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2 November 2015

With PhotoPlus Expo prompting a number of product announcements, we ramped up our coverage to 84 stories in October at Photo Corners, which we've archived as Volume 4, Number 10 in our archive.

Why do we publish our work in volumes like a magazine? Because we think the articles we wrote in, say, 2013 are just as worth your time today as they were then. As we scan over the questions posted in one photo forum or another, we are always shaking our head, mumbling, "They should have read our story on that."

Past issues of Photo Corners are a treat to revisit. We do it ourselves all the time.

And, as we like to point out, if you follow us daily on Apple News or via our RSS or Twitter feeds, you get to see the issue unfold before your eyes. You don't have to wait for the mailman.

And you'll also get much of the news first here. We beat some sites by two days this month. And some stories you read here just weren't covered elsewhere.

The October editorial balance would have kept you busy with 16 Features, 45 commented news items (up from 26 in September, just for comparison), 20 Editor's Notes (with over 76 links to items of interest around the Web), one review and two site notes.

OUR MOST POPULAR STORY was one of the oldest, which is a trend we see in every category. It was our story about El Capitan on Oct. 1. And it was followed by one just as old, our story about the Nikon Museum.

Our Saturday Matinees were led by the oldest, too, which was Tanja Hollander but after only one day Sarah Meister had an unusually high tally.

Past issues of Photo Corners are a treat to revisit. We do it ourselves all the time.

Our Slide Shows were led by The Garden for the Environment and our Features by Speaking of Clouds....

It's a good mix, showing broad interest in our news coverage, features, slide shows (96 of them) and matinees (now 109 of them). When we introduce a new treat for you, we stick with it. But then, why wouldn't we? It's good stuff.

READERSHIP set a record, early surpassing a milestone (we'll keep the Prosecco on ice until December). But we're seeing readership levels that are twice as high as we saw this summer. And article hits are 10 times (you read that right) what they were then. Which even then were 10 times what they had been at our previous gig where our stories would appear for about 10 minutes on the so-called news page before disappearing forever.

As people discover us, they are finding a lot of data to mine on Photo Corners. Hidden jewels lurk everywhere.

Our latest slide show on ghosts, for example, wasn't just about a spooky venue in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood but a reflection on the state of software development. You can read us for the articles or just to look at the pictures. Either way, we try very hard to surprise you.

SITE TWEAKS were not worth writing about this month. We didn't think the one we made was very educational.

But we'll spill. The latest update to Safari broke the scroll bar under our carousel of thumbnails at the top of the headlines page. Which you don't even see using Safari on an iPad (where you are supposed to be smart enough to guess that you can scroll the thumbnails with a swipe).

It was half-drawn and non-functional in desktop Safari. Not good. Firefox had no trouble rendering it but Safari couldn't handle it.

As soon as we noticed the problem, we fixed it with specific CSS code to display the scroll bar properly. And we all lived happily ever after.

We did make one other site tweak last month but it wasn't to Photo Corners.

We were in journalism long before there were digital cameras (which, if it doesn't quite make us unique in the field, does make us unusual). And one of the publications where we learned the ropes was Underwriters' Report, a weekly insurance newsmagazine whose editor and publisher was also our father.

We revamped the page on this site devoted to the Roy and Barbara Pasini Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Journalism. We added three slide shows of old photos to it.

A few are historical images of the magazine in the 1950s. A few are of Roy at work. And the last slide show is of the production facilities (which included a full print shop and bindery) in the 1990s.

With all the virtual tools at our disposal today, we thought it would be fun to document how things were done once upon a time.

AS WE LEAVE YOU this month, we once again want to thank you for your support. Your subscription (and renewal) is more than a pat on the back to us. And when you purchase through our sponsored links, you vote for ad-free, reader-centric publishing that doesn't tease you or waste your time.

As we've said before, we're enjoying this and hope you are too.

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