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3 stars

"interesting stuff... one problem"

September 29, 2005  |  By ende

2005-09-29 04:26:51  |  By ende

 |  Version: Linear Laundry 1.1.1


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i really like this one. i tried "Raw To Linear PSD" and the Photoshop Action "Gentle Cycle" so far.

for those who haven't tried yet: "Raw To Linear" uses the open source command line tool "dcraw" to batch-convert raw images to a linear (and though really DARK) PSD file. it seems, that almost all third party raw-converters use dcraw (Adobe Camera Raw, ACDC, Raw Magick, Google Picasa, VueScan, Silverfast to name some popular). it converts almost all kinds of RAW images (list:

you can't interact with "Raw To Linear". it always uses the whitebalancing saved with the image.

then there are several photoshop-actions to apply curves, levels, hue/saturation to the image MOSTLY in a non-destructive way as layers.

the problem is, that some actions depend on the exact names of the layers which vary in the localizations of photoshop. BAD DESIGN, ADOBE! but this means, that the actions don't work unmodified in localized versions of photoshop. this is mainly adobes fault, though.

i like this bundle, because it is another approach to converting raw images. quite some times i had better results than with adobes camera raw. it is really good in preserving the highlights. but the conversion takes longer and the kind of required interaction if you want to tweak the result is much more complex. this gets even worse, if the image isn't white-balanced properly.

in future, i'll use this bundle if:
a) the image is properly whitebalanced
b) highlight-preservation with "adobe camera raw" is difficult.

in all other cases, i find ACR much more efficient.

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What's new in version 1.1.1
1.1.1 - Fixed jhead bug in "Process Raw", so EXIF is now added on again successfully.
Publisher Quantum Imagery
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Release Date September 22, 2005
Date Added September 22, 2005
Version 1.1.1
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac/OS X 10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements Tested on Mac OS X 10.4.x with Adobe Photoshop CS. It might work on other versions. If so, let me know!
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File Size 2.5MB
File Name Linear Laundry 1.1.1.dmg
Total Downloads 215
Downloads Last Week 0
License Model Free
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Price Free
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