MacInTouch Community discussions include the following current topics (among others):
- 2019 Mac Pro – gaming and GPU issues
- Apple security – invisible updates, Apple Pay charges
- Audio – Sonos port blocking and DNS blackholing
- Bluetooth – new standard and audio capabilities
- Competition – Intel Ghost Canyon NUC; Ryzen 4000, Tiger Lake
- Fonts – Adobe changes, Affinity support, conversion, OpenType
- Input devices – Contour and Logitech mice
- Linux – MacBook Pro graphics failure workarounds
- macOS Catalina – protection problems, Users location/migration
- Malware – North Korean Mac malware, ad blockers, nasty phishing trick
- Migration – missing macOS installers
- Misc. – new vs. old tractors/technology
- Photography – web hosting options, experiences, etc.
- Security – IoT, firewalls and Ring cameras
- Tax software – prices, capabilities, compatibility, etc.
Linux discussion includes Chromebook conversion issues, better alternatives (new and used), issues with a new Dell Inspiron, and Linux workarounds with MacBook Pro graphics failures.
MacInTouch Community updates also discuss the following topics (among others):
macOS Catalina notes talk about Apple Books bugs, Dymo label software compatibility, QuickTime 7 elimination and virtualization workarounds, plus Thunderbolt sleep crashes and tips for installing Mojave (or High Sierra) on new Macs that can still run it while shipping with Catalina installed.
MacInTouch Community updates also touch on the following topics (among others):
Capture One Pro, from Phase One A/S, is a cross-platform photography app designed with professional features that include optimized profiles for individual cameras and lenses, raw conversion, digital asset management (DAM), tethered capture, extensive image processing tools, plus performance optimizations (including OpenCL support), Photoshop “round-tripping” (with layered PSD files), masking, annotations, user interface customization, extended AppleScript support, and more. (See user guide and tutorials for details.)
Capture One 20, a new version, brings even better high-ISO noise reduction, a new High Dynamic Range tool, layer and mask copying between images, DNG file support, a new color editor, a variety of other improvements and support for additional cameras and lenses.
Capture One Pro 20.0.1 is priced at $299 for macOS 10.13 and up (or Windows) with a free 30-day trial, or as a $24/mo. subscription. Upgrades start at $159. (There are also $129 versions ($16/mo.) specific to just Sony or Fujifilm cameras, plus free Capture One Express versions for Sony and Fujifilm with fewer features.)
Adobe DNG Converter is a cross-platform app from Adobe Systems Inc. that “enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from supported cameras to a more universal DNG raw file” — something that can be helpful for opening and editing raw image files from cameras that aren’t supported in your preferred photo-editing app.
Adobe’s Camera Raw plug-in provides conversion for supported cameras, along with lens profile support for correcting common aberrations, such as barrel and pincushion geometric distortion, as well as vignetting. (See also: Digital Negative and Camera Raw.)
Adobe DNG Converter 12.1 is a free installer package download that now requires macOS 10.13 and up or Windows.
The Digital Negative specification allows for not only all of the pixel information stored in current raw formats, but also for all of the additional, proprietary metadata that many manufacturers include. The Adobe DNG Converter may, in some cases, ignore some of this proprietary metadata, and only include the basic information necessary for creating a high-quality image file. The original raw file, however, can also be embedded in the new DNG format to ensure that proprietary metadata from the manufacturer is not lost.
DesignVue PD2720U is a 27-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display from BenQ America that connects to a host computer via Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C with 65W power delivery. Other features include color coverage of 96% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and 99% Adobe RGB with factory calibration, 350-nit brightness, HDR10 support, several “curated” display modes (Darkroom, CAD/CAM, Animation), “zero-flicker” and “low blue light” technologies, a “hotkey puck” controller, plus a KVM switch function, an adjustable stand, a 3.5mm audio jack, weak 2W speakers, a DisplayPort 1.4 input and two HDMI ports (plus two USB 3.1 downstream ports).
BenQ PD2720U is list-priced at $1,099.99 ($999.99 at Amazon when checked).
Metapho is an iOS app from YoonHyung Jo (Zininworks) for checking and managing photo metadata (e.g. camera details, color and compression format, date/time, location, even Deep Fusion and Night Mode on the iPhone 11). Features include video support, the ability to strip out metadata/location data, share without metadata, copy and paste or drag and drop locations, and change date or location, plus support for iOS 13 Shortcuts, Dark Mode and iPadOS windows.
Metapho 3.4.4, for iOS 13 only, is priced at $3.99 (in-app purchase) “to unlock everything.”
ProArt Display PA32UCX is a new, high-end professional display from Asustek Computer Inc. that rivals Apple’s upcoming 6K display, though it puts only 4K UHD on its 32-inch panel. Connections include dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (with 60W power delivery), three HDMI 2.0b connections and DisplayPort 1.2, plus three USB 3.0 Type A “downstream” connectors. Unlike Apple’s display, the ProArt PA32UCG includes a fully adjustable stand (plus VESA compatibility). Its 10-bit IPS panel features mini-LED backlighting with 1000+ zones of local dimming, 1200 nits peak brightness, 1000:1 contrast (1,000,000:1 HDR), and “smart” HDR for multiple HDR formats and PQ curves. Color features include pre-calibration (Delta E < 1) and hardware calibrator compatibility, with profile saving, a 14-bit lookup table (LUT), and colorspace coverage of 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 and 89% Rec.2020, plus a plethora of color modes and adjustments.
ProArt Display PA32UCX [Amazon] recently began shipping, list-priced at $3999.
ProArt PA32UC [Amazon] is a less expensive model with similar features, including Thunderbolt 3, list-priced at $1599.
ProArt PA27UCX is an unreleased 27-inch version with HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C ports, but no Thunderbolt 3 support.
UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q) is an upcoming 27-inch, 4K display from Dell Inc. with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. The monitor features a built-in colorimeter, 100% Adobe RGB and 98% DCI-P3 color coverage (≤ 2 Delta E), 90W charging power, HDMI 2.0a, USB-C/DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-A ports, 10-bit IPS display, 1300:1 contrast, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a fully adjustable stand. The Dell UP2720Q is due in January at $1999.99.