Why Fight Bugs? (P65+ with Reversed Phase One 80mm)

About Software Updates in General

It seems that every time Phase One, Adobe, Apple, or Microsoft release a major new version of a piece of software we receive the same calls. Someone has installed the software and is using it on an important job. They are calling because a specific bug is getting in the way of them getting their work done, or because a feature has been changed, moved, or renamed and they don’t know how to do what they need to do.

note: “Version X.0” means the first version of the release – for example OSX 10.6.0 or Capture One 6.0.

Version X.0 software always has bugs. It is the nature of the modern software development and every software company is guilty of it. Version X.0 software is almost always updated (often within days or weeks) to X.0.1 with many bug fixes. The only reason to install X.0 software is to become familiar with new features or changes in advance of a more mature release.

Users have every right to be annoyed that X.0 software is publicly released with bugs. However, as a practical matter it is important to recognize that this is universally the case. When Apple’s OSX 10.6.0 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard) was released many early-adopters found broken features, crashes, freezes, and other bugs. When iLife ’10 was released the iPhoto update destroyed a (very) small number of user’s iPhoto libraries when updating from specific earlier versions of iLife. Both Adobe LightRoom updates had a few bugs which affected users updating image catalogs from previous versions. Apple Aperture updates have on several occasions caused frequent crashes with specific graphics cards.

About Capture One Updates

Capture Integration is constantly testing new releases of Capture One and has many customers who are kind enough to keep us informed about their testing. We recommend a user update software or operating-system only when:

  1. The update contains an improvement, new feature or bug fix which is relevant to the user (“if it isn’t broke – don’t fix it”)
  2. The update has been out long enough to give a sense of whether it contains any nasty bugs
  3. The user has time/desire to do a complete test of anything workflow critical (e.g. tethering, processing, retouching, printing etc)
  4. The user has a complete bootable backup of the computer