Apple Kills Aperture and Our Workflow

aperture

Buh-bye Aperture it was for the most part nice working with you

Just as I slid the SD card into the slot to ingest another gig or so of photos, I heard from David Schloss that Apple killed Aperture. This is what he said after a call with Apple PR…

Today Apple killed Aperture, breaking a promise the company had made to professional photographers but also to the professional community at large. As someone that believed deeply when Apple said they would stand by their pro users, I’m disappointed but not surprised.

The poor Aperture team, who must have lobbied for the company to keep working on a tool that set the standard and remained head and shoulders above the competition. They’ve been working tirelessly to promote the Aperture workflow. Seeing their program die must have been especially hard.

Beware now, video folks. When Apple tells you that Pro video users are a core market and part of Apple’s mission, realize they said the same thing about photographers and photography

The dumbing down of Apple’s core professional tools will continue because the consumer market drives the company. Apple needs just to produce the core OS and hardware for the pros and let Adobe and others act as their software development team.

Now it’s time to figure out the logistics of moving massive piles of data to a lesser program and marching up a learning curve we are about seven years behind.

Impact being, we’ve got RAIDs full of photos running on Aperture workflows, including event photo booths and the photomapping we used to do before G+ did it automagically.

How Painful the Sport Is

With writing help from Patrick Brady and sparked by a quick convo with Chris Matthews, a post on Medium in the Bicycles Collection about the Tour and how painful the sport is for the fans…

How Painful the Sport Is

SXSW V2V: Mentoring Sessions

Earlier this year at the Gingerman

The photo they used for the programming…

Besides the riding and socializing next month with SXSW V2V in Vegas, I’m mentoring attendees. Now, what’s a bike-blogging, independent-mag-publishing, cyclist doing mentoring? I wondered that myself and I think they want me to talk about entrepreneurship, bringing products, and content to market? If not, I can talk all day about the sport, running your own business, and being in the space where the bike and tech meet.

If you’re attending the event, sign up, and ask me anything from 3 to 4 PM on Wednesday. And the day before, we can go for a ride.

Huggacast Shorts: Scwhinn 15

We met Schwinn at PressCamp 14 too and these days they’re all about making bikes accessible and fun. During the meeting and photoshoot, Carlton Reid’s (Bike Biz Editor) bombed by us on a TT bike…how nice we thought.

Schwinn Bomb

Just trying to get a shot and photobombed by a TT bike

Fun with Scwhinn

Fun with Scwhinn and they’re now offering a Dutch style bike

Smith goes after the road market with the Overtake Helmet

After introducing their Forefront helmet to the dirt scene last year, Smith Optics dives into the road helmet market with the Overtake. Smith takes the wildly innovative construction/material techniques used in the Forefront to the windtunnel and comes out with what Smith claims to be the best all-around helmet for safety, aerodynamics, ventilation.

The most striking feature of the Overtake’s “Aerocore” structure is the use of Koroyd for the bulk of the helmets protection. Koroyd is a material made from uniform, polymer tubes thermal welded into a lightweight, structural honeycomb. In the event of a crash, the Koroyd is very effective at absorbing kinetic energy as it crushes, reducing the trauma experienced by the rider’s brain. But unlike the foams upon which other helmets entirely rely, the open honeycomb structure of Koroyd allows air to freely pass, so the Overtake keeps a rider’s head cool without the bulk of elaborate internal airflow channels. Six panels of Koroyd are bonded to an EPS foam liner that provides the helmet’s shape, with a thermoformed skeleton and PVC outer shell. The Overtake has 21 external vents.

To be competitive in today’s market, Smith had to make sure that the Overtake could slip through the wind with the best of them. By testing against other category leading designs at a variety of wind angles, Smith was able to create a light, well-vented helmet that performs better than most competitors and just a tick behind the Specialized Evade. But then Smith looked to improve the overall ergonomics of the helmet, the contours of the helmet have been refined to avoid fit interference while wearing sunglasses, and thoughtful “eyewear docks” have been integrated into front and back of the helmet to securely hold the sunglasses when not being worn.

Byron will be testing the Overtake in the near future, while I am currently trying out the Forefront. Check back for updates.

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