What Image Software do you use?

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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by 1492 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:41 am

Hi Sjors

You will not be unhappy with a Mac. I was like most PC users; a little hesitant at first to leap into the Apple product. But I can say now that it's the best thing I could have done. I have had my same 24" iMac since 2007. Last year I upgraded the RAM from 2 GB to 6 GB to get my Cad software to work. I also upgraded my HD to 2TB. It was like having a brand new machine. In the same time my wife's Microsoft laptop is totally redundant- no longer used. I have also had 2 new hard drives on my work PC in the same period. I'm in no way a diehard Apple fan but I do give credit where it's due.
I have heard of Apples unscrupulous method of software upgrades that gradually make your machines obsolete and force users to purchase another machine but I have not experienced this yet. To be honest I have not upgraded to the latest operating system because it looks and feels like their miniature devises. I'll stick with this one until i can. A few weeks back we were looking at he the latest 27" Imac to replace our current machine but after looking at the new machine and the price we realised we had almost the exact same thing at home. It was then we realised how 'new' our machine worked.
Just yesterday we had friends over to show us their new Viaio Laptop with the new "Tiles" operating system and I can tell you that I was not very impressed at all. Actually we moved into the study to the Mac to find certain things on the web because there's was too slow. They were piggybacking onto our home modem WiFi.


The best thing I like about the Mac is that it just works every time- no crashes, trojan and virus popups. With Apple there's instant searches- even after 6 years of HD content.
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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by cog » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:17 pm

I have to admit: I HATE the tiles in the new windos OS. I'm a programmer and I use a keyboard, not a touch screen, and neither is my PC/Laptop a 'hand held device'. I'm faster with short cut keys (alt/control+ key cobinations), compared to using a mouse and menu. Ctrl+c is faster than right click; drag pointer to copy; and let go of the right mouse button.

Unfortunately more operating systems tend to show an interface which looks like a hand held (mobile phone, iPad, etc). I've worked a 20 odd years as software engineer, but I start to feel alienated.

I haven't had problems with windows, but I try to install minimal, shut down services I don't need, avoid Microsoft programs if I can use an alternative (when my OS is Windows), for security I try to use different programs (e.g. not the same company software for a firewall, and virusscanner), use open source if it is up to my requirements and donate for their trouble, and sometimes I'll just have to invest in a certain program. However, it doesn't mean anything -software quality- if your hardware is not up to specs for the software. At present, programs are bigger and bigger, use more memory, processor time, etc. This means you need a speedy system. One thing Windows certain ain't, is fast. Most programs under Windows squander resources (memory/processor), and I do have to admit that Apple and Linux/Unix are fare better equiped in that respect.
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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by Donnie » Mon May 13, 2013 8:40 am

Carl,
I know what you mean. Even though I am not a SW Eng., I still consider myself somewhat of a power user. I like all types of tech, and yes, I did have an iPhone for both the Admiral and myself, but I just could not afford the ATT cost to sustain these.
I also have a Samsung tablet. I think all these "things" has its place. Just LEAVE the PC Alone !!!! :D
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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by rwiederrich » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:32 pm

I know in the hobby of astro photogrphy..good images stacking programs and photoshops is a necessity. I didn't know such was needed for photographing your ship model?

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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by Donnie » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:18 pm

So, Rob, you say that you do AP (astro photography) too?
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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by rwiederrich » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:51 am

Yes Donnie...I build my own refractor telescopes....and also take pics through them. I'm not so proficient in much of the high quality astro imaging tools but I do enjoy the hobby at my level.

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Donnie wrote:So, Rob, you say that you do AP (astro photography) too?
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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by catopower » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:26 pm

Arriving late to the party here...But, better late than never :D

I myself am a Mac user since 1988 or so and am also a Mac consultant, so it's easy for me to choose to use a Mac.

In terms of software, Apple's are really not expensive unless you need high end stuff. I mostly use the built-in application called "Preview". It opens just about any kind of document for viewing whether MS Word, pdf, tiff, jpeg, illustrator, photoshop, whatever. For actual editing, it's much more limited, but does allow me to crop, rescale, simple rotation, and color adjust jpegs and others. Also allows me to convert the more basic formats. Pretty much, this is all I need.

Beyond that, there is iPhoto for managing images. It also allows cropping, but also provides finer straightening tool (in addition to 90˚ rotations), and more sophisticate color adjustments. It's included on the Mac too. I mostly use it for managing photos and since I have to load the photos into for that, while I'm at it I do my color adjustments too.

Neither application has paint or draw capabilities, just image editing, but for the most part, that's all I need.

One things that's neat is the ability to use a visual oriented script builder that's also a regular tool on the Mac. I use that to automatically resize my images for blogging to 800 x 600. Saves me a lot of effort with these build logs!


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Re: What Image Software do you use?

Post by rwiederrich » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:44 pm

I use a MAC too, along with my PC.
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