RawShooter essentials similar app for the Mac?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by G.T., Dec 30, 2005.

  1. G.T.

    G.T. Guest

    I've been using RSE today due to the More DPreview Dribble thread and I'm
    really digging it. However, at home my photo workflow is heavily based
    around my Mac. RSE seems to take the things I use the most in DPP, ACR, and
    PS CS, and combines them in one app. For the Mac users here in r.p.d.s-s.
    is there another RAW-specific app that does slideshows, has prioritization,
    fill light, detail extraction, noise suppression, and something like it's
    appearance function?

    G.T., Dec 30, 2005
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    I haven't USED it but, after looking INTO it, I suspect Apple's new "Aperture"
    might do what you need.


    Jim Redelfs, Dec 31, 2005
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    iView MediaPro
    Ray Fischer, Dec 31, 2005
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    Slack™ Guest

    Ack, I'd buy that Stinkypix program before I paid $5 for that iView.

    GT, when are you going to upgrade to a PC... ya know Billy has been
    waiting for you :p
    Slack™, Dec 31, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    Oh, yeah, I should have ruled that out first. From all accounts I've
    read it's not yet ready for primetime. And it's got a loooooooong way
    to go before it is ready.


    G.T., Dec 31, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    I just need to wean Kimberly off of XP and onto OpenBSD and we'll be
    free of all that MS crap.

    G.T., Dec 31, 2005
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    Jon B Guest

    Have a look at

    <http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=170227&cid=14189841> too,
    I've not read the full ars review though.

    One of the big problems for a lot of people is Apertures system

    I'm a fan of iView Media Pro but I don't think it will cover all your
    requirements in one Application, it does however unlike iPhoto allow you
    to maintain your own folder structures and intergrates nicely with
    Photoshop or any other application you want to use alongside it.
    Jon B, Dec 31, 2005
  8. Once you go Mac, you'll never go back.
    Randall Ainsworth, Dec 31, 2005
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    Slack™ Guest

    Well, I nearly went Mac *till* I tried one; Wasn't impressed at all and
    I found it considerably slower than my PC. I will give Apple an A for
    Slack™, Dec 31, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    When was that? 5 years ago?

    G.T., Dec 31, 2005
  11. OS X vs. XP? Windows is not only hideous in appearance, but it's
    bloated and unstable. Microsoft's marketing slogan for XP should have
    been: "And You Thought ME Sucked..."
    Randall Ainsworth, Dec 31, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    That is decidely untrue. I haven't had stability problems since Win98
    (never used ME, though), and I'm directly responsible for 250 desktops
    and indirectly for 2000 more. Plenty of other funky problems with XP
    especially regaring WiFi and power settings.

    G.T., Dec 31, 2005
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    Slack™ Guest

    You're a very small minority. Most of us have found XP as very stable.
    People may have other [legitimate] concerns about MS, but OS stability
    isn't one them, anymore.
    Slack™, Dec 31, 2005
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    Slack™ Guest

    Actually, it was closer to 1 year ago. Then I waited for Tiger to be
    released... and went and played with one at PC/Mac Mall. I only messed
    with it for 15-20 minutes and store models aren't exactly the best way
    to test one. But then there were massive problems with Tiger all over
    the Mac forums. Couple this with the pink display problems and I just
    lost interest to switch.
    Slack™, Dec 31, 2005
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    But you concluded from that that the Mac was "considerably slower".
    Looks like somebidy had some biases.
    It's a good thing that WinXP doesn't have "massive" problems.
    Doubtful that you ever had any interest.
    Ray Fischer, Dec 31, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Oh, that old nugget again... <yawn>. How many times have people told
    you that XP is quite stable in the NG alone? How many times have you
    refused to listen?

    I've had XP running for nearly 2.5 years with no more than a handful of
    OS attributable crashes. I've had applications (usually very old
    ones) die ugly deaths, but the OS itself is reliable. Where XP is more
    vulnerable is from the mountains of viruses and attacks aimed at it.

    Years ago, can't remember which flavour of Mac OX it was, I found a few
    easy ways to crash the Mac.

    As to appearance, who cares? The purpose is to manage information and
    run s/w. It looks fine enough for that.
    Alan Browne, Dec 31, 2005
  17. Sorry to hear that you have had problems, but I haven't found XP to be at
    all unstable. One or two 3rd party applications have given problems,
    sure, but not the OS. You can customise Windows XP to look as you wish,
    should you not like the appearance as supplied.

