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Corel releases Service Pack 1.0.1 for AfterShot Pro

By dpreview staff on Apr 17, 2012 at 20:13 GMT

Corel has announced Service Pack 1.0.1 for AfterShot Pro, the company's photo management, editing and raw processing solution. With this update Corel has added bug fixes, support for 20 new cameras and enhancements such as  improved highlight recovery processing and a couple of new plugins.

Press Statement:

Corel Aftershot Pro users can download the Service Pack from Corel's support site.

The update includes the following enhancements, bug fixes and support for new cameras:


  • Improved Highlight Recovery processing
  • Two new plugins: Equalizer, for added color correction, and Nostalgia, for black-and-white and color film simulation
  • Increased the maximum supported JPEG or TIFF image size from 30 megapixels to 40 megapixels
  • Improved plugin SDK to support more plugins that include features like geo-tagging

Additional Camera RAW Support for:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Fuji X100
  • Leica V-LUX 3
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800e
  • Panasonic GX1
  • Panasonic FZ150
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX200
  • Samsung NX100
  • Samsung NX5
  • Samsung NX10
  • Samsung NX11
  • Sony NEX-C3
  • Sony A35
  • Sony A57
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5

Issues Addressed

  • A one-pixel wide or tall image artifact that appeared through the center of some images
  • Localization issues
  • Instability when removing Heal/Clone layers
  • Demosaicing – stability and processing time
  • Fedora Linux—installation and run issues
  • Output issue that prevented images from being converted to the correct color space
  • No Label – fixed menu bar issue


Total comments: 40
By Brubaker (Mar 1, 2013)

Corel are an appalling company!!!
I got the original AfterShot and found it would not open DNG files so I got a refund. The reason being that I use Olympus, Nikon and Fuji cameras - all shot in RAW so I convert and archive all to DNG's.
I was convinced a few weeks ago that Corel had fixed this and indeed their advert says it processes DNG's - so like an idiot I bought it - I had to as I'd previously used it (12 months ago) it would not let me have another trial (see someone else's comment). What do you know - it won't open DNG files at all. Corel suppor just keep saying "your camera is not listed" - they have no comprehension of their own product or it seems UK consumer law - which is where this is going.

By GaryJP (11 months ago)

Not as appalling as Adobe.

By dragons4Mama (Jul 10, 2012)

Warning: They are hard-nosed (or other body part) about the 30-day trial.

I downloaded back in Jan - soon after getting email from Bibble (I have and use BibblePro). Made the mistake of opening once and not actually trying. (I admit, I was an idiot)

Just finished a Chat w/ a Corel representative --- NO EXTENSION (I have been able to extend trial periods w/ other software)

I won't buy it without being able to try it. Sadly Bibble no longer works reliably after upgrading from Mac OS X 10.4 5 to 10.6...

By Rataskanken (Jul 3, 2012)

A warning for D800E owners: Support for Nikon D800e is a bluff. Downloaded a trial of their the latest version 1.01 from Corel today and no NEF's from my D800E show up. Other users report the same problem on Corel forum since April. Some users claim tnat ernaming the files from D800E to D800 in the EXIF data fixes the problem, so why have they not fixed a silly bug like this in three months??? Until they fix this bug, D800E owners should not bother to download the trial. It simply ignores NEFs in the folders you select.

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By (unknown member) (Apr 26, 2012)

Nice that it doesn't need to add images to library just to work on them. I hate that about Aperture. Sometimes I just want to quickly edit an image.

Ingo Socha
By Ingo Socha (Apr 19, 2012)

The most extensive comparison I have seen so far is this:
It deals with Bibble 5 rather than ASP (and some of the issues have been resolved). I like how Armand Niculeso stresses that you really cannot compare RAW-Converters by their default settings but rather work backwords from the result you are trying to achieve. Lightroom would not be the market leader if it did not do most things right. Image quality with ASP is very good and - depending on camera manufacturer -- sometimes even superior. ASP's speed in any case is unmatched, so give it a test spin and see for yourself.

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By Cogset (Apr 19, 2012)

Has anyone done a serious comparison of the raw conversions vs LR, Aperture, Capture NX2 (for Nikon users) etc.? Just curious.

By jon404 (Apr 19, 2012)

Just downloaded an Aftershot trial. Looks like a good program, runs OK on my little Acer netbook.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm off Adobe bloatware.

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By AdrianVB (Apr 19, 2012)

I've been using Aftershot for some time now, and I must say it's a huge improvement over lightroom. It's cleaner, faster, more stable, has all the same features (and more), and has integrated plugin support. And of course - is a fraction of the price.

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By Joele (Apr 19, 2012)

AND, they arelady support new cameras like the em5...

I was annoyed when Corel bought Bibblelabs to get this app, but they seem to be throwing resources at it, fixing the slow developement issues that Bibble had..

By meolic (Apr 19, 2012)

AND, it works native on GNU/Linux (they even have deb and rpm packages)!

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By Jord (Apr 20, 2012)

Adobe bloatware - I like that and it sums up my thoughts on Lightroom - it tries to take over your computer!

By MrPetkus (Apr 20, 2012)

@Jord - In what way does Lightroom take over your computer? I've used the product for years without an issue. Please be specific.

