Marc Rochkind's Apps, Books, and Opinions

Topaz Adjust and Simplify

Been playing around with these two Lightroom (and Photoshop) plugins for the last couple of days. Some results are in the SmugMug gallery on this page, or here.

ProofSheet Version 1.71

One more nifty new feature: Iím creating a book (Dorothea Lange: 500 FSA Photographs) with captions that vary widely in length, and if I allow enough footer space for the longest, the photos are smaller than they could be:


Some captions are much longer than the one shown here, so the problem is even worse than it appears here. But with a new {Expand} variable, anywhere in the footer text, captions that donít fill the footer space are moved down, and the image is expanded, like this:


Note that {Expand} only works in cell footers.

ProofSheet Version 1.70

Adds a new {Indent} variable which indents the text by about 7% of the width on the left and right. Also, centers the block of text (not the individual lines) in the cell. Generally results in a more pleasing appearance when the text is a title or caption.

Instead of this:


With {indent} anywhere in the text, you get this:


The footer that produced this was:


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Mac/Windows Apps

Apps for serious photographers: Exif­Changer, Ingest­amatic, Image­Ingester, Image­Verifier, Proof­Sheet, and Exif­Extreme.

iPhone/iPad Apps

Photo collections: Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn (shown), Ansel Adams (Manzanar), Photochroms, Space Flight, and more.

Verifying and Uploading Large Archives of Photos

ZipVerifier and S3BigUpload are for preparing large image archives and uploading them to Amazon S3 and Glacier. Designed for the backup of last resort, to be retrieved only if all other backups have been destroyed. The emphasis is on verifying that the archive is absolutely correct and that the upload, which could take days, completes and is correct.


The only Chrome App that syncs with SimpleNote. With the apps available at, you can have notes on iOS, Android, Mac OS X, the web, and, with this app, anywhere that Chrome runs (Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS).


The first Chrome App for SmugMug. You can browse galleries, organized by category and subcategory, view thumbnails for a gallery, and view larger images, annotated with EXIF data. As it runs under Chrome, it works on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chromebooks.

Classic Cameras

The web version of the iOS Classic Cameras app, now free. Features high-resolution photos of over 100 classic cameras, along with reviews, ads, and lots more. A treat for anyone who's ever shot with a classic film camera.

Wright Brothers Photographs

Photographs taken by the Wright Brothers themselves, digitized by the Library of Congress from the original glass plates. Contains 183 photographs with captions. Includes many taken at Kitty Hawk, including early gliding experiments and the first flight.

Programming Chrome Apps

Also available from Amazon.

Expert PHP and MySQL

My latest book, capturing what I've learned building apps, both the few successes and the many failures. Advanced material, too, such as two-factor authentication and data conversion.

Published by Apress in 2013 and available from Amazon.

Generating PDFs with PHP and FPDF

How to use the free FPDF library to generate PDFs directly from your PHP app.

Published in 2013 and available as an eBook from Amazon.

Advanced UNIX Programming

The first book on UNIX programming, updated in 2004.

Published by Addison-Wesley and available from Amazon.

More Books

All of my books (16 or so), available from Amazon.

Bernie's Bar & Girll

My first (and only) novel, which would be a romance, except that the main character is a man. It's got everything: humor, sex, a car chase, a bar fight, a trial, an exposé of Big Oil, and some endearing Creationists.

Published in 2012 and available from Amazon as a $1 eBook.


Various articles I've written over the years, ranging from mind-numbingly serious to ridiculously silly. Most are in-between.

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