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Ichikawa Soft Laboratory updates Silkypix Developer Studio

By dpreview staff on Oct 31, 2011 at 14:15 GMT

Ichikawa Soft Laboratory has released updated versions of its Silkypix raw conversion software, for both Windows and Mac users. The latest versions, Silkypix Developer Studio Pro Ver and Silkypix Developer Studio Ver, add raw support for the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 and the Sony Alpha NEX-5N.

Click here to download the latest version of Silkypix Developer Studio


Total comments: 17
By forpetessake (Nov 5, 2011)

The only reason Silkypix exists is because camera manufacturers are too cheap to bundle even a limited version of Photoshop with their cameras. Ichikawa Soft Laboratory seems like being frozen in time for the last 10 years, interface, functionality, even english translation are absolutely awful. Let's admit it, Japanese designed hardware is great, but I haven't seen a single piece of decent software coming from that part of the world.

By Usee (Nov 5, 2011)

Maybe camera manufacturers are not interested in paying too much money for a software their customers don't need.

Especially the interface and the highly customiseable functionality of Silkypix is what I like very much...

...and because Silkypix is very intuitive, I don't need no manual
in Shakespeare quality...

...or maybe Shakespears english is harder to understand than that of the Silkypix manual?

Let's admit it - some like Silkypix, some don't...
...for whatever reason...

....and I am happy to have the choice to choose Silkypix instead of the more expensive, clumsy and less functional non Japanese software offers.

By mskuma (Nov 3, 2011)

I agree with Leif, moreover it's been over 3 months since the Japanese release of version 5 and still no English release. It's taking way too long.

Roger T.
By Roger T. (Nov 3, 2011)

That's because the company president's nephew only has one Japanese-English dictionary, and a few of the pages have fallen out ... I have never found the English versions of Silkypix software to be comprehensible - have you tried to read their user manuals?

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By Usee (Nov 3, 2011)


I didn't felt the need of a manual for Silkypix,
because I find it very intuitive...

...but I also find the english manual to be comprehensible...
...maybe because it is not my native language?

Here You can read the english manual and point at the passages You don't understand:

I am sure, that I can explain it to You if necessary. ;-)

Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Nov 3, 2011)

Couldn't get it off my system fast enough. A real mess.

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By Usee (Nov 3, 2011)

Yes, that is what I thought everytime when I tried Lightroom...

...You need to compare Photoshop CSx with Silkypix Pro when it comes to the contrast curve.

When additional looking at highlight control, colors, customization or even the RGB values...

...Lightroom is way behind - especially for Foveon sensor output.

I can't imagine that someone who likes to use a color checker target, likes to use Lightroom because of using percentage values instead of 0 - 255 for the RGB channels... addition to the clumsy and restricted handling of the contrast curve...

...never the less, I don't see the need to jump into a discussion without arguments - especially if it' s about a theme, I don't like.



Which program do You use instead of Silkypix Pro and why?
...or what are You talking about??? ;-)

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Leif Laaksonen
By Leif Laaksonen (Nov 1, 2011)

I have been a Silkypix user for a number of years and I really wish the developers could spend a bit more time on developing the software and its user interface and announce less these rather uninteresting new file format upgrades, bringing nothing to the old users.

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By LJohnK2 (Nov 1, 2011)

I loved Silkypix with Oly RAW files but I've not been pleased with how it converts Nikon NEF's from the D5100...particularly portraits....still though, I love the way it approaches color corrections and I think its the easiest and fastest RAW converter I've used.....Faster than Capture NX2 or DXO Optics Pro 6.

I'm not sure why its never really caught on more.


By duartix (Nov 1, 2011)

It's faster than a Lada too, but not by that much...

Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (Nov 1, 2011)

It is very fast on a normal CPU.

By rickyclicks (Nov 1, 2011)

It's far, far slower than Lightroom and the chroma filtering is, well, "awful" is too good a word :)

By Usee (Nov 2, 2011)

...strange, Silkypix is faster on my system than Lightroom...

...and chroma filtering is the best for Foveon based cameras...

...however, for Bayer pattern based cameras, one need Silkypix Pro 5 to have real fun with chroma filtering.

I guess, You should check Your system and try Silkypix Pro 5...
...on You find some help for installation.

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By Usee (Nov 2, 2011)

Hi John,

maybe Silkypix did not get the expected attention due to the Trolls, which are driven by envy and try to bring the english speaking Silkypix forum down..., it is AFAIK the third forum which suffers due to spamming trolls, so one has to step direct to the point (Silkypix Pro 5 in english):

to avoid reading nonsense.

I think, Silkypix Pro 5 gives You the wanted extra capabilities for smooth portraits and a fine noise reduction.

M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Oct 31, 2011)

For Nikon users who want to have an option for NX2, this is a very good choice when it comes to 'as shot' editing. For the rest it is a very stable and well featured editor.

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (Oct 31, 2011)

I did like the Silkypix Pro 4, but to be frank I'll never go back from Silkypix Pro

By billou2k (Nov 3, 2011)

Is the english version now available or you got the japanese one?

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