B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 08 Apr 2014
At least this is properly labelled on MacUpdate, unlike Adobe Camera Raw 8.4, which also gets you the DNG Converter.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 08 Apr 2014
The last few versions of what is called Adobe Camera Raw on MacUpdate contain only the latest DNG Converter, not the latest Camera Raw files or plug-in. Once you click the download link you get a dmg image file called DNGConverter - and that's all it contains - I checked it with Pacifist. There is no explanation on Adobe's web site, that I can find, of this issue, not any recent download link for the actual Camera Raw plug-in. It's puzzling that MacUpdate would leave this misleading naming problem unresolved for so long.

The only thing I can think of that makes any sense here is that Adobe now only provides Camera Raw updates through Adobe Photoshop of Photoshop Elements.

I'm a bit leery of installing this DNG Converter update because it says it's only compatible with Photoshop CC. Which hardly seems reasonable as the main purpose of the DNGConverter is to handle backwards compatibility for Camera Raw files not supported in the user's extant version of Adobe Photoshop.

Ever since Adobe moved their business to Creative Cloud they seem to be as confused about what they're doing as their users - and MacUpdate doesn't help with these misnamed updates.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 09 Apr 2014
MacUpdate-Jess: Thanks for the information. However, you have not addressed the issue of the mislabeling of this update on MacUpdate as Camera Raw 8.4. Following the download link still only provides DNG Converter 8.4, not Camera Raw 8.4.

I finally did install DNG Converter 8.4 without any negative side affects. I have managed to scrounge from Adobe's web site DNG Converter 8.3 and 8.4 with standalone installers. I've also found Camera Raw 8.3 as a standalone install, but not Camera Raw 8.4. Because Adobe so often mislabels these files, I had to check each one with Pacifist to see what I was actually getting.

It's also important to note a compatibility issue between Camera Raw 7.x and 8.x. Camera Raw 7 still works with Photoshop CS6. Camera Raw 8.x works with PS CS6, but only on OS X 10.7 and above. It does not work properly with OS X 10.6.x. I found this out the hard way helping a friend who had inadvertently installed CR 8.3 on his Snow Leopard system and found it would no longer read Raw files that worked perfectly well before he upgraded from Camera Raw 7.3 to 8.3. I searched without success for any explanation of this issue on Adobe's web site. It may be there somewhere but is certainly not where it should be on the information and download pages for versions 7 & 8 of Camera Raw. Further adding to the confusion is the fact that pages describing Camera Raw 8 only link to the DNG Converter download. This may explain why MacUpdate has misnamed the update - because it's mislabeled by Adobe in the first place.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 09 Apr 2014
MacUpdate-Jess: Thanks again. That's certainly a coherent explanation so I guess I'll join you out on that limb. After wading through pages and pages of Adobe explanations that explain very little, it seems they are providing camera and lens profile updates for CS6, as you suggest, that don't require an update to the Camera Raw plug-in. Whereas, the plug-in for Photoshop CC does include enhanced features. Since you and I can explain the matter in one paragraph, it's a wonder Adobe can't do at least as well, given that they actually know, presumably, what they are talking about. it's long been typical of engineers, though, that they cannot see an issue from a user's perspective. Still, this doesn't explain why the DNG Converter has a separate update page, given that it apparently accesses the same file as the link on this page.

It's also the case that this nomenclature problem arose long before Adobe split the functionality of Camera Raw 8.x between Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC, so our limb is fragile indeed.

However, given how unlikely it is that Adobe will explain themselves any better, perhaps you can make note of the profiles only issue on the Camera Raw and DNG Converter pages. Just a thought.

Now that I look at it again, another source of confusion is the note that this update is for CC and Photoshop CC and later. Yet it doesn't include the Camera Raw plug-in. Whereas, logically enough, the DNG Converter page does not include these limitations - though it downloads the same file. Curiouser and curiouser.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 16 Mar 2014
QuickIcons works, in my limited testing, but it's not free. The download here is a demo version that watermarks any icon your create. Still, at least there is a demo, which is more than can be said for most apps sold through the Mac App Store. And the price is only 99 cents, so it's certainly a good value for the money. It's just that the download from Mac Update should be marked as a demo and the availability and price at the App store should be noted. It may be a small deception but it's still a surprise when you get the download and it says demo - after seeing it marked as freeware here. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and I doubt this kind of confusion is what the developer is looking for with a new product.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
The latest version of f.lux has some nice enhancements. In particular I like the ability to disable it on a per application basis so that, if I'm working in Photoshop, for instance, it will not kick in and distort the color space.

