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11-21-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Photivo - New RAW editor

Hi. I'd just like to give a plug to Photivo. It is a very powerful free RAW editor, chock full of filters and constantly evolving. The creators are very friendly and accommodating, and have willingly worked to incorporate new filters and improve the product based on user feedback. There are 32-bit, 64-bit, Linux and Windows versions. It is non-destructive and can create JPGs, TIFFs as well as pass the file on to your favorite editor just in case you want to do some specialized editing. But, in general, there are more than enough basic and creative filters within Photivo to handle most image editing and enhancement needs very capably.

One warning, it does take a powerful computer to run it. The algorithms are processor intensive.

Check it out at Photivo.org.

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Photivo has been discussed here before

I note it STILL has the worst user interface I think I have ever seen in a piece of software. I've used a lot of software over the years and Photivo is just stupidly designed. Even basics like how to open a new file from within Photivo are really hard to figure out.

They may have thrown in a kitchen sink or two worth of neato gee-whiz filters and crap but there are clearly no UI designers on the Photivo team, nor any actual photographers who need to deal with workflow issues because user productivity is not at all a concern of the Photivo developers.

Oh, and while it seems to open my K-x DNG's OK, it renders all my NEX ARW RAW's light green upon opening. Fail.
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I agree that the user interface isn't the most intuitive at first, but I got used to it fairly easily and now find it fairly comfortable to use. That is a personal thing though. I've been using it since about when it was released to the public. I know that they would be thrilled if more programmers got involved to improve the product. Mike, whose project this is, is quite a good photographer and a Pentax user (got to get some points for that!).

But, its capabilities are very good and I'm looking forward to further improvements. I find that I rarely have to call on GIMP or Elements or PSP any more.
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Yes, Photivo is probably the best app around if you want to get exactly what you are looking for from an image. However, I gave it up despite its stellar end result because it was just too slow of a workflow for me. I keep it around in case I want to revisit an image and play around with it some more. The lead author is quite up front that he values quality over speed of result.

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Just found a review of Photivo from someone who, attracted by the price ($0), felt it presented a viable alternative to Lightroom.

Photivo (Mac version) review (open source alternative to Adobe Lightroom) ~ SKR Imaging

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I'm not expert and I'm a Linux user so I'm trying different software; Rawtherapee, Digikam, Darktable, Rawstudio, etc. and while I prefer Rawtherapee user interface I found Photivo very impressive. Again, I'm a newbie, but I quickly realized how to "use" it. I think it's powerful and has some very effective filters. Even the developers say on the website that it does not have the best user interface, at least they are honest ;-) I guess it would be fair to compare it keeping in mind that is freeware and open source software.
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A new youtube video on how to use Photivo (at least an overview) has been posted on YouTube. PTC001 The Photivo Workflow - YouTube
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