RAW Developer 1.6.2 review

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RAW Developer is a powerful RAW image processing and conversion application designed and optimized specifically for Mac OS X.

License: Demo
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 5585K
Developer: Iridient Digital, Inc
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Price: $99.00
Updated: 10 Jan 2007
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RAW Developer is a powerful RAW image processing and conversion application designed and optimized specifically for Mac OS X.

RAW Developer gives photographers complete control over their digital images and provides flexible, fast and easy to use batch processing. All image editing operations are entirely non-destructive and never modify your original RAW images.

All image processing operations are performed at 16 bits/channel or higher bit depth for maximum image fidelity.

RAW Developer offers many advanced features to enable you to achieve outstanding image quality from your digital camera.

Here are some key features of "RAW Developer":
High quality image conversion (demosaicing) algorithms
Fully color managed processing pipeline which is completely user configurable enabling accurate, high quality color rendering and advanced support for use of high quality camera specific ICC profiles.
Numerous white balance options including dropper cursor tool and 8 user customizable presets
CIELab Lightness channel based unsharp mask sharpening
Advanced CIELab based noise reduction
Flexible tone curve adjustments, including individual color channels and CIELab based curves.
High quality image resizing options based on Lanczos scaling
flexible image rotation and orientation, including straighten tool
Multiple monochrome ("black & white") conversion options including RGB channel mixers and custom CIELab based duotones.

The RAW Developer demo is fully functional and is not time or usage limited, however all exported images will be watermarked.

What's New:
New Features:
New early stage noise reduction filter for performing advanced noise removal as early as possible in the image rendering process.
New ChromaLogic noise reduction filter for effective reduction of color noise while preserving excellent image detail.
New pattern noise filter for elimination of pattern noise which can occur with some camera sensors.
New "soft look" option for a smoother image rendering.
100% zoom toggle button now available for toolbar in image preview window for easily switching between 100% preview scale and the last viewed scale.
New status bar area in image preview window which moves progress indicator off of preview image and provides basic camera information display.
New thumbnail indicator icon for image files with previously saved image settings.
Detailed camera lens model information for images from many SLR type cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony/Minolta, Pentax and Olympus.
Support added for Leica M8, D-LUX3, Digilux 3 and V-LUX1.
Support added for Panasonic DMC-LX2, DMC-FZ50 and DMC-L1.
Support added for Fuji S6fd/S6500fd and S9100/S9600.
Support added for Kodak P712.

Numerous performance improvements to image loading and processing operations.
Updated default camera settings for many models.
Settings window ICC profile popup menus are now automatically updated when profiles are added or removed from system ColorSync folders.
White balance dropper and thumbnail drawer no longer act upon first mouse down events when application is not currently active.
Warning dialog now displayed when option is selected to send image files directly to batch processing window.
Default white balance presets (Daylight, Tungsten, etc) are now provided or loaded from manufacturer proprietary metadata when using DNG format files for most all camera models.
Default white balance preset values now added for Leica DMR and Nikon D1 models.

Bug Fixes:
Canon Pro 1 model is now properly supported again.
Nikon D1 as-shot camera white balance is now correctly loaded.
Issues with certain sized crop settings and export of 16 bits/channel TIFF and PSD format files are fixed.
Fixes issue with very small crop sizes (less than 1/2 width or height) and 8 bits/channel TIFF export.

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