Stand alone raw reader for Olympus cameras I use 5 mark 2

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Michael Sans, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. Michael Sans

    Michael Sans Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 6, 2016
    Michael John Sansom
    I usually copy my images on SD card to my hard drive into a named file of the event or
    location including the date I took the shots. sometimes it would be nice to be able to view thumbnails via a stand alone raw reader. does anyone know of one please?
  2. Machi

    Machi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 23, 2015
    Irfanview, XnView, Rawtherapee and lots of others.
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  3. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2016
    FastRawViewer is fantastic for reviewing RAW files. Both thumbnail views and full resolution views are available close to to instantly without the need for importing. A lot of people use it for first pass culling prior to importing into a catalog.
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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    I use Xnview MP as a quick viewer, and digiKam as a DAM.
    And I develop with RawTherapee.
    All are free.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2016
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  5. nublar

    nublar Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2013
    DXO Mark
  6. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Faststone Image Veiwer for viewing and quick edits. And it's free.
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  7. yendikeno

    yendikeno Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 5, 2015
    Yep, same here. Great program! Did he mention it is free? ;) :2thumbs:
  8. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing

    I usually just use Bridge, but that's because I have an Adobe Subscription already for Photoshop/Lightroom and what not for school.

    Otherwise what PacNWMike said.
  9. pondball

    pondball Mu-43 All-Pro

    what hardware platform are you using?
  10. FredUK

    FredUK Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 29, 2012
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  11. On Apple OSX there is Media Pro (commercial), or FileLoupe, or DXO, ...
  12. pondball

    pondball Mu-43 All-Pro

    I've been using ON1 Photo10's Browse mode to cull photos and in a short time ON1 PhotoRaw will be released... looking forward to that one. Affinity Photo is a wonderful Raw editing program too... both very reasonable and sans subscription.
  13. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    I use this as well. FastStone works, too, but FRV actually respects my monitor color profile (wide gamut). I don't understand how this (and others) can be so fast while LR falls behind on this. I don't want to have to generate previews to quickly cull.

    edit: also, FRV ratings translate over to LR, this has proved useful to me as well.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
  14. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    FastStone can do that too. Go into Settings (F12), CMS tab, and turn it on.
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  15. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2016
    I have fastStone, bridge, LR, FRV, on1 and probably many more that I am not thinking of right now.

    For me, if the task is culling prior to importing, I would strongly recommend at least taking a look at FastRawViewer. It has an intuitive interface, it shows me the key information I need, has hot keys for everything and is much faster than any of those other tools I mentioned.
  16. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    In Mac OS you don't need anything to do what the original poster is asking. You can view the thumbnails or even preview the full photo of Oly RAW files directly. It is built into the OS.
  17. Lodos

    Lodos Mu-43 Regular

    Faststone.. in its default view it only shows the embedded low resolution raw file and it is very very fast. if you want to see the actual raw file, hit A on your keyboard and it loads the actual raw file.. it works with pl1, pm2, e-m5, gx7, nex and a7 system raw files pretty good in this way, it is fast and deep when needed. And, when I press E it loads the lightroom with the purpose of importing and editing images on that folder (I set Lightroom as the external default editor, you can set your favorite).
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  18. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    This does not work for me. Everything is still oversaturated. It says it only applies to embedded profiles for jpegs and tiff? I shoot in sRGB on the camera as well, but not sure if that makes any difference. And yes, restarted the app.

    If I change the raw preview setting to "actual" it works, but is now no faster than lightroom.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
  19. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, it's showing the JPEG preview embedded in the RAW file... You might try reducing the saturation in the camera's settings; that would improve your preview without affecting the RAW data.
  20. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    eh, I'll take FRV instead since it'll also double for rating. FastStone could just unilaterally apply color management to untagged images.
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