How to Install Corel AfterShot Pro 3 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I just finished doing a clean install of Ubuntu LTS 18.04. The reason? I felt like I might have corrupted my computer in some way when I did a previous attempt of installing Corel AfterShot Pro 3. This tutorial is designed to help anyone install this application on Ubuntu. Note that this applies to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and AfterShot Pro 3.

When I first tried installing this program in August 2018, there was no official documentation on Corel’s website. That seems to have changed in these four months, and there is now an article up on Corel’s support website that explains how to install this program in a small number of steps. I personally find this YouTube video made by Corel much more helpful in showing how to set up this application. That is what I used to successfully install this application on the first try. I wanted to make this process even easier for others and me in the future by including this detailed tutorial based on the YouTube video.

  1. Download this file from your Corel order email: AfterShotPro3-system-Qt.deb
  2. Make sure the file saved to your Downloads directory
  3. Open the application Terminal
  4. In Terminal type the following commands, making sure Terminal finishes before entering each one (do not type steps in italics verbatim; they are instructions):
  5. cd Downloads/
  6. sudo apt update
  7. Enter your password
  8. sudo dpkg -i AfterShotPro3-system-Qt.deb
  9. sudo apt -f install
  10. y
  11. Close Terminal

Now close Terminal. Congratulations, it should be successfully installed! Open the application the way you would normally open applications. If you ordered the full version, you will be asked to enter your serial number.

Did you find this helpful? Please let me know in the comments!

I’m Switching to FreeBSD

I’m planning on switching to FreeBSD as my primary operating system in the coming weeks. Don’t worry, I will continue to update this blog.

Even though I created this blog, LinuxPhoto, last June, I haven’t really used or learned Linux all that much in this time. I will continue to use my Linux laptop for editing and posting photos on this site, but I am planning to use FreeBSD as my primary OS indefinitely. I have actually been using either my Windows 10 laptop or my MacBook Pro most of the time. I think forcing myself to learn one of these professional operating systems (e.g., FreeBSD, Linux) by using it as my primary computer will greatly help my understanding of the way these operating systems work. Initially, I will use my FreeBSD laptop to do all the basic stuff I do on a daily basis: browsing the web, listening to music, and editing office documents. Later on, I might decide to learn some more advanced features of FreeBSD.

To help me with all of this, today I got a book from Amazon titled Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD:

Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition

It’s written by Michael W. Lucas, who I saw had a number of reviews commending his writing style on Amazon. Before purchasing, I read the introductory material, and I can attest to the quality of his writing. I also own another book on No Starch Press, Automate the Boring Stuff With Python, which I haven’t yet read, but I did at least enjoy the design and writing style (of what little I did read). Seeing that the third edition of this book on FreeBSD was just released in October 2018 and that version 12.0 of FreeBSD is slated for release on December 11, 2018, was enough to tell me now is the time to switch.

What is FreeBSD, and why am I interested in switching to it as my main OS? First, if you want to know what it is, I suggest reading the Wikipedia article on FreeBSD. To answer the second question, I would just say that FreeBSD is the operating system I have always been most attracted to for some reason. It always seemed more advanced than Linux, and I liked the name and the BSD Daemon (devil mascot). When it was time for me to find a new web host the answer was simple: one that uses FreeBSD. I, therefore, use pair Networks to host this website and many others; they are one of the first web hosts and offer FreeBSD as a hosting option.

The intended purpose for this blog is to show people that Linux is a viable alternative to managing and editing photos. That is not going to change. I still think Linux is probably better than FreeBSD for managing and editing photos because of the larger number of applications available for Linux (for example, Corel AfterShot Pro 3, what I use to edit my digital photos, is available for Linux, but not FreeBSD). I also think people are more inclined to switch to Linux than FreeBSD, because most people haven’t even heard of FreeBSD, and it is a more advanced operating system that requires more technical knowledge.

In conclusion, I am excited to switch to FreeBSD as my primary OS and hope to learn much about the way these professional operating systems work. Probably by the time the next LTS version of Ubuntu is released (most likely April 2020), I hope to also become more knowledgeable in Linux. I will continue to use Linux to post photos to this site, and I still believe it is a good alternative to Mac or Windows for managing and editing photos.

Over the River and Through the Wood

…to grandfather’s house we go.

My family and I visited my grandparents in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, for Thanksgiving. The following photos were taken on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.

