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pH foto 4:52pm, 15 October 2007
The big box you love to hate, Best Buy, has Corel Photo X2 on sale for $50 this week. This is about half price. I use an old version and it works pretty well. The new version sports HDR and other niceties, so I sprung for the upgrade. We'll see if it lives up to it's promise. Not a bad Adobe alternative, given the price.
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Does it handle RAW files?
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pH foto Posted 11 years ago. Edited by pH foto (moderator) 11 years ago
Yes it does. Corel offers a free download 30 day trial- worth checking out to see if it suits your needs. It's notable that the current Best Buy sale price is lower than the upgrade price.

According to Corel, X2 supports these RAW formats:

Canon: EOS-1D, 1Ds, 1D, Mark II, 5D, 10D, 20D, 20Da, 30D, 300D, 350D, 400D, Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, Kiss, Kiss n, Kiss x, D30, D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, S30, S40, S45, S50, S60, S70, Pro1

Fuji: FinePix F700, S2 Pro, S3 Pro, S5000Z, S7000Z

Kodak: DCS 14n, DCS720c, DCS720m, DCS720x

Konica Minolta: DiMAGE A1, A2, 5, 7, 7Hi, 7i, Dynax 5D, 7D, Maxxum 5D, 7D, Alpha 7, Alpha Sweet Digital

Nikon: D1H, D1X, D2H, D2Hs, D40, D40x, D50, D70, D70s, D80, D100, D200, 5400, 8800

Olympus: C-5050, C-5060, C-8080, E-1, E-10, E-20, E-400, E-500

Pentax: K100D, K110D, K10D, *istD, *ist DL2, *ist DS, *ist DS2

Samsung: GX-1S

Sony: Alpha100, F828, V3, R1
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Thanks pH,
I was curious for the other members. I use PS CS3 right now, but if I didn't i would definitely look into this. What a deal.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
cool cool

i might have to check it out

even though i don't really shoot in raw that much
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Randall, you should shoot a few in RAW and then play around with editing the RAW files. You will probably never shoot JPG again.
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Randall Cottrell Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 11 years ago
shawn..i'll give it a try

i'm downloading the trial now so i'll shoot a few shots while i'm waiting and see how it goes

what's the big difference when it comes to editing raw over jpg?
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edgeways 11 years ago
One of the big things is JPG is a lossy format, so every-time you make an edit and save (or just copy) the file your photo quality is going to degrade a little. JPG is great for putting files up online and sending them via email, but is horrible as a means for long term storage, or for working with. There are a number of loss-less file formats (TIFF is one of the more popular), but RAW is very nice because it allows you to post process very specific things. And adjusting them then saving a second copy in some other loss-less format lets you maintain the best quality possible in a highly adjustable format AND gives you a finished product you can edit with confidence. Save again in jpg for web work.

I switched over to RAW a year or two ago and would never return to shooting strictly JPG
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
if i start shooting a lot of raw, i might want to look into a fairly sized external hard-drive? the files are much larger than jpg and i shoot a lot
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peteSwede PRO 11 years ago
yea, they're quite a bit bigger, I don't use RAW often either cause i dont' think i care enough to bother. Besides with adobe Lightroom, you can edit jpgs almost exactly like RAWs.

anyhoo, I plan to buy an external HD soon for this too, and have noticed them getting pretty economical lately.
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HBRstudios Posted 11 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 11 years ago
I have to argue with Dub on this one. RAW files, though they can be a pain in the ass if you don't have the right software, you get FAR more control over the image than JPGs. But, keeping it in perspective, it probably doesn't make much of a difference if you are only going to e-mail or post your images online -- the difference comes when you are printing, and hopefully selling, your images.

And, even if you do shoot JPG, it is best to save them as TIFFs after for storage, like Edge said above.
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peteSwede PRO 11 years ago
Fair enough. I probably haven't given the process my full efforts/time either. Photography is a hobby that I enjoy with my friends and family; I print rarely, and if I do, they're 4x6s to send to my grandparents. They love that stuff.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
i downloaded the trial...but it just never really loads

hmm...
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

i can't get it to work

every photo editing software i try never works, i guess i'm just not supposed to edit photos :[
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Does it work on a macintosh?
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Nevermind.
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duluthiscool 11 years ago
that's funny.
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