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Feed problems

Thursday, July 21st, 2011


Looks like my WordPress RSS2 setup wasn’t conforming to the tighter set of W3 rules that Apple are using for Safari and Mail subscriptions. I’ve rejigged the setup so that it sucks much, much less.


The feed is now

Please use this feed if you’re using an older one with “wordpress” in the URL. This’ll be the feed URL going forward.

Thanks to everyone who dropped me a note or comment about this. Sorry for the inconvenience…




Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Due to a variety of pressures, I haven’t had a lot of time for Cocoa programming in the past year. That means that I haven’t been able to really get to RapidAlbum to start work properly on a 2.0 release or really begin on rewriting MetaSync.

I’m hoping that will change over the next few months. I’ve started work on the objects that’ll form the basis of the new version of MetaSync and RapidAlbum. The hope is to share almost all the code that handle metadata for images, along with a bunch of the support code.

I’ll post more as I work on things but I’m pretty excited about some of the features that look possible for MetaSync in particular.

I’m still not really browsing the RapidWeaver forums so if you have technical support questions for anything I’ve written, please use the contact form to get hold of me and I’ll try to take a look. It sometimes takes a few days to get to my inbound support mailbox but I usually do get there.


Out of town

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I’ve been out of town for the past week and a bit so I’ve a fairly heavy backlog of email and support requests. If you sent me email in the last week, don’t worry – I’ll get to it and get back to you. Might take a day or two tho’…


Been a long time…

Monday, June 18th, 2007

…since I wrote anything here.

I’ve neglected the Notes section of the website over the past year as I’ve found myself tied up in other projects (primarily photography for the Footprint Project in Windermere. However, a lot has changed in the last year. I’ve got a lot more Cocoa code to share and write about – primarily RapidAlbum, a RapidWeaver plugin that I wrote to allow web galleries to be generated quickly. I’ve also got the finished version of Epoch, a timelapse camera manager and editor to release soon too.

I’ve also been working a lot with Bridge 2.1, Lightroom and Aperture and I really need to write down my new image workflow as the version documented on the website is seriously out of date.

So, there’ll be a lot more life here in the next few months. 🙂


MetaSync 1.5.3

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

It turns out that I messed up the code in MetaSync that checks whether you’re running MediaPro 2.X or MediaPro 3.x (as the Applescript dictionary is different in 3.X). If you’re running a newer 3.1.X version of MediaPro, it’s likely that you’ll find that the Ratings field over the MetaSync panel is greyed out (as MetaSync thinks you’re really running MediaPro 2.X).

I’ve just tweaked the code that does the version check and released MetaSync 1.5.3 to fix this problem. You can download it from the usual Software page.

And, yes, I’m still planning to release MetaSync 2.X at some point. Unfortunately, I’ve got a few other coding projects ahead of it on the list that need to be completed first. 🙂


Footprint Project

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Postings and personal software development has been a little thin on the ground recently as I’ve been working a lot on The Footprint Project on the St Catherine’s Estate in Cumbria. This is a sustainable building project for the National Trust and will be used as an education base for school groups when it’s completed. The goal is to construct the building using environmentally conscious materials and techniques (e.g. a car tyre foundation, straw bales and cob for walls and oak shingles for roofing).

This will be the first straw bale building in Cumbria and should be completed in late Summer of 2006!

I’ve been working on documenting each phase of the project with either still photos or the long-term time-lapse. We just recently created a new website to show some of the archive photography that we already have of the project. If you’re interested, you can check it out at There are also some pages about the project on the National Trust website.


Workflow 2.0

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

I just updated a description of my current raw workflow on the Workflow 2.0 page. It’s got a few changes to the workflow described in Workflow 1.0, primarily driven by moving to DNG files and trying to pre-adjust as much as I can in Bridge before conversion to DNG.



Saturday, December 10th, 2005

After some dithering on my part, I’ve enabled comments (with some protection) for your feedback pleasure. It’s an experiment to see if the current set of WordPress tools can deal with comment spam or not. The last time I did this, I spent ages managing comment spam so I’m hopeful that it won’t be as bad this time round…



Monday, April 11th, 2005

I’m still tinkering with the Notes section of so things might be in a state of flux for a while longer. My plan with with using WordPress to keep a Notes section is to post a weekly(-ish) photo diary with some pointers to new work, add articles covering image workflow and generally try to add some context to some of the photos I make.