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Updating to MacOS Catalina?

Please wait! We’re still not ready.

Updating to MacOS Catalina may still cause issues. Want proof? Check out this December 6th, 2019 blog post from Howard Oakley of Eclectic Electric Company regarding weird problems with Catalina.

We at Lightroom Guy are always keeping our eyes on MacOS issues and we’re still holding off on updating to Catalina. It’s not ready for prime time. At least not for us, so we can’t recommend updating to Catalina to our clients and readers. 

It’s been two months since our October 10, 2019 post, on holding off with Catalina, warning that Adobe had considerations about updating to Catalina. We heard from clients that even Apple offers (although privately) to roll back users to Mojave, if Catalina poses problems after installation. A tacit admission they know they have left some people in a ditch.

In the meantime however, there is a way for Mojave users to at least update their security settings while they wait. And, we’re very aggressive about security updating. This particular update is vaguely hidden under the “Update Now” Catalina prompt and is easily overlooked. The text is smaller and says, “Other updates are available.” More info.

Updating to MacOS Catalina, Updating Mojave

That “more info” link, leads to Mojave and Safari updates. So, updating to MacOS Catalina isn’t necessary to get updated security. 

Sit tight while we continue to monitor the situation regarding updating to MacOS Catalina. We expect to give the go-ahead sometime after the beginning of the year.

Lightroom Classic Spot Removal Tool is Slow

Recently, we’ve had a number of Lightroom Classic 8 clients on older Macs complain that the Spot Removal tool is slow. Even on a 2015 iMac with decent specs, running on an i7 processor with 16GB RAM and Fusion drive, the Spot Removal tool is slow.

Previous Solutions

But before I get started with the solution, I want to point our readers to the Adobe site for general optimization of your hardware and operating system for Adobe Lightroom.

Spot Removal Tool is Slow

This URL has a list of ways you can do to generally get Lightroom running faster. Today’s blog post is for those of you who are seeing that the Spot Removal tool is slow. Lots of spinning rainbows and wasted time. Our solution may also help Lightroom speed up the other local adjustments as well, to perform better and faster.

The Spot Removal Tool is Slow

So, this is a new video tutorial update for speeding up Lightroom. We blogged about speeding up Lightroom 5 a number of years ago and recently in Lightroom 8, using third party software, Photo Mechanic. But now, we’re talking more specifically about speeding up what can be the dead slow, wait for the spinning rainbow, time killing spot removal tool. Especially if you’re spotting scans (prints and slides), which can be the worst culprits.

How to Create Copyright Preset for Lightroom Classic

It’s 2019 – Time to update your Lightroom copyright preset.

The method to create a Lightroom copyright preset hasn’t changed over the years. But like many things we only need to do once, we forget the process. So, as a public service, here’s the step-by-step process:

Create the Copyright Preset

In the Library Module, go to the Metadata Panel and from Preset pulldown menu on the right side, choose “Edit Presets.” If you should find the Metadata panel completely blank, you’ll need to select a photograph. Then the Metadata fields will appear.

Creating a 2017 Copyright Preset in Lightroom

Choose Edit Presets

Now you’re looking at the Edit Metadata Presets dialog window. The panel looks overwhelming, but don’t worry. We’re only going to fill in two of these sections. Click on every disclosure triangle on the left side to close any open sections except for “IPTC Copyright” and “IPTC Creator.”

Create Copyright Preset

Fill in the ITPC Copyright Section

Change the Copyright Status pulldown menu from “Unknown” to “Copyrighted.”

Create Copyright Preset

In the Copyright field, type the copyright symbol followed by the year and then add your name. The © copyright symbol keystroke for Mac is Option G. For PC, hold down the ALT key while typing this sequence of numbers: 0169.

In the Rights Usage Terms field, copy and paste the following legal speak: No reproduction rights are granted without the express written permission of (your name). No other usage is expressed or implied. Part of the pasted text will become hidden. But, when applied to a photo, it will appear in its entirety in the IPTC Rights Usage Terms metadata field. Double check for typos!

Create Copyright Preset

Fill in the IPTC Creator Fields

Fill in as much (or as little) contact info as you wish. And, when you’re finished, go to the Preset pulldown menu. Choose “Save Current Settings as New Preset…” Type in your Preset Name and choose Create.

Lightroom Copyright Preset

You’ve now created your Lightroom Copyright Preset for 2019.

