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11-22-2019, 02:36 AM   #1
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Digital Utility 5 software that comes with the K70

I really wish to remain Pentax faithful, but the software is cumbersome, slow and hesitant, then shines somewhat on occasion. It may be me or my PC that is the problem but I somehow doubt it. Cropping has no instant save and the spot removal simply does not work for me. The little indicator is difficult to pin down (on spot removal) and dances all over the place. Such a pity because at a glance the software has good intentions. Not everyone wishes to go the Photoshop route.

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I think most Pentaxians use something else. I think Raw Therapee and Darktable are used quite a bit from the free side and of course there are others like Lightroom out there.
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I have not used Pentax software for well over 10 years
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Mine did not work at all. Raw Therapee and Gimp are free of course. I went with Affinity Photo and it is fine for a small one-time investment.

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I don't think I have ever used the software that came with any of my Pentax cameras except on the very rare occasion. I started using Lightroom right after it came out and when it was a stand alone software that you could purchase the one time. I have used it so much that I upgraded several times and now do the subscription. For the past few years I have also been using One 1 Photo. Once you learn it, it is fairly easy to use. If you don't have any other software other than the DCU5 software, you may want to try something like One 1 Photo Raw or the free Linux versions. If I was just starting out, I would Darktable or Raw Therapee.
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I only use DCU5 for pixel shift and export to TIFF, otherwise itís ACR and Photoshop; sorry.
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It's a very buggy piece of software. Doesn't matter if you're running a high end Intel or AMD machine. It needs a MAJOR internal overhaul. It does produce some of the best colors out there, but the bugginess makes it very unbearable.
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No reason you can't remain a faithful Pentaxian and use other editing software. Plenty of other options out there.

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DCU5 has its place and can be very useful at times, though as part of a regular post-processing work flow, it is seriously deficient. I have it installed on my computers, but not as part of my usual work flow.


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I never used the DCU software; I'm making due with an old version of Photoshop Extended. I guess I'm not missing much, based on the comments above.
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I use DCU5 to go from RAW to jpeg or TIFF. I use Corel Paint Shop Pro 9 (17) Ultimate for processing.

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In order to get some serious awesomeness out of your K-70, you might want to look into DxO PhotoLab 3 Elite. They have a free, fully-functional 30-day demo version. I have used DxO OpticsPro/PhotoLab on my K-7 and K-3 DNGs since 2015, it has made my editing so much more intuitive, and the output remains one of the best I've seen from just about any RAW editing software out there.
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I have made the switch to Affinity Photo and never looked back! Has pretty good RAW processing, and the photo editing side is just as good as Photoshop.
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QuoteOriginally posted by joerotheray Quote
I really wish to remain Pentax faithful, but the software is cumbersome, slow and hesitant, then shines somewhat on occasion. It may be me or my PC that is the problem but I somehow doubt it. Cropping has no instant save and the spot removal simply does not work for me. The little indicator is difficult to pin down (on spot removal) and dances all over the place. Such a pity because at a glance the software has good intentions. Not everyone wishes to go the Photoshop route.
I'm not big on all the PP out there, coming from the old "film" school if your shot was not good to begin with you were stuck with it! Having said that I have discovered a lot since re-entering the realm of photography again, now in the digital world and all the quirks & tweeks available.

I have downloaded a copy of Adobe Bridge (free)
as it works well, I find, as a photo organizer.

I have also been using PhotoDirector vers 5 when I started now using PhotoDirector10

Some of the editing tools all have their +/-'s but I think it comes down to what you are comfortable using and what you need it to do!

I might also mention EXIF TOOL for reading "metadata" from your images.

Hope this helps, not meant to confuse the issue!
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