Cameraid Release Notes

Copyright ©2003 Juri Munkki
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Introduction

This file describes the changes that have been made from previous versions of Cameraid. The idea is to give users of old versions an idea of what features have been changed and improved. If this is your first version of Cameraid, you should read the manual.

Cameraid 1.3.1 (the officially released version) can be downloaded from:

http://www.cameraid.com/cameraid/download.html

There are currently no beta versions of Cameraid available.

Product Update Information

Version 1.3.1, November 20, 2003

Known bugs:

What's new:

I have already started working on Cameraid 2.0. This is a major rewrite of the Cameraid viewer, with a lot of new functionality planned. Registration codes will not change for the basic version (with nearly all the new features included), but there may be a "pro" version that is needed to activate a few selected new features.

Version 1.3, March 7, 2003

Known problems:

What's new:

Version 1.3b1 bugs, February 14, 2003

Bugs (please report any that have not been listed):

Version 1.3b1, February 10, 2003

I meant to release version 1.2.1b5 for Carbon and Classic, but I wanted to add a preferences dialog to Cameraid in order to have better and cleaner control over some of the options in the program. In the process, I ended up adding quite a few new features and I ended up with something that has enough new functionality to be called version 1.3.

I think you'll find the new features particularly useful, if you manage a large collection of photos that has been gathered from various sources, such as Internet and usenet downloads.

New features:

Version 1.2.1b4 Carbon, January 4, 2003

New in this version:

Note: the keyboard shortcuts help window is not available from the help menu in the carbon version. I'll look into this, but for now, you can refer to the snapshop of the classic version window in the Cameraid manual.

Bugs in Version 1.2.1b3 Carbon (Updated January 1, 2003)

Known bugs:

I'll probably provide a fixed version fairly soon.

Version 1.2.1b3 Carbon, December 31, 2002

New in this version:

I think I will need one more beta version, but the problems in 1.2.1b2 were causing difficulties to a lot of people, so I decided to release a fix now instead of waiting.

Bugs in Version 1.2.1b2 Carbon (Updated December 18, 2002)

Known bugs:

I'll collect bug reports for a few more days and release another beta version.

So far my efforts to make dialog text render nicely antialiased have failed, although I'm tracking down the elusive QDSwapPortTextFlags to fix that... Any clues as to how to get that to work under Codewarrior Pro 8.3 are welcome.

Version 1.2.1b2 Carbon, December 16, 2002

New in this version:

Features that did not make this release:

Bugs in Version 1.2.1b1 Carbon

I will wait a few days for more bug reports before posting a new beta version with these bugs fixed. Thank you for your patience. Given the nature of the bugs found so far, I expect to have a new version available by Monday, December 16th.

Version 1.2.1b1 Carbon, December 11, 2002

This is the first "carbonized" release of Cameraid. What this means is that this version will run native under MacOS X and under CarbonLib in MacOS 9. A classic version of 1.2.1 will also be provided in the near future.

Here are the main differences:

Known problems in version 1.2.1b1:

Porting Cameraid to CarbonLib was quite a bit of work. CarbonLib does most of the things our beloved classic MacOS APIs do, but with sometimes very surprising differences between MacOS 9 and MacOS X. I still don't like Aqua and I especially hate Navigation Services under MacOS X (I'm beginning to find Navigation Services under MacOS 9 somewhat acceptable).

I'm sure I'll receive quite a few bug reports from MacOS X users. I'll investigate them as soon as I can and fix problems as well as I can, when I can.

Hopefully this new version will work at least well enough to satisfy the needs of users who have switched from MacOS 9 to MacOS X and want to run Cameraid natively.

Known problems with Version 1.2, December 26, 2001

A few problems have been found with version 1.2. Unless really serious bugs are found, expect a fixed version some time this winter or next spring. I will now start working on carbon support, so hopefully that release will also include a carbonized version of Cameraid.

Version 1.2, December 21, 2001

Version 1.2b3 was very well received and no problems have been reported or detected with it so far. Thus, version 1.2 is identical to version 1.2b3 except for changes in the version number. As of today, version 1.1.4 is no longer available and the manual on the Cameraid web site has been updated to version 1.2.

