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Old Jan 6, 2006, 1:35 PM   #1
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I have received an email from Fuji (as a registered 9500 user) for an offer on a software sold separately called "Hyper Utility2 V3.0". Now this software sells normally for £99.00 and the offer gives a £70.00 discount.

The software is a Viewer / organiser among other things, not bad, but my main interest was the RAW converter for the 9500.

Now most of this is on the CD free included with the camera, but I thought that this coould be a better product.

I am just wandering if anyone else here gone for this offer, and what is the verdict.


I have bought it, and while £30.00 is "reasonable" in the special offer, £99. 00 is overpriced IMO for what you get.

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Old Jan 7, 2006, 5:40 AM   #2
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I should't have bothered.

Downloaded the Adobe RAW converter 3.3 beta and it works fine.

Looks like wasted my money.

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Old Jan 7, 2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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I posted this in the FUJI NEWS FLASH thread first, but...

I don't know if you wasted your money or not. I have never seen the Fuji program and haven't read anything about it. It MIGHT give you more control than you will get from Camera Raw. Adobe has disabled some of the features of Camera Raw when you use it with Photoshop Elements. I don't know what all the differences are, but as an example when you use Camera Raw with Photoshop you have a curves adjustment, and a lot of hue/saturation controls for individual color channels (don't know if Elements has that feature). Perhaps the Fuji software will provide you with some of those additional controls. I find that I use them frequently.
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Well, the Fuji program is not bad, but as far as RAW concerned, the only thing it does is converts RAF to TIF. End of story.

Then you load the converted TIF file into Photoshop elements.

So if you can load the RAW file into Elements without convertion (with the 3.3 beta), the Fuji program is redundant.










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But I thought the RAW Converter LE that comes free with the camera did that much. Surely the hyper utility does more than that. If not, it isn't worth spending any money on it.
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Not as far as RAW concerned. Just a plain convertion, in fact it could be the same converter as included on the CD with the camera.

Bit of a let down.

See the other thread, I posted about the E900.
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 2:49 PM   #7
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I was looking through another forum and someone posted the e-mail that they received from Fuji. According to the e-mail, there are other adjustments that can be made to your raw images. I quote:

Make the most of your camera's high-quality RAW file option by using
optional Fujifilm Hyper Utility HS-V2 software. It converts your camera's
RAW files into 16-bit TIFF files with no loss of original tonality,
providing adjustable white balance, sharpening and other image parameters.
It's like being able to choose the camera settings in the comfort of
your own armchair!

Is it possible that you are overlooking something?

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Not as far as I can tell.

Other than the file convertion from RAW to TIF, I did not see any file editing possibilities.






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Old Jan 8, 2006, 9:40 AM   #9
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Hyper Utility on it's own only performs the conversion from RAW to TIFF, if however you have the Fuji rawconverter LE installed then Hyper Utility will use this to give you the other adjustments.

Basically what is does is give you a friendly and pretty interface to LE.

Get s7RAW it's ten times better and free !


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Whoops ! Sorry wrong info in my last message. You need to have Fuji Rawconverter EX installed to get the extra features, not the LE version.

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