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#1 Alan7140

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:34

That means free.

The new release version isn't compiled yet, but legally the license restrictions and piracy potential no longer apply, already one suggestion for restarting the trial is on the site, with a proper form of license-free workaround promised shortly.

See here.
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#2 aerobat

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:43

Cool thanks for the heads-up Fred.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 19:04

Nice. I used the demo years ago when I was test-driving Ubuntu (think it was Edgy Eft). Was a nice program, and I liked some of the B&W conversions I could do with it, but when failed video driver patch saw my machine suddenly unable to boot past the command line, I gave up on it. Might give a Mac or Windows version a spin just for the heck of it now. At a minimum it's great to have an open source RAW converter for when I'm travelling with only my office laptop in tow, and if it's still good, it might tempt me over to a Fuji mirrorless as a carry-around after all.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 21:54

It's good, Jack, but it's not an equal of ACR in general terms. It does give an alternative to the painterly effect that ACR imparts to Fuji X-Trans raw files via its basis in DCRaw demosaicing, but that does have its own problems in pixel-sized flaws in high-contrast edges, nor does it do any corrections for bright pixels or CA that ACR, SilkyPix and some other mainstream raw processors do by default, so a visit to Photoshop or similar afterwards to correct for these is sometimes mandatory.

For B&W it really is superb, though, and being free certainly doesn't work against it, either. The new development team is doing a rewrite of the code at the moment, so I'm looking forward to the end product. A serial number to beat the trial time restrictions of the current old release is easily enough found with a bit of Googling and now quite legal to use. As mentioned, there are workarounds suggested in the forum columns of the site as well.




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