Seems not everyone shares my lukewarm enthusiasm for Google Pack – Paul Thurrott doesn't like it very much at all…
I think he's being overly unfair – I still hold to the opinion that it is a good "one-click" (-ish) way of getting a bunch of essential software onto a machine, and potentially for keeping it updated. I just don't think that all of the software is the stuff I would choose to include in such a pack.
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There is increasing coverage of Adobe Lightroom, a new RAW workflow tool. This follows a lot of noise about Apple’s Aperture application. I’ve not lost much sleep over Aperture, mainly because I don’t have a Mac – and although they are very desirable machines, I’m not expecting to go there any time soon[*]. Also, some of the coverage of Aperture has been more than a little mixed in the levels of praise, for an application that puts such a dent in the wallet.
Lightroom sounds interesting, since it will run on Windows as well, and Adobe clearly already have a lot of experience in digital imaging. I like the look of the application. The layout reminds me a lot of my RAW tool of choice, RawShooter Premium. The features are tempting – Lightroom can work not only with RAW files, but with JPEG, TIFF and PSD… JPEG at least is something I would use, and probably TIFF too. The Greyscale Mixer and the number of processing options are exciting – with RawShooter I sometimes have to switch to The Gimp for some post-processing. Of course, pricing hasn’t been announced yet – if it competes favourably with RawShooter, I might even be tempted.
[*] I’m sidestepping the fact that none of these apps run on Linux, which they clearly could do if the writers made an effort… it’s just disappointing.
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