20th February, 2007

Lightroom is Shipping

Filed under: photo — admin @ 11:08 am

I’ve been using the beta releases of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to manage my digital image workflow for the last year or so. I’ve tried a number of products and this is the one that best fits my requirements (particularly for the manipulation and conversion of RAW images). So much so that I’ve stuck with it for much longer than any of the other photo processing and workflow tools that I have tried.

When Adobe announced general availability I whipped my credit card out so fast I nearly cut myself. As of yesterday they are shipping boxes and mine should arrive some time in the near future. I can’t wait. It is sparklingly good software.

For preference I use free software, and make my payment in bug reports, fixes or time on mailing lists. But Lightroom is head and shoulders above the competition (in both free and proprietary software) that I don’t mind paying my hard earned dollars for it.

Of course, your mileage (and requirements) may vary, but if you are in the market for photo management software do download a copy and try out the thirty day trial.

19th February, 2007

Rumbling in the Jungle

Filed under: General — admin @ 8:14 pm

From the half year results announcement of an ASX listed company;

We are currently in the final stages of securing the services of an experienced software engineering manager to lead our production software team.

That’s me they’re talking about that is.

7th February, 2007

Spotting Accountants From Twenty Paces

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:10 pm

I spend a lot of time around financial people and have mentioned previously the profileration of a certain sort of spreadsheet software. By default anyone who works with numbers in my line of work is referred to as an accountant. They don’t need to have letters after their name, there are just certain things that accountants do. Sometimes the behaviours can start to rub off on those who work with them, especially impressionable young IT professionals, causing us to lose the odd promising programmer to the dark side.

It can be hard to work out if people I work with (implementing ERP systems) are technologists or accountants. Now, there is a way. With suitable apologies to JWZ here is Andrew’s first law of career tendency spotting;

Accountants are people who, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use Excel”. Now they have two problems.

There is already a complement to this law, known as Kenway’s qualification, which states that;

Excel is a great prototyping tool, just don’t let it anywhere near your production systems.

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