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sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:59PM
On 2006-02-17 14:59:27, sylvanworks wrote:

An informal survey to find out what RAW converter applications are being used. Please chime in.


So, what are you using to process your images?

[update]
Here is the growing list of converters being used (very loosely ordered by most popular):

Adobe Camera Raw (CS1, CS2 or Elements)
Raw Shooter Essentials
Raw Shooter Premium
Canon Digital Photo Professional
Nikon Capture
Capture One Pro
Capture One LE
PhaseOne Pro
PhaseOne LE
Aperture
Lightroom Beta
Breeze Browser Pro
DxO Optics Pro
SilkyPix
Bibble

(Edited on 2006-02-20 14:10:39 by sylvanworks)
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:02PM
We find that not all RAW converters are created equal. We'd like to create some resources to help point people in the right direction. Your information would be very helpful.

I use either Adobe RAW Converter in CS2 or Nikon Capture on a windows machine to process NEF files from a D70.
Hogie
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:14PM
1. Aperture
2. Adobe RAW Converter in CS2 (not much anymore)
melbedggood
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:16PM
I use Raw Shooter Essentials 2005...
4loops
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:16PM
I'm using ACR 3.3 but should mention I also convert all my NEF's to DNG files.
andipantz
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:18PM
I'm jealous that Dale is using Aperature. I wish I could say that I was, but I'm just using photoshop CS RAW.
3dvd
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:23PM
1) Normal/routine Adobe RAW Converter in CS2
2) if fringing or issues arise from high contrast colour shifts, I switch to RAWshooter Premium 2006.
3) I also recommend RAWshooter Essentials 2005 as excellant value for the money.
sakaasa
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:36PM
Windows XP Pro and NEF from a D70.

1. Adobe Camera Raw from the bridge.
2. Nikon Capture from the bridge.
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:55PM
In order of most frequent use:

RAW shooter Premium 2006
Adobe RAW in CS2
Canon something or other that came with my 20d

dsteller
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:59PM
1. Adobe RAW Converter in CS2 (I just like how Bridge works)
2. Lightroom Beta2 (I have been messing with this. I like how it works.)


Quick sideline question: Lightroom Beta2 - I like it other than I can't figure out how to output 240dpi JPGs. Only 72dpi. Any ideas?
rayna
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:01PM
I use the Digital Photo Professional that came with my Canon 350D.

I did a little test with DPP and the Photoshop CS2 RAW converter and I found that the PS converter caused a strange color shift in some images and was adding noise. Side by side there was a noticeable difference in converted files. After that I figured I should stick with the software that came with the camera.
ranplett
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:03PM
Hah! You guys are crazy! I shoot JPG at medium quality. I can fit nearly 300 photos on my 256Mb CF card. Sometimes you don't have a big budget, so you have to play it smart.
hiplip
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:06PM
Capture One Pro with Mange Nilsen Profiles.
I also tried the free version of Rawshooter, I found it very useful and use it on my laptop for viewing shoots away from home.
matt_scherf
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:21PM
Adobe RAW Converter in CS2, but I only really set white balance. I do all other adjustments in CS2.
rathyrye
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:32PM
i convert to .dng using adobe's converter, and then process in adobe cs2 raw converter. (necessary because i'm now using a d70S)

i had issues with nikon's capture software when i tried to use it when i first got my d70 about a year ago...it hijacked my adobe software and wouldn't let me use adobe's converter to its full capacity. it was a nightmare to uninstall from my computer too...pretty sneaky if you ask me. i love my nikon, buy i was way pissed about all that trouble the capture software caused.

did anyone else have a similar experience?

(Edited on 2006-02-17 17:34:10 by rathyrye)
sakaasa
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:00PM

i had issues with nikon's capture software when i tried to use it when i first got my d70 about a year ago...it hijacked my adobe software and wouldn't let me use adobe's converter to its full capacity. it was a nightmare to uninstall from my computer too...pretty sneaky if you ask me. i love my nikon, buy i was way pissed about all that trouble the capture software caused.

did anyone else have a similar experience?

(Edited on 2006-02-17 17:34:10 by rathyrye)


Nikon Capture adds its plugin to Adobe when you install Nikon software. It doesn't hijack Adobe, instead it is converting and telling the Adobe Raw Converter that. The first plugin was available for PS7.

If you want to use the Adobe Raw Converter, simply remove the Nikon plugin from the Adobe plugin folder.

I remove the plugin from the Adobe PS folder. I also add the Adobe Raw Converter plugin to my Bridge plug-in folder and my PS CS2 folder. By doing this, the Bridge gives me the option of opening NEF files in Capture or ACR. If I decide to open a NEF directly in PS CS2, the ACR opens automatically.

With this arrangement, I can place my NEF files as smart objects. Any futher editing, from any CS2 app, opens them automatically in ACR. This means I can (if I choose), do WB or any other specialty editing in Capture, retain those settings in the NEF and later make adjustments in ACR.

It is a great timesaver and I feel like I have the best of two worlds.



dspn
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:00PM
Adobe RAW in CS2, lately, I like the idea of slamming my RAWs over to DNG before I get started with serious conversion or correction.
SteveFE
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:09PM
ACR on CS1. Does it for me.
sakaasa
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:09PM

Adobe RAW in CS2, lately, I like the idea of slamming my RAWs over to DNG before I get started with serious conversion or correction.


After uploading images to my computer, the first step is running the dng app. The next step is to burn a DVD of the DNG and NEF files. I don't do anything to the images, or even delete them from cards or portable drive before I have a verified backup. It doesn't take much time and I am free to delete all but the best image files from my hard drive.

If we are going to go to the trouble to make backup copies, why not use the extra chance/opportunity of security by using DNG?

ETA: Sorry about hijacking your poll Rob. I'll shut up now.

(Edited on 2006-02-17 18:10:53 by sakaasa)
jamirae
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:34PM

Hah! You guys are crazy! I shoot JPG at medium quality. I can fit nearly 300 photos on my 256Mb CF card. Sometimes you don't have a big budget, so you have to play it smart.


ha ha!

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I use the Adobe Raw Converter in CS.

(is there an advantage to upgrading to CS2 for Raw conversion?)
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