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The Sigma Photo Pro (version 3.3) is usable, which is to say better than some other manufacturer offerings. I used only the Mac version; the Windows version might have a few small additions.
The feature set is very limited, with some irritating design flaws. Here is a partial list of annoyances (far from complete):
- There is a command in the edit menu, but it is always dimmed! So I could never set any preferences.
- On my 30" monitor, the DP-2 images display at 80.9%, almost actual pixels and there seems to be no way to default it to 100% (actual pixels). It’s also irritating that cmd-option-0 (as in Photoshop) does not work. In fact, I could find no command-key shortcut at all to go to actual pixels. Unbelievable.
- An irritating splash screen appears over all windows of all programs until the program has generated thumbnails for all the images in a folder. This prevents using any program while you wait (clicking won’t eliminate it). I have the fastest Mac available, so if you have a slower one you won’t find this very enjoyable.
- Help is rudimentary, not very helpful, and not telling you much of anything useful over the obvious. Pretty much the inept help that comes with most manufacturer-supplied RAW converters.
- I found the X3F/Auto/Custom approach very confusing. Even after reading the manual I was left scratching my head on the idea and its usefulness; settings I applied to one image apparently defaulted to others.
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