Archive for June 23, 2015

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“Send <appname> Feedback” Sends to Apple

Brian Webster (tweet):

For users enrolled in the OS X beta program, the system adds a “Send <appname> Feedback” menu item to the Help menu of all apps on the system, even third party apps. Selecting this menu item opens Apple’s feedback assistant, which allows users to send bug reports etc. on the OS X beta.

I have had multiple reports from users who used this menu item in one of my apps and were confused that I had never received the information they had submitted. It is not at all clear to users that feedback sent by selecting that menu item is going to Apple, and not the app developer. This can cause support issues and poor customer sat for third party developers. This feedback menu item should only be displayed for Apple’s own applications, and not third party ones.

Avoid Download Issues With Mac App Store Purchases

Rob Griffiths:

Over the last few days, several users let me know they were unable to download our apps from the Mac App Store. They reported that they were receiving this error message when trying to purchase or update:

App Store Error: Failed to verify the preflight file. It is not signed by Apple.

[…]

In theory, Apple (in exchange for their 30% cut of our revenue) should be helping these users solve such problems. But based on what I’ve heard, that’s not usually the case, so they end up writing to me. After a bit of web searching, I found the cause and solution to the problem: Keychain Access.

10-Year-Old MySQL Bug

Omer Barnir (via Peter Steinberger):

When rows of a table are updated/deleted indirectly as a result of a foreign key definition on the table, triggers on that table are not executed as required[…]

Wayne Chan:

There is no clean workaround that could achieve this functionality. I appreciate the work that the Mysql has put into this wonderful DBMS, but why not just go a little bit further to make this a complete product? I would really, really appreciate if someone can address this problem, which frankly, is a bug because this makes Mysql non-ACID compliant.

Lightroom 6.1 Doesn’t Get New Features

Adobe:

Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1 are now available on Adobe.com. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Via Agen G. N. Schmitz:

Lightroom CC 2015.1 receives the new Dehaze feature for removing haze and fog from pictures (or, conversely, adding more haze to a photo). Additionally, Lightroom CC 2015.1 brings local white and black adjustment sliders to the Gradient Filter, Radial Filter, and Local adjustment brush tools, improving the capability to fine-tune tonality near the brightest and darkest parts of the picture. While it doesn’t gain the added features, Lightroom 6.1 does receive the same bug fixes as Lightroom CC 2015.1, including a resolution to a slow start that would devolve into an unending blue spinning wheel with any attempt to click within the app.

The direct link to download the new version is here. It does seem to fix a flicker bug that I saw when the graphics processor was enabled. However, I’m disappointed that the standalone version doesn’t get the same new features as the Creative Cloud version. I paid $149 just last month and am not getting the features, whereas with the $10/month plan I would.

Rikk Flohr:

Lightroom 6.x will continue to receive the same level of updates as did its predecessors, (Lightroom Versions 1-5) which included new camera support, new lens support, and bug fixes. Nothing has changed with regard to how Lightroom, in the Perpetual license, receives its updates. Subscribers of Lightroom CC will receive the same level of updates as the Lightroom Perpetual license holders however, in addition Lightroom CC will receive new features as they are released.

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There is no plan to add any new features to the Lightroom 6.x cycle.

This was not clear to me when purchasing the standalone version. Indeed, Adobe’s own FAQ says:

You can purchase a perpetual download version of Lightroom 6 on Adobe.com here. Note, the perpetual license doesn’t provide access to Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web.

This implies that the only difference is the mobile and cloud features, which I don’t care about. So the standalone version seemed like a good deal given that over the lifetime of the product the Creative Cloud version is about 2–3x the price if you only want Lightroom, not Photoshop.

Update (2015-06-24): There are lots of comments on the Photography Reddit.