I kind of feel bad mentioning this without the article up yet but I spent way more time than I counted on getting to this point :). Basically I find it cavepersonish to not have access to my entire photo library from wherever I am over the internet and I don't want to pay a monthly fee to use someone else's cloud space. So that leaves the reasonably full featured Photo Station in my DS212j NAS. Of course as anyone who owns a Synology NAS knows it takes forever to get photos up on the damn thing as the process of generating thumbnails is ridiculous. Even with the Synology Assistant program large uploads (like the first time you put your library up) take an excruciating amount of time. For two systems one running two instances of the Synology Assistant (to try and make use of the second core) it took more than a full day to transfer 3455 files. I've tried quite a few things and now I have some scripts that have significantly shortened that timeframe. I'm not totally sure how long in total but it seems like the same library is going now at around 3-5 hours (it's still running and I'm not totally sure when I started the process) Also the thumbnails I'm generating are significantly smaller than those automatically made by the NAS. I'm going to put my scripts up and do a quick article on what I did and why, but right now I need to go to bed.
I know I said I'd be doing a review of Aperture and I still might but it just didn't do it for me enough to even get into the guts of it. Aperture is much more powerful for dealing with RAW files but it is terrible at dealing with non-RAW files. As a non-pro who wants to have copies of all his photos everywhere he goes I prefer to keep my RAW files in regular folders, convert them with DXO and store the jpegs in iPhoto '11. I like the Facebook integration in iPhoto for showing things to my family quickly and with jpegs browsing is super quick. So if I'm looking for a photo I can find it in iPhoto, then potentially reprocess the RAW to get a better result when I'm actually using the file instead of spending tonnes of time on post processing just after I've taken some photos (which I never do). That means I get nice Consumer photo browsing which is what I use most and I can dig in to creating high quality stuff when I need to. I've also recently purchased a DS212j Network Attached Storage device so I'll be able to get to my RAW images from anywhere with internet access (Of course I'll know exactly which one I want because it will match up to my iPhoto jpeg filename so I'll only have to download the RAWs I want and not browse slowly). More on the NAS in my next post I'm about to type (but I want to keep separate).