I posted earlier today about the arrival of my Radian. Finally after a long day I got the chance to dig into the box. I received the following:
micro-USB cable for charging
Cable for Canon (N3)
the t-shirt which I can only hope to wear someday
A nice mesh bag to carry the unit and accessories
tiny bubble level
some rubber feet
My first impressions of the unit is that it seems to be solidly put together. The base feels solid, and is made of metal. The top portion is made of a plastic type material but feels good. it’s smooth, and doesn’t seem to flex under the gentle pressure of handling like with some products.. In other words – it doesn’t feel cheap. I followed the instructions, and used the micro-USB cable to charge off my computer, and am about to tear into the manual that came with the unit. I also got a Radian sticker with the unit, and a nice card from the Radian Team thanking the supporters for backing the product.
I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the Radian app in the App Store so I can begin to play. I checked on the manufacturer’s website, and their support section states the iOS app is awaiting approval. The Android app is already available.. The iOS app is now available. It must have went live as soon as I wrote this post.
I was concerned when I heard that Google acquired Nik Software. Would they continue to support the plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop? Soon there after the mobile Snapseed was turned to a free app and the desktop version was abandoned. I had paid for both so I was quite disgruntled by these events.
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned today that the tools will live on. Existing users get a free upgrade and the full collection is available for new users at $149 which is a sweet price cut from the Complete Collection before.
See Nik’s website for details or check your email if you are an existing user.
I had a few complaints upon Creative Cloud being released. In hindsight they weren’t such a big deal.
Adobe clarified the point that Lightroom 4 will be included, and available later in 2012. That’s works fine for me. I already upgraded to v4 as a standalone product a few months back. It’s nice to know going forward I’ll have access to future versions as a Cloud subscriber. Win.
I bristled initially at the touch apps not all being included. I understand that Adobe doesn’t have control the app markets. They have clarified as well on their site how it works – you buy 3 touch apps, and get access to a free month of Cloud access subject to conditions of eligibility. I had purchased Proto last fall for Android to tinker around with wire-framing some web designs I had been working on. Fast forward to today, and I find that I am not using it much primarily because I now use an iPad most of the time when away from the desktop. it would be nice to automatically have Proto on the iPad too.
I was also interested in using Photoshop Touch, but read luke warm reviews, and the fact that the files have a resolution limit (2048×2048) which as a photographer doesn’t work for me. So for now I will keep my Photoshop love on the desktop for now.
Currently the other touch apps are such that I wouldn’t use them in my web or photographic workflow. Until I do I’m not purchasing any of them just for a free month.
I have found the access to all of the Creative Suite apps to be very nice. I can tinker around in apps that I would not have normally had access. I am a prior Web Premium CS user which precluded me from using the video apps. I’m no videographer, but have always wanted to tinker around with Premier, and After Effects for photo slideshows just to see what I could do. Now I can without spending a lot of money.
I am interested in checking out Muse to see if it will help me with rapid prototyping of web designs – also included.
I like to use jQuery in my web design for animations, and interactive elements. Now I have access to Edge which looks like a very nice animation tool using HTML 5. Pretty cool. I plan to see if it is for me. I haven’t used it yet so I am not sure if it uses jQuery or not. Dreamweaver has jQuery integration.
All things considered it is a pretty good deal which I have stated before. Especially if you are an existing CS user since you get a special break on the price for the first year. It’s essentially a no brainer. You can access the cloud for a month, and see if you like it. if not then you can just purchase the upgrade to CS6, and then wait for the point releases going forward to determine whether you need the new features. Subscription based software is where it’s all going. You may as well jump in now.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, and would like to tweak your photos easily then check out Snapseed. It is the free app this week in Apple’s App Store. I have it on the iPad, and iMac, and love it. It’s free for the iPhone, and iPad this week, but usually costs $5.
For those of you familiar with Nik Software’s other desktop photo editing tools you will see the similarities in Snapseed. The desktop filters for Lightroom, and Photoshop allow you to select points in the image to base your edits on using slider controls to change the image. Snapseed is very similar although it streamlines the process a bit for the iOS version, and of course no other software is required as Snapseed is a stand alone app.
I wrote about it in a previous post if you would like to get an idea of the dramatic changes you can make to your photos.
I excitedly logged on to my Creative Cloud account around 2am this morning, and was surprised to find that I didn’t have free access to the touch apps, and Lightroom; Both of which I am pretty sure I recall being included with the Cloud subscription plan. I thought perhaps since it was so early that it would be updated later in the morning.
I happened to come across some free apps yesterday in the Apple app store for the iPad that have stunning photos on several topics. I downloaded several of the free apps. I haven’t gone through all of them yet, but figured I would grab them all since they were free. They also have some functionality where you can save trip/travel ideas like Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck On Earth app (which is worth a look too). Check them out. These are the apps I nabbed:
National Parks – gorgeous images of our National Parks
North Korea – an interesting collection of images from North Korea
France – some gorgeous shots of France with many aerial shots.
Adobe is going to unveil it’s Creative Cloud service April 23, 2012. That day there will be a live webcast at 10am PST.
Adobe still has their offer on the table of upgrading to CS 5.5 now, and getting the free upgrade to CS6. The previous deal gave a discount off CS 5.5, and a no cost upgrade to CS6. Perhaps not as sweet a deal since there is no discount, but still tempting given that there would probably be a price increase for going from CS5.5 to CS6 in an upgrade. So you could still save some money.
What are you likely to do? Buy CS 5.5 now, and get the upgrade to CS6?
Will you consider subscribing to the Creative Cloud service? It is supposed to start at $49/month for access to the full suite of desktop and tablet apps.
I stumbled on to an app a few days ago called Photosmith. It’s billed as the iPad’s companion app for Adobe Lightroom. I found it while doing some searches on YouTube for using the iPad in a photographic workflow. Photosmith doesn’t offer any editing functionality. Rather it allows you to organize, tag, select, or reject photos to later import into your catalog. You’re probably better off doing any serious photo editing on the desktop, but for review, and selection the iPad works just fine.
I’ve barely had a chance to get acquainted with Instagram now that I have it on my Android phone, and now Facebook has acquired them. I read over the past few days the negative response to the acquisition. Now long time Instagram users are pondering whether Facebook will totally foul up the popular social photo sharing service. At least this takes the heat off new Android users of the service that have been maligned because they use Android phones rather then iPhones.
How do you feel about Facebook taking the service over?
Do you fault the Instagram crew for selling for $1 billion?
Are you likely to abandon Instagram now that Facebook owns them? I am guessing that most will continue to use the service. Every day I read at least five status updates about how much Facebook stinks yet nobody seems to leave. I know a few people who actually did try to leave Facebook for Google Plus, but returned because nobody is using Google Plus. Despite the acquisition I suspect Instagram will still be heavily used. For the better remains to be seen.
What will be interesting to watch is if rivals to Instagram will see an uptick in usage.
These are cross platform so you can get them on iOS or Android, I suspect they have the greatest chance in seeing an increase in usage since iPhone users may ditch Instagram, and want something new.
EyeEm – touted by Leo Laporte on a recent iPad Today webcast as having a nice UI