macOS Catalina

Kemarin, saya melakukan perbaruan sistem operasi di MacBook Pro saya dari macOS High Sierra ke macOS Catalina. Dengan begitu banyak fitur dan perbaikan yang ditawarkan, sebenarnya tidak terlalu banyak fitur yang saya akhirnya manfaatkan.

Beberapa highlight mengenai yang baru di macOS Catalina bisa dilihat dalam video dibawah ini. Apple juga menyediakan halaman khusus mengenai apa yang ditawarkan oleh sistem operasi versi terbaru mereka.

Saya sendiri saat ini hanya menggunakan dua produk Apple dan saya bukan termasuk yang ingin melengkapi diri dengan produk terbaru dari Apple. MacBook Pro Retina 15″ saya keluaran mid-2012, dan ada sebuah iPad Mini 2 yang tidak mendapatkan dukungan iOS 13. Namun, saya mungkin termasuk yang sebisa mungkin memperbarui aplikasi atau sistem operasi — jika memang masih bisa diperbarui.

Perbaruan sama seperti proses sebelumnya. Sempat saya ragu, apakah saya perlu menunggu terlebih dahulu untuk memperbarui atau langsung saja. Kemungkinan terburuk paling ada beberapa aplikasi yang belum diperbarui jadi tidak dapat digunakan.

Musik, podcast, dan TV

Salah satu perbaruan yang cukup besar ada pada fitur hiburan. Namun, sepertinya tidak ada yang akan saya pakai. Untuk musik — termasuk mendengarkan podcast, saya lebih sering mendengarkan Spotify (dengan berlangganan Spotify Premium). Kalau menonton film atau video, pilihan saya ke Netflix dan YouTube. Bagi saya, layanan yang saya pakai tersebut sudah mencukupi kebutuhan saya.

Photos, Notes, Reminder

Aplikasi Photos, Notes, dan Reminder juga mendapatkan perbaikan. Namun, saya saat ini sudah cukup nyaman dengan menggunakan Google Photos. Saya hampir tidak menyimpan foto — dari kamera ponsel Android — di MacBook. Semua langsung saya unggah ke Google Photos. Untuk pencatatan, saya paling sering masih menggunakan Google Keep. Reminder saya jarang gunakan. Kalaupun perlu reminder paling hanya berupa alarm atau saya buat saja di Google Calendar.

Jadi, semua perbaruan terkait fitur diatas sudah cukup terfasilitasi oleh layanan Google di ponsel Android. Soal sinkronisasi juga tidak ada masalah sama sekali.


Hi, Google Photos!

Google Photos logo

After leaving Flickr, it took few weeks to have all photos organised in Google Photos as my primary photo storage (and sharing!) service.

What’s the difference?

Using Google Photos, I upload more photos. I think, this is because of some key factors:

  1. It’s easy to upload photos. I almost always upload my photos directly from my Android phone.
  2. It feels fast to upload. Besides photos, I also upload some videos.
  3. It’s addictive. Because it’s not only about having all photos stored in the cloud, but also how Google handles my uploaded photos. The “Assistant” which helps me to create animation, collages, and also movies makes me feel more engaged with what I have uploaded. And, let’s not forget also its face recognition and face grouping feature.

Secondly, it’s nice to share memories with others. Even I have lots of private photos, I also have thousand of photos I took in my daily with friends at the office, church during Saturday services, and other occasions.

So, it’s not only about me, not only about my family, but it’s also about friends, coworkers, relatives, and those who we care about. I create hundreds of albums to keep all photos organised. I label those faces, and created shared albums so that my friends can also see their photos.

I already have around 28K photos uploaded for free to Google Photos. Let’s see how many photos I have at the end of the year. 20K? We’ll see.


Thank You, Flickr! Hello Google Photos!

When Flickr was acquired by Smugmug, I was happy. Rather than comparing between the two services, they finally under one team, even Flickr and Smugmug are still two separated services. I believe that Smugmug will work hard and listen to Flickr community to bring Flickr back with better features.

But, I decided to leave Flickr for Google Photos. Thank you, Flickr!

Flickr and I

Before Instagram era, or mobile-first photo sharing becomes so popular, Flickr was on the top service if it’s referring to photos/photography. Especially when there was Yahoo behind it.

I created my personal Flickr account back in 2004 — it’s 15 years ago — and I started uploading and sharing photos. When I was having close discussion with Public Communication Center of Ministry of Health and they asked me what kind of platform to choose to share photos, I recommended Flickr. The best part is they’re still using it until now!

Thomas Arie presenting flickr #ytownhall
Me sharing about Flickr during Yahoo Community Townhall event in May 2011 in Jakarta. I even still have the presentation slides with me. Thank you, Della and Gage!

Dear Flickr,

Probably, it’s just me. But, I wish you offer better experiences in — in my opinion — some of the key features.

First, help me to organise my thousand of photos. For me, it’s not that easy to put multiple photos into multiple albums. I am not sure about how you handle exactly-the-same photos, or…. duplicate photos. As far as I remember, it will be treated as different photos.

I wish you can also help me to organise my uploaded photos… automagically. There are lots of faces in my photos. Help me to organise them by faces so that I can easily and quickly find photos of my wife, my sister, and also my friends.

I know that sometimes it’s not about you. But, I feel that it’s slow to send my photos to you. I know, it’s also because you can also secure my photos in their original sizes.

I will stop talking now. I don’t hate you at all. I need something that works for me better now.


Bye Google’s Panoramio

Google Local Guides

Google will shutdown its Panoramio in November 2016. It’s a photo sharing application in which all photos can be accessed on Google Earth and Google Maps. But, its popularity is left behind since Google Photos and Google Maps are more favorable in a way how photos will be functioning as the primary contents or additional information.

I almost never look at Panoramio since I’m more on Google Maps. Google Maps already has deep integration with photo contents especially using its Google Local Guides. And, I have started contributing few months ago. Google Maps and Local Guides integration is just seamless and I have nothing but enjoyable experience.


Lifehacker Faceoff: Google Photos vs. Flickr

Last month, both Google and Yahoo introduced big changes to their photo storage services, Google Photos and Flickr (4.0), respectively. Both offer identical, useful features: automatic photo backups, intelligent organization, online editing tools, and sharing capabilities. So which one should you use? (Source: Lifehacker Faceoff: Google Photos vs. Flickr)