Michael demonstrated Expression Media (EM) but was rather disappointed that he could only locate one reasonably priced copy on the internet. The software is a form of easily managed data base for images. Images can be held in folders all over the place but by dragging the image file onto the EM interface, the original file is not moved but just a thumbnail displayed in the data base. Clicking on the thumbnail opens up the full size image, as long as the original file is available to the system and not sitting on a disconnected drive. There are some editing features but this is primarily library management software with a wide range of sort facilities. You can create many levels of sub-catalogue e.g.: England > Dorset > Dorchester > Colliton Club. You create specialist albums, say Birds, simply by selecting and dragging thumbnails into a new blank catalogue. This is ideal software for anyone with a large number of photos who prefers to keep them in simple files and not lost into the special structures of iPhoto or Photos. Not only will the data base handle photos but you can include text files, music etc. The software was originally created by a Danish Company, then taken over by Microsoft but is now marketed by Phase One, at a single user price €189. However Amazon UK are offering one copy “from £35”.Link
Euan gave us a brief preview of what we can look forward to in Mac OS Sierra due to be available later this month including Siri and Copy-Paste between Mac and IOS amongst many other tweeks and improvements. He emphasised the importance of managing macOS upgrades systematically and not just clicking on the update. There was a really useful discussion on this topic and we concluded that a sensible, if not minimum procedure should be 1) Repair your System by starting up in Safe Boot i.e. hold down the Shift key on start up until the progress bar appears (ignore the screen flashing with warns that you are in Safe Boot mode). Once SB start up is complete, restart normally. 2) Make a clone of your drive (or partition) containing the system on an erased external drive or partition. 3) Download and Install Sierra. For the most reliable results, and to preserve the option of starting up either on Sierra or El Capitan while non-Apple Apps settle down, use this method: having followed steps 1-2, install Sierra on a freshly erased partition on your internal drive, then migrate your data from your clone or your other (El Capitan) partition using Utilities > Migration Assistant.