When you preview a RAW image taken on your camera, most often what you’re doing is reviewing a low resolution JPEG rendering from that RAW data. Some applications offer ways to extract these jpegs. Canon’s own Zoombrowser allows this, as does Photo Mechanic. It’s not a big deal to open up these apps and extract a few files, but now there’s a better way.
From the crew over at Imagenomic (known for their Portraiture and Noiseware plugins), comes Instant JPEG from RAW. It’s not a program, but rather a system level utility. Right click on a folder, select the utility, and just like that the images are extracted. Sounds great. Here are my favorite features
1) Um, it’s free. This is big. I don’t like installing weird apps like Zoombrowser (which is free) to do one single thing. It’s a waste. But a simple utility, that’s right clickable? Awesome.
2) The Imagenomic folk aren’t strangers to many of us. I know a few people who use their Portraiture and/or Noiseware applications.
3) It’s cross platform. Since I rock a Dell laptop and a Mac Pro tower, these things are important to me.
There are limitations. The biggest one, as noted on their blog:
IJFR has no control over the look of the file. Since the file was created by the camera, it was the settings on the camera at the time of capture that rendered the file into what it looks like. In the case of a DNG exported from an application like Lightroom or ACR, it is the adjustments in that application that will affect the look of the rendered JPEG that is stored in the JPEG (it is called the Preview image).
There are ways around this, but it could be more work than just exporting out of Lightroom or Photoshop.
A little more info, the link, and thoughts after the jump. [Read more →]