More on Lion OS X plus Aperture 3 training, six days at Power Mac Center in cooperation with Filipinas Heritage Library Manila Philippines
Digital Dark Room and Aperture 3 plus some more
interesting info on the Big Cat the Lion OS X
Hands on…The Digital Dark Room and Aperture 3, we finished yesterday our first session for this week, (three hours per session) now another 2 more to go and a special advanced one at the Power Mac Center on the weekend. All this week we have Aperture 3 action, and 3 more days next week.
The Digital Dark Room with Aperture 3 has been organized in cooperation with Power Mac Center and Filipinas Heritage Library. Special thanks to my Assistant Arj, Mark, Joseph and Jeoffrey from the technical support team at PMC for helping out behind the scene. And of course thanks for the ever so organized Cecille from the Filipinas Heritage Library.
Yesterday afternoon Aperture 3 and the Digital Dark Room at
Power Mac Center Makati, Manila Philippines
We show you the ultimate way of editing your photos with Apple's Aperture 3 software, creating proper back ups, how to add music to your Aperture 3 slideshow using GarageBand plus a lot more. The technical staff from Power Mac Center is also around to help with technical questions and trouble shooting on Apple's latest operating system the OS X Lion.
Very busy for the next few weeks, plus one more advanced course on Aperture 3 in September at PMC, all this before I have to get ready for my GD Photo Workshops to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
See below some additional and interesting info on the OS X Lion
There is some good news and bad news, some older Mac's don't support Airdrop so if you installed Lion and can't find the AirDrop Icon then most likely your machine does not support AirDrop. However you can always use DropCopy and that works fine a cool little application, very useful also for your iPhone and iPad (Mobile DropCopy) to transfer files, OK on OS X Lion.
Read below specs by Apple re AirDrop...
OS X Lion: Can I use AirDrop with my computer?
AirDrop is one of the great new features of Lion that provides a really easy way to share files between supported, Wi-Fi enabled Macs, without having to connect through the local Wi-Fi network.
AirDrop will automatically discover all the other Wi-Fi-enabled Macs running AirDrop that are near your computer (this may take a few seconds). To make sure you’re in the Finder, click the desktop (the background area of your screen), or click Finder on the Dock.
Note: If AirDrop isn't listed under the Go menu or doesn't appear in Finder window sidebars, your Mac doesn't support this feature.
Macs that support AirDrop in OS X Lion
If your Mac is the same as, or newer than, the models listed below, then it supports AirDrop.
- MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)*
- MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)*
- iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)
For assistance with identifying your Apple product, refer to the Tech Specs website.
Tips & Tricks for Aperture 3 and OS X Lion, better performance on new and older Mac's.
Aperture 3 and OS X Lion, better performance on new and older Mac's.
Some useful tips...
I have been getting some reports that Aperture 3 is performing somewhat sluggish with the new OS X Lion installed particular on older machines.
So I done some additional test driving, using the latest MacBook Pro i7 with Lion installed and pushing Aperture very hard.
Most important if you install OS X Lion on an older Mac perform a new and clean install this will save you a lot of headaches later, remember the good old saying… there are no shortcuts.
But before all of this exciting re-installing of Lion you better have a very good back up of your whole system and files, actually Time Machine done an excellent Job when I did my Lion Installation and I did not loose anything.
Everything was there with the exception of the odd software serial number, but that was easy, just type that in later. It is also a good Idea to have your serial numbers from your previous softwares on hand so you don't have to look for them later. BTW Aperture 3 is one of those that will prompt you to type it in again after installation.
Most problems occur during installations of a new operating system, a little preparation prior install can go a very long way and is time well spend.
In the Preference panel go to General and Energy Saver.
Marked with Red to deactivate the auto switching of the Graphics card
Marked with Red the Restore Windows when quitting and re-opening apps
Yes, at first it seems a bit slow in response but other than that it is running very smooth, of course from past experience I switched of the Graphic Card automatic switching and now also in the System Preference the Restore Windows when quitting and re-opening apps. See the screenshots above.
I also recommend whenever you're doing some serious hard work in Aperture 3, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 or other Pro softwares that uses a lot of the Graphic Cards to turn of all other applications unless you have 8 Gig of Ram installed.
The new Lion is actually a super cool cat, but is also very hungry when it comes to Ram…I guess the name LION says it all, a big Cat with a good appetite but ever so majestic and powerful.
Soon I am leaving for my GD Photo Workshops to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar but prior my departure you can join me this August and the first part of September at Power Mac Center for some serious sessions on Aperture 3 and the Digital Dark Room, in cooperation with the Filipinas Heritage Library and Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3, Makati.