By gabobernat (Aug 9, 2012)

In the heavy tank way :) Seriously, if comparing Lightroom vs. Aftershot in terms of speed and efficiency, Aftershot literally blows Lightroom and leaves it in the dust miles behind. Lightroom feels very sluggish and catalog workflow is a real pita mildly said. Why not having just xmp + raw for all the data? And the ability to assing RAW files to LR for opening directly, with no crappy importing? Data would be much more portable and workflow would be more logical, transparent and faster. LR is a heavy tank, but I still have to prefer this tank to blazing Corel supercar, because it still gets the colors better and has a better image output overall imho with NR being more gentle to details. And thats what matters to the client. Hope Corel gets this right in the next version as Id be more than happy to switch to speed from LR.

By GK UK (Apr 18, 2012)

I'm disappointed that it still doesn't have the Sony a65 on the list of cameras that can be selected to allow for camera and lens adjustment. For other Sony users, the a77 is on the list, together with dslr models and the a55.
At least it recognises the raw files from the a65.

By Cutterpillow (Apr 19, 2012)

Just fixed this in the development branch. Sometimes a camera just gets missed. Thanks for pointing it out.


By compositor20 (Apr 18, 2012)

Does anyone knows how do you get the noise ninja registered version plugin for this program? it is faster than lightroom and looks to have good color rendereing too!

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 18, 2012)

You can purchase Noise Ninja from PictureCode, the $35 StandAlone Home version works with Bibble5 and AfterShot on my 64 bit Windows 7 computer.

By Jord (Apr 18, 2012)

I've used this and Bibble before it and find it excellent fast and no fuss with libraries ext.

I hated using lightroom while I waited for the above service pack but that is probably more a case of familiarity with ASP. If all you want is a fast simple processor of your RAW files you can't go wrong with ASP.

By pluton (Apr 18, 2012)

Has anyone here used ASP on a Mac? I tried the free trial, and I liked it, seemed somewhat slow: the manual adjustment brush would follow my cursor in a choppy, delayed fashion.

By Lea5 (Apr 18, 2012)

Tried it on my Mac today. Everything is okay, speed is normal.

By Alphoid (Apr 18, 2012)

I'm still waiting for DNG support. I finally broke down and bought a copy for my non-DNGs, but without that, it's very nice but slightly crippled.

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 18, 2012)

Bibble/Aftershot opens some DNG files, for example Leica M9 DNGs, unlike DXO 7.

In other words, DNG support is camera specific, even though the file format is supposed to be near universal.

Contact Corel with a specific request, though I think stupidly one has to be a registered Corel product user to easily make the request--it was easier to directly email Bibble in the past.

By johnny_rico (Apr 18, 2012)

Opens my Pentax K-5 DNG files.

By FrankaD (Apr 19, 2012)

ASP supports only native DNGs from cameras (e.g. Ricoh).
DNGs made with Adobe Raw Converter are not (and will not be?) supported.

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 19, 2012)


Careful that assertion may not be universally true: Bibble 5 did not open all native camera DNG files and AfterShot is simply a tweak to Bibble 5.

However Aftershot most certainly opens some Ricoh DNGs that Bibble 5 did not.

So if working with camera DNGs, test before purchase.

Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Apr 17, 2012)

Yes it is almost like Bibble Pro

By szlevi (Apr 17, 2012)

It is Bibble Pro renamed, which used to be a superior product... I might give it a shot, they have a trial version.

By blubermon (Apr 17, 2012)

I believe this is the now defunct Bibble Pro.

Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Apr 17, 2012)

Never heard of AfterShot Pro before - I am going to try it out (free for a month), as I like simpler programs, like iPhoto, even though I have Aperature, LR4 and Bibble5 (which AfterShot Pro is partly based). But IPhoto just has become too big, recently (takes a lot of harddisc space!).

By mick232 (Apr 17, 2012)

You won't notice much difference between Bibble5 and Aftershot Pro (good thing actually)!

By ahuet (Apr 18, 2012)

AfterShot is totally based on Bibble 5 because the developer team is the same. Coral purchased Bibble in january.

By tem00 (Apr 17, 2012)

for Samsung NX200 users, do not update firmware. The new file still won't read properly with this service pack. Unfortunately, you cant re-flash camera to older version either.

John McCormack
By John McCormack (Apr 17, 2012)

AfterShot Pro plays nicely with the Big Boys like LR and Aperture. Runs fast and doesn't require cataloging. It's a steal for the price compared to LR.

By Mssimo (Apr 17, 2012)

Maybe the reason LR went to $149 from $300 msrp

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By Joele (Apr 19, 2012)

The other thing (as an Australian) I like about ASP vs LR, is that unlike Adobe it seems Corel doesn't charge a 'you are not in the US' tax and jack the price up for Australians..

LR is more expensive for us even if we buy the download version which is tax free (comes direct from the US).. Total crap and made up my mind not to bother with Adobe products anymore..

By Richard (Apr 19, 2012)

Probably because Corel is out of Canada? Out of the US means it is more expensive usually comes from the taxes and laws of the country of the person being sold to.. ususally.

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By (unknown member) (Apr 26, 2012)

"The other thing (as an Australian) I like about ASP vs LR, is that unlike Adobe it seems Corel doesn't charge a 'you are not in the US' tax and jack the price up for Australians.."

I've never understood why some non-Americans feel they should have the same price Americans do. Prices are different in different countries on most goods and services for many reasons. This is no different.

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By frodmann (May 1, 2012)

Not same price, just comparable price. Adobe are not paying any sales tax on the download version (in aus) but it cost ~$USD100 to buy the download version of the upgrade from the adobe store. That over 30% more than the US price.
For a similar price I guy buy the boxed version from bhphotovideo in the US and have it shipped to me in AUS.

By Mssimo (Apr 17, 2012)

Glad to see corel in on the ball with new cameras. I hope they just address performance issues now and start offering features LR4 does not have like HDR and panorama.

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