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Old 05-27-2006, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Forum,

I just was wondering what users are using for manipulating their RAW images.

I am currently using RawShooter and was interested if there is anything better and what was available first of all for free, then for paying..

Any comparisons you can give with RawShooter much appreciated.


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Old 05-27-2006, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use CaptureOne.

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Re: RAW software suggestions
Old 05-27-2006, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Another vote for Capture One (Pro). Love it!
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Old 05-29-2006, 12:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well Thanks for the replies,
Much appreciated. I had hoped for a few more suggestions so that I could compare notes and workflows etc.

I've had a look for capture one and have been frightened off by the price. Keen amateur is what I am and I'm afrain the holder of the purse strings would baulk at that sort of price.
But I'm going to give the 30 day trial a go and see what is what...

For anyone else with preferences and suggestions, please drop me a reply.

As I said I have Pixemantic and it seems to work well, but just want alternatives, would hate to think I was missing a better software package.

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Old 05-29-2006, 01:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use Downloader pro, and BreezBrowser Pro for editing, etc. renameing before sending to DVD...
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Old 05-29-2006, 05:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, you asked what people are using... I'm using Adobe's Camera RAW, the plug-in for Photoshop. It does all I need, but I'm no expert.

My brother is using Capture One, but like you, I'm not enthused by the price
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have had great success with Adobe Camera Raw. If you own CS2, then the ACR plugin will handle virtually all raw formats for the current crop of DSLR camera bodies. Once calibrated using a Gretag Macbeth color checker card, you'll get excellent colors and skin tones. At least that's IMHO.

BTW, it is 'free' if you own Photoshop CS2.
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Capture One Pro, of course. :-)
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Nikon Capture 4 for me. I did like RAW Shooter Essentials when I was using PCs but there is no version for OSX. I have to say though that NC gives a better output than RSE from what I've seen but from a workflow standpoint RSE is great for batch processing.
I've demo'd Capture One very briefly and was impressed with the output from it but haven't really given it a proper shakedown.
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I use the Pixmantec RAW Shooter Professional. If you are using the free version I would suggest upgrading. In the professional version you can adjust curves and levels on the RAW file. That means you can totally skip Photoshop on a lot of images.
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