DiMAGE Master 1.0.0 (optional)
DiMAGE Master takes the concept of DiMAGE Viewer to the next level with more advanced image classification, workflow, examination, editing and adjustment. Master has three methods of operation; Organizer, Examiner and Photofinisher.
This is the default display mode and starts in the familiar thumbnail display, on the left side are three separate panes stacked together. Firstly the Folder Tree which allows you to browse around your hard disk, next is the Preview / Histogram pane which can display either a sized preview of the selected image (including adjustments if any applied), lastly is the information / processing pane which provides basic or detailed shooting information and a display of any processing which has been memorized by Master for that image.
Master provides four image classifications which can be applied to images by simply clicking on one of the small colored boxes above the image thumbnail (an image can only be a member of a single classification). You can carry out all the normal Windows Explorer type functions of drag & drop, cut & paste, deletion, creation of new folders etc.
Organizer display modes
The size of thumbnail can of course be adjusted as well as the type of information displayed, this includes thumbnails with data, thumbnails with overlaid histograms, detailed information and images with particular classifications (such as 'keepers' / 'holiday' / 'studio' etc.)
|120 x 120 Thumbnails with Data||160 x 160 Thumbnails with Histogram|
|Details||A Single Classification selected|
In any of the operation modes you can display the floating 'Focus Checker' window which provides an instant 100% or 200% view of an area on the image, this can even be activated in thumbnail mode and you can click on any part of any thumbnail.
The examiner mode allows you to compare two or four images 'against' each other, this can be useful for finding the best of two or more shots of the same subject. The two images can be locked together ('interlinked') for operations such as zoom and scroll so that they move together, you can also check details such as histogram, exposure, focus and white balance.
In this mode individual histograms are displayed over the bottom of each of the two (or four) images, this allows you to make a quick distinction of the spread of the exposure over the camera's dynamic range. The Examiner pane on the left displays useful information about each image histogram including standard deviation.
In this mode you can compare the exposure of one image against the other. In this case Examiner has calculated that the first image is about two thirds of a stop darker than the second (which is correct). You can also do click point RGB samples around the image.
This interesting feature allows you to compare the focus (sharpness) of an area of image one against that in image two (or three and four). The 'Focus Meter' displays a value which indicates how sharp the selected area of the image is. Interesting, and it does appear to be fairly accurate although you have to be careful that you select a similar area in each image. Switching on the 'Focus Display' option appears to apply an 'Emboss' type filter and some sharpening (it didn't help me visually tell which image was sharper).
Examiner: White balance
The White balance examiner is designed to check a single area of a single image, the closer you are to the center of the color cube the closer the selected area is to perfect gray (the example below is not ideal, you should try to find an area of the image which you are certain should be pure white or gray).