Picktorial, as so many of you now know is my favorite raw processor especially for my Fuji X raw files on my Macintosh computers.
Picktorial as a stand alone program has incredible power but like other programs also has the ability to use great plug in apps like those from Google Nik.
Watch this video to see just how easy it is to use in programs of your choice such as Lightroom, Photoshop, On1, and so many others. By simply accessing the software you can make changes, save changes which automatically go right back into Picktorial as a separate and new version of your file.
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy”
That was part of a quote from Franklyn D. Roosevelt right after the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor.
Today may just mark another day that will also live in infamy. I have totally abandoned both Photoshop & Lightroom CC. Sadly over the past 6 months at least Adobe via their upgrades has managed to infest their software one bug after another.
In most cases there were fixes, but the last bug seemed to be one that was going to require a great deal of quiet time on my part when it came to printing my images. My Canon Pixma pro 100 printer refused to print 4×6 paper through Adobe products, and on all other sizes the printed image was insanely cropped.
After 4 or 5 one way correspondence concerning the problem, to Adobe all of which went unanswered. Finally they told me they had opened a case file but the next day they corresponded that the problem was solved and they were closing the case file.
I should mention that every other piece of image software on my computer had no problem with the printer so it was not an Apple System problem. It was most certainly an Adobe problem. That said I shall not dwell on this part of my article any longer.
Somehow because of Adobe’s great marketing and yes great products everyone I know finds themselves automatically getting on the Adobe train. It is just the way it is. No one asks why. No one asks if there is an alternative. It is just that way.
But there are But there are But alternatives and over several years I have dabbled with Alien Skin, PhotoNinja, Iridient Developer, Affinity and all of them have done respectable jobs of helping to process my raw files no matter what camera I had been using.
Today I have jumped the Adobe ship and joined an ever-growing group who are using On1 software. In the past I have only known them for plug-ins that worked in Adobe image processing software but I never really paid much attention until now
to their stand alone On1 10.5 and soon to be On1 stand alone raw converter which seems to combine the best parts of Photoshop and Lightroom in one product aimed at guess who. Photographers.
More than ample on line instruction is provided in both the written word and an abundance of how to videos. I have found that On1 is pretty easy to master just by watching the many videos they provide.
One of the things I like the most is the fact that I can import just one (1) image to work on or hundreds and hundreds. There is no library. The program uses either your Windows or Macintosh file structure and allows the user to upload to external drives, clouds, etc. With the use of its extensive customized data input you can find your files most anywhere. Fast, simple, easy, and works the way that most people would prefer to work.
One last point. Nik software is totally integrated so that when you want to process in some of everyone’s favorite free plug ins, it saves back directly to the On1 browser.
Give it a try. Free yourself from the Adobe chains and see what that feels like. I have found over the past few weeks of working with On1 that if I correspond with them, they usually answer in two or three hours.
I like good hardware concepts where innovation takes the lead for the benefit of users.
I have been an Apple / Macintosh user for a great many years. More years than I like to admit. There was a small period when I was corporately bullied in to using Windows “whatever” but still held on to my Mac machines.
That said, after reading about the new full Windows tablet and of course their regular portables, I could easily be swayed.
Years ago if one made a decision to switch they also had to pony up to buy all new software for the Windows platform and every so often the prime software manufacturers offered a switch over deal that was sort of okay.
Today that is no longer the case for some of us. Software is in the air, the cloud, the cosmos. Adobe, Microsoft, and a few others have made it easy. Just switch systems and move your software. Click on the link.
Many people are on fixed incomes today. That means that making a decision to by a piece of gear, in this case a new computer takes a lot of thought. If a Mac is going to cost you 2300.00 but a similarly equipped PC portable or tablet is going to be considerably less but with even more function I would choose the windows machine today. This is the case even though I am one of the crazed Mac user loving it and enjoying it. But for what could be half the price to get my work done it would be an easy decision for me to make.
What I find interesting in this announcement is one of the things that many of us have missed on tablets. Usb 3.0 connector standard, and a regular monitor hook up and that is just some of the major differences from one manufacturer to another.
We shall all defend our camera choices and computer choices. It will always boil down to what works best for the user and how much money one is ready to spend on feature to feature and benefit to benefit.
For months I gave up on Nik plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop because a couple of really essential ones, (like Viveza) would come up with a window full of gobbly gook that made no sense to me. Can you yell frustration.
Well I had written a blog about MacPhun Plugins just based on general usage and happen to mention my plight with NIK. I had a virtual immediate response from Google (Owners of Nik) and they actually came up with several resolutions one of which worked wonderfully.
Well sometimes all one has to ask the folks who are responsible for the software the right question. BELOW IS THE RIGHT ANSWER which I copy pasted from the email they sent me.
Mac OS X is very sensitive with regards to duplicate copies of fonts. All of the Nik Collection plug-ins utilize Arial fonts. If you are experiencing otherwise unexplainable crashes or issues with the Nik Collection products, removing all copies of the Arial fonts then replacing them with a new set should correct the issue as described.
Navigate to your Applications folder and open your Font Book as seen below.
Select all Arial fonts that are listed and move them to the Trash then empty it. Note: it is important to empty the Trash. If they are in any other place on your hard drive, the Font Book will still load them.
Please open the link below. On the web page press Cmd + S on your keyboard to save the Drive contents in a zip file.
Open the zip file and move the files to a folder on your Desktop.
In a Finder window, navigate to Macintosh HD/Library/Fonts
Move all of the fonts from the Desktop to the Fonts folder.
Restart your system to apply the changes.
*For any copy/paste step, you may alternately type in the command. Copy/paste has simply been suggested for ease of execution.