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RawDigger now has a Workflow Complement: Fast Raw Viewer + Discount on RawDigger for Readers

I’ve been recommending RawDigger for some time now (histograms from yesterday’s post are from RawDigger). RawDigger is discounted for site readers, see links at end of this post.

Now LibRaw LLC has released version 1.0 of FastRawViewer (FRV) which aims to provide the most efficient possible culling and selection of images for time pressed photographers. Anyone shooting sports or weddings or other high-volume jobs will surely want to take a look at FRV.

Note that FastRawViewer can be used as culling program prior to importing into Adobe Lightroom, potentially saving tremendous time over the LR Import/Wait-A-Long-Time/Cull alternative.

At just $14.99, how can you lose?

I’ve been working with Alex Tutubalin (CTO of LibRaw LLC) for some time on RawDigger, and he has gained my respect as a developer who responds quickly to good suggestions. I expect that FRV will get better and better.

Full PDF description and see FastRawViewer web site for more.

FastRawViewer is designed for:

  • Quick viewing of a large number of RAW files (for example, taken while shooting events, competitions, on vacation, or during a photo expedition)
  • Selective viewing of RAW files
  • Culling of images from the points of view of composition and technical quality
  • Analysis of the shot — assignment of tags and ratings, moving pictures to working and archive folders, and to _Rejected folder
  • Preparation of files for conversion — adjusting orientation, tuning white balance, setting exposure correction, with optional automatic account for baseline exposure compensation used behind the scenes in Adobe converters (CameraRaw and Lightroom)
  • Transfer of files to an external RAW converter directly from the FRV (up to 3 different external programs can be specified)

Note: FastRawViewer never modifies original RAW files. All adjustments are recorded as auxiliary (sidecar) files in a standard format (xmp and rpps) and picked by RAW converters from there. Extremely fast viewing of RAW images

Thanks to its internal RAW converter, FRV provides instant display of RAW images (in full color, but also as per channel R/G/B view), as well as the means for technical evaluation of the shot: histogram of RAW data, focus peaking, highlighting of areas of overexposure and underexposure based on RAW data, opening shadows to check the noise.

Again, all of those are based directly on the RAW data, and not on the internal or external JPEG, as it common in other viewers.

  • RAW browsing speed on an average laptop — 4-8 frames per second
  • Support of almost all RAW formats and cameras, including cameras with removed CFA (those are offered by maxmax.com, or home-made), with the only exception being Sigma/Foveon RAW files (in this case, embedded JPEGs are displayed)
  • Reads files from any media without creating intermediate “collections” or image databases, thus avoiding unnecessary delays and waste of drive space
  • The ability to switch between viewing RAW and embedded JPEG (if one exists)
  • Fully customizable shortcuts: all basic operations can be performed without the menu or the use of the bottom bar.
  • Extended display of EXIF data: FRV allows you to see almost all of the information contained in EXIF. The list of EXIF fields to be displayed is customizable.

Click for larger image.

FastRawViewer main window

RawDigger discount

RawDigger is the best tool available for anyone looking to hone their exposure (ETTR) techniques. LibRaw LLC is extending a discount to diglloyd.com readers of 20% off thru Jan 1st 2015:

David C writes:

I installed the trial and had an issue with the file chooser, sent something to their support and got an email back in 5 minutes. now I’m doing whatever they ask and reporting.

You can believe I’ll never see this kind of response from adobe (I bet not even *you* get it, and I’m sure not big enough).

DIGLLOYD: the RawDigger folks are very responsive—truly excellent.

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