Olympus Viewer 3?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by OMD4ME, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. OMD4ME

    OMD4ME Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 27, 2013
    Anyone have any experience using this free software? I've been try to figure out if you can merge photos and mess a little with transparency to no avail.

    I've been trying to find resources that could help me me dig into this piece of software but again have come up short.

    I guess I like that it's free. The problem is that i can't seem to do some of the basics and am trying to figure out if I should look into some of the paid options in stead.


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  2. OMD4ME

    OMD4ME Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 27, 2013
    No one has any experience with ov3? Surprising...

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  3. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I (and many others on the forum) use OV3. I primarily use it for exporting 16bit tiff's (to get the Olympus colours) which is then load in Lightroom for cropping, sharpening etc.

    If you don't need 16bit image editing, look at Gimp for your image merging. Its free, very powerful and works on a host of os's.
  4. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2013
    I am using it these days as Lightroom need an upgrade to read the EP5 orf files.
    It is a very slow software.
  5. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
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    Ciaran Reilly
    I've found the Help file very useful and readable, might be worth studying, with a quick "Google" for any specific issues the Help doesn't cover in enough detail.

    For more "involved" editing, where you want to change the content of an image or build up complex effects using layers etc., I'd second Gimp as a good free Photoshop alternative, or Seashore on Mac.
  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    The real crime with this software, is that it doesn't export exif metadata upon processing 16 bit raw files. It's a crime because no other software renders the natural Olympus colours like this software does, so there's no comparable aleternative, even Lightroom 5. This is going to be a deal breaker when considering my next camera purchase I mean c'mon, metadata is essential in this day and age (in my case lens info) and I really can't get much pleasure getting the same metadata using this software as I would from a scanned photograph taken in 1984.
  7. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
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    I use it quite a lot. tone curves are good.

    the sharpening and noise reduction tools aren't my favorites, pretty basic

    and the panorama stitching only works for photos taken in panorama mode on the camera.

    panorama shooting in the EM5 was too limited for me, but the OV3 stitching was user friendly.

    up until now I've been using OV3 for native lens distortion correction and olympus color profiles because I assumed olympus would be the best source of these types of corrections. I learned from the post on the front page that Camera One and DxO actually do a MUCH Better job at distortion correction without sacrificing details than either OV3 or LR5

    With the new LR5.3 color profiles and my recent purchase of DxO Standard, I probably won't be using OV3 much anymore.

    But when it was the only free software in town, it did a great job for me. I was very pleased.

    Surprisingly Corel AfterShot, which I got for free also, is still my favorite for color curve manipulation. but not much else. DxO might change that, once it arrives.
  8. tarbault

    tarbault New to Mu-43

    Jul 7, 2014
    Are you certain ?

    You sure about this ?
    There are two tif options for export: tif and exif tif. The second one (obviously) does export exifs.
    I'm positive about this as I use this in my workflow: producing 16bit tif then import them in Lightroom where I get all exif data, including GPS.
    Best regards.
  9. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    Last I checked it didn't save the exif in 16 bit.

    I mostly use OV3 & have been since it was introduced & used OV2 before that, but for more complex editing I use Capture One Pro 7 (previously Express 7).
  10. akkers

    akkers Mu-43 Regular

    May 25, 2012
    The OV3 update about 2-3 months ago added exporting as TIFF with exif info.

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  11. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    You're absolutely right, it does now export exif metadata. This only came with the most recent update - was obviously causing me a bit of grief that it originally didn't and I was happy when this feature was eventually added. Ironically, I find myself now using LR5 and the NIK software suite quite a lot, particularly for B&W images.
  12. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    Thanks, with that subtle added 'ticked' option beneath the selection box to add the TIFF.
  13. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    GIMP supports 16 and 32 bit per color channel since Oct 2013.

    OV3 still preserves shadow detail better than all others in converting raw. I don't use OV3 for much besides raw conversion and export of tiff.
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