This year I have improved my processes yet again. My client iPad app, used by the elves, for customer selection has been upgraded. Whereas previously it communicated with my cocoa server app via Bonjour, I actually reverted "old school". I wrote a minor perl app to communicate between my cocoa server app with unlimited number of client iOS apps running simultaneously. It works surprisingly well. No need to connect via Bonjour, just turn it on and go. We have used 3 iPad client apps simultaneous already this year under heavy traffic periods. In addition I wrote another perl script so that the photographer can monitor their shot sequence and let the cocoa server know when it is time for a new customer. I also wrote an iOS app to do this, however, I reverted back to the web-perl version, as the app had a memory issue. I'll fix it for next year!
Another change for this year, is no more PC. I needed a PC in the past simply for the final Noritsu printer driver. No Mac driver exists, and writing one is near impossible. So I am now the only one in Canada using a virtual PC to drive Noritsu Dry lab software. Works well, I use Parallels for this. I hated that big ugly box. Currently the whole system is run by a 2011 mac mini. It chugs though all my cocoa digital re-renderings very well.
Hardware-wise, I also went "old-school", using a hard wired wired flash sync trigger instead of my trusty wireless triggers. Just to save on down time due to battery changeovers. I also am using hard wired ac adaptors and grips instead of swapping camera batteries every 5 hours. Funny I gave up on those years ago and I am using them again! I also replaced my photographers tripod with a swing arm tripod. Again all working very well. Next year I may make some major camera changes as I experiment with the Godox X1 and the AD600 flashes.
I have changed my packages slightly with my premium "North Pole" package now comes with digital download instead of extra Christmas cards as customers are purchasing less cards every year. I also changed my free Wishlist card to include a cut-out photo tree ornament instead of a Wishlist. In addition, I added the option of photo bookmarks.
All in all a Software Merry Christmas.