For the dates and schedules please click the LINKS above.
Now do a clean installation of Lion and the let the Cat Roar…my Lion and Aperture 3 running already very cool and smooth.
Just one more… can't help myself
You know this little Apple on the top left hand side, where you find out all these things about your Mac including your serial number, check out the new addition in Lion, I think this is very cool and slick.
Click on the little Apple and you see cool new features.
New slick look with all the info displayed, very nice.
Apple: OS X Lion installed & test driving now… so far I am impressed & doing some very good lap time.
Burning Midnight Oil…Installed OS X Lion and test driving…
So far I am doing some very good Lap times.
Don't know why this happen to me all the time…a coincident maybe, I mention in my last post on Sri Lanka that my next post would be from Thailand, but then came Lion OS X last night. Now I am test driving…mind you half a sleep so please forgive me for any grammar and spelling mistakes…I need another coffee.
Like before, every time I have to go on a trip, just days before (it happen with Aperture 3 and others) a major update got released, so last night I burned midnight oil and installed Lion OX.
Lucky I had a good internet connection and the downloading only took 3.5 hours plus another 45 minutes for installation and checking the system, I was done by 4:12 AM. I just realized this is the entire flight duration from Manila to Bangkok.
Most of us in the Philippines and in Asia general going to have some difficulty with good connection speed, the only draw back when downloading huge files.
You might ask why going through all this trouble and burning midnight oil, (BTW I love the Band) but I am a Certified Apple Pro Trainer for Aperture and have classroom session and workshops I need to know if there are any issues so I can trouble shoot when needed.
But now to my first observation and some tips for you to move over to Lion, first of all; Make sure you have a back up of your previous system and you updated Snow Leopard prior installation. Making a good back up is absolutely crucial, you never know what can go wrong, Time Machine is a good choice but you can also clone your hard drive via another software if you wish to do so, but make sure you BACK UP!
Lion OS X is only available via download for the Apple App Store and it is about 3.5Gig this is a big Baby for downloading, so a very good connection is important, don't try this with a dial up, which brings me to the next issue, there are some rumors that Apple is going to supply some Memory sticks for some US$ 69.00 with Lion OS X but they want be available until August and this is not sure either.
If you must get Lion now go to a friends place buy some wine and sleep on the couch over night, or ask your Boss if you can do it at work, a good connection and healthy relationship in this case with your Boss is important to.
Compatibility, I am still test driving but so far have not encountered any major issues and the Lion is doing just fine except for some minor issues and getting use to an all new experience.
The scroll bar is gone, well not quiet, it only shows now when you move the mouse or scroll on the trackpad then it will show, the new interface is slick and responsive very quirky, nice one.
Of course there are some 3rd party softwares which do not run and below is a list of some I encountered, not a big deal I can either do without them or a fix will be available soon.
Aperture 3, not a glitch running very cool, Motion 5 is also not a problem, as a matter of fact almost everything I am running from before is fine.
Mail is now very slick just like on your iPhone or iPad, love this new look, but you might have to get use to the new way of scrolling and if you don't like it then you can always set it up to your preference.
Older versions of Stuff it Expander is not running, very old version of Microsoft Office like Word are also not supported, Drop Copy has an issue but no need for that any more since Lion has now Air Drop build in and that works within 30 feet, perfect.
For some 3rd party software you might need to install the serial number again but other than that, all is fine.
A bigger issue is fotoQuote: OSX Lion and Cradoc fotoSoftware programs and an Update pre-announcement
|Apple is releasing Mac OS Lion (OSX 10.7) today. The part of this email about the operating system pertains only to Mac users but we've sent this to both Mac and Windows users because of the fotoQuote Pro pre-announcement below that is in the works.
Apple has dropped its Rosetta support for many older programs and features in the Lion operating system conflict with many new programs as well. Because of this we suggest that you wait as long as possible to update to Lion.|
Peach Press announced some good reading material, like how to Tame OS X Lion, if you really get deep into it check it out @ http://www.peachpit.com/index.aspx
Rapid Weaver running perfect as matter of fact this is the very first post from OS X Lion, no problems.
I am still testing some other 3rd party software and if you don't hear from then all is good, however if I come across some issues I shall report them to you. Lion is so far super cool and very snappy indeed, lots of new and cool features.
But Remember…before any installation, Back Up and look for a very good connection!
BTW - if you do run into trouble and living in Manila talk to one of the trainers at Power Mac Center they are only to willing and help you out.
Now I have to run…my next post will be for sure from Thailand.