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16 October 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 a coming Photoshop feature, the Panasonic FZ1000, a warning about leaving gear in parked cars and PhotoMath.

  • Photoshop may soon let you remix its toolbar but John Nack (who knows about this stuff from trying to convince people to use Configurator) observes, "Very few people will invest time in setting these up (as very few create and switch among workspaces or custom menu configurations), but maybe someday -- just maybe -- you'll be able to sync not only your own app settings, but those of other users."
  • Kirk Tuck took a Panasonic FZ1000 to the Blanton Museum in Austin to see how it performed above ISO 800. It did surprisingly well at ISO 1600 and color balance and exposure accuracy were also pleasant surprises. "I'm starting to feel that this camera is being overlooked precisely because it is so good," he writes.
  • Derrick Story confesses, I Hate Leaving Stuff in the Car. Heat (baking in fact) is one problem but theft is almost guaranteed around here at least. It's too late to put things in your trunk after you've parked. And if you leave anything visible inside the car, it probably won't be there when you get back. End of public service announcement.
  • There are apps to translate text your phone can photograph and even tell you what's in the photo but PhotoMath is the phone camera app that makes us wonder, "Where have you been all our life?" Photograph an equation and get the result. And it's free, too.

More to come...

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