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Charles Maurer 36 comments

Better than the Printed Page: Reading on an iPad

The iPad is a great tool for reading electronic books, but its default settings and apps are unlikely to be ideal for your eyes. Charles Maurer draws from research into vision and perception to suggest how to tweak your iPad’s display to be more legible.

Josh Centers No comments

FunBITS: Manual Gives You Total iPhone Camera Control

Are you a serious photographer who’s frustrated by the limitations of the iPhone’s camera? A new app opens up more of its potential, but it can’t work magic.

Charles Maurer 7 comments

Fujifilm XQ1: A Professional Point-and-Shoot?

The XQ1 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot from Fujifilm that can pinch-hit for pros when teamed up with the application Photo Ninja. Charles Maurer looks at both products and shows how they work together.

Charles Maurer 5 comments

The Lazy Man’s New Camera: the Fujifilm X-E2

Former commercial photographer Charles Maurer shares the details about a new small camera that competes with the heavyweights and wins.

Adam Engst 49 comments

FileMaker Closes the Lid on Bento

Despite selling over one million units, FileMaker Inc. has announced that it is discontinuing its personal database product Bento. Adam Engst delves into the details, and suggests that the moral of the story is that we users must constantly be vigilant when relying on an app or service to make sure we have an exit strategy.

Jeff Carlson 11 comments

“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 6

A previous chapter talked a lot about adding metadata during the import process because that’s the easiest way to apply it. Assigning keywords and other information during that initial stage takes some prep time, but when you click the Import button, the metadata is applied with a broad brush across all your incoming photos. After import, though, you still have some touch-up work to do. To make your photos easily searchable later — the ultimate goal in our organization project — you also need to apply more-specific metadata to individual photos. This might include identifying people and landmarks, or describing shots. In this chapter, I look at how to choose good keywords and how to apply them smartly. I also discuss how to fix incorrect dates and times, how to apply geolocation information, and why it may not be worth investing the time in your program’s facial-recognition tools.

Glenn Fleishman 16 comments

My Camera History: Canon AE-1 to the Mirrorless Sony NEX-6

A modern mirrorless camera reminds Glenn Fleishman of the joys of analog, manual photography in the best ways.

TidBITS Staff 10 comments

New iPhone 4S Adds Voice Recognition and Goes Global

The iPhone 4S isn’t a revolutionary phone, but it combines several bits of advanced technology into what looks like a compelling upgrade.

Charles Maurer 42 comments

What’s Wrong with Digital Cameras

Charles Maurer describes a fundamental problem with today's digital cameras, provides some insight into a professional's approach to photography, and reviews two small cameras that he recently bought.

Charles Maurer 23 comments

How Not to Buy a Digital Camera

Many publications review digital cameras but they don't tell you as much as they seem to. Charles Maurer explains the problems with these reviews and suggests a different approach to buying cameras.

Matt Neuburg 3 comments

Witch 3.5 Knows Window Switchcraft

If you have a bazillion windows open on your Mac's screen, a simple utility, Witch from Many Tricks, may be the window-switcher you've been missing.

Digital Ain’t Film: Modern Photo Editing Charles Maurer No comments

Digital Ain’t Film: Modern Photo Editing

We've been living with digital cameras for years now, but when editing digital photos, we're still largely imitating the effects and manipulations that were developed in the days of film. That's no longer necessary. In this article, Charles Maurer explains an intrinsically digital approach to photography that doesn't mimic film processes or require pixel-by-pixel manipulations.

Charles Maurer No comments

Fiwi Improves Finder Window Management

For moving files around in the Finder, it can be handy to open two windows side-by-side or stacked vertically. A tiny application makes that task fast and easy.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/25-Aug-08

This week's discussions are all over the map, and it's a good map to follow. Readers discuss the latest Microsoft Office upgrades, archiving a Time Capsule, several aspects of MobileMe, and more.

Charles Maurer No comments

Wine with Bento

After checking out some dedicated programs, Charles Maurer settles on FileMaker's new list manager Bento for managing his wine cellar.