Archive for the ' Burning Issues' Category

Jun 28, 2005

Musicians, songwriters: P2P ruling rocks

Source: ZD Net
Written By Michael Kanellos

If there’s one group that seems excited about the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the Grokster file-sharing case, it’s the people in the studio.

Jun 6, 2005

The Mac-Intel Computer, Finally!

Source: PC Magazine
Written By John C. Dvorak

Today’s announcement that Apple will be phasing itself to the Intel architecture comes as no surprise to this writer since it’s simply a smart move. I also first got wind of this deal back in 2003 and expected it to have been announced this January. I missed it by one keynote and 5 months.

May 30, 2005

RAW File Encryption

Source: Luminous Landscape
Written By Andrew J. Roman
Foreword by Michael Reichman

By now most readers are familiar with what is currently the most important issue facing photographers this decade. That is – the closed, proprietary, and proliferating number of RAW file formats. Even more distressing is that there are now camera makers who are encrypting some of their RAW data.

May 11, 2005

Digital Preservation

How Long will Digital Photography Last?

The long-term preservation of traditional photographic medium (AKA Cow Hooves) has a tradition backed by research and known “Best Practices”. Given dark storage and reduced temperature environments, silver based photographic materials can be preserved for hundreds of years. Given a sub-zero environment the time is estimated to be thousands of years. But, what about digital photography?

May 10, 2005

The Engadget Interview: Steve Heiner, General Manager, Digital SLR Systems, Nikon

Source: engadget
Written By Peter Rojas

For this week’s Engadget Inteview, journalist J.D. Lasica spoke with Steve Heiner, the head of Nikon’s digital single lens reflex systems, about how Nikon is faring in the transition to a digital world, its new line of D70S and D50 cameras, and the hullabaloo about Nikon’s encrypting white balance metadata in RAW image files in some of its cameras. Or at least he tried.

May 4, 2005

Format wars

Should a company be able to control the way content you have created is stored? Simon Bisson looks at moves towards open file formats. . .

May 4, 2005

Print Insists It’s Here to Stay


Here’s a Newsweek cover from 100 years into the future: an aerial view of the United States with California split off from the mainland and floating in the Pacific. The headline: “California Island: More popular than ever 62 years after the Big Quake.” And here’s Sports Illustrated 100 years hence: “Hell Freezes Over! Cubs Win 2105 World Series.”

May 3, 2005

Nikon D2x Review By Thom Hogan

Editor’s Note: Photographer and author Thom Hogan has done an in-depth review of the new Nikon D2X. Known as a respected authority in photography-both film & digital, Mr. Hogan’s views and reviews carry substantial weight in the Nikon community. As a result, it’s notable that Mr. Hogan has both considerable praise for the camera (with some criticism) but also goes to considerable length to offer his opinion of the recent White Balance encryption issue as well as Nikon’s response. PSN encourages interested readers to read the entire review but we were struck by the following:

Apr 27, 2005

RAW storm in a teacup? Dave Coffin interviewed

If anyone understands the ins and outs of RAW, it’s Dave Coffin, he has reverse engineered the RAW formats of almost every digital camera on the market and provides his code (dcraw.c) freely for anyone to use.

Apr 25, 2005

Forgent Sues Microsoft over JPEG Patent

Almost a year to the day after filing patent infringement lawsuits against 31 companies, including Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Computer Inc., Dell Inc. and IBM, Austin, Texas-based Forgent Networks Inc. last week said that its wholly owned subsidiary Compression Labs Inc. has filed suit against Microsoft Corp. for alleged infringement on the patent for JPEG file compression.

Apr 23, 2005

OPENRAW Launches Web Site

Digital Image Preservation Through Open Documentation

Apr 22, 2005

Nikon Responds. . .

Apr 21, 2005

Nikon’s Photo Encryption Reported Broken

A Massachusetts programmer says he has broken a proprietary encryption code that has effectively forced some Nikon digital camera owners to use the company’s own software.

Apr 18, 2005

Macromedia + Adobe = What?


Apr 17, 2005

Nikon encrypts D2X white balance metadata

In a post on Adobe’s User to User Forum for Camera Raw, Thomas Knoll, chief engineer for Camera Raw and the original author of Photoshop (developed along with his brother John Knoll) has stated that Nikon has taken the unusual step of encrypting the white balance information contained in NEF files written by Nikon’s new D2X and D2Hs cameras.

Thomas says in his post: “They (Nikon) decided to ENCRYPT the white balance data inside the NEF file for these cameras. Previously, the white balance data was stored in non-encrypted format, and was readable to third party raw converters using simple reverse engineering of the file format.

Apr 16, 2005

Nikon – “Where does Photoshop come in?”

A message posted on April 14, 2005 on the Adobe User To User Forum for Camera Raw by nunatak (screen name) said:

hi everyone …

nikon emailed me a link this morning. in clear convincing language, they helped delineate for me the usefulness of Photoshop. some of their stronger arguments were:

“Where does Photoshop come in? As graphic arts software, it’s great for removing a telephone pole, or adding a drop shadow, or affixing a caption to your photo. But if you’re using it to crop or straighten an image, or adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and curves, or to apply filters, you simply don’t need it.

Photoshop is excellent for graphic artists; Capture is designed for photographers.”

just wondering if there were any Nikon shooters whom agreed?

Apr 11, 2005

Adobe Activation – Opinion

Sep 1, 2004


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