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.
Skylum has announced Luminar Flex, a new plugin that brings Luminar’s AI enhancing tools to third-party apps. You can now use Luminar adjustments and effects with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop Elements, as well as with Photos for Mac.
As good as Godox equipment can be, it has one fatal flaw which puts many photographers off using their equipment. There’s no easy, native way to update the firmware on a Mac. And firmware updates do come fairly regularly for their various models of flashes and triggers. It’s a question I see pop up regularly in Facebook groups, and I’m asked personally quite often, too.
But there is some hope, using an application called VirtualBox to run a virtual Windows operating system inside your MacOS desktop. This video from photographer Ken Falk walks us through the process of updating his Godox firmware on the Mac.
I’ve been mounting “non-standard” lenses on my cameras for years. Ever since I discovered that I could put M42 lenses on Nikon and Canon bodies I was hooked. Many older lenses offer a look and feeling that you simply can’t get with more modern “perfect” glass.
But deciphering photographs on the computer by searching through EXIF isn’t easy, because such lenses don’t communicate with the camera, so don’t store that lens information. This new cross-platform app, NameThatLens by Georg Fiedler wants to help solve that problem by allowing you to inject custom lens metadata into your images through a nice cross-platform graphical interface.
This isn’t so much a photography related post, but a PSA for photographers, video professionals, or anybody else who uses a Mac. If you’ve updated to the latest version of High Sierra – 10.13.1 (17B48) – prepare yourself for a shock. This is a big one.
It turns out there’s a big gaping security hole that allows anybody with physical access to your computer to get root access to your entire system. And it doesn’t take any kind of “hacking” skill at all. While Apple will no doubt fix it quite quickly there is something you can do to resolve the issue yourself in the meantime.