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Some Additional Tips for Moving From Aperture to Lightroom

I decided bite the bullet this weekend and move my entire photo library to Lightroom. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, but I finally got tired of having to fix the sync problems between Aperture, iTunes, and my iPhone. My biggest gripe has been that sync’ing hasn’t been reliable since my upgrade to Yosemite. If I tried to remove unsync my files, they would occasionally become orphans on the iPhone and I would have to go in with PhoneView and remove it manually. Ick. I spent the first part of the weekend reading up …

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Capture Time Corrections After Aperture Import

I’m making the switch from Aperture to Lightroom 6 and am using the Aperture Import plugin to move my entire library over. I’m still learning the interface, but an initial problem I observed was with the default sorting of my images after the import. Out of ~25,000 photos and videos, about 900 of them were incorrectly placed at the top of the library when I preview the library in grid view, sorted by “Capture Time.” Most, if not all of the files that were incorrectly sorted were scans, screenshots, or other images that weren’t obtained from a digital camera. Even …

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Removing Orphaned Podcast Episodes in iTunes 12

I’m running iTunes 12.x and recently moved all my podcasts to Downcast as iTunes was failing miserably at keeping my podcasts synchronized. I removed all my podcasts from my iPhone, iPad, and iMac and everything seemed to be working well. However, just today, I saw that there were still podcast episode references in my iTunes library despite not having any podcast subscriptions. The symptom manifests in this particular situation: Ensure that the Podcast tab is empty with all subscribed shows deleted. Create a smart playlist in the Music tab with media kind “Podcast” Notice the episodes that show up that …

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Splitting 3D Video Files From Sony Camcorders

I’ve owned Sony products before so I know how they like to keep things proprietary, but I just have to say that this process was ridiculously difficult to figure out. I got the Sony HDR-TD20V 3D camcorder about a little more than a year ago just in time for my child’s birth. I don’t have a 3D TV, but I wanted to “futureproof” the footage I have of my daughter growing up. My goal was to shoot the video and convert the video into raw left and right movies and to worry about its practical uses later. My three basic …

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Exporting iCloud Keychain Passwords as a Plain Text File

Every once in a while, I like to clean out my Keychain credentials. I currently have over 670 passwords store there, some of which are for websites that no longer exists. However, before I go in deleting things on a whim, I like to back things up in a univerally accepted and readable format: plain text (which I store on an encrypted volume). Previously, I could use the command: Of course, I’d have to click “Allow” a few hundred times, but it gets the job done. When I installed Mavericks, it automatically moved all my web passwords, among other credentials, …

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An Updated Rsync 3.1.0 for Mavericks

Because of the new GPLv3 licensing of rsync 3.0+, Mavericks still has the same old rsync 2.6.9 as prior iterations of OSX, which to say the least is extremely outdated and does not copy everything about an OSX file. Mike Bombich over at Bombich Software, author of the great Carbon Copy Cloner, wrote many of the rsync patches and had a page describing the compilation details for rsync 3.0.7. These are the instructions adapted for rsync 3.1.0. Once you do this, the new version of rsync will be installed /usr/local/bin. Just make sure to use that one instead of the …

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Additional Dictionaries in OSX 10.9 and iOS 7

I’m not sure whether this is a new inclusion into Mavericks and iOS 7, but it’s a very cool find especially for those who are learning or know foreign languages. Both Mac OS 10.9 and iOS 7 include access to additional multilingual dictionaries that can be used with the system-level lookup/translation service. Applications that utilize the native Apple widgets, which includes iBooks, Safari, Mail, etc. are all able to use this service. To enable the dictionaries, do the following: The list of dictionaries included are: Apple Dictionary New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd Edition (American English) Oxford Dictionary of English, 3rd …

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