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RawTherapee Editor's Review

There are so many image editors out there but when it comes to powerful and versatile RAW file editors, the choices are somewhat limited. With Adobe switching to Cloud-based subscriptions for most of its apps, semiprofessional users including photographers and hobbyists find it hard to deal with their RAW file collection. If you want a capable RAW file editor that packs in plenty of features and does not tax wallet, Raw Therapee is what you need.

The app runs on Windows XP and later versions. There are versions for Linux and Mac OS as well. The app comes for free. To get the best performance out of it, you should install it on a 64 bit OS version. RAW image support is available for cameras of nearly all leading brands and models.

Raw Therapee has a sleek UI and explorer like layout. This makes working with several files easy. Apart from Raw images shot by various DSLR, the app also supports TIFF and PNG images. Similar to professional non-destructive editors, this app generates 'sidecar' files for each RAW file you edit. The sidecar file is saved with pp3 extension.PP3 files are made every time you close an image or the app.

At first usage, you need to show RawTherapee where the RAW images are stored. After you do that the app will read the files and generate thumbnails. Using the app’s Preferences window you can customize the workflow and display to an extent. You can change layout and app background color.

When you double click on any image thumbnail, the app launches its Editor toolbox at right side. The adjustments are tracked through its History panel, kept at left side of the UI. In fact, in the Editor Toolbar you get 5 preview modes. You can preview individual color channels. RawTherapee is equipped with as many as 32 'processing profiles' for giving particular look to your files. You can of course customize settings.

The app’s Editor Toolbox lets you perform plenty of adjustments to any image. The Exposure tab offers extensive options to let you adjust level of exposure and there is an auto levels button. You get sliders for tweaking attributes like saturation, tone curves and contrast. The Detail tab has options for noise reduction and sharpening. You can pick either RL Deconvolution or Unsharp Mask for sharpening an image within the app. You may apply Unsharp Mask only to image edges. The RL Deconvolution filter copes with images affected by Gaussian blur. The Gamma slider is useful for controlling noise reduction strength across tones.

The Colour tab offers plenty of adjustment options. You can control Vibrance and white balance. There are options for RGB Curves adjustments, HSV Equalizer and Channel Mixer. You may also pick from pre-sets for camera light source. You get plenty of controls on Vibrance adjustments in particulars something seasoned photographers will like. With the Channel Mixer, you can adjust each color channel separately.

The app’s Colour Management section can be used with Adobe DCP and ICC profiles. The default automatic setting also works well. Specifying the working color space from options like Adobe RGB is allowed.

As far as editing goes, Raw Therapee offers you a lot of options but skips some basic editing features. Under its Transform tab, you get options for rotating, cropping and re-sizing images. Advanced tools are there for tweaking distortion, perspective and chromatic aberration. After cropping and straightening you are directed to this tab automatically, as it is.

The app’s Raw tab is meant especially for processing various raw files. There are a total of 9 algorithms used by the app to unpack the information. The default is AMaZE which should be good for most users. The Raw tab comes with Preprocessing settings for dealing with interpolation artifacts and filtering pattern noise. You get an option for eradicating 'dead' pixels as well. The last tab is for editing and storing Metadata.

Fortunately, RawTherapee is equipped with a batch processing mode. You can edit many images at the same time. The selection process can be somewhat tedious and it is advisable you star rate images that you want to edit together for a smooth experience. After working with an image, it can be sent to a processing queue. You can also send it to an external editor from the app UI. If you want, it is possible to save a RAW file as a 16-bit TIFF image so that it can be edited in mainstream image editors including Photoshop.

It is true that RawTherapee comes with oodles of features and settings and you may consult its detailed PDF user manual available in company website. For all its feature set and ease of usage, the app is not devoid of limitations. It does not consume excessive PC resources but you need a powerful PC to get smooth experience nevertheless. It lacks some widely used features available in freeware image editors which is a tad disappointing. You get no layers to work with images. There is no selection tool either.

Positive Points:
•    Sleek, highly customizable UI.
•    Extensive RAW support, it supports TIFF, PNG too.
•    Extensive image quality enhancement.
•    Detailed user manual.

Negative Points:
•    Lacks essential image editing tools.

RawTherapee is a feature laden and powerful editor for seasoned and intermediate level users who deal with plenty of RAW images. It also works with TIFF and PNG images. You can use plenty of RAW image editing options in it. The UI can also be customized and you can use its batch processing feature. While editing options like cropping and noise reduction is available, the app lacks support for layers. However, its overall solid performance and zero cost makes up for those flaws.


RawTherapee Publisher's Description

RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license.

Free download from Shareware Connection - RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license.

License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Released Date: 08-03-2015 | Rating: 5 | Title: RawTherapee

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