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02-02-2011, 07:49 AM   #16
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Maybe because is free for pentaxians?

02-03-2011, 05:29 AM   #17
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After 3 weeks of playing around with the Pentax image processing software I was only able to figure out how to crop photos and adjust the contrast. I can do the same thing using the Windows version on my computer. I sent an e-mail to Pentax Canada for support and heard NOTHING! I purchased a copy of PS Elements (version 8) from a friend for $50 (she couldn't get it to load properly on her computer). I am SO GLAD to have this wonderful program to play with my photos. If I get stuck all I need to do is click the HELP button and I'm instantly taken to menu options or I can search for a video tutorial to show me how to use the program or I can LIVE CHAT with an Adobe customer service person who can walk me through my problem step by step to get the end result I'm after. Sadly, I can't say the same for the PDCU4. I have uninstalled the program from my hard drive. It's Adobe PS Elements 8 for this newbie going forward! And, hopefully, when I become a better photographer, I won't need to do so much "tweaking" to my photos.
02-03-2011, 06:13 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by rena Quote
And, hopefully, when I become a better photographer, I won't need to do so much "tweaking" to my photos.
Actually, as you become a better photographer, you might spend more time in post-processing, because you will find a world of creative opportunities are there. You will find that what comes out of the camera is just the starting point--the real magic happens in post-processing.

Of course, all of this depends on your goals and style of photography, but don't don't dismiss post-processing as a necessary evil when in fact it can be an equally important part of the photographic process.

And, if you are now shooting JPEGs, you will find another world of opportunities becomes available if you decide to switch to RAW.

HTH, but if you already knew all that, pardon the interruption.
02-03-2011, 06:27 AM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by ajoe Quote
Actually, as you become a better photographer, you might spend more time in post-processing, because you will find a world of creative opportunities are there.
True. I agree.

02-03-2011, 11:59 AM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by ursamajor Quote
My PentaxDCU4 crashes under Windows 7 x64... WTF!
I also have a windows 7 64bits and works just fine.

Try to execute it as administrator.
02-03-2011, 12:52 PM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sekul Quote

I also have a windows 7 64bits and works just fine.



Try to execute it as administrator.
I execute it as administrator. I don't have another user acount, but just one.
12-31-2011, 12:47 AM   #22
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can you open PENTAX RAW files in lightroom??
my PDCU does not open anymore and I dont know how to view my RAW files!
12-31-2011, 10:24 AM   #23
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Yes, Lightroom will open them using Adobe Camera RAW. The current version of Lightroom or Photoshop or Elements should open any Pentax RAW file. Older Adobe products can open DNGs created by Adobe DNG Converter. You can convert any Pentax PEF to a DNG with that converter (free download from Adobe) and work with the DNG version just like any RAW file.

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A quick note to anyone who was following this thread who is interested in the Pentax Camera Utility Software :

I have added a new article concerning PDCU4, what I call a Mini Guide, for the benefit and interest of newcomers and more experienced photographers alike. If you've been wanting more information or workflow tips on the program, check out the guide in the Articles section of this forum, under the Post Processing / software subheading, or use this quick link :

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-processing-articles/206286-pentax-di...ini-guide.html
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just an opinion, after a year or more of trying other programs, i am back to shooting pef and using the pentax software, and really like it , it takes some getting used to , i hated it at first when i first tried it, not really knowing anything about raw, but this is a really good program if you use it for a bit, and especially i believe that the pef format is giving me better picture quality than dng and lightroom and others i've tried. all that being said, i would not complain if pentax improved the interface a little bit , but not so that it messes up what is already very good.
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