Maybe, you’re like me and didn’t even look at the CD that came with your G9 until you started doing some Spring cleaning and found the CD that came with your G9 under a pile of magazines and junk mail. I’ve heard that curiosity killed the cat but, in this case, you will be able to cheat death for mere disappointment – I was not impressed by Canon’s offering. I performed the installation on Mac OSX (Leopard). The installation created a folder in my Applications called Canon Utilities. This folder contains the various programs that Canon so graciously included with their G9. The following screenshots were taken during the Canon Utilities intallation on Mac OSX (Leopard):
Insert CD. Click Install.
- I selected Custom Installation since I am typically comfortable selecting Custom on most installations. Easy Installation works just as well. In fact, I did not change any of the default settings during the Custom Installation. Click Next.
- Leave default selections. Click Next.
- Click Next and you wait for the installation to finish. Done.
Three icons will be placed on your Dock (Mac OSX feature) – Image Browser, Camera Window, and EOS Utility.
- Image Browser 6.0 – Used to capture photos from your SD card onto your computer or other storage media. Personally, I find this piece of software lacking and awkward. For those of you with Mac OSX, I would highly suggest using Image Capture. Image Capture comes with Mac OSX and does a very clean job of downloading your files from your SD card. iPhoto is another option to download your files from your G9 but, I find it super annoying that you can’t access the downloaded files outside of the iPhoto application. Image Capture is the clear winner here.
- Camera Window – Used to control your G9 while it is connected to your computer via USB cable. You can control your G9 via your computer. As cool as this sounds, I haven’t found this feature particularly useful. If you do happen to endeavor upon a project that Camera Window would be useful for, I would imagine battery life being a concern and would recommend purchasing the optional AC Adapter Kit for your G9. This kit runs about $53 before tax and shipping.
- EOS Utility – Bundle application that combines the features of Image Browser and Camera Window. Essentially, does the same thing from one application. Remember, Canon is a leading camera manufacturer not a software company. In my opinion, once again, lacking.
In addtition to the 3 obvious Canon applications on our Dock, the installer also created a folder within Applications called Canon Utilities. Withing this folder, there are a few more applications worth mentioning.
- My Camera DC – This application is actually pretty neat for those of you interested in ‘pimpin’ out your G9. Through My Camera DC, you can upload custom Themes, Sounds and Backgrounds for your G9 to add a little of your own flavor your G9. Click here for instructions on how easy ‘pimpin’ can be accomlished.
- Photo Stitch – This application is used to put together photos that were taken with the Stitch setting on your G9. In theory, if done correctly, you can create awesome panoramic views with your G9. The poor man’s wide lens if you will.
In sum, the software included with the Canon Powershot G9 is not essential to download your photos from your SD card. Unlike Image Browser, Camera Window and EOS Utility, I did find that My Camera DC and Photo Stitch provided me with a few cool things that I can now do with my G9.
My apologies for the 6 day hiatus. I’m on the verge of a breakthrough – a hack for the G9 – CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit). Sound interesting? It is. Once I sort out the mumbo jumbo, I hope to put together a simple tutorial that anyone can follow.