Thu Jun 22 2000 08:30:
I want to use gphoto to obtain pictures from my digital camera, but
it's horribly designed, over 50 megabytes in size, requires an 8 meg
helper app to talk to my particular model of camera, makes me agree
to an onerous licensing agreement, and puts me through the trouble
of making up fake personal information so that the authors of gphoto
won't be secretly sent my real personal information and my
personalized gphoto serial number the next time I connect the laptop
to the Internet.
Did I say gphoto? Sorry, I meant Adobe Photodeluxe.
gphoto has an 800-kilobyte
RPM, is GPLed, and talks to over 100 models of camera.
All kidding aside, why should I have to install 60 megs of software
to download pictures from a digital camera onto a Windows machine?
I'm feeling generous, so I'll throw the GIMP onto the Linux side,
even though it provides about an order of magnitude more image
manipulation functionality than does Adobe Photodeluxe. That's still
under 20 megs. How do people live this way? My conclusion: gphoto was
developed by people who were pissed off at Adobe Photodeluxe.
If you'll excuse me, I now have to save each of my 40 pictures
individually, convincing the program each time that I want to save it
in JPEG format (the way they're stored in the camera) instead of the
proprietary Adobe Photodeluxe format.
Thu Jun 22 2000 08:37:
It gets better (worse). Adobe Photodeluxe doesn't even have an
option to save a picture in JPEG format. Apparantly I don't need
that. I can choose between version 3.0 of the Adobe Photodeluxe
proprietary file format, and the original recipe, version 1.0 of
the Adobe Photodeluxe proprietary file format.
I can only even get 12 of my pictures out of the camera before
the "scratch disk" (Everyone knows you have a separate hard
drive just for swap) fills up. These images were 45K apiece
when they were in the camera; I saved a PPD file just to look at and
Foster Brereton, I love you like a brother, but the company you
intern for makes shitty software.
Windows people: How do you live?
Thu Jun 22 2000 08:54:
The saga continues. I can save a picture in JPEG format (they quaintly call it "exporting",
but I have to save it in the crap format first and then export it
to JPEG. The online help recommends that if I want to send my picture
in a format that people on a Mac or UNIX machine can read, I should
export it into PDF format. Yes, PDF, the recognized cross-platform
standard for digital photographs.
I think I can say with confidence that if they didn't have to say
"With Adobe Photodeluxe, you can export your photos right to
the Web!", there would be no way to get my photo into JPEG format.
It's at this point that I leave to set up my real computer
and get my photos with gphoto, the way God intended.
(If you're wondering why I have a Windows laptop and why I never
mentioned it before, it's because I didn't have it before, and it's
not technically mine. I have it on loan from MAP, where I no longer
work. The people there want me to be able to fix the software I wrote
for them if something goes wrong, so I was given an old laptop on
which to fix it. I will also be given money on a per-incident
basis, and now that I am a professional with a real job I will
probably command a higher rate.)
Thu Jun 22 2000 10:29:
Ah, sweet Linux booze. I had to copy all the files over to my
mom's computer to get them onto
the Net, but it was so much easier than wrestling with Adobe
Photodeluxe, which now symbolizes to me all that is wrong with
No descriptions for the pictures yet, to be added as usual in
my copious free time.
I miss you, Celeste.
Thu Jun 22 2000 10:35:
Those pictures weren't transferred as binary. I could probably blame
this on Windows' stupid FTP program, but I'm sick of blaming things
on things. I'll get pscp and redo them now.
Thu Jun 22 2000 11:08:
The pictures are up now.
They are pictures from yesterday when my great-uncle Justin
Call took Celeste and me sailing. There are also some pictures of
my mother and her cousins.
I was explaining what I'll be doing at collab.net to one of
my mother's cousins and I was flailing around to try and explain
the concept of open source development, and she suddenly says "So
it's a lot like the way Linux is developed.", and I was so relieved
that she knew what I was talking about after all, that I immediately agreed wholeheartedly
with her, and she then started thinking that I was working on
some competitor to Linux and the whole thing started over again.
Hopefully this interview
with Brian Behlendorf will clear things up for those who
Steve from the UK wrote a song inspired by Segfault. I haven't
listened to it (it's a 4 meg download), so I can't recommend it or not,
but you can listen to it at his
mp3.com site and let me know what you think. He wants me to mention
it on the site, which I probably will do.
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