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Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by elvis, Jan 19, 2016.

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    elvis Old school old fool

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    Bumping this with major updates.

    Darktable has had a huge update and is now at version 3. Loads of features that are too numerous to list individually:
    https://www.darktable.org/

    Another popular raw image processing tool named Rawtherapee has also had extensive updates. Similar to both Darktable and Lightroom, although it takes a different approach to a few tasks, so if you're not a Darktable fan (or just want to compare) give it a go:
    https://rawtherapee.com/

    Both of those are multi-platform (Windows / Mac / Linux) so grab them no matter what your OS preference and give them ago. I'll try and find some nice feature demonstration videos and post them shortly.

    Linux users only, I stumbled across a pretty nicely featured photo transfer tool. Excellent for transferring and organising photos from your various devices and cameras across to wherever you need to process them:
    https://www.damonlynch.net/rapid/
     
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    Your last link is wrong?
     
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    Will have to give Darktable a go again. LR is being a pain and not interacting well with my copy of Adobe Acrobat 2017 as it keeps updating it to CS and then it requires a full reinstall of all Adobe products.

    While its not free/open source. Worth giving Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher a mention. Ive completely switched over from Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with very very minimal impact. Yes, they do cost a bit. But for around AU$60ea they have already been paid for by the licensing fees of CS.
     
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    Cheers, fixed.
     
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    Darktable is great. On Linux.

    Have had a few issues with the windows port.

    And (this is not a criticism) the windows port is not particularly well supported, as that entire idea was only made possible recently, and a single dev is in charge of it.

    If you're gonna use it on Windows, I'd recommend a lightweight VM to do it.
     
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    I've completely ditched Adobe. Gone perpetual license of Capture One when it was heavily discounted, and bought Affinity Photo. Never going back to Adobe. C1 is just awesome.
     
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    Have you tried the 3.X update? Any better?
     
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    I tried that one within the last couple months.

    To be honest, it seemed to have regressed in compatibility.
    Perhaps there's been bug fixes since.
     
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    3.0.1 is out last week as a bugfix release. Hopefully that squashes a few bugs for you.
     
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