in 2005 who showed me how to write an href picture hotlink in html but I’m going way too far in the past now.
Back to my story about last night. For some reason Adobe bailed on auto galleries completely after CS6. I began to think it was a conspiracy thing and that they were in bed with designers that were somewhere selling other applications to photographers and hobbyists who needed a photo management creation system. After reading a couple of Adobe help forums it turned out they were moving it around, first to Bridge for a failed iteration that was plagued with bugs and outright nonfunctionality, and then settling on Lightroom which I discovered last night was a fine version comparable at first blush to what I left behind in Photoshop 6. I even tried it in my CC Bridge before starting up Lightroom and found out the Bridge problems were known issues that got reproduced in identical fashion for me: you download and install a Workspace folder in your Adobe Programs, after which when you click on Output it won’t work, and then upon starting Bridge — nothing happens. The application won’t even start up. So I deleted the Output folders and the app started up again. Back to normal Bridge, back to square one, and still no autogallery.
More Google searching for fixes and part of the way down page one was the entry for Lightroom’s CC gallery output. Viola! Sunshine everywhere, it worked perfectly first time with no downloading and modifying of the app in my hard drive.
Seriously, it was like Adobe was playing some kind of snarky prank on the older users like me that were used to the way things were before Creative Cloud. I still suspect some kind of conspiracy.
God, just look at that gargantuan monstrosity. Probably one of the worst public sculptures on display anywhere in the world, “Unconditional Surrender”, photographed by me from the deck of the USS Midway yesterday while shooting a job.
Yes yes, I know we must appreciate the sentiment it’s supposed to portray, support the troops and all that. But as a work of art it fails miserably in what it was trying to achieve. You can tell the sculptor/artist was not attempting to emulate Picasso or Dali. He wasn’t going for abstraction or surrealism. He was trying for Norman Rockwell. He wanted realism, and he FAILED. The gesture in the sailor’s legs and the posture of the couple in the original photo he tastelessly ripped off is totally different from this blocky amateurish misrepresentation. It doesn’t honor the troops, it makes San Diego look like a kitchy border town pandering to the military dollar. If they want to make sailors on liberty feel welcome the city can bring back the Gaslamp stripclubs and the red light district. That would work better than this hollow image trying to echo an era almost no one today remembers. The scene was in Times Square anyways. But looks like New Yorkers are too smart to want it. Maybe if it had been scaled down to near lifesize, and bronze or grey concrete in color, it would be less offensive. Instead it’s this giant garish would-be carnival attraction/bird poop magnet.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a million times better than what preceded it
by Reviewer Rob
I was recently offered a free copy of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, via a message that popped up on my Toshiba laptop screen. Not too happy with Windows 8, I readily accepted and entered my email address in the box provided. I never got an email asking for any confirmation or even that the software was ready to download. But a few days ago another message popped up on my screen telling me the software was ready to install. I went through the download and set up phases, which were lengthy, and then there were the multiple auto-restarts as it configured, but when it was set up I found I was well pleased. It’s a huge improvement over Windows 8.
And it was free!
There is a cursor freeze problem that comes up sometimes right now where the pointer will lock up and be immobile for a couple of moments before something releases it, and an annoying sticky zoom-and-fade function that accidentally arises if you hold your finger on the mouse pad while moving the cursor with another finger, so you have to watch that. But other than that I haven’t noticed any real drawbacks, and these deficiencies might get rectified with a software update soon.
There’s greater ease of access to the menu board in the lower-left of the screen and a superior picture viewer app as well as a Movie Maker that Windows 8 totally lacked. All in all it’s a great product.