TWiP Apps 21: RAW Power; Apple’s RAW Power Unleashed

TWiP Apps 21: RAW Power; Apple’s RAW Power Unleashed

There are many RAW decoders on the market from companies like Adobe, Phase, DxO, Macphun and of course Apple. Apple’s RAW engine is loved by many but since the demise of Aperture, we haven’t had a way to truly access it. Sure, Photos uses the macOS RAW engine, but you have no control over it. At least you didn’t… until now. RAW Power by Gentleman Coders is a Photos extension and standalone app that gives you complete access to the macOS RAW engine in an intuitive interface that’ll feel very familiar to Aperture users largely because of who wrote it. To find out more, you’ll just have to watch the show.

Join me, PhotoJoseph, for this episode of TWiP Apps with guest Nik Bhatt, founder of Gentlemen Coders.

Find out more about RAW Power at:

twitter: @gentcoders
Platform: RAW Power is available on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and above

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  • I haven’t even listened to the first 5 minutes and I’m excited. I think a lot of people are interested in seeing this succeed and become even greater than what Aperture was. Perhaps even see a whole new raw engine and software in the future. Be ambitious please.

  • The biggest miss for me in Aperture was lens correction. Does this do that or is there a way to combine RAW Power with DxO Pro to get the best of both worlds?

  • RAW power only lets you access toning controls and white balance. It can create a TIF or JPEG for further editing. It has no lens corrections beyond what some manufacturers embed into some cameras (I.e. Sony RX100 IV). I doubt it can interact with DxO in any way.

  • Thanks for the answer Ariel. I was wondering though if one could create an edited version using RAW Power and then correct for lens distortion using the DxO Pro Photos extender. Based on what I’ve read, it would be non-destructive except for the last DxO step, which itself claims to be non-destructive. Output from DxO Pro would be jpg but this is what you would publish in anyway. Has anyone tried this?

  • This is fantastic. Great to get more control over RAW files in Apple’s Photos program. And Nik, thank you so much for your hard work on Aperture over the years!

  • There is no direct connection between RAW Power and DxO. As you wrote, one could export a TIFF from RAW Power and then use DxO to process it further. However, in RAW Power 1.0, there is a bug where metadata is not being copied over to the exported file so DxO might not detect the lens, etc. This is fixed in the upcoming 1.0.1 release.

  • Yes, one could output a file from RAW Power and process it further in DxO. However, there is a bug in RAW Power 1.0 which doesn’t copy metadata to the exported file. As a result, DxO may not be able to automatically correct for lens distortions (though presumably you could use the manual controls). This bug is fixed in the upcoming 1.0.1 release.

  • Could someone just remake Aperture user interface and tools to run on Capture One’s RAW engine. I would pay $200 for that software.

    I kind of hate the cartoonish feel of most raw engines today. They feel like I’m using some internet app running on Macromedia Flash. Aperture felt like a robust application.

  • Are you planning to implement a round trip from Lr and back as it is available in other raw converter such as Iridient, Photo Ninjia, AccuRaw…? It will be a great addition. Thanks

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