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Mark Atwood
Thoughts on junk software...
Does anyone actually use any of the "free" "included" software that ships with cameras?
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helix90 From: helix90 Date: March 7th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
only when the camera requires that software to process the "RAW" image format of said camera into something other programs can process.
From: pir Date: March 7th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
dcseain From: dcseain Date: March 8th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, exacly.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 8th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Bleah, I hate that. Especially when the camera engine mfgr's don't document their RAW format, so other people have to reverse engineer it.

This sort of thing is exactly what TIFF was invented for, decades ago, and IIRC, there is in fact a TIFF recommended profile for RAW images... Yup, there is. DNG, "Digital NeGative", and it's just a TIFF profile. So all a camera needs to do is emit a handful of magic bytes, and then just dump out the raw sensor plane data.
From: missdimple Date: March 8th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
They have at every place that I've worked because no one is brave enough to figure out any other way to get the photos from the camera. Except me.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 8th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Mac iPhoto volunteers to be your camera interface app the moment you first plug in a camera or a camera memory card.
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mauser From: mauser Date: March 8th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've got Olympus Master 2 with my FE-280. It doesn't save in RAW, so that's not an issue, but it is the only one that deletes images from the camera after copying them.

It has a bug where it crashes when going from image to image in the edit window. Their support told me to uninstall Quicktime, delete a bunch of registry entries, delete Olympus Master 2, and then re-install both Quicktime and Olympus Master 2.

I declined. The bug isn't THAT horrible, and only manifests rarely.
From: neocuriosity Date: March 8th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Was this a rhetorical question? Because you really touched on a nerve. My LAST nerve. The Kodak EasyShare (what a laugh THAT name is) software is the biggest (and I do mean largest - it's massive) p.o.s. software I've ever had the distinct displeasure of using. Ugh.
danlyke From: danlyke Date: March 8th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just one

The panorama stitcher that comes with Canon cameras gets some occasional use from me...
tcepsa From: tcepsa Date: March 8th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not if I can help it ~wry grin~ If possible, I also try to use my card reader and then do manipulation with The GIMP. If the card is one that I can't read directly, I try to use the connector cable and make Windows mount it as a hard drive and copy them off that way. I've not had to deal with any cameras with RAW images, but suspect that I would succumb to the included software under those circumstances...
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