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macOS 10.12 Sierra image, courtesy Apple Inc.

macOS 10.12 Sierra: Will Adobe software work?

Now that macOS 10.12 Sierra is available from the Mac App Store, you’re probably wondering whether your Adobe software will work in the new Mac operating system.

With every Mac system upgrade, information about compatibility is often not available on the first day the new system is available, and emerges over time. If you use your Mac to run a business or as a serious hobby, do not upgrade to Sierra until you’re prepared to recover if things don’t work out. (That applies to any operating system upgrade on any device.) Wait until you are confident that all of your software and hardware is compatible, then back up everything, then upgrade. With that in mind, here’s what I know so far about the state of Adobe software in Sierra.

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Conrad Chavez - City Panorama 2016 selections

Two photographs selected for City Panorama 2016

I’m honored and pleased that two of my panoramic photographs have been selected for the City Panorama 2016 public arts program. One of the images is a panorama of a sunset that includes The Needles and Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon; and the other is of Dusty Lake in eastern Washington state.

City Panorama is an annual project that displays inspirational panoramic format art on Metro bus shelters throughout Seattle and King County. The art will appear on 8-foot-wide wood panels, and may be displayed for up to ten years. The process of printing, mounting, and siting all of the selected works takes several months.

I shot the Dusty Lake photo from a high point on a ridge above the lake. Dusty Lake sits in a depression gouged out by Ice Age floods, about 200 feet below the top of the ridge. To get a sense of the field of view for this image, the lake is over half a mile long, and the far end of the ridge in the distance on the right is about a mile and a half away.

Both of my images are multiple-frame panoramas photographed in camera raw format, then merged and processed in Adobe Lightroom, with some additional edits in Adobe Photoshop as needed.

Thank you to Photographic Center Northwest, King County Metro, and Youth in Focus as well as the panel of jurors from those organizations who selected the images. Thanks also to 4Culture who fund the program through a grant.

For more information and to see the complete list of photographers and artists whose work was selected, visit City Panorama 2016 (Photo Center Northwest).

Update: Haystack Rock panorama installed

I received word that the Haystack Rock sunset panorama was installed at Stop #9560, a northbound bus stop at Eastlake Avenue East and Harvard Avenue East in Seattle. You can see the work installed on site in the photos below, as well as a map of the location.

Haystack Rock panorama by Conrad Chavez installed on site

A roughly 150-degree panorama of the Cannon Beach photograph shown in the context of the site. The photograph is installed inside the shelter. The right side of this image looks south along Eastlake Avenue East, which is how buses coming from downtown Seattle approach the stop.

A closer look at the Haystack Rock panorama by Conrad Chavez installed on site

A closer look at the panorama installed inside the bus shelter.

Detail of photo credits

Detail of photo credit and sponsor logos. There’s evidence of graffiti, which is to be expected. A maintenance crew has apparently done a partial job of removing the graffiti.

Here‘s a map of the location, it’s under the Interstate 5 bridge:

The artists have no input as to where the photographs are installed, so I was pleased that Metro installed my work at a bus stop that I actually used in high school to get home.

I’m still waiting to find out where Metro installs the Dusty Lake photo. Installation of the long list of City Panorama works may take until late spring 2017.

30-bit display color is now supported by OS X and Photoshop

For many years, Photoshop users and other graphics professionals have wanted proper support for 10-bits-per-channel video displays (also known as 30-bit when counting the three RGB channels together) on Macs. This isn’t about the file format, but the data path to the video monitor. The 8 bits per channel displays almost all of us use today may show banding when displaying gradients, especially in grayscale images, shadows, and in colors dominated by a single channel. That banding goes away on 10bpc displays because of the additional display levels available to each channel.

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Curious about Astropad? I reviewed it for CreativePro.com

Walk into a graphic design or photography studio and you’ll probably see a graphics tablet on the desk. With an app called Astropad you can use an iPad or iPhone as a graphics tablet for a Mac, painting and drawing with your finger or stylus. Astropad even supports pressure sensitivity with a compatible stylus or with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But how close does it get to using a Wacom graphics tablet?

To see what I think, read Review: Astropad, published on CreativePro.com.

Astropad review on CreativePro.com

OS X 10.11 El Capitan: Will Adobe software work?

OS X 10.11 desktop, courtesy Apple Inc.

With OS X 10.11 El Capitan now available as a free download from the Mac App Store, you’re probably wondering how well your Adobe software and other Mac apps will run on it. Upgrading to El Capitan seems to go relatively smoothly for most software. The biggest problems with compatibility and stability were with the first release of El Capitan (OS X 10.11.0); many of those problems were fixed in OS X 10.11.1. Here’s what I know so far about the state of Adobe software in El Capitan.

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