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Sigma DP-1 Merrill

Sigma Photo Pro 5 Software: July 2013 State of Affairs

Discussion here on the state of Sigma Photo Pro 5.5.2 for Apple OS X as of July 2013.

As part of my work today (July 20, 2013), I ran into the same difficulties I have before: repeated crashes, extremely slow operation, severe usability problems that make seconds-long tasks take minutes.

I want my readers to have their eyes wide open before considering any Sigma DP Merrill camera (see “Advice” below). So I write this as a service to my readers.

In August 2009, I was aghast at the godawful Sigma Photo Pro Software (SPP) when testing the Sigma DP-2. Stuff that would make me embarrassed and ashamed to foist on even a beta tester (I was a software developer for 25 years).

In September 2012, I tried SPP again, this time for the Sigma DP Merrill. As I have written many times in my blog and review, the Sigma DP Merrill image quality has some very fine and indeed unique qualities (note that DP Merrill offers a huge improvement over the Sigma DP-2).

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