Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
07-29-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Eastern Oregon
Posts: 614
Is Pentax DCU 4.33 a dog or what?

I'm trying to use Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4.33 and it is SLOOOWWW on my Mac Mini 2.0ghz core 2 with 4GB ram.

Does DCU4 prefer windows?

My mini runs PS CS5 no problem with really big files with multiple layers...


Or to put it another way: is anyone running Pentax DCU and thinks it's fast? And if so, what are you running it on?

I really want to use it as a browser and raw utility, but it's so slow it's unusable.


Last edited by Qwntm; 07-29-2011 at 03:22 PM.
07-29-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
hcc
Pentaxian
hcc's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,505
PDCU was developed for PC (I believe). A number of Mac users prefer Aperture.
07-29-2011, 04:39 PM   #3
Site Supporter
SpecialK's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: So California
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,693
QuoteOriginally posted by Qwntm Quote
I'm trying to use Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4.33 and it is SLOOOWWW on my Mac Mini 2.0ghz core 2 with 4GB ram.

Does DCU4 prefer windows?

My mini runs PS CS5 no problem with really big files with multiple layers...


Or to put it another way: is anyone running Pentax DCU and thinks it's fast? And if so, what are you running it on?

I really want to use it as a browser and raw utility, but it's so slow it's unusable.
I use it for file handling, not processing. It is "OK" for those purposes (deleting, renaming, creating exif database) on a quad-core W7 machine. I only upgraded to 4.33 last night and have not had a chance to see if it handles large numbers of files better (the reason I upgraded).
07-29-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: GMT +10
Photos: Albums
Posts: 10,720
Aww, don't be so harsh on PDCU v4.33. It's actually quite good software now, as a RAW processor, thanks to the continous improvements made to it over the last few years.

It runs acceptably fast on my photo PC - a Core2Quad with 4GB + Win7 64. In fact it's about as fast, if not faster, than Lightroom or DxO.

The usual tuning tips apply to it as to any memory and CPU intensive programs.

07-29-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Eastern Oregon
Posts: 614
Original Poster
So I ran a test:

I uploaded about 110 raw files to my 3 year old Acer dual core running windoze Vister.

The Pentax program runs great and is totally usable.

It really sucks on a mac.

Oh well, I guess it's time to try a windoze 7 laptop.
07-29-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Eastern Oregon
Posts: 614
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
PDCU was developed for PC (I believe). A number of Mac users prefer Aperture.
I hate aperture.

I've used Nikon View/capture NX, Canon Dpp and image browser and PS CS5 for PP.

I still use CS5 for PP, but I want to use the Pentax program like i used the DPP and view.
07-29-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
Inactive Account




Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,485
QuoteOriginally posted by Qwntm Quote
I'm trying to use Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4.33 and it is SLOOOWWW on my Mac Mini 2.0ghz core 2 with 4GB ram.

Does DCU4 prefer windows?

My mini runs PS CS5 no problem with really big files with multiple layers...


Or to put it another way: is anyone running Pentax DCU and thinks it's fast? And if so, what are you running it on?

I really want to use it as a browser and raw utility, but it's so slow it's unusable.
To call it a dog, is an insult to the dog. It's been crap since day one (well, day one for me with the k10d). I'm running Windows 7 pro 64 bit on a quad core processor laptop. The software still sux.

Look into Fastone image viewer as a browser if your current one is unacceptable.

07-29-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,886
QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
To call it a dog, is an insult to the dog. It's been crap since day one (well, day one for me with the k10d). I'm running Windows 7 pro 64 bit on a quad core processor laptop. The software still sux.

Look into Fastone image viewer as a browser if your current one is unacceptable.

Hi
If you really want speed use "Bibble Pro" it runs the pants off a Kangaroo.
(In Win7, I don't have Mac, so cant tell) Of all RAW converters Bibble is probably the fastest. (Free trials available) Of all the RAW programs DXO is probably the slowest, its like walking through frozen molasses.

Greetings

07-29-2011, 10:34 PM   #9
Inactive Account




Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,485
Personally I'm happy with PS CS5.. It gets bogged down when I'm doing a 20 shot pano but otherwise, it runs just fine.

07-30-2011, 01:20 AM   #10
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: GMT +10
Photos: Albums
Posts: 10,720
QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
The software still sux.
I would have agreed with you circa 2009, but now PDCU is actually very competent. It is capable of some great image output, now including very decent noise reduction.

While the PDCU interface still has it's quirks, anyone familiar with Lightroom or DxO - let alone C1 - will have little trouble working with PDCU.
07-30-2011, 07:50 AM   #11
Inactive Account




Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,485
To Each... I won't and do not (specifically) tell anyone not to use it. I'm stating my overall opinion of the Pentax software. The Pentax camera utility basically mimics what the camera does. If price is an issue or one does not have the desire to learn a more complex package, then I suppose the Pentax software is workable. I've never had an installation of it however where it didn't constantly crash. If it were my only option, I would just let the camera create the JPGs and be done with it which, a lot of people also do.

With CS5 ACR, I can load 40-50 PEF files, make my fixes, crops, etc and let it generate my JPGs. If the fixes are all the same (WB for instance) I can correct it in a batch operation and only physically make the correction with one photo and let it apply to everything else selected at the time. Then with the same package I can put my frames on, copyright, filters, whatever I choose to do.

07-30-2011, 08:42 AM   #12
Veteran Member
Kenn100D's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Paranaque City, Philippines
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 646
QuoteOriginally posted by Qwntm Quote
I'm trying to use Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4.33 and it is SLOOOWWW on my Mac Mini 2.0ghz core 2 with 4GB ram.

Does DCU4 prefer windows?

My mini runs PS CS5 no problem with really big files with multiple layers...


Or to put it another way: is anyone running Pentax DCU and thinks it's fast? And if so, what are you running it on?

I really want to use it as a browser and raw utility, but it's so slow it's unusable.
Did you updgrade to LION probably that's the problem.
07-30-2011, 01:38 PM   #13
Site Supporter
Ahab's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oracle, Az
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 739
Runs fine on my IMac with 2.4gb core 2 Duo and 4gb ram.
07-30-2011, 03:31 PM   #14
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Eastern Oregon
Posts: 614
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Ahab Quote
Runs fine on my IMac with 2.4gb core 2 Duo and 4gb ram.
Is there that much of a difference between what your running and a Mini with a 2.0gb Duo and 4GB?

Maybe I've got a clog somewhere? I bet that magic jack screwed it up....
07-30-2011, 06:40 PM   #15
Pentaxian




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Perth Australia
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,511
get light room
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dcu, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, mini, pentax, pentax dcu, pentax k-5, utility
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to start DCU from another program raider Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 7 10-17-2010 04:58 AM
Pentax DCU and Reverse Film mode raider Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 7 10-15-2010 05:11 PM
DCU updated to v4.21 rawr Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 7 10-03-2010 01:16 PM
Pentax DCU vs. Silkypix Pro Pixel Pusher Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 08-05-2010 06:09 AM
using DCU bnorikane Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 01-22-2010 06:09 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:38 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top