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Discussion in 'Other Raw Processors' started by Baywing, May 16, 2018.
Any recommended? Luminar, ON1? I'd like to run the NIK plug-ins, looks possible with Luminar.
Good question. I would like to know the same. I am interested in a package that does not require a subscription.
DXO bought the NIK collection and say they are planning to release a new version this year. Presumably the programs will be usable from within DXO Photolab which already includes U-points.
Just looking at the first page in this forum, there are several excellent discussions on this topic. Even the threads on specific raw processors have good information in them.
(BTW - I create custom camera color profiles for each body using Color Passport Checker. For me personally, the ability to use those profiles to ensure color accuracy is extremely important. Unfortunately Adobe is one of the few programs that recognize these profiles.)
What ARE the options in lieu of Lightroom/Photoshop?
Comparison of three RAW converters
A straight Photoshop Alternative?
Affinity Photo - Professional image editing software
No subscription and on $49.99. I believe they are working on a LR alternative as well or at least Bridge / DAM like tool if I recall.
As mighty as PhotoShop and for free.
You can run the "current" version of the NIK suite (i.e. the last free one before the troubles, not whatever may come from DxO) as a stand-alone. I call it up as an external editor from CaptureOne Pro and it round-trips seamlessly.
As far as a PS alternative goes, there are lots - read the specs and make use of the pretty well ubiquitous 30-day free trial option and see what suits. Be careful if you want to try Affinity Photo though, there is no free trial available from the Mac Application Store, but you can get a free trial version direct from the Affinity website. The current retail version is Mac only but there is a beta version available for Windows - again, see the affinity website for this. I find AP a perfect complement to CaptureOne, and, as for the NIK suite, call it up as an external editor when required.
You don't say what you use as a DAM / Library. This was one of the deciding factors for me in choosing CaptureOne as it is an editor + DAM and was the best of all the software I tried out in regard to migration of my Aperture library.
Usual rider: the above reflects my personal experiences and preferences, YMMV and I can only repeat the key advice "try before you buy".
I could be wrong, but I don't believe Affinity Photo for Windows is still a beta. Both the MAC and Windows versions are 1.6.# I believe.
Thanks for the update/correction - clearly I'm not much good on Windows
Has anyone tried Photolemur? I gave it a whirl with one NEF image and it came up with much the same result as I had got with my methods, but it does (from the adverts) seem quite clever and reasonably fast
I've been using ON1 since it first came out as plug-ins for LR. I chose them as a relatively inexpensive but full featured 16 bit editor and because they bought the rights to Genuine Fractals resize. Up to then I'd been doing 8 bit editing with PS Elements. The ON1 software has some all the typical tools but it's a terrible company. Consistently over advertises and under performs. They came out with a complete new version in 2017 in order to incorporate RAW conversion and DAM. Two years later they still haven't recovered all of the editing functionality from the original version. And it's still slow, buggy, and unstable. In retrospect it's been an awful lot of trouble to avoid signing up for a subscription.