June 22, 2012
We’ve been a little quiet here on the blog for the past week or two, but only because we’ve been busy, busy with other goings on…
The big news in the iOS development world was the Apple WorldWide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), held last week in San Fransisco. There was the public announcements of iOS 6, the new Macbook Pro, and some other cool stuff, plus a bunch of new stuff that we can’t talk about under the standard non-disclosure agreement.
The new iOS6 has a lot of cool new stuff that will open up new possibilities and make some existing things easier / cleaner. We’ve got a little bit of time, since iOS6 won’t be available until the fall. Be aware that we won’t officially support iOS6 until it’s released, since it’s a moving target; we’ve had one or two reports that Photosmith currently doesn’t work on iOS6 beta 1, so please know the risk.
We also had the opportunity to meet up with a number of other developers and engineers inside Apple to ask specific questions – a huge help for some concepts we have going forward.
Seagate GoFlex Update
While we were in the area, we setup a meeting with the Seagate engineers in Cupertino about the GoFlex drive. They were a pleasure to talk with, and have been very open to both new ideas and working together toward getting things working well for our needs. We hope to be able to turn on support for the drive soon, but we can’t put a date on it just yet. Just know that we haven’t forgotten about it!
Update May 2014: We’ve ceased our development efforts of integrating Seagate’s line of wireless portable hard drives natively with Photosmith. Despite many attempts, we have been unable to interface with the drives in a way that we can guarantee reliability. We have talked to Seagate about these issues, and they assure us the drives work as designed, as a media consumption device. However, the use of the Wireless Plus and GoFlex devices as a backup device through its wireless interface has sadly not proven to be dependable enough for us to support it natively within Photosmith.
Recent Plugin Updates
There have been a couple plugin updates over the past week or so (yes, from the hotel room…. that was interesting). Most of these updates address bugs that are reported to us through support queries, but we’ve also added preliminary support for new Lightroom 4.x features.
We’ll be introducing a beta program for the plugin for those who want to try the features before anyone else (and feel a bit lucky / dangerous!). The beta will be ongoing – just download from a different link, so no need to coordinate with us. We’ll announce when this is ready here on the blog.
Lightroom Pick / Reject Support
As yes. Pick and Rejects. We’ve had requests for this since before we launched version 1. The problem has always been that Lightroom’s API just didn’t support it – our hands were tied. That is, until a couple weeks ago.
We’re thrilled to report that Pick and Reject support has been added to the app. We’ve also got some speed improvements, a couple crash fixes in there (with the help of an Apple engineer at WWDC), as well as some other minor bug fixes. This version is being testing now and will be released when that’s complete.