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22 July 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at New Zealand, variations in telephoto lenses, Polarr and Keyboard Maestro 7.0.

  • Julieanne Kost went to New Zealand for a week and "put together a short photo story about the journey using Adobe Slate." New Zealand, A Tour Through the North Island felt like a vacation for us, too.
  • In Variation Measurements for Telephoto Lenses, Roger Cicala continues (but does not conclude) his series on variations among copies of the same lens, in this case with focal lengths from 85mm to 150mm. "The most favorite Internet theory, that more expensive lenses have some magic 'quality control' that eliminates variation, is totally untrue," he notes.
  • Rob DePaolo reviews the new (and free) Polarr image editing app for iOS. "Polarr offers an extensive assortment of pro-level editing features and controls," he writes, "yet it's readily accessible to iPhone photographers on almost all levels, just like the corresponding web app."
  • Peter Lewis has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, which is cause for celebration around here. We raved about Keyboard Maestro in Goodbye, Spell Catcher (Sob). Hello, Yosemite! (actually, though we retired its interactive features, we still use Spell Catcher as our robotic proofreader). You can get 20 percent off the $36 list price ($28.80) by purchasing from our Keyboard Maestro affiliate link.

More to come...

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