Kodak Professional have released a standalone application for browsing and converting their proprietary RAW files (which have a .TIF extension). Previously conversion of RAW files from the DCS series of cameras could only be carried out from a TWAIN module but this new standalone application provides many of the same features without requiring a photo package to "host" the TWAIN module. Photo Desk is a free download for Kodak DCS owners.
Here's a feature list from the Kodak site:
- Browse DCS images in folders on hard disks, CD-ROM, PC Cards and network servers using an efficiently laid out contact sheet interface that displays image settings in iconic form.
- Automatically monitor folders and add thumbnails to their display as new images arrive.
- Open multiple images in windows with variable view scaling from 10 to 200%.
- Control cropping, rotation, balance, lighting, exposure compensation, look, sharpening and noise reduction.
- Save DCS image files as standard JPEG and TIFF files, with optional naming and sequence numbering.
- Optionally imprint GPS information into images saved in standard TIFF format.
- Automatically open converted files in any application.
- Copy and paste image settings.
- Drag and drop images between folders.
- Add image information, including IPTC-NAA record 2.
- Quickly review and tag high-resolution images.
Photo Desk cannot transfer images from a tethered camera. Use the DCS Acquire Module for Macintosh or the DCS TWAIN Data Source for Windows if you need tethered access to your camera, or if you work with older camera models such as the DCS 400 series.
Here's the list of compatible DCS cameras:
- DCS 315
- DCS 330
- DCS 520
- DCS 560
- DCS 620
- DCS 620x
- DCS 660
Photo Desk is available for Windows and Macintosh, here are a few screenshots from the Windows version of the application:
Double-clicking on a thumbnail allows you to work on a single image in more detail
(multiple image windows can be opened), here we've adjusted the exposure
compensation and placed crop marks on the image.
Thanks to Rob Galbraith for noting this release.
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