Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by colbycheese, Jun 26, 2013.
what is a good free alternative to Lightroom that can process RAW and also JPEG. Any ideas?
For free, I believe it's hard to find a complete package. You can use RawTherapee to process Raw files and Gimp to complete the edition. They are the most advanced free software I know to edit photos. On the budget you can get Paintshop Pro, from Corel. I use it and I like a lot. It can work together with plugins like Silver Efex from Nik Software.
RawTherapee is a great RAW processor. But there is very minimum file management involved with RawTherapee. You just open a RAW file, and have the app do the processing.
If you're looking for a "Lightroom" replacement, on Apple or other UNIX based platforms darktable is very popular.
darktable is fairly difficult to implement on Windows since there isn't a packaged install available.
You can try Digikam for Windows digiKam Software Collection 3.0.0 and 3.1.0 for Windows Released | digiKam - Photo Management Program
There are also the original Linux version as well as an Apple version. Does a lot of what LR does. Big exception is no dodge/burn.
For free there's RawTherapee as others mentioned.
Google's Picasa can also handle Raw and is a decent organizer that makes online sharing easier. But it is much more limited in capability when it comes to editing. Picasa (now that Google owns Nik I wonder if there will be any improvements in the future...)
And I haven't used it but it is an interesting open source project: http://www.digikam.org/download?q=download/binary/#Windows
They aren't free, but there are several different products that are cheaper competitors to Adobe:
Special Offers - ACD Systems
Photo Management Software - Corel AfterShot Pro - Formerly Bibble Pro
Picasa or iPhoto depending on your OS and Gimp/Seashore for some "advanced" editing.
Didn't know they released Digikam for Windows. I used the Linux version, and it's actually pretty good.
The combination "Digikam + Raw Therapee + Gimp" is a really comprehensive solution.
why not the software that comes with your camera?
because it only runs on Windows. Useless waste of money for me.
Darktable has some great editing tools, but its interface is really... well... very much behind commercial software packages, to put it mildly.
Lightzone is pretty impressive and just went open source:
I'm a big Digikam fan. Have used it for a few years. I'm just now getting into raw processing with it, though.
Since you have an Olympus camera, if you have your camera's serial number, I'm pretty sure you can download Olympus Viewer 3, which, while slow, is quite packed with features and yields quality images.
Go to the correct Olympus site for your country, support, blah blah.
(I just noticed you have a G3 too, I guess that's where the problem is, sorry)
Yeah. It's horrid. But it does the job for a free software. Seems comparable to Digikam though. I can't find any screenshots of LightZone, anyone?
I recall looking at Lightzone a few years ago, but can't recall why I dropped it. maybe cost. Anyway, take a look at this youtube video. [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRrCSlWizb8]planet5D LightZone quick overview - YouTube[/ame]
I think this is what you are looking for...
In regards to Picasa for free Lightroom substitute. Yes it may process RAW files but, considering it has a 15gb limit for free storage, RAW files would fill this pretty quick making free a monthly cost soon for increased storage unless files were purged regularly.
You can use the Picasa client without uploading to the Picasa hosting with it's space limitation.
Hmm... I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the info. I just assumed it had to be uploaded and never messed with it. Now I want to go give it a try and see what it can do.
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