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Comment Upgrade (Score 1) 139

So they get slightly smaller, remain the same weight, and have a different look.

If Apple releases such a thing and calls it "the future", they are flamed for only changing looks and making it slighty smaller....


Oh, right, Slashdot:
I for one welcome our new, R2-D2-looking, overweight overlords of nightly surveillance!

Comment Re:Credible? (Score 1) 243

I think that maybe they are working on it to see if there are advantages, but I don't think they will release it.

It might be a simple trick to lure the competition onto the wrong path. Most people think the curved screen phone release some weeks ago is ugly and brings no real advantage. Maybe Apple tries to get competitors, especially ones who tend to copy whatever Apple does, into the wrong direction. While they tool up to face this "curved iPhone" (because Apple knows what's cool, so we have to do the same thing they do), Apple stays true to their formula and laughs at all the new curved gizmos.

Curved iPhone...nah, can't believe it, not next year!

Comment Re:Color management algorithms are patented (Score 1) 226

Good call, I'd say about 20%, but these 20% often make the difference. When it comes to basic RGB-to-CMYK and vice versa, most of the intelligent stuff already happened in the application that created the profile.

I am well aware that my wishlist up there is nothing more than a wishlist and would be impossible to create without heavy licensing. I only wanted to answer the quesiton how an OS could look if it is targeted at creatives, and most of my points would fix problems or increase productivity on daily tasks. And my main point still stands that our typical file systems are in no way geared towards the specific tasks in this field, and thus often have to be "extended" by means of DAM systems, project software etc. And then you again run into the problem that someone has to manage the dataflow between different DAMs (e.g. different companies) and freelancers. And god forbid your supplier decides to cancel it's DAM software (I am looking at you, Adobe) and you have to start from scratch.

Comment Re:Not enough (Score 1) 226

While you are right that all OS have color management implemented, most applications implement their own. Apply the same color management in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop, and you will get three different results. That's why third-party solutions - quite expensive ones, mind you - exist to handle this dilemma. And no OS I know of implements the needed algorithms for serious color management.

Regarding your comment about folders: the problem is that most creative workflows span more than one person or even one company. Most of the times, a couple of freelancers are on board, one company provides this, one company provides that. As long as each of them has it's own structure of how to manage projects on the FS level, you run into problems. If you tell me that is not the case, I cannot take you seriously.

Third, regarding fonts: the problem is that many fonts are copyrighted and thus are not allowed to be sent to freelancers. So when text has to be modified, everything has to be sent back to the company who is allowed to work with the font. This is also a very recurring problem which costs money and time!

I understand very much that you like Unix and you like to tell people they are idiots because you think they don't understand unix. That's fine if that is the way you roll. But work in the creative industry on bigger projects for a couple of years, and you will understand my post.

The question was: what would be the perfect OS for creative work, and I stated my opinion by expressing the needs of this particular field of work.

And yes, I know what a framework is, but english is not my native language. The reason I mentioned it is that these frameworks exist, and bigger agencies struggle to keep them working, because they are on top of an OS, and every application update, every OS update might break them and you wait for an update for a couple of days or weeks. Again, this happens every year and decreases productivity. Plus: they never feel as integrated as they should be.


Comment Not enough (Score 2) 226

A true OS aimed at "creative" in my opinion needs much more than this. To name a few things:

- OS level handling of color information and an OS API/CMM which every application accesses and uses (no app-specific color management and no app-specific algorithms and "rules". Same for printer drivers
- specialized file system which offers the possibility to actually have "asset" folders. Not the possibility to create a folder and name it assets, but an actual logic to files stored in it's parent folder which different applications again can understand and access. Same goes for projects. The OS has to understand what we are working on, and not give us the possibility to think up our own project folder structure, which is different from company to company to freelancer
- integrated, transparent versioning of projects, their main files and assets. as simple right click => "create versioned directory/project", with an OS API which the applications hook into. the file manager needs to have the possibility to easily roll back the whole folder including assets to version 06, for example, without losing other version. easy ability to branch from one version to another and develop them simultanously. this needs to have a very good UI so I can QUICKLY find what I am searching for
- these functions need to work on network shares, with multiple users, and need an easy export/import feature, so I can export/pack the project, send it to an external, and get the new one back, and I can quickly and easily import it back in.
- fonts are assets! not something you hide somewhere in the OS folder. also, and I mean it: some kind of DRM fonts, so I can send out copyrighted fonts to an external which will only work inside the project folder I just exported and sent him. - integrated time logging. set up OS wide rules which applications to log, and when to stop logging (after x minutes without mouse movement etc.). easy export of "how long did I work in project XYZ, on file XYZ, in application XYZ". Again, has to work with multiple users over the network

For most of these functions, there is a solution, sometimes even a close on in some OS (Timemachine, Shadow files) etc., but you have to piece the stuff together, and most of the times, one component or another breaks the concept due to an update, or it simply is to cumbersome for some people to handle and again the whole thing breaks down. or it is damn expensive. Many time loggers come to mind, which scan window titles to try to find out which file you are working on, and often break with new versions of applications or foreign versions.

Such an OS would be a killer app/OS, but it will never exist. If market share is low, the big apps won't be ported. And if the big apps are not available, market share stays low.

And I don't think it is possible to create such a thing as a framework layout on top of an OS...it would not feel intuitive enough, and would not hook deeply enough into the inner workings of the OS.
The only company who could pull this off is Apple, but if they would have wanted to, they would have done it already as the last three major OS versions where quite lackluster IMHO when it comes to innovation.



Comment Re:Where were the professionals. (Score 5, Insightful) 268

That's what I was thinkng also!

Then again, it is a very interesting way of damage control. Simply bring equipment which can only measure up to the damage level we want.

I cannot understand how a company can make such a mistake. This is the most severe radioactive problem at the moment, threatening to change a country for the next decades.

They know how important this is, and fail to bring along the right equipment?


Comment Re:Smart Criminals (Score 5, Funny) 179

*clear throat


*clear throat again

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: the car analogy for our topic tonight

It's like...with the police behind following you in your car...

blinking left, but taking a right turn!


Thank you, thank you, I'm here all night.

Comment Re:Q&A (Score 1) 206

Then again to them (and I think any business) it might be a difference if some John Doe sends an app which reads "share your life, your secrets, your meals, your pets, where you go, what you think, what you don't think, who you like, who you don't like, what you do etc. with all of your friends, sometimes their friends, people you don't like but have to be friends with to be cool or to prevent beeing fired and of course the NSA and at least five other absolutely professional security agencies around the world for FREE!!!!" than when one of the most influental social networks enters an app that basically reads the same but in less words: "do everything you do on facebook, but while you're away from your computer".

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