CHDK for A590IS and RAW processing

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JV Price
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CHDK for A590IS and RAW processing
Nov 1, 2012

For the past two days I have worked hard to learn about CHDK for my A590IS.  I'm learning some and becoming more impressed with the capabilities.  I am trying to figure out how to work with the RAW files.  Initially, I discovered the difficulties with processing the CRW files.  I couuld not import CRW into Adobe.  Since I use GIMP,  I first tried UFRaw but was disappointed in not having sharpening correction and it was not perfectly stable as an input to GIMP. I experimented with having CHDK save the raw files as DNG, but the 4 second or longer wait time to complete the process is a bit disconcerting.  Today I downloaded and installed Rawtherapee.  Initially, I am amazed at the variety of controls, sliders and options.  Is this program really this good?  Is processing the CRW file in Rawtherapee yielding a JPEG file as good as getting a DNG file from CHDK into Adobe Camera Raw?  Also, is Rawtherapee so complete that one never needs to send the jpeg result into GIMP, Photoshop, or whatever?

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