Connectivity

I’ve been trying to get this blog to connect to a few other applications lately: Facebook, Coppermine, Flickr, Picassa, Aperture. So far, the only thing I’ve really hit have been Coppermine and Flickr, with the Coppermine being a bloop single. I’m 95% sure I’m going to upgrade from iPhoto to Aperture. The latest version, 2.0, feels much faster than the 1.5 version I demoed a few months ago, and even a bit faster than iPhoto, though that’s not saying much. When your iPhoto library is 65 gigs, it slows a bit. The most immediate downside to me, is that there is no direct Aperture to Coppermine plugin. I can buy a plugin to upload as FTP, or just manually FTP the files up, but I’d prefer not to, as I’d have to reenter any tagging information. There is a free Flickr plugin for Aperture however. Additionally, I can easily (so far) connect to Flickr from this blog, and show photos off. So far, it seems slower than my Coppermine Gallery software, but acceptable for use.

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One other plus of using Aperture, is that it’s easier to watermark an image, to put my own logo on the image. I don’t have a real reason to do that yet, but it’s probably a good idea for all images on the web to be marked in that fashion.

Flickr connectivity is nice for an additional reason: AppleTV 2.0. With the recent upgrades to the AppleTV system, one can browse Flickr photostreams . It still requires a hack to get an RSS feed to show up on the AppleTV, but I’m not willing to go that far for systems I’m not using everyday myself. So Flickr is the best way to go for the time being. Two nights ago, looking at PapaBradstein‘s feed, the pics didn’t look so hot on the HDTV. I’m not sure why, but it could be the AppleTV is pulling the pictures from the standard web size, and not the largest available size. A quick check of a few images shows a 800×600 size, so that might be part of the problem on the big screen tv.

I’m not sure which direction I’ll jump yet, between Coppermine and Flickr. If there’s a decent utility for direct uploading into Coppermine from Aperture, I’ll go for that, but if not, I’ll slowly transition over to Flickr.

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2 Responses to Connectivity

  1. Interesting. I got in the habit of loading low res because I got lots of complaints about load time. Even though most everyone who’s looking now has broadband, my old habits die hard. It was always an interesting complaint, since Flickr autogenerates a page of thumbnails, so folks don’t even go straight into a page of full res images. But, you know, whatever. Interesting about Apple TV. The current version looks more appealing than the previous. I’ll be interested to see how it works for you.

  2. Bill says:

    Well, the Flickr photostream seems nicer on my smaller 30 inch TV, than on my parent’s larger set. Still, when the TV can display 1080 tall or 1920 wide, it’s going to expand any smaller image.

    The other thought is that Flickr is not sending the full version of the photo along, but the standard size one. I’m not sure how to test that right now though. Tomorrow, maybe I’ll figure that out. I guess if I was really tricky, I could measure the bandwidth of each photo. That’s probably worrying about it too much though.

    I am pleasantly surprised at how well the AppleTV will show off a Flickr stream though. Relatively quick to respond. I tried downloading a few video podcasts, but all of the high rez or HD ones took a few minutes to get started. They looked great however. Right now, I have iTunes downloading a few select podcasts, which stream very nicely to the AppleTV.

    I’m less than thrilled about trying out movie rentals though. I might get around to it at some point, but I don’t like the 24 hour time limit to finish the movie from when you start it.

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