Bloom 2.6 released

Bloom 2.6 has been released. Photographers using IPTC to tag their photos with Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Picasa or any other software will love this release it as Bloom can now import all the IPTC metadata they want into the photo caption.
To customize the keywords go to the Preferences dialog and click on the Photo tab as seen below, click on the Add button and then click OK or Apply, you need to restart the applications for the changes to take effect:

Bloom - Customize IPTC metadata

Bloom 2.6 brings the following:

  • Adds the ability to customize the imported IPTC metadata
  • Fixes the proxy server support
  • Enlarges the photo caption text area for a better user experience
  • Adds the support in the help for Snow Leopard and Windows 7.

Get it from http://getbloom.com

Useful Java VM switches

These switches apply to Java 5 and up.

Switch Description
-Dsun.java2d.d3d=false Disables direct3d in case you have a problem in full screen mode, this solves also the bug 4417798
-Xms: ex. -Xms64m Default Java heap size
-Xmx: ex. -Xmx1024m Maximum Java heap size
-XX:+PrintGCdetails Prints the basic GC information
-XX:+PrintGCdetails Prints the detail GC information
-client Uses the client JVM
-server Uses the server JVM


Sun announced yesterday that they are building JavaFX their next generation scripting technology which is their answer to Adobe’s Apollo and Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. The beauty of JavaFX is that it’s going to run on Desktops, cell phones, Blue Ray players and other devices.

JavaFX is going to bring Java2D and Swing to the masses.