If you already have version 1.2b3, you do not need to download version 1.2.

Version 1.2b3, December 14, 2001

My apologies for the delays in producing this version. My dog Otto (he is on the stamp on the home page) became sick in early September and got progressively worse and needed more and more care. He died on December 5th 2001. My time was split between performing my duties in my primary work (I write Mac software at F-Secure) and caring for my dear friend. Very little time was left over for working on Cameraid (beyond basic technical support).

Based on version 1.2b2, I received some very good feedback from a few users. This prompted me to make some more changes to Cameraid, even though the program was in the middle of beta testing. With relatively little effort (a few long nights of programming), I was able to make Cameraid significantly better.

New features:

I would like to do a Christmas release of Cameraid. This leaves only a few days for this last beta version. It has been in limited audience alpha testing for quite a while now, so I'm hoping this public beta version will do just as well and version 1.2 will be ready for release in exactly one week from now.

If you would like to help me out, please test this version and read through the manual and report any problems.

I initially forgot to change the splash screen version number, so the first 100-200 downloads received a version where the splash screen says 1.2b2. You can use Get Info from the Finder to verify you really have 1.2b3. The programs are otherwise identical.

The updated manual is included with the software. The manual on this web site is still the old version for 1.1.4, which remains the official release until version 1.2 has been released.

Version 1.2b2, September 20, 2001

What's new:

September 5, 2001

Compatibility testing with an Olympus camera was made and no problems were found. If you have issues with 1.2b1 that are not mentioned here, please report them ASAP - I will be releasing version 1.2b2 soon. 1.2b2 is also a final candidate for the release of 1.2.

Known problems in 1.2b1:

Version 1.2b1, July 26, 2001

The 'vers' resource for 1.2b1 had not been updated correctly, so a silent update was made to fix that. It was also discovered that the error dialog box resource had been modified incorrectly and any OS error would complain that Quicktime was missing. These fixes were made without changing the version number (no code changes were made).

If you already have 1.2b1, update only if you are getting errors that claim you don't have Quicktime installed - the real error messages will be shown with the fixed version that is now available for download.

Version 1.2b1, July 24, 2001

As you can see from the date, it took me quite a while to finish up version 1.2. It was in large part my own fault (I should work harder?), but I also did a lot more than I had planned for version 1.2. The overall appearance of the program hasn't changed much, but there are small changes and additions all over the program.

The manual has not been updated yet. I will work on the manual while the software is in beta test. Use balloon help to find out about new batch processor items. If you can't figure it out, let me know - I'll try to address your questions in the new manual or change the interface to make the program more understandable, where possible.

Here's a quick list of the most significant changes:

My sincere apologies for taking so long. I hope you find the additions and changes worthwhile and the quality of workmanship acceptable.

Version 1.1.4, December 26, 2000

I'm releasing version 1.1.4 now, so that when I have a beta version of 1.2, I will also have a "regular" release version available. Note that except for the version number change and the addition of "Polaroid" in the camera menu, there are no changes from version 1.1.4b2.

December, 2000

Changes to version 1.2 (not available yet, beta ETA in January 2001):

October 26, 2000

This is an interim update on what's going on with Cameraid. I don't have a version to release quite yet, but I thought I would use this page to give you some news.

Here's what I have already added to 1.2:

I have a few more features to add before 1.2 can go into beta testing.

Version 1.1.4b2 (May 3, 2000)

Keyspan has posted an updated version of their Twin Serial Adapter drivers. These will probably allow you to use Cameraid 1.1.3 with a Keyspan adapter, although my testing reveals that there's still one remaining incompatibility that could cause Cameraid to freeze, if anything goes wrong during the download.

Meanwhile, I managed to work around these bugs, so Cameraid 1.1.4b2 should work with the previous and current version of Keyspan drivers. The changes may affect buffering on older Macs. If you experience problems that didn't exist with 1.1.3, please report them to me and I'll consider restoring the code to the way it was before.

