iPhoto 05 or what may happen

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Chip NoVaMac, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Am I hoping against hope that the next version of iPhoto will have RAW digital support. I would love getting iLfe 04, but the lack of RAW support keeps me from making the jump....
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    What is the purpose of shooting RAW pictures. From my point of view, it's so that you can change your settings after you shoot (i.e. WB, stuff I don't understand, etc). This is higher level stuff that most consumer-level photographers don't use. Most (if not all) <$500 cameras don't even have RAW support. So why would iPhoto need to support something that most users don't need.

    If iPhoto adds RAW support, I could see Adobe getting upset. That's one more reason for Mac users to not buy Photoshop.

    I don't see iPhoto supporting RAW until more consumer cameras start to include it.
     
  3. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    why would adobe be upset about the raw support? they have had it for only a little while themselves - it came as a plugin for ps7 for extra cost, and included in cs version.

    even if most cameras don't support raw (which i'm not so sure of), it doesn't mean iphoto shouldn't. iphoto is no longer freeware - it costs money now, as it's bundled into ilife'04 - and we should expect new features in new versions, otherwise there's no point in buying one.

    raw support is a good feature in wishlist, just keep on telling apple we want it; at least i want it, as my canon powershot s50 can store raw images.
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I'm thinking that Adobe would be upset because iPhoto would be turning into a "professional" photo editing application rather than a "consumer" photo cataloging application. Adobe has seen Apple move into their core businesses before and this would be just one more straw.

    I never said that most cameras don't support RAW. I said that most <$500 cameras don't support RAW. These are the types of cameras that most iPhoto users buy. The Canon S50 is an exception. Most other cameras in this range don't have RAW. It's not necessary.

    One other point that I'd like to bring up. Not all RAW are created equal. Sony's RAW is different than Canon's RAW which is different than Nikon's RAW. That might present some compatibility challenges getting all RAW to work right. Or maybe not.
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    The thing is that iPhoto is not just something that lowly users would like to use. As a serious photographer, i would love to use iPhoto to organize my photos. Yet I don't want to have to convert everything to JPG first.

    While doing a conversion from RAW to JPG would be nice. The simple reading and rendering of the RAW format, with a "right click" to open it in your program of choice would be nice.
     
  6. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I hear you on this. But you have to remember what iPhoto was designed for. It was an easy way to organize your photos and more importantly, a revenue source (via photos and books). Serious photographers, like yourself, won't be satisfied with the limited editing capabilities of iPhoto.

    Sure, you really only want iPhoto for it's cataloging abilities and would be using something like Photoshop for editing. So you're left out. Although, iPhoto's filing system is very wierd. I would rather be able to file my photos in my own way and have iPhoto track it like a database (kinda like iTunes). But I guess some features would be lost.

    In any event, serious photographers might be better served with something like iView Pro.

    BTW, I would be against adding RAW capabilities to iPhoto if doing so would add bloat and slowness. If it could be done without affecting speed, then maybe that's something Apple should look into.
     
  7. ratspg macrumors regular

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    iPhoto pro?

    I doubt there will be RAW support, I don't want it either. I am into music, it's' like me asking for Pro Tools features in Garage Band.. it's just not for that purpose. iPhoto will try to be quick and very user-friendly always. I think it will need 3rd party help for RAW's...
     

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