Rawstudio – free cross-platform raw converter

Digital Photo School’s latest posting is about the eternal question, RAW Vs Jpeg? It’s a really good read and goes through “what a RAW file is .. compared to a Jpeg” which can be a bit mysterious if all you’re used to is uploading images straight from your camera!

The article was written in response to this discussion on Flickr on the same subject. I skimmed through the thread, but the very last comment pointed me at Raw Studio, a GPL licensed RAW converted for Linux, Windows and Mac and any other OS that supports GTK+.

It’s still rather new, being only at version 0.3 but I downloaded the very latest code from SVN and it worked fine. I pointed it at Matt’s RAW photos of my wedding and a few moments later up popped a thumbnail browser, preview window and side-panel controls. There are no automatic auto-exposure/auto-everything options but the auto-white balance worked perfectly.

It uses dcraw, the RAW conversion engine used by many projects, including Google’s Picasa (and no, there is no virus in the Linux version!) and my favourite GIMP RAW plugin, UFRaw. Linux RAW has a good overview of Linux software for working with RAW images.

At this early stage I’m very impressed!

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  1. Reply
    andyp August 29, 2006

    You beat me to a review of this, I’ve been meaning to write about it for ages. Good, isn’t it? Can’t wait for the next release!

  2. Reply
    Mehmet May 17, 2007

    It crashes once .Nef files are opened.

  3. Reply
    Anton September 6, 2008

    heard, it can do alos NEF format – thanks for doing what Nikon doesn’t (i like the cameras but hate the guys)

  4. Reply
    mike October 29, 2009

    how do I download and install I am new to linux

  5. Reply
    mike October 29, 2009

    I have umbuntu i think

  6. Reply
    Jurgen August 12, 2010

    Hey Mike,

    installing RawStudio in Ubuntu is very easy:

    Just go to the Ubuntu Software Centre (at the bottom of the applications menu) en search for “rawstudio”.

    It’ll pop up right there šŸ™‚

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