Apply your Lightroom Copyright Preset to a Photograph

In the Library module, select an image or a group of images. Then, choose the 2019 copyright you made from the Preset pulldown menu in the Metadata panel. If you have a group of images, you’ll have an “Apply Metadata Preset” dialog appear asking you if you want one or all selected photos to have the preset applied. 

Lightroom Copyright Preset

Even if you don’t select IPTC from your Metadata view options, as long as you select your Preset, copyright information will be embedded in your image.

We wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2019!

Preview Unavailable For This File

What’s going on when Lightroom’s import preview window says, “Preview Unavailable For This File?” You shoot camera raw and, you probably have a new camera

Preview Unavailable For This File

The Adobe DNG Converter (Mac + PC) may be the solution. But first, let’s look at two reasons this could be happening:

  1. Adobe can’t update a new camera’s updated proprietary raw data the moment it comes out. You usually have to wait for these camera raw updates to be added to the next “dot” version release. This would be for Creative Cloud apps of Lightroom and Photoshop.
  2. The other reason could be that you’re using Lightroom 6, Photoshop CS6 or earlier. Lightroom 6, the last version of Lightroom that was sold as a DVD installation (AKA “perpetual version”). This was last updated on December 17th, 2017 and there will be no more updates, ever. If you’ve not updated your original Lightroom 6 to 6.1.4, there are updates and you can find the Lightroom 6 updates here. The update offers some bug fixes and adds the camera raw updates current at that time.

There’s a pretty good chance that converting the proprietary camera raw files of a camera manufacturer to DNG, will eliminate the “Preview Unavailable For This File” warning. DNG is the universal camera raw format, that both Lightroom and Photoshop can recognize.

In this video, you’ll learn how to download the Adobe DNG Converter, change your proprietary camera raw files to universal DNGs that Lightroom can “see” and import them to Lightroom.

What’s the workaround if the Adobe DNG Converter doesn’t solve the issue of importing your new camera photos into Lightroom? Camera manufacturers usually have their own software, like Nikon’s ViewNX-i. They update the software with each new camera release to include camera raw formula changes and can also convert to DNG. Check your camera manufacturer’s website. Their software should hold you until Adobe does their next dot release update.

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 – What You Need to Know

You may have heard or already encountered the new USB plug, called USB-C. At the same time, you may be less familiar with the Thunderbolt 3 (T3), a plug that looks exactly the same. Here we will outline the differences between them.

What’s the Situation?

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a standard introduced 20 years ago intended to simplify and improve the connections between computers and accessories. USB-C is the new standard for USB, and more and more devices will feature it. All of Apple’s desktops feature USB-C and the new laptops only have USB-C type connecters. It is currently not as prevalent on PC desktops, but Windows laptops are featuring it more and more.

Three identical cable connectors.
Which one is the real Thunderbolt 3?
(Answer: the middle cable)

At the same time, these new devices may not be Thunderbolt 3 enabled. T3 and USB-C share the same physical connector, so it is easy to be confused. Just because the physical connection looks the same does not mean it will work in the same way; it depends on the device and the data controller at the point of connection. You may get a “device not supported” error message when you plug a T3 into a USB-C. Some manufacturers are good about identifying the connection type, and others not so much.

USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3

The differences between them are important. Generally speaking, the T3 does everything the USB-C does and more. Specifically, the USB-C connection type can support a number of different features, including:

  • Alternate modes for sending and receiving data, including running video signal;
  • Up to 100 watts of power (that’s up from 2.5 watts on older USB connectors); and,
  • It has a symmetrical connection, so it doesn’t matter which way the plug is facing when you insert it.

Meanwhile, the Thunderbolt 3 uses offers these same features plus a few additional ones:

  • A faster connection, up to 40 Gbs;
  • Support for bi-directional data transfer (rather than alternate modes for sending and receiving data); and
  • This allows you to daisy-chain up to six devices.

What You Need to Know

USB C could reduce cable clutter.

From the perspective of the casual end-user, there are a few key things you need to know. Going forward, you should pay attention to the whether the devices you purchase have USB-C or T3 connectors and be aware of these features and differences. For your existing devices, the good news is that USB-C is backwards compatible, so, as long as you have an adapter for your device, the data connection will be seamless and you will connect error-message free. There is no harm to your computer or accessories if you plug a T3 into a USB-C, as the smart data controller will make sure nothing bad happens. Hopefully, the new USB-C style connector will help reduce the number of different cables you need to keep on hand.

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