Grandpa, holding dice for Farkle

My mom, holding a book

Grandpa writing down scores for Farkle

Pugsley and Missy in their enclosure

My dad and grandpa playing Farkle

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV

Grandma, with her Czech Days shirt

Steven playing the piano

My mom, sitting in a chair

A picture of Jesus with a woven palm

Peak Fall Colors at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Fall Color Finder map for October 19, 2018

As of today, it’s peak fall color time in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) updates a map every day with the level of fall colors everywhere in the state. As you can see in today’s map, everywhere in Minnesota is either at peak or past peak. This means this will probably be my only time visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at peak, and I’ll maybe only have one more post with fall colors at their peak. In the map to the right, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is located on the border of Chanhassen and Chaska, would be southwest of Minneapolis. It’s located less than four miles from my house, and I get in for free because I’m a student at the University of Minnesota (they run the arboretum).

Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple

Betula papyrifera, Paper Birch

A pond covered with leaves

Thuja occidentalis, ‘Hudsonica,’ American arborvitae

Origami in the Garden, created by Santa Fe, New Mexico, artists Kevin and Jennifer Box

Wild turkey

Autumn path with bench

Ginkgo biloba, ‘Autumn Gold,’ Maidenhair Tree

Yellow maple leaves against a bright, blue sky

The Sculpture Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota, after school today to get some photos of the Harrison Sculpture Garden. The last photo shows four steel rectangles that somehow move perpetually.

Antoine Poncet (b. 1928, French), Fugue Processionaire, 1997, rose marble

Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Harp, 1993, limestone

Malus, ‘Red Splendor,’ crabapple

Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Arch, 1995, limestone

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975, British), Construction (Crucifixion), 1966, bronze with color

Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948, Italian), Canto Notturno, 1984, bronze

George Rickey (1907-2002, American), Four Open Rectangles Diagonally Jointed II, 1986, stainless steel

 

Snow on October 14? Only in Minnesota.

There is a significant amount of snow here in the Twin Cities today, with snow continuing to accumulate in winter-like amounts. While I never wanted the summer to end this year, I was a little surprised to find I actually found the snow beautiful and peaceful this morning, rather than it being a harbinger of the most unbearable season.

This photo was taken on my deck with a Motorola Moto G6 smartphone.

Red berries contrast with frosty snow

Lots of Walking at Wild River State Park

I made my way to Center City, Minnesota, today to check out Wild River State Park, located along the St. Croix River. I was there with my mom and our puggles, Pugsley and Missy. Unfortunately, there weren’t many good photo opportunities, as the park is mostly just a paved walking path in the woods (reportedly three miles long). Still, though, the woods were beautiful, and there were at least some opportunities to get up close to the St. Croix River.

My mom and Pugsley and Missy

My mom and Pugsley and Missy

A lodge with a wood-burning fireplace and indoor bathrooms

Going down a steep path to the St. Croix River

The St. Croix River

My First Outing With the Canon EOS R

For my first “real” photos taken with the Canon EOS R, I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. Since I’m a student at the University of Minnesota and it is part of that university, all I need to do is show my student ID and I get in for free. I’ll try to make it there at least once more before winter. It’s probably the best place for photography in my hometown.

Trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Lake and trees

A wooden bridge

Paper birch trees

Paper birch bark

My First Photos Taken With the Canon EOS R

These are my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. I took these photos on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and, as I edit this post one day later, they are still the only two photos I’ve taken with this camera. I had a test in Abnormal Psychology today (October 10, my 30th birthday!) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (where I’m an undergraduate English major), and so because of this test, my birthday, my workload for tomorrow, and my schedule on Friday, it might not be until this weekend that I’m able to get some more photos with this camera.

Note that these photos were taken in poor lighting and at a high ISO, but the image quality looks fantastic!

Taken with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 105mm

Taken with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 24mm

Canon EOS R Unboxing

I got my Canon EOS R with 24-105mm f/4L IS lens kit from Adorama today. The cameras were supposed to ship today, but Adorama sent the cameras a day early, so I got it today, the earliest anyone who wasn’t chosen to receive a pre-production model (journalists) could get it. I had pre-preordered this camera within minutes of it becoming available on September 12, 2018.

In an earlier post, I said I would be getting the Nikon Z6. I decided not to go through with this for two reasons: (1) I was several days late for the pre-order and would likely be waiting until the end of November or much longer to receive it; and (2) after seeing Canon release their own offering for mirrorless, I decided now was the time to switch to Canon (like most pros already have). Because both companies were coming out with new mounts, I thought I might as well switch now before I got invested in Nikon again.

Here are some photos I took of the unboxing. See my next post for my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R.

Shipping box from Adorama

Canon EOS R box

Manual and accessories

Unwrapped Canon EOS R body and Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens

Ready for action!