Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, there has been a shortage of web cameras and other gear necessary for working from home. But now you can use your GoPro Hero 8 as a webcam. Thanks to the latest firmware update, all you need is a USB cable to connect the camera to your computer and start using it for video calls.
Fujifilm’s X Webcam software proved to be a big hit when it was released for the PC a couple of months ago and Fujifilm announced not too long ago that their X-T200 and X-A7 models would work as USB webcams for both the PC and Mac without any other software at all (as long as you installed a firmware update).
Well now, Fujifilm has released X Webcam for the Mac, allowing you to use your Fujifilm GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 or X-T4 on your Mac over USB for live streaming or video conferencing with the likes of Skype and Zoom.
There’s been a big rush from manufacturers lately to let you use their cameras as webcams. Fujifilm recently announced their Fuji X Webcam software that essentially simulates a capture device from your camera’s live view – although, unlike Panasonic’s solution, it actually shows up as a capture device. Well, the big news is on that one is that it’s coming to the Mac next month.
But for Fujifilm X-T200 and X-A7 owners, there’s other big news. A new firmware update allows you to plug those cameras straight into your computer via USB and have them automatically detected as regular old USB webcams without the need for the Fuji X Webcam software. Oh, yeah, and that also works, right now, with a Mac.
macOS Catalina killed support for 32-Bit applications. This includes many (still) popular applications like Aperture and iPhoto, but also a lot of hardware for which no 64-Bit drivers exist. Including scanners. The two applications I mentioned have been saved, but now thanks to the folks at VueScan, so have thousands of scanners after they reverse-engineered the drivers.
Although Apple’s Aperture photo editing software has been pretty much unsupported and dead since 2014, there are still people who still choose to use it. Forcing peoples hands, though, Apple pretty much put the final nail in the coffin with the latest macOS Catalina by refusing to even run it. Catalina also made it no longer possible to use iPhoto app (also discontinued).
The reason for their final demise was that Catalina is now a 100% 64-Bit OS, although those are 32-Bit apps. Now, though, programmer Tyshawn Cormier has pulled out the claw hammer and removed that nail with a new app called Retroactive that lets you use both of these applications under the Catalina operating system.
Macs generally tend to hold their value quite well on the used market, but sometimes you just don’t want to get rid of your old computer when you get a new one. If you rely on photography for your income, having a backup can be vital, especially given the number of repairs and recalls Apple seems to have going on.
But if you don’t want to just leave your old Mac sitting there doing nothing while you work on your new one, you can turn it into a secondary monitor, thanks to the latest version of Luna Display and its new “Mac-to-Mac” mode.
Earlier in the week, Apple released macOS Catalina. But if you’re using Photoshop or Lightroom CC on your Mac, you may want to put the upgrade on hold. Adobe users have reported numerous problems with Photoshop and Lightroom after upgrading the system. And Adobe itself has confirmed that these two programs still aren’t compatible with the latest macOS.
Adobe just made the first major app shift from their own platform by adding Lightroom to the Mac App Store. This isn’t the first Adobe application on the Mac App Store, as it joins Photoshop Elements, however, this is the first major “professional” piece of software available in this way.
It’s taken a few years, but Godox has finally released firmware update software that works on the Mac. No longer do you need to mess around with virtual machines or borrow a friend’s laptop. Well, sort of. The new Godox G3 software is only compatible with certain products at the moment, but that may change in the future.