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    Default For mac users: Which RAW converter is the best?

    I've personally tried C1pro and Bibblepro

    C1pro yields very good result when i do RAW-TIFF. It's able to handle blown out very well with no signs of tint. And i have much control over my picture in the software.

    Bibblepro is so-so in my opinion. Blown out is way too terrible. Usually they come out in a magenta tone, or having visible yellowish vertical strips in blown out area.

    I can't try Aperture or Lightroom because i'm still on Panther.. Both softwares are tiger-only. So wish to hear more from mac users who are using these programs intensively, to give me some comments and recommendations.

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    Default Re: For mac users: Which RAW converter is the best?

    CaptureOne Pro. Photoshop CS. Have you tried them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucidaM
    CaptureOne Pro. Photoshop CS. Have you tried them?
    C1pro is captureone pro.
    i've tried the RAW converter in CS too, but highlights n blown out isn't handled as well as captureone pro. Gave up on CS after trying for 1 time. Hehe..

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    C1 pro on Mac along with aperture for me.

    C1 pro tethered is real excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castlesinthesky
    C1 pro on Mac along with aperture for me.

    C1 pro tethered is real excellent.
    bro what is C1 pro tethered? Care to explain?

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    OH! found it on the web: http://www.phaseone.com/Content/Soft.../Tethered.aspx

    But why Nikon cameras are not supported? Strange..

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    OH! found it on the web: http://www.phaseone.com/Content/Soft.../Tethered.aspx

    But why Nikon cameras are not supported? Strange..
    you could always use bibble pro for tethering, but you did mention you didn't like the output for it.

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    I use Graphic Converter 5.8 for opening RAW files and then converting them to TIF. I may give C1 Pro a shot and I am on Panther too.
    Last edited by G-man; 12th March 2006 at 12:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man
    I use Graphic Converter 5.8 for opening RAW files and then converting them to TIF. I may give C1 Pro a shot and I am on Panther too.
    Great! Let me know how you feel of C1 pro in comparison with Graphic Converter

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Great! Let me know how you feel of C1 pro in comparison with Graphic Converter
    One is US$30 shareware and the other is 500 euros, no contest which is the better software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man
    One is US$30 shareware and the other is 500 euros, no contest which is the better software.
    Well the output is all that matters to me. Even if there's only bibble and C1pro available for mac, i will still go for C1pro despite of the much higher cost. I rather get the best to impress my clients with my pictures, than to save some cost and jeopardise my business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Well the output is all that matters to me. Even if there's only bibble and C1pro available for mac, i will still go for C1pro despite of the much higher cost. I rather get the best to impress my clients with my pictures, than to save some cost and jeopardise my business.
    Yea, especially if your ricebowl is photography-centric. In my case, not really so I can STILL live with the US$30 shareware Graphic Converter BUT C1 Pro would be a worthy contender if I do decide to rake in some money with my photographs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    I've personally tried C1pro and Bibblepro
    On the mac side, Bibble has come a long way and its quite good at this point. Worth a relook if you had not done so recently.

    On the PC side, I would bet on RSP as the people behind pixmantec were the original developers who came out with C1 when they were working for PhaseOne.

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    Default Re: For mac users: Which RAW converter is the best?

    Hi,

    I had extensively tested the Adobe Light Room(Beta), Apple Aperture, & Phase1-Capture1-Pro.

