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04-26-2010, 03:14 PM   #31
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what do you mean lag? thanks
The waiting time , after taking a bunch of shots, usually in continuous shooting mode, while the camera writes the shots to the memory card. Fast memory cards will help a lot.

04-26-2010, 07:47 PM   #32
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It is the Windows Explorer, the regular file browser, that does not show the contents of PEF files in XP. The browser in Windows 7 (and I would suspect Vista) Does show them. So Yes, the problem IS with XP.

Ah, sorry - I did not know anyone used Windows Explorer.

FreeCommander is a pretty nice 2-window file manager that I started using recently when Servant Salamander (from 1995) had problems with W7.
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Ah, sorry - I did not know anyone used Windows Explorer.

FreeCommander is a pretty nice 2-window file manager that I started using recently when Servant Salamander (from 1995) had problems with W7.
It works fine for me.. Certainly better than the XP explorer did (does). There are enough sort and display options that I can grab just about anything I need to in short order. Never been much of a fan of using multiple browsers to do a single task. More of a give me a one size fits all type person.

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what do you mean "non-destructive"?
Non-destructive means when you are editing an image, the changes you do don't affect the file itself. And you don't have to save a new copy of the file to preserve your changes - the software just always remembers what adjustments you made to each photo, and every time you view that photo, you will see it with your changes intact, and yet if you ever want to go back and revisit your editing for that picture, you will find all your sliders right your left them, so you can pick right up where you left off, or revert any or all settings to their original state. You can also copy settings from image to image, you can batch apply a setting to as many images as you want (say to correct WB for a whole shoot at once) while not affecting any other settings and while still leaving the images "open" for further adjustments - all without *ever* needing to stop and "save" the file or make a new copy of it.

It's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Without this feature, shooting RAW would be a lot more work than it is with this feature. Some programs provide non-destructive editing for both RAW and JPEG, others provide it only for RAW.

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I shoot raw 98% of the time. When I know I don't need to do anything to the photos (timelapse in constant lighting) I'll shoot jpg.

I prefer aperture/photoshop for my PP (aperture is Mac only).

Picasa is amazingly powerful for being free and if you aren't afraid of opensource you could always try GIMP. That too is free and very very powerful.

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