    David J Taylor, Dec 31, 2005
  18. Please do yourself a favor and avoid Aperture. In case you have nearly $ 600
    burning a hole in your pocket there are better ways to waste it then to
    invest on such a useless application.

    Aperture is filled with flaws such as a weird proprietary library system
    that imports your photos and creates so many sidecar files associated with
    each of them that it makes it impossible for anyone to adopt a reasonable
    file management strategy. Its Raw converter it really bad and performance is
    a main issue. I own a PowerMac G5 dual 2.0 GHz with 2.5 GB RAM and two
    internal 400 GB HD purchased only a year ago. The application is slow
    running on this machine while Photoshop CS2 with Bridge and Camera Raw run
    laps around it. How can Apple create an application with so many performance
    issues running on its own machines when Adobe can create one that performs
    so fast ? I don't have the answer to this questions but I must confess that
    Aperture has been so far the greatest disappointment I have had with Apple.

    Worst is the fact that they have refused to refund the purchase and
    customers are stuck with a $ 600 product they have absolutely no use for.
    Read the reviews and commentaries on the internet. You will be surprised to
    see that not a single customer is happy with the product and just about
    every who has purchased it has no plans to use it.

    Adobe's Photoshop CS2 is a mature product that is now in its 10th version
    after evolving and growing along its more than 10 year history. It is a
    great product with so many features that a comparison with Aperture is not
    even possible. The Photoshop CS2 + Bridge + Camera Raw package is one I've
    found to be versatile, fast and powerful enough to address the needs of any
    serious photographer. Roughly speaking both cost the same since Aperture is
    $ 500 and you can find Photoshop CS for as low as $ 569 from some vendors.

    Aperture is a very bad application and Apple has but two choices with this
    product: (1) improve it addressing the many flaws and design issues in which
    case it will not be ready to considered a real pro application until version
    3 or 4, or (2) allow it to die a very slow death as it will certainly not be
    adopted by its main target audience which is supposed to be constituted
    mainly of professional photographers.

    Best regards,

    Joseph Chamberlain, DDS, Jan 1, 2006
  19. Greg:

    I couldn't agree with your more. I have made the mistake of believing
    Apple's information on the product's features and the fact that it was
    designed as a "PRO" application. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    I have spent $ 600 on what I consider the worst application I have ever used
    on the Mac. The box looks really pretty on my top shelf but this is about
    all it is good for: ornament or paper weight.

    Best regards,

    Joseph Chamberlain, DDS, Jan 1, 2006
  20. You've got to be kidding me !!!

    I used Windows for a number of years. Used to have all sorts of problems
    running everything from Windows 98SE to XP Professional.

    Four years ago I went back (back because I began with computers working with
    Macs and did so for a number of years) to Macs when my frustration with
    Microsoft reached an unacceptable level.

    After purchasing a new top of the line Dell system (actually two - a desktop
    and a notebook) both running Windows XP "Pro" I connected two identical
    external Firewire drives where I had work colleted along almost 5 years of
    work that involved photos of surgeries, clinical data from treatments I had
    performed on patients, thousands of research scientific articles I had
    converted to PDF format and many others invaluable files. As soon as I
    connected the one of the drives to the computer it began to reformat the
    drive and I couldn't stop it until it was too late. I lost all the
    information contained in that one drive which is simply irreplaceable and to
    which a value simply can't be attributed.

    After this happened I contacted Microsoft and was told by a few of its
    technical support agents that Microsoft "DOES NOT" guarantee backward
    compatibility between its operating systems. Unbelievable !!!

    Since I had not been trilled with Dell's computer quality and craftsmanship
    as well as its tech support in India and Panama, this incident just added
    insult to injury and I decided it was time for a change. I contacted Dell
    and returned both systems at the expense of paying a hefty restocking fee.

    After purchasing a Powerbook G4 and Powermac G5 I have experienced no
    problems at all. Since I purchased and began to use both systems I haven't
    yet had one single crash or freeze. This is a lot to say for someone who has
    the (bad) habit of running several processor-intensive applications

    Just to add another comment Apple has been recently recognized as the
    computer company to provide the best support to its customers.

    More important was the fact that the MI-2 in London after reviewing all
    different operating systems currently in use stated that Unix and OS X were
    considered to be the most stable and secure operating systems available.
    Windows, on the other hand, was considered the most unstable and the least
    secure, being highly vulnerable to threats such as viruses, hackers and

    I have seen numerous Windows users try the Mac and switch. I have yet to see
    one single user who, after using the Mac for a few weeks, decided to go back
    to Windows.

    Best regards,

    Joseph Chamberlain, DDS, Jan 1, 2006
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