Raw developer without database / catalog ? (aka browser based)

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sergiotous Junior Member • Posts: 34
Raw developer without database / catalog ? (aka browser based)

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Thanks!

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IanYorke Veteran Member • Posts: 3,687
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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Thanks!

ON1 Photo Raw, ACDsee, Photo Ninja, Affinity Photo are a few to consider.

Ian

jannefoo Regular Member • Posts: 274
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Bridge+ACR, Raw Therapee.

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MisterBG Veteran Member • Posts: 6,915
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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Thanks!

On1

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OP sergiotous Junior Member • Posts: 34
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Thanks, I ll give a view to ON1. I tried Rawtherapee time ago but I found it superslow when dealing with fuji files (3-4 sec to open each image on my computer). Before I install.. does anyone know if On1 is faster?

thanks

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thaddak Regular Member • Posts: 424
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Have a look at Exposure X5.

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ajscullard Contributing Member • Posts: 941
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Many RAW converters, including ON1 Photoraw now have some kind of catalog included so they are slow to load on the first pass. It's just the way the whole industry is going.

As always, the only real way to decide if it is OK for you is to download the trial and, well, try it.

myotisone Senior Member • Posts: 1,983
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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

You don't "need" to use a database with Capture One if you don't want to.

It gives you options to use either a referenced database, a managed database, a session approach (which doesn't create a database), or a browser approach.

You need to set up a "dummy" session which you can call anything you like e.g. "photo editor" and then browse your hard drive from inside this Capture One session.

You can then edit your images without importing anything.

C1 still generates Previews and a record of the processing in sidecar files stored in the same directory as the originals.  And a 'session" file that saves preferences for the session, but nothing is imported and no database is created. But any non-database program will need to do something like this.

Apart from the cost of C1, the disadvantage is that you need to know something about how C1 works to be able to use it in this browser mode option, and it's not just as straightforward as a program designed to work this way. But, its an option.

Cheers,

Graham

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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Thanks!

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Robert Snow Senior Member • Posts: 1,049
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Nobody mentions Photoshop!!  That is what I have used for years.  Of course, you have to 'rent' it these days, but still, ACR handles both brands of cameras.

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plaatje Contributing Member • Posts: 708
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Exposure X5 does everything i need. You might give it a look.

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ajscullard Contributing Member • Posts: 941
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Robert Snow wrote:

Nobody mentions Photoshop!! That is what I have used for years. Of course, you have to 'rent' it these days, but still, ACR handles both brands of cameras.

bob snow

Well, Bridge + ACR has been noted above. That is the raw converter. Photoshop is not a raw converter, it is a file processor subsequent to ACR

Robert Snow Senior Member • Posts: 1,049
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True...I normally just work in PS.  When I want to work on a raw file I simply click on the window in PS, and that allows me to browse to the file I want, double click on it, and it loads into ACR.  Since I normally finish up an image in PS I can just return the image to it without hassle.  It is just the way I have worked since way back when...of course, I hate the 'rental' version, but still use it.

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ajscullard Contributing Member • Posts: 941
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Robert Snow wrote:

True...I normally just work in PS. When I want to work on a raw file I simply click on the window in PS, and that allows me to browse to the file I want, double click on it, and it loads into ACR. Since I normally finish up an image in PS I can just return the image to it without hassle. It is just the way I have worked since way back when...of course, I hate the 'rental' version, but still use it.

bob snow

Sure, but Ps doesn't convert the raw, it always calls ACR first. The OP is talking about raw files.

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Robgo2 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,130
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thaddak wrote:

Have a look at Exposure X5.

I strongly agree. Exposure X5 would be my choice as well. It is very powerful, yet easy to understand and use. Most importantly, the results are superior to any other raw converter that I have tried. That said, I also use ON1 for some post-conversion local edits and special effects. Why not use ON1 from start to finish? Well, I don’t think that it’s as good at the raw conversion end as Exposure.

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MacOS or MSFT Windows?

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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Both DxO and DPP read Canon, and neither reads Fuji.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Not for Fuji. DxO is terrific for everything else, though.

Thanks!

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Check SilkyPix Raw developer. I believe it works with Fuji. If you like it, do not use free version, buy Pro instead

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davidedric Veteran Member • Posts: 5,753
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sergiotous wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a raw developer that does not require import photos into database, so I mean not having a catalog but a simple folder browser.

I know DXO and DPP fit into such category, but as Canon+Fuji shooter neither of them work for me due to the first does not read the raws from fuji and the former does not read the ones from canon.

Does any one know other software that provides such functionality?

Thanks!

I see this as a two stage process.

First you need to render the RAW file into something viewable.  I think of this as interpreting the RAW,  and need not involve a data base

Then you need software that enables you to change the appearance of the interpreted image, and that can be reapplied next time the image is accessed (of course, we know that the RAW data relating to the image will not be changed).

The point being that those changes can be associated with the RAW file directly or collectively in a "data base" (or indeed, both), but they need to be stored somewhere.  Either storage method works fine, but with different pros and cons, and depending on the product.

It helps me to think this way.

Dave

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