Leaf developers: Please have a close look at the C1 software and COPY it as much as you can, - THIS is the way these things have to work in a professional environment.
Leaf doesn't need me to tell them how to make software. From what I can tell it seems damn hard, because if you've ever used Nikon Capture or tried to tether with Canon software you realize even companies with huge resources miss the mark sometimes.
IMO Leaf has missed a great opportunity by not expanding the thought of V-8.
V-8 is older software so the interface is not pretty like LC10 or C-1, but the advantage of V-8 is it's modular and requires very little power to run.
I've yet to find a powerPC computer that won't run V-8 from 12" G4's to Quad 5's.
C-1 is great software and the best batch processing software period, but it does require a lot of power on set, which means the latest intel powerbooks or desktop boxes, though from what little I have read about Phase v. 4 it will go to a more modular system in the future.
It's obvious that Leaf got a lot of pressure to design a C-1 look alike in LC10 but somwhere something got lost in the translation. It's not that LC10 does't tether, because it does, but processing functionality is just not possible with a large amount of files.
Which makes me wonder where the manufacturers get their feedback?
It's one thing to go on set for a celebrety shoot where they only shoot 50 frames and process 4 or 5. In that sceanrio any software, including LC10 works fine.
It's also fine to design wb and input profiles for the photographer that shoots with window light and jacks around with the image in photoshop for 5 hours.
But that's not the intended market for these cameras, the market is for the photographer that shoots thousands of frames and has deadlines, for web galleries, color must be spot on but beautiful, tethering, processing must be stable, input profiles must be moveable just like film and previews must be quick and accurate, so if there is a focus issue, or highlight blowout it's known then.
Early on I started thethering with V-8 and the Aptus for just those reasons. Even on location, with no power I worked a system that will allow battery power for the day and the difference it makes having a low powered fast tethering software is the difference in getting the shot or not.
Personally, I think Leaf missed a great opportunity not to expand upon the original thought of V-8, but I'm sure marketing got in the way. V-8 takes more than a 5 word sound bite to explain the real benefits of this type of modular system and me too solutions rarely work. (See the U.S. auto industry for example).
Still, I hold to my premise that if the manufacturers had to go into a hotel room and produce jpegs from 1000 files an evening, all of these softwares (and hardware) would function much differently.
It seems all the manufactuerers want to send their rep to assist tech on a celeb or an editorial fashion shoot for a few hours, or put their cameras on lookout point to shoot a few mountains or trees, but once again, that is not the intended market for these cameras and backs.
I think if they would sit down with our producer and watch her write out $60,000 in checks before we start working, then watch 11 clients huddled around a monitor asking why are the faces red, or why is the previews rough, they would understand how important useability, speed and stability is to our work.