Version 1.1.4b1: Updated Information

Unfortunately my hopes to have fixed the problems with 9.0.2 and 9.0.4 turned out to be false. Cameraid still works on my machine in some cases, but fails to work at least right after a reboot. I suspect the debug version or debugger somehow prevents the bug from happening after they have been used.

For now, disable virtual memory to use Cameraid with USB adapters and MacOS 9.0.x. I will try to get to the bottom of this during WWDC 2000.

Version 1.1.4b1 (April 28, 2000)

Some changes in the USB manager in MacOS 9.0.2 and 9.0.4 caused USB devices to behave differently. This triggered a problem in Cameraid, if virtual memory was enabled. I finally managed to find what appears to be a solution to this problem, so I'm releasing this beta version.

Other changes include support for files with the JFIF file type, improved shortcut handling for applications and volume aliases. Additionally, if available, metering mode and exposure program are shown like this: [5:2].

The manual has not been updated - it will be updated with the next release version.

Version 1.1.3 (September 17, 1999)

This is the release version of Cameraid 1.1.3. The batch processor window is now bigger ot make space for a larger caption entry field on the "HTML" panel and the TIFF file selection option of the "Select" panel.

Indexing image files with letters will now start with the letter A instead of B.

The manual was again updated with additional serial download troubleshooting.

An "Extras" folder was created, containing a sample Applescript for deleting files and a sample batch processor document that demonstrate how captions can be used to generate more advanced web pages.

Version 1.1.3b3 (August 6, 1999)

The ability to use shift with keyboard shortcuts in the shortcuts menu was broken in version 1.1.3b2. I find this feature very useful, so fixed this problem and added some code so that the control key also works with keyboard shortcuts.

Version 1.1.3b2 (August 6, 1999)

As you can see, things didn't go quite as planned with version 1.1.3. It has been a hot summer here and for some reason my brain seems to go on vacation whenever the mercury rises high enough...

There were some minor problems in the TIFF support in version 1.1.3b1. They have hopefully now been fixed. Cameraid can now use temporary memory for downloaded images, so you don't have to have several megabytes of RAM allocated to Cameraid just to download TIFFs.

The manual has been updated to reflect the changes in the manual and the availability of new memory card readers and I/O devices.

New rename tags (:x, :z and :X and :Z) have been added so that image size can be used as a part of the rename pattern.

The HTML panel of the batch processor is now improved and supports captions under the thumbnails and allows easier creation of thumbnails for web pages. Note that you can now produce a web page with links to scaled images and small thumbnails with a single batch processor! (It used to take two.)

You can customize Cameraid by placing a "Cameraid Resources" file in the same folder as Cameraid. It will override resources in the Cameraid application. This is useful if you have changed any resources in Cameraid (like the template for custom photo icons) and want to keep those modifications separate from Cameraid itself.

There's a sample "Cameraid Resources" file in the user's guide folder. Move it into the same folder with Cameraid and restart Cameraid to use it. You have to quit Cameraid if you wish to edit or add resources within this file.

Command-up and down arrow will toggle through items on pop-up menus that are placed after text items.

Version 1.1.3b1 (June 27, 1999)

Version 1.1.3 will be released soon. This is a limited distribution release (in that it will not be advertised anywhere as having become available). If all goes well, version 1.1.3 should be out in a few days.

EXIF photo info display is now more accurate.

Downloads from Coolpix 950 cameras should work even better than before. (In some cases the camera would hang after the transfer.)

Sorting by file name should be a lot faster.

HTML thumbnail button border width settings now work. My apologies - I fixed it as soon as someone pointed it out. I can't fix bugs that no one reports, so PLEASE REPORT BUGS, if you find any.

TIFF files are supported for renaming and display (assuming you have at least QuickTime 2.5). Note that serial port downloads still do not support TIFF files. The information on how to access TIFF files through the serial protocol doesn't seem to be openly available - I may have to try to negotiate getting this information from Nikon and finally sign their NDA.

Minor changes to default preferences.

The manual will be updated for 1.1.3, but hasn't been touched yet.

