Dear Mr. Jobs,

Please stop reading my mind. It’s quite disturbing and it makes me very uneasy. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of the tingly feeling. Or the burning sensation. The two of them together is just too much.

I have two words for you regarding the Aperture announcement this morning in New York. Hot. Dang.

The lack of a program like Aperture is the only thing that has kept me from owning a Mac of my own for photography purposes. Well, that and the fact that I have about zero dollars.

In my opinion, iPhoto has never really done a good job of organization for professionals. Don’t get me wrong. Windows isn’t any better. But Google distributes its exceptional Picasa program for free. But only for Windows. I’ve spent many sleepless nights wondering why Apple didn’t have anything similar.

But now I can finally get some rest. Aperture is everything I’ve ever wanted. That is, in terms of photography software. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a very narrow field of things. RAW image processing that won’t eat up hours at a time, project management and image organization, easy keyword application, image processing (nondestructive!), and archival reminders and organization.

You can expect my invoice for the mind-reading market research services any day now. I’ll accept payment in the form of Apple goods, if that’s more convenient. But you really should do something about your mind-reading techniques. Sometimes I shake for no reason. And scream. And hit people with staplers. But that could be from that squirrel incident. You never know, really.

Your fan,

robert fuel

8 Responses to “f/stop”

  1. # Anonymous anne arkham

    I hit people with staplers, too!  

  2. # Blogger Eric

    I hit squirrels with staplers.  

  3. # Blogger luke

    I completely agree with your thoughts on Aperture. Only one thing concerns me: system requirements.

    Most notably,
    PowerMac G5 1.8 GHz (Dual 2.0 GHz recommended)
    1GB Ram (2GB recommended)

    Final Cut Pro & Shake don't even require that. But if I had the cashflow, I'd be sure to pick up Aperture, along with a dual processor, dual core 2.5 GHz G5 with 16 GB of RAM, which were also announced today.  

  4. # Blogger r.fuel

    Neophyte: I noticed those rather stringent system reqs. Two words: RAW image processing that's as easy and fast as JPEG.

    Okay, ten words. But that's a lot of work for a processor. A whole lot. In thinking about processing RAW images that quickly, the systme requirements don't surprise me a bit.  

  5. # Blogger Joe Fuel

    Wow. I'm REALLY glad I don't have to work in your office. I think I might have been the first person you would consider beat with a stapler.

    One question. Was the stapler open at the time?  

  6. # Blogger r.fuel

    First: the incidents in question happened during uncontrollable, mind-reading-induced fits. I don't choose the targets. Or the timing.

    Second: I don't really remember.

    Third: my lawyer says I'm not supposed to talk about it.  

  7. # Blogger Joe Fuel

    Your lawyer? Dad?  

  8. # Blogger anaglyph

    Hey Rob,

    You might be intersted in this podcast from my friend David Biedny who is a professional graphics person. He has had a very thorough demo of Aperture:


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