The ability to customize the color used at night time is probably it's strongest feature. This enables me to set it to suit my preference rather than use the default settings. The new version takes a little time to tweak, given the new variables, sunset and bedtime, but it's well worth the effort.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 27 Feb 2014
You can get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for less and get support for just about every camera available. Is there a significant advantage to DxO Optics Pro that makes it preferable despite the cameras it does not support?
[Version 9.1.3]



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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 26 Feb 2014
This is a link to an old version of Air. Anyone minding the store?
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 20 Feb 2014
This version, 4.2.1.1, is suddenly compatible only with OS X 10.8 and above. If you don't customarily look at the compatibility info when downloading an update, this may take you by surprise if you're running in OS X 10.7.5 or 10.6.8. Some developers are courteous enough to mention such a significant change in the change notes. Not here.
[Version 4.2.1.1]



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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 02 Jan 2014
Be aware that this version of TechTool Protogo does not include the latest TechTool Pro, wish is version 7.0.2 - a substantial upgrade to TechTool Pro 6.x. So you'll probably have to pay for an upgrade again when Protogo gets version 7.x.
[Version 3.0.4]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 03 Jan 2014
The version listed when I made my post was not version 4. It has since been updated.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 31 Dec 2013
To be fair to the author(s) on MacPilot, if not to Koingo, I took a look at version 6 on Koingo's web site and the app has indeed been rewritten and reorganized. The reorganization is an improvement, in my opinion, and was made necessary because of the even wider range of features and services MP now provides. It is easily the most comprehensive utility of its kind. That doesn't necessarily mean I need it, or am willing to pay for the upgrade - though version 6 is probably worth it.

It may be hard to separate our feelings about Koingo from the software they distribute (it certainly is for me). But I think it's appropriate to do so in order to give credit where credit is due - in this case, to the more or less anonymous software developers working behind the scenes on the products Koingo distributes.

Whether drawing such distinctions will enable you to hold your nose and buy an app like MacPilot from Koingo is a matter of personal discretion.

For what it's worth, I suspect the root of the dispute between Koingo and MacUpdate is that Koingo's own licensing policies, which include packages of their own, are so complex that they don't mesh well with MacUpdate's packaging program. This has led to misunderstandings between the two businesses that no one involved seems to have the skill or patience to resolve. The petty public bickering that's shown up on this blog reflects badly on both parties. Be that as it may, Koingo, and specifically the people writing the software they sell, has the most to lose here. That they have let this dispute go on so long suggest to me that the company is in need of new leadership. Those currently managing the business are, for the sake of their own pride, running it into the ground. Whether they will wake up to their peril before Koingo is no more is anyone's guess.
[Version 6.0]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 31 Dec 2013
P.S.: Well, I bit the bullet and paid $15.95 for an upgrade to MacPilot 6. It is a substantial upgrade and, for what it's worth, I think the price is justified if you like the app - which I do.

There are now two main windows in MacPilot (available under the Window menu): Standard Features (which opens by default when you launch the app), that includes the basics and an expanded menu of tools and of reverences - Error Codes, Fonts, Key Combos, Manuals [Man files] and System Profile - and the Advanced Features, which includes settings for two score applications (on my system, OS X 10.7.5).

Koingo has now made it clear when you purchase an app or an upgrade what the differences are between a subscription and a purchase and gives you a choice between the two - though subscription is checked by default so you will have to be careful to check "purchase" if you don't want the subscription. A part of this reflects Koingo's anal approach to software licensing: If you purchase an app it only entitles you to six months of updates, rather the the one year you get with a subscription. So even if you buy an app they leave a bad taste in your mouth. Koingo policy makers are in serious need of an attitude adjustment. Right now they're just mean, in every sense of the word, including stingy, spiteful and poor in spirit.

Despite Koingo's stupid licensing policies, however, MacPilot is an excellent utility. There is no other that comes close to providing the range of tools and services MacPilot does.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 27 Dec 2013
Snapheal Pro looks like a good app as a standalone if you do not have Aperture, Photoshop or Lightroom. As a plug-in for those apps its value is somewhat diminished to the extent that it duplicates features, particularly in Aperture and Lightroom. It's unique features, for erasing unwanted objects, no doubt make it useful for some people.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc had trouble on 25 Mar 2010
The download link on this page doesn't work for me. If you have the same problem, you can download the update directly from Apple at http://support.apple.com/kb/DL859.
[Version 8.0.6]



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