Daily Archives: April 30, 2008

Aperture Library Size Considerations

I’ve been toying around with Trial Version of Apple’s Aperture for some time now, but still am not convinced that it is worth upgrading from my iView MediaPro/iPhoto workflow. Prior to Aperture 2.0, speed was my main concern with Aperture 1.5 running painstakingly slow on my iMac G5 (iSight). After version 2.0 came out I gave it another try and I find the speed improvements quite remarkable, however, my 12″ G4 PowerBook does not meet the minimum specs and Aperture won’t install on it. Even if I could bypass the hardware check, I am not sure that it would be a very satisfying experience.

The size of the Aperture Library is another issue altogether. Continue reading

Inspire 1394 Mac Driver Updated to 1.1

Half a year ago I purchased an Presonus Inspire 1394 Firewire Audio Interface. The original driver had a small glitch that caused the Mike gain knobs to become dysfunctional whenever the control panel was put into “Win Shade Mode”, i.e., the reduced size window showing only the gain knobs, but hiding the mixer:

Dysfunctional Mike Gain Knobs in Version 1.0

Here’s how it should look and now does in the corrected 1.1 release:

Proper Mike Gain Knobs in Version 1.1

On a side note, the application name has been changed from “Inspire_1394.app” to “Inspire 1394 Control Panel Mixer.app” such that simply copying the application into the application folder will not overwrite the old version. This also means that any links in the dock must be updated separately. I learned this the hard way, because I updated to version 1.1 some time ago, but only yesterday noticed the improved functionality.