Michael Tapes And Phase One -- Parting Of Ways ???

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Rural Route 46, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. It looks like Michael Tapes and Phase One have parted ways. It is not clear
    at this time whether Tapes was asked to resign or whether he left of his own
    volition, but if the signs are being read correctly, this is a serious blow
    to Phase One, their Capture One software and to their representation and
    support. Mike provided the bulk of support for the Capture One program.
    Rumors of his eventual departure first started appearing about six months
    ago, when Phase One become embroiled in controversy over the continual
    postponements of release of the Capture One upgrade designed to support the
    Canon 20D. At that time, the rumor mill was reported that some of the
    delays were caused by defections of several of the Phase One programmers.
    This information was later substantiated when RSE, a competing, but VERY
    similar product suddenly appeared. The was talk at that time the Tapes would
    also abandon the then-sinking Phase One ship, but apparently a more recent
    rift developed between Phase One and Tapes that may have hastened his
    Rural Route 46, Apr 3, 2005
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    Hannah Guest

    And can -you- substantiate any of this?
    Normally people say where they hear their info from.
    Hannah, Apr 3, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Hannah writes ...
    Michael substantiated that he's parting ways with Phase One on the
    Forum that he runs, so that much is true. Also the part about RSE.
    What he wrote was that his contract ran out, he was asked to sign on
    again but he couldn't reach an agreement with them, so it was his
    There are four different "Official" support groups and while Michael's
    was a valuable resource (I contribute frequently) you can get the same
    questions answered at the "Official" Official Forum, usually by Ulf or
    someone else who is at Phase One. But a lot of the contributors to
    Michael's Forum were experienced users and his leaving is a loss.
    Yes, the original Phase One programmer left and wrote RSE, which is a
    very nice program (and for now FREE), pretty much undercutting the $99
    version of Capture One (LE). This probably explains the lengthy,
    costly delay in getting the revised Windows code (which is pretty
    buggy) released.

    I've been using Capture One since last April and feel it's the best RAW
    converter I've tried, but RSE has some advantages. I'm glad I didn't
    pay in advance for any C1 upgrades :) Will be interesting to see where
    MT turns up next.

    Bill Hilton, Apr 4, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Michael Tapes wrote a bit more on his decision in a thread on his
    Forum, which I think you can read at this link (not sure if you have to
    be a member to access it or not) ...

    Basically he says he will no longer be a "Senior Design Consultant" but
    will continue to run the Forum and offer support.
    Bill Hilton, Apr 4, 2005
  5. I noted a posting date of April 1st.

    If a joke, it's a dangerous one...

    Bart van der Wolf, Apr 4, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Bart van der Wolf writes ...
    Check again, Michael posted the thread I linked to on April 4th ...
    Bill Hilton, Apr 4, 2005
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    jfitz Guest

    A RAW converter needs FOUR support groups?
    jfitz, Apr 5, 2005
  8. Well, I think my read on the situation is pretty accurate. It also caught
    many folks by surprise because it was posted here even before Mike made the
    official announcement on his forum boards. The truth is we may never know
    the real reasons for the split-- I know Mike has taken a lot of unwarranted
    heat over some of the decisions made at Phase One, although I guess his
    billing as Senior Software Consultant put him pretty close to the fire on
    many occasions. Although Mike will continue to sell and support the
    product, it is apparent to me that what little input he had when his was
    affiliated with the company is now further diminished by his current
    situation. Time will tell folks.
    Rural Route 46, Apr 5, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    There are four different "Official" support groups
    One is in German, another is in Hong Kong and includes Japanese and
    Chinese language support, M. Tapes' one was the 'official' English
    version, and recently Phase One added one directly run by the company
    in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    It's a big world out there ...
    Bill Hilton, Apr 5, 2005
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    Vito Canole Guest

    I have heard that there were suspicions in Denmark that he may have been
    complicit in reverse-engineering some of the proprietary code that he was
    privy to and passing it along to others at RSE. I personally doubt that was
    the case, although I feel compelled to point out that in his position, he
    certainly had access to information that others were not able to readily
    obtain. The true story of his involvement may never be known by anyone but
    himself and one or two others.
    Vito Canole, Apr 8, 2005
  11. Surely you don't mean that. If one has the code, one doesn't need
    to do any reverse engineering.
    Ben Rosengart, Apr 8, 2005
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