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Old Mar 11, 2007, 8:44 AM   #1
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I am currently running a NAS (HP Media Vault 2010) and store all my photos on the NAS (backed up to an external Lacie drive of course!) I am currently running iphoto on the Mac and Picasa2 on the PC. Both programs have their querks, more so with iphoto in how it save/manages the files in an XML document, etc.

I am looking for a program that can easily share the photos between the Mac and the PC. For example, a Mac and a PC program that reads all the photos from a shared directory on the NAS and whenever I launch the respective program, I don't need to manually import any changes. I usually upload all photos from my Camera to my Mac, but it would be nice to have the flexibility to upload to either machine and have both programs recognize the new photos and automatically catalogue them upon launch.

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 9:06 AM   #2
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Update: I just tried Adobe Lightroom. Unfortunately, it can't "Watch" a folder on a network drive. Bummer.

Any other suggestions?
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Old Mar 13, 2007, 2:25 PM   #3
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You could always switch to Linux on the Mac. ;-) You can get versions of some of the popular Linux distros around for Macs based on the PowerPC or Intel platforms. lol

Google has a download of Picasa designed to run on Linux here (it's actually using some of the Wine related libraries to do it):

http://picasa.google.com/linux/

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Old Oct 6, 2007, 8:35 AM   #4
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Jim,

Do you use Linux exclusively or do you have it in a dual boot with something else? I've noticed a lot of your posts you mention Linux and I was curious. I actually downloaded Redhat a few years ago but at the time couldn't bring myself form the point and click world that I loved. With the release of the latest and greatest Windows Vista, I am seriously thinking of jumping the Windows ship into the vast ocean of Linux. I know this isnt' the forum for this but do you have any pointers on available software (ie Photo/Video editing, web design) could you message me or point me in the right direction?

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Old Oct 6, 2007, 9:33 PM   #5
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I use Windows XP and Linux.

I usually keep at least two different Linux distros on my PC at any given time. It's easy to resize your existing NTFS partitions (make them smaller to free up space on the drive for Linux partitions) using the tools built into many Linux distros now.

I'd try SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 5 and try digiKam 0.9.2 for image management. This SimplyMEPIS release is still beta (now on beta 5). But, it will probably go final relatively soon. I've been using the 7.0 pre-releases since beta 3 with no significant issues. I'm typing in Firefox running under SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 5 now. I mentioned it in this recent thread:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=31

It's got a lot of software preinstalled (Firefox with Flash Player 9, Open Office, digikam 0.9.2 for image management and much more), and it's got a very easy to use installer. So, I suggest it often. It can also run from a Live CD so you can see if it works with your hardware OK before installing it (although it's going to be slow running from a CD, since it's decompressing software on the fly and running at slow speeds from CD). Once installed to your hard drive, it's much faster.

As for image editors, you've got quite a few to choose from. digiKam is great for basic image management as well as many editing functions:

http://www.digikam.org/?q=about/features09x

Krita is also coming along nicely (although some things are still a bit rough). It's well integrated into the KDE Office Suite.

http://www.koffice.org/krita/

Eric Hyman also sells Bibble for Linux. I'm pretty impressed with the latest releases.

http://www.bibblelabs.com/

Heck, you can even get a version of Google's Picasa that runs in Linux (although it's not actually a native Linux application):

http://picasa.google.com/linux/

I also use UFRaw from time to time (and they have a stand alone version and a Gimp plugin).

http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

I'd also install Raw Therapee for raw conversion.

Some people like The Gimp for editing. Some people like to use Cinepaint

As for video, I don't do anything with it. There are applications out there for that though. It see that Kino is preinstalled in SimplyMEPIS 7.0 (at least in the latest beta).

For web authoring, I'd probably look at Kompozer

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Old Oct 7, 2007, 9:07 AM   #6
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Jim,

Thanks for the reply, very detailed information. I may give it a shot this weekend.

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Old Nov 21, 2007, 1:57 PM   #7
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JimC wrote:
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I'd try SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 5 and try digiKam 0.9.2 for image management. This SimplyMEPIS release is still beta (now on beta 5). But, it will probably go final relatively soon. I've been using the 7.0 pre-releases since beta 3 with no significant issues. I'm typing in Firefox running under SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 5 now. I mentioned it in this recent thread:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=31

It's got a lot of software preinstalled (Firefox with Flash Player 9, Open Office, digikam 0.9.2 for image management and much more), and it's got a very easy to use installer. So, I suggest it often. It can also run from a Live CD so you can see if it works with your hardware OK before installing it (although it's going to be slow running from a CD, since it's decompressing software on the fly and running at slow speeds from CD). Once installed to your hard drive, it's much faster.
Update, SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available. It should go final within the next few weeks. I've been running the 7.0 Betas with no problems for quite a while now.

http://www.mepis.org/

Here is one download mirror you can use:

Testing releases of SimplyMEPIS at iblio.org

Direct Link to SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Release Candidate 1 .iso file (32 bit version, which is around 700MB):

ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/dist...7.0-rc1_32.iso

How to download, burn the .iso to CD, partition disk drives using the free tools included on the Live CD, etc., is in their Wiki (see Getting and Installing Mepis):

http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Main_Page


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