"Return of Drobo, Gear Inventory," - Digital Photography Podcast 353

The Return of Drobo, Part 1 - I introduce what will be my ongoing review of this multi-drive storage device that I had experience with in the past, but haven't been using for a while. But now a new Drobo is available, the 5D with a Thunderbolt connector, and I became interested again. In this first installment, here's how it all came about, and what we're going to do over the coming months.

Story Number Two: Your Studio Inventory - It's that time of year to think about getting a little better organized for 2013. In this segment, I discuss creating a studio or home inventory to catalog all of your equipment. I did some preliminary testing with an application for the Mac called "Home Inventory". It cost $20. But, it comes with an iOS app that really speeds up the process using your iPhone. With just a few hours investment, I can have all of my gear cataloged and backed up.

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I just intalled a Synology NAS to my network. I would like to move my iPhoto library to the NAS to free up space on my iMac and to also be able to access it from other devices. I plan to begin using Aperture as well. Can you suggest the best source of information on how to successfully accomplish this? One of your Lynda.com lessons perhaps or some other article you have written?

Thanks and really enjoy your podcasts & website.

have been thinking of the inventory thing for a while and your podcast spurred me into action. I purchased the Home Inventory App and have played with it just a bit tonight. I LOVE this thing. It is extremely versatile, very intuitive and the remote camera worked great with my iPad (4th generation).
And for the photographs you can crop, rotate, play a bit with contrast and brightness all inside the App. It's not Aperture but serviceable indeed.
It uses keywords and so is searchable. Good job. Thanks for the recommendation.