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Old May 16, 2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Tried this trial freeware 1.2 by pixmantec.com for a few days and find it to be a miracle piece of software!

Auto exposure and auto white balance works fairly well, or, at least they do provide a good starting point to work with. I like its exposure control of separate highlight and shadow contrast adjustment plus the unique fill light function to fill in the "gaps" in between!

I don't know how exactly the RSE make its calculation nor what algorithms it used, but it does produce very decent output pictures with fairly good intelligence sometimes which I cannot even make such nice *manual* adjustment with my Pentax Photo Laboratory 2.1 (the latest version). Well, the RSE simply wins hands down IMHO..

The multi-tasking smoothness (within both the RSE and with other applications as well) plus its conversion speed are both amazing and far superior to the Pentax Photo Lab, furthermore.

Interesting, the RSE shows that quite many of my Pentax RAW pictures are underexposured for most of the time and the adjustment values are sometimes quite close to my underexposure values measured by my exposure accuracy tests of DSLRs at my homepage, for those reallife pictures which I did not impose any +ve exposure compensation at the time of shooting. (For details about my findings of exposure accuracy of different Pentax and Canon DSLRs, see:- http://www.geocities.com/ricehigh ). This comparison results look truely amazing to me indeed! (except that the RSE tends to expose for highlights, too, but for evenly illunimated scenes, the +ve "auto" exposure compensation of RSE is actually quite consistent and *fairly* *accurate!)

Well, after praising so long for this wonderful piece of RAW convertor, I have a question to ask: Is it possible to do *batch conversion* with Auto Exposure and/or Auto WB, instead of carrying the same adjustment settings for the whole batch?? Anyone knows? TIA for any hints! Or, is RS Premium can have this feature? (If so, I will not hesitate to buy one! provided that Pixmantec commits to provide future free update to new DSLR models - of which the RAW format might be different - anyone knows if Pixmantec has this offer or commitment, like quite some other software vendors provide??)

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Old May 17, 2006, 4:31 AM   #2
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For other miracles see also:
  • Photoshop[/*]
  • DXO Optics[/*]
  • CaptureOne[/*]
  • Bibble
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Plus a few more I've probably forgotten.
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Old May 17, 2006, 10:56 AM   #3
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Try C1, I love it batch processing. And using magne's profiles, the output is better than RSEand ACR, IMHO.
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Old May 17, 2006, 5:47 PM   #4
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Try C1, I love it batch processing. And using magne's profiles, the output is better than RSEand ACR, IMHO.
Are there any comparative tests available for these"miracle" software packages? I would love to find out before spending my money or time on any of these:!:
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Old May 17, 2006, 11:21 PM   #5
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Here's one: http://www.sphoto.com/techinfo/rawco...pture1dslr.htm
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Old May 18, 2006, 3:28 AM   #6
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That comparison seems nice, but of course it doesn't cover all of them, in particular it leaves out DXO - which is my preferred RAW processing application.

Many of them have a free version or at least an evaluation version that you can download.

I think most of them do a pretty good job, but you need to find something that fits in with your workflow.
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