Olympus Workspace Update for Apple Computers & OM-D EM1 Bodies

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In attempting to use "Olympus Workspace" to save the settings of my Olympus OM-D EM1 iii on my computer, I quickly ran into a dead end. Turns out that every time that Apple makes a major system upgrade, Workspace will not typically be able to be used to save and restore settings. Removing and replacing Workplace is a complex process, and the only way I was able to do this was by requesting an Apple expert from Olympus Support.

However, even with a fresh copy of Workspace, the steps for saving/restoring camera settings still aren't at all obvious. But here they are:

Put in fresh camera battery.

Always update the camera first, before any lenses.

Remove lens from camera body (otherwise things can really get messed up).

Keep WORKSPACE closed, plug in camera to your Mac system and turn on the camera.

Click on STORAGE.

Launch WORKSPACE.

To update firmware and automatically save camera settings, click on CAMERA>UPDATE.

Click “NEXT”, etc. (to OK changes, agree with upgrade requirements, etc)….

Camera will now save settings, and download and update firmware. IMPORTANT: DON’T TOUCH CAMERA DURING THIS DOWNLOAD/UPDATE PROCESS!! The “estimated” times to completion that will be shown are pure fiction—you MUST be patient until a big “OK” appears on camera screen.

When the “OK” appears, check “Confirm update & complete”.

Now turn camera off and on and check "Camera off" box.

Click on “Close”.

To update the lens firmware, repeat the above process after mounting lens and clicking on “Lens”, rather than on the "camera body".

To ONLY save camera settings, click on CAMERA>CUSTOM SETTINGS>SAVE (Typically pick “Latest settings and all Mysets”). Or you can RESTORE, if needed.

NOTE 1: You CANNOT restore camera settings from one OM-D model body to a different OM-D model body, because each model body has a different firmware (e.g., You can’t restore EM1 Mark ii settings to an EM1 Mark iii body).

NOTE 2: The same computer connection cord works for any OM-D EM1 body. I suspect the same is true for the EM5 and EM10 models.

NOTE 3: If you are using Apple computers, each time the OS has a MAJOR change, this procedure probably won’t work. In that case, contact OLYMPUS Customer Service and have them walk you through the many steps required to have a functioning OLYMPUS WORKSPACE program. This may also be true of PC OS changes—I don’t know.
 

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In attempting to use "Olympus Workspace" to save the settings of my Olympus OM-D EM1 iii on my computer, I quickly ran into a dead end. Turns out that every time that Apple makes a major system upgrade, Workspace will not typically be able to be used to save and restore settings. Removing and replacing Workplace is a complex process, and the only way I was able to do this was by requesting an Apple expert from Olympus Support.

However, even with a fresh copy of Workspace, the steps for saving/restoring camera settings still aren't at all obvious. But here they are:

Put in fresh camera battery.

Always update the camera first, before any lenses.

Remove lens from camera body (otherwise things can really get messed up).

Keep WORKSPACE closed, plug in camera to your Mac system and turn on the camera.

Click on STORAGE.

Launch WORKSPACE.

To update firmware and automatically save camera settings, click on CAMERA>UPDATE.

Click “NEXT”, etc. (to OK changes, agree with upgrade requirements, etc)….

Camera will now save settings, and download and update firmware. IMPORTANT: DON’T TOUCH CAMERA DURING THIS DOWNLOAD/UPDATE PROCESS!! The “estimated” times to completion that will be shown are pure fiction—you MUST be patient until a big “OK” appears on camera screen.

When the “OK” appears, check “Confirm update & complete”.

Now turn camera off and on and check "Camera off" box.

Click on “Close”.

To update the lens firmware, repeat the above process after mounting lens and clicking on “Lens”, rather than on the "camera body".

To ONLY save camera settings, click on CAMERA>CUSTOM SETTINGS>SAVE (Typically pick “Latest settings and all Mysets”). Or you can RESTORE, if needed.

NOTE 1: You CANNOT restore camera settings from one OM-D model body to a different OM-D model body, because each model body has a different firmware (e.g., You can’t restore EM1 Mark ii settings to an EM1 Mark iii body).

NOTE 2: The same computer connection cord works for any OM-D EM1 body. I suspect the same is true for the EM5 and EM10 models.

NOTE 3: If you are using Apple computers, each time the OS has a MAJOR change, this procedure probably won’t work. In that case, contact OLYMPUS Customer Service and have them walk you through the many steps required to have a functioning OLYMPUS WORKSPACE program. This may also be true of PC OS changes—I don’t know.

Am I missing something? Nothing new here as far as I can tell...
 

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