Two active independent projects for both the Mac and Windows were unearthed this morning. Knobroom & Paddy seek to improve your workflow by allowing us to use MIDI-controllers to manipulate image settings.
Knobroom: Direct manipulation add-on for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
Main motivation for developing Knobroom is improving ergonomics, which in the end will improve your creative workflow. Sliders are quickly accessible and easily adjustable without causing mouse-related injuries or stress on your wrist.
Paddy: A free Windows-only workflow improvement program for Lightroom.
With full support for Lighroom 3’s scripting engine, Paddy radically improves the workflow by allowing you assign any adjustment setting — including moving the sliders and applying a preset — to essentially any key, your number keypad, external keypads, and MIDI controller knobs and sliders.
This strikes me in awe as I have been projecting the same need personally — whenever I’m on LR. A different kind of longing surface whenever I use Aperture — responsiveness & screen real estate.
Aperture’s UI makes me feel at home, its controllers are brilliantly designed and rendered on-screen beautifully, but its reaction to my input are often delayed — not by inaccurate input — but by the lack of speed from the machine I’m running it on.
Perhaps it’s time for me to get those Mac Pros, or get more RAMs.