    Had done some comparison base on:-

    • GUI-(Graphical User Interface)
    • Ease of use
    • Control
    • Colour Display Accuracy
    • Price line (Value)
    • Extra: (other)

    Using Dual G5 1.8 mhz ; 1.5 Gb DDR SDRAM ; ATI Radeon 9600 Pro ; OSX Tiger 10.4.5

    Just a humble Summary from Me:-

    Lengend: (5:Excellent, 4:Satifactory, 3:Moderate 2:Marginal 1:Poor)

    GUI:
    Aperture : 5
    Adobe Light Room : 5
    Capture1 - Pro : 3.5

    Ease of Use:
    Aperture : 5
    Adobe Light Room : 4.5
    Capture1 - Pro : 4.5

    Control:
    Aperture : 4.5
    Adobe Light Room : 5
    Capture1 - Pro : 3.5

    Colour Display Accuracy (with proper calibration and profile assigning)
    Aperture : 5
    Adobe Light Room : 5
    Capture1 - Pro : 4

    Price line (Value)
    Aperture : 2 (Approx S$999)
    Adobe Light Room : Unknown
    Capture1 - Pro : 2 (Approx S$958)

    Extra: (other)
    Aperture : 2 Batch Processing, Jpg WB Correction
    Adobe Light Room : 4 Batch Processing, layout-Imposition, Quick-Preset, Jpg WB Correction
    Capture1 - Pro : 2 Batch Processing, Change of focusing Point(Slight effect Only)

    Extra2
    Pros & Cons:

    Processing Speed
    Aperture : 3.5
    Adobe Light Room : 4
    Capture1 - Pro : 3

    System Requirement
    Aperture : 2.5
    Adobe Light Room : 3
    Capture1 - Pro : 3

    My Verdict:
    Adobe LtRoom Scored highest in the trial although it's only a beta version, and it's still under develop.(probably because it's the later release than other), The Programme is relatively small and yet powerful, great integration with Creative Suite. Following by Apple Aperture, than Capture1-Pro. If the Price is right, I would say it's a worthy Upgrade. (Hopefully it will be bundled with CS2 or cross upgrade)
    Last edited by erizai; 13th March 2006 at 08:27 PM.

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    Thanks erizai, this is some really really useful comments by you. You made me really tempted to get tiger and try out aperture n lightroom, since they scored very well..

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    I was amazed the first time I used CP1Pro, Untill I find Aperture and Light Room.. Go get tiger go... light Room is free now.. I think there is a seminar for Aperture at 14 Mar. This two software that will definitely can streach your post processing, if you notice, I rank Aperture 4 LtRoom 5 for Control. Aperture 5 LtRoom 4 for Ease of use. (It's usually more control less easy, and vise versa. )

    Aperture had one very unique feature that offer more control of --level--, as in Photoshop; there's only three pointer for highlight, midtone and shadow; where Aperture have five...between the midtone and highlight, and also in between of shadow and midtone. this is very useful esp you can lock some of the area for finer fine-tuning..

    LtRoom Offer Curve that serves the same function. more professional--but it will be hassled to some one who not familiar with it.. and it has even more complex controling.. Some like HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness each with CMYKRGB control) but I like it

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    Thinking of getting my hands on aperture in future when I get my hands on the Dual Processor Macpro. Only thing is that it does not have curves right? So gotta export to CS2 to make some adjustments. Alternatively, Adobe lightroom has the curve, but I'm totally not familiar with it after trying out its trial version.

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    no point la bro..since u got the s3 liaos...hyper-utility is the way to go...its slow and all...but i cant find anything tt works better for s3 files...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witness View Post
    no point la bro..since u got the s3 liaos...hyper-utility is the way to go...its slow and all...but i cant find anything tt works better for s3 files...
    mmm.... I find silkpix 3.0 better for my s3pro files as it can retain the colors/graduations in the highlights much better than hyper utility.

    I have ACR, Hyper U and silkypix3.0, and silkypix is the one I used to develop pictures with wide dynamic range. ACR has tons of false color at regions of high contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wind30 View Post
    mmm.... I find silkpix 3.0 better for my s3pro files as it can retain the colors/graduations in the highlights much better than hyper utility.

    I have ACR, Hyper U and silkypix3.0, and silkypix is the one I used to develop pictures with wide dynamic range. ACR has tons of false color at regions of high contrast.
    Hehe I am still using C1pro leh... So which program is better for S3pro RAW files?

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