Version 1.1.3d6 (March 30, 1999)

This version includes some user interface enhancements in the batch processor windows. I'm also including more files with this release, so that you do not absolutely need to download Cameraid 1.1.2 to use this version. The manual is not included - download version 1.1.2 to obtain a copy of the manual.

Version 1.1.3d5 (March 19, 1999)

Everything that was said about development versions (below) still applies.

This version includes a slight change to the "clean up colors" filtering option in the batch processor.

In anticipation of digital cameras with adjustable ISO ratings and other neat features, I added the ability to display a few more parameters from EXIF-compliant cameras. Exposure adjustment, ISO speed and metering mode are displayed, if they are available.

There's a minor cosmetic System 8.5 tweak as well -popup menus will again align with the text on the same line. (Apple changed the way menus were drawn in Appearance 1.1.)

Version 1.1.3d (Feb 24, 1999)

The 'd' stands for development and it means that very little real world testing has been done on these versions of Cameraid.

At the time of this writing, it's not clear if there will be an official version 1.1.3 or not. The changes in 1.1.3 may be incorporated to a future version (version 1.2 or 2.0). There have been some minor changes to the serial download code to try to solve problems that some users have still been experiencing - please report to me if 1.1.3d works differently from 1.1.2 on your machine.

The batch processor image enhancer would produce blue images on 68K Macs. This has been fixed now. If you use a 68K Mac and use the batch processor, you should probably upgrade to this version.

It's now possible to change the creator of existing files while they are being renamed or while thumbnails or icons are being added to them. See the "Files" panel.

Version 1.1.2 (Feb 7, 1999)

Two minor changes were made to improve compatibility with MacOS 8.5 and 8.5.1. First, Shortcut menu aliases to disk volumes (such as SmartMedia cards) didn't work correctly, so a bit of code was added to do the work if Apple's code failed. Second, popup menus look a bit different in 8.5 and were made a bit smaller in Cameraid to look better. They now look worse than they used to, if you don't have the Appearance Manager, but they work just as well as they used to.

If you have version 1.1.2b2 and you are happy with how it work, you do not need to download version 1.1.2. For this reason, the announcement of this new version is kept relatively quiet.

The manual has a new section on memory card readers and some new tips on how to get serial port downloads working better.

 

Version 1.1.2b2 (Jan 26, 1999)

Version 1.1.2b2 has some minor changes in the digital camera download code. I can't tell if I fixed any bugs, I'm quite sure I didn't introduce any new problems (famous last words).

 

Version 1.1.2b1 (Jan 16, 1999)

Version 1.1.2b1 is an attempt to fix a freezing problem that occurs with serial downloads from Fuji cameras using Keyspan USB and PCI serial ports. No other changes have been made.

 

Version 1.1.1 (Dec 26, 1998)

Version 1.1.1b2 appears to have been of release quality. The same source code was compiled with a new version of Metrowerks Codewarrior to provide the best possible performance and highest possible code reliability.

Version 1.2 is tentatively scheduled for Q2, 1999 and there may be an interim 1.1.2 release to add a few more useful features (most notably the ability to set the pixels per inch of generated JPEG images).

The amount of registrations that I receive is very closely related to the amount of time that I can spend on improving Cameraid. Many thanks to those who registered version 1.1 and made it possible to release 1.1.1 so soon after 1.1.

If you have a technical problem with Cameraid, please report it to me with as much relevant information as possible. I will do my best to resolve that problem as soon as I can. Most questions are usually answered within 24 hours.

 

Version 1.1.1b2

This beta version of Cameraid 1.1.1 is for registered users and selected beta testers. If all goes well and no problems are found with this version, it will be released as version 1.1.1 some time before the end of 1998.

Changes include:

 

Version 1.1.1b1

This is the first beta test release of Cameraid 1.1.1. It may still have a few bugs and I'm likely to make a few minor additions and changes before 1.1.1 is released.

If you are in the beta test program, I would very much like to get feedback from you. Useful feedback is often awarded with a free registration.

I need to know:

The manual is not quite up to date yet. I will update the manual before version 1.1.1 is released. It's currently scheduled for Christmas 1998.

 

Cheers,

 

Juri Munkki
jmunkki@cameraid.com