Leica Monochrom (TYP 246) DNG Files Currently Incompatible with Apple ‘Photos’ App

Leica Camera has issued an advisory warning that the new Leica Monochrom (Typ 246)’s DNG files are currently incompatible with Apple’s ‘Photos’ App in Mac OS X Yosemite causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library. With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost. As such, Leica Camera does not recommend using the Apple ‘Photos’ App for DNG files from the new Monochrom (Typ 246) until further notice.

Leica and Apple are collaborating to resolve this issue and develop a solution so that the DNG files from the new Monochrom can be used with the ‘Photos’ App without any issues in the near future. It is anticipated that Apple will have this resolved in the next update for ‘Photos’. Leica recommends all users of the new Leica Monochrom to use Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® CC/6 for DNG files of the new Monochrom.

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is fully compatible with Mac and Windows PC. The JPG files from the new Leica Monochrom work with all Apple applications.

Apple Kills Aperture

During the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced a new Photos app that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

The new Photos app will also replace iPhoto, giving users a more seamless experience on Apple devices. The app will allow you to edit and search your entire photos library in the cloud on any of your Apple devices.

Camera Raw Update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02, adding support for 8 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11. The update includes support for many recently-announced cameras including the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, but does not yet support recent high-end Fujifilm models.

List of supported cameras:

Nikon COOLPIX P7700

  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6

Apple Releases Aperture and iPhoto Updates

Aperture 3.4.2 Improvements :

  • Photos received via My Photo Stream or shared streams can now be added directly to other shared streams
Multiple email addresses can now be copied and pasted in the “Shared with” field for shared streams
When more than five subscribers “Like” a photo in a shared stream, all their names are now displayed correctly
The Info panel for a shared stream now includes an Unsubscribe button
The status line in the toolstrip now displays the number of new photos added to a shared stream
Faces are now properly detected on photos imported into a library from a shared stream
  • Adjusted photos added to shared streams are now published with EXIF metadata properly preserved
  • Addresses the reliability of Shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts are now properly preserved when upgrading from earlier versions of Aperture
  • Double-clicking a photo in Viewer-Only mode now correctly toggles to the Browser view
  • Addresses a problem that could prevent the Viewer from displaying images with correct color after Auto White Balance and Auto Enhance are applied
  • Addresses an issue that could cause JPEGs exported with a custom ICC profile to render incorrectly
  • A dialog now displays progress when deleting large numbers of photos using the Empty Aperture Trash command
  • Fixes a problem that could cause duplicate detection on import to fail when the “Auto-Split Projects” option is enabled
  • RAW files are no longer displayed in the Import window when the “JPEG files only” option is enabled
  • Key photos made from panoramic images are now displayed at high resolution
  • Addresses a problem that could cause the Info panel in the Inspector to display the wrong metadata view
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within Aperture
  • Improves stability when working with AVCHD video files
  • Fixes a problem with using the Zoom navigator on a second display
  • Addresses issues that could cause web journals to export incorrectly
  • Includes stability improvements

As for iPhoto there are new features in version 9.4.2:

  • Photos now can be added to shared streams or My Photo Stream by dragging them to “Photo Stream” in the source list
  • Multiple email addresses can now be copied and pasted in the “Shared with” field for shared streams
  • When more than five subscribers “Like” a photo in a shared stream, their names are now displayed correctly
  • Contextual menu now includes an Import command to import all the photos contained in a shared photo stream
  • Addresses the reliability of Shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within iPhoto
  • Updated national holidays are available for use in printed photo calendars
  • Includes stability improvements