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Aug 24, 2010 19:28 |  #1

I'm leaving for africa in 2 days and have decided to bring my wife's netbook with me. It's only a small 10" 1.6GHz Atom with 1GB, but it's got a 120GB HD and will let me view my photos enlarged.

I'll be shooting in both RAW and medium jpeg, but I'd like to have a little bit of flexibility with my RAW files if I get some spare time. Nothing more than adjusting exposure and minor tweaks. Think Picasa would be fine or this? I'd really rather not transfer my copy of Lightroom to her netbook, but I don't know if I want to just drag and drop and hope the RAWs are fine (I know the chances are next to nill, but for example, what if something is happening to my raw images - corruption - I would never know unless I viewed them)

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Aug 24, 2010 19:51 |  #2

The netbooks are slower than regular laptops, but they will work fine. If you can download infranview (I think that's the name) software, it's free on the internet. It can show the RAW files. Works great. Picasa is fine, too. I doubt you'll have time to do too much editing during a trip, so when you get back home, just move the images to a portable hard drive. That's what I do so I don't use up the GB's on my netbook. Make sure you bring a card reader, though.


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Aug 24, 2010 19:55 |  #3

card readers are always good :)

I'm bringing 38GB in CF, 320GB in external disk space, and 120 in netbook disk space. I'm planning for the worst!

I'll check out Infranview. Thanks for the suggestion.


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Aug 24, 2010 20:01 |  #4

Fastone is also good on the netbook, it's fast if you use the embedded jpeg image viewing option.
It also has a small memory foot print, about 100k, depending of the file your viewing.

You should upgrade the memory to the max, it's not that expensive.


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Aug 24, 2010 20:01 |  #5

If you get a $50 external USB harddrive, you can have two copies of all photos, one on the netbook internal harddrive and the second on the external USB drive...before erasing and reusing your CF cards. What a wise man would do.


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Aug 24, 2010 20:03 |  #6

I also upgraded my 1GB RAM to 2 for about $20.


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Aug 24, 2010 20:04 |  #7

Eclyps19 wrote in post #10781660 (external link)
card readers are always good :)

I'm bringing 38GB in CF, 320GB in external disk space, and 120 in netbook disk space. I'm planning for the worst!

Better check out that netbook hdd. I bet it has two volumes w/60gb each - one for the operating system and one for other stuff like your pics.


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Aug 24, 2010 20:07 |  #8

MT Stringer wrote in post #10781720 (external link)
Better check out that netbook hdd. I bet it has two volumes w/60gb each - one for the operating system and one for other stuff like your pics.

nah. I consolidated the two partitions when I bought it. It's at about 109GB after the OS install on a single partition.


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Aug 24, 2010 22:09 as a reply to  @ Eclyps19's post |  #9

SuzyView wrote in post #10781641 (external link)
The netbooks are slower than regular laptops, but they will work fine. If you can download infranview (I think that's the name) software, it's free on the internet. It can show the RAW files. Works great. Picasa is fine, too. I doubt you'll have time to do too much editing during a trip, so when you get back home, just move the images to a portable hard drive. That's what I do so I don't use up the GB's on my netbook. Make sure you bring a card reader, though.

Irfanview (external link) is what I use. I have DPP loaded but that only runs, er crawls, when I'm attached to an external monitor. I've expanded my Acer Aspire One netbook to 500 GB HDD and 2 G B RAM. I've also downloaded Teracopy (external link), which is a serious improvement over XCOPY or the built-in Windows file moving/copy capabilities when you have large (RAW from the 7D or 5D2 decided me) files to shift around.


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Aug 24, 2010 22:12 |  #10

Jon, you know I can't spell to save my life! :)


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Aug 24, 2010 22:14 |  #11

That's a mandatory qualification for Mod status. Ask Jake! :{)#


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Aug 24, 2010 22:15 |  #12

Yeah, Jake ought to know. :) Now, are we going off topic here? ;)

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Aug 25, 2010 01:28 |  #13

Just install lightroom on the netbook. In fact the samsung nc10 that I am typing on for this post has lightroom installed. Sure it's not all that fast, but it isn't slow either.


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Aug 26, 2010 05:01 |  #14

Not worth doing any sort of processing on a netbook.

1. Who wants to spend holiday time in front of a PC screen working?
2. It's extremely unlikely that the screen will be good enough for accurate colour rendition.
3. Anything that tries to work with raw files will be as slow as a comatose sloth in treacle.
4. The less you fiddle with the images, the smaller the chance of accidentaly deleting them.
5. If you do find a corrupted image what are you going to do? Go back and get the lion to pose again?

Stick Irfanview or FastStone on the netbook. They both do a great job of displaying the embedded jpegs - which are easily good enough to spot the obvious duds. And good enough to show off in the bar (if you're not in your room processing all night).


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