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shenstone
10th March 2009, 10:16 PM
Over the time I've inhabited this place I've picked up loads of useful information which I have really appreciated, but I suspect that it's hard for a new member to find such information

Therefore I am proposing a new thread which I hope will become useful enough to be sticky

The principle is that we all have found useful software either before we came to this forum or have seen something recommended by another member

I propose that we add to this thread any useful Olympus related utilities and create a resource pool

I know that not everyone has the same opinon of a piece of software so I would ask people to post only things that they like and find useful that are not already listed in this thread and that this thread does not become a discussion board on the software and that if you wish to have a discussion on the topic that you start up a thread that can point to this thread if you want

I Propose the following standard format


Software Name
O/S
Purpose / Key features - epscially those Oly related
Web Link for info or download
Brief comment on why you like it and any limitations you are aware of

If you think this is a good Idea no need to comment, just add your favorite - if not then don't and it will have a natural passing
Regards
Andy

shenstone
10th March 2009, 10:27 PM
Faststone

O/S Windows 2000, XP and Vista

An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and more - handles ORF files from E-500 through E-620

http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

It's fast and easy to use for all basic processing and 1st cull type activities - nice batch processing options for quick resize for web etc - it can run from a memory stick without installation which is a reall boon if you need to operate on ORF files on a strange PC where you're not allowed to install SW

shenstone
10th March 2009, 10:31 PM
Orfshell

XP for sure

Simple ORF thumbnail extension for Explorer

http://74.125.79.132/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=de&tl=en&u=http://olypedia.de/Olympus_RAW_Vorschau_im_Windows-Explorer&usg=ALkJrhjzDH1LWpgAEUnsg2KJOzVEnCOLzw

Fast and does what it says on the tin

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/orfshell.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=13290)

Graham_of_Rainham
10th March 2009, 11:51 PM
SanDisk RescuePRO

RescuePRO is a data recovery solution - SmartMedia, CompactFlash, MMC, Memory Stick, Microdrive, SD, xD Cards, PCMCIA, VideoCD, DVD, etc...

Recovers images, documents, mail, video, music or just about anything. Featuring innovative recovery algorithms, RescuePRO displays previews of the recoverable data. It also features a world-wide first recovery algorithm for MPEG audio and MPEG video recovery (MPEG-1/2/3). What you see and hear is what you recover!

RescuePRO works in any USB, FireWire or FlashPath Adpator and can recover data from Palm Pilots, Windows CE devices, Digital Cameras and Camcorders, MP3 players, Digital Recorders and other devices. Wheter files were deleted, the media was corrupted or formatted RescuePRO can help. The wizard driven interface makes it easy to recover your files with just three mouse clicks.

http://www.sandisk.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=&CatID=1186

*chr

Graham_of_Rainham
10th March 2009, 11:55 PM
Picasa3

One of the best FREE programs that I've come across

http://picasa.google.co.uk/

Try it. You have nothing to loose :D

Graham_of_Rainham
11th March 2009, 12:03 AM
Wega2 OK it's another viewer, but it has an additional feature that is quite fun. If you are considering buying a new lens or a camera with better performance at ISO 64000 (night vision) :p The analysis part of the software will show you what focal length you use most the shutter speeds, apature, ISO... So you can see that if you mostly shoot at speeds less than 1/50th you may well best spend the money on a good tripod :D

http://www.vandel.nl/

benvendetta
11th March 2009, 11:21 AM
What a brilliant idea for a thread! Well done Andy. I will try and get on the case.

Ian
11th March 2009, 03:39 PM
What a brilliant idea for a thread! Well done Andy. I will try and get on the case.

Seconded t-up

I may have to nick this idea for DPNow and FTU :D

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
11th March 2009, 03:44 PM
We must never forget the Adobe DNG... For those that can't afford to upgrade to the latest version of Adobe products, this is a great way to get "raw" files into PhotoShop etc..

http://www.adobe.com/products/dng/

Graham_of_Rainham
11th March 2009, 03:52 PM
Because of my Photographic Societies activities, I handle a lot of image files, from a lot of people. These tend to get saved in various places (for no good reason :o )

A simple "Spring Cleaning" tool that gets rid of all the duplicates :eek: (under your control :) )

http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/

*chr

jdal
12th March 2009, 10:20 AM
Windows only:
Advanced JPEG Compressor (http://www.winsoftmagic.com/index.html#ajc)

JPEG processing actually has a few parameters which most apps hide from you. For instance it compresses "Chroma" and "Luma" independently. With this app you can control all that. Also, you can set a target filesize, has realtime visual feedback and there are several whizzo controls. On the downside it's difficult to get it to save EXIF info, and on some settings it ocasionally posterizes the image, but you can see this in realtime and it's easy to get round.

Graham_of_Rainham
12th March 2009, 03:49 PM
Exifer is very useful if you really want/need to get into the non-image data associated with your pictures.

Occasionally my Photograhpic Society has competitions where we challenge the members to shoot "Old School" with no post processing and no in camera manipulations, other than to set B&W, WB, etc..

exifer provides a very quick way of checking the files to see if they are all fully as shot images. :o

http://www.exifer.friedemann.info/

benvendetta
12th March 2009, 08:48 PM
For noise reduction I use Noiseware Community Edition. It is fine with XP and Vista and is a free download from www.imagenomic.com. I love it!*chr

shenstone
13th March 2009, 09:07 AM
IMatch

Advanced cataloguing of photo's

W2000, XP and Vista (32 and 64 bit versions)

www.photools.com

When you need to step beyeond simple file and folder management into Digital Asset Management including advanced cataloguing this is a superb tool. It handles ORF files well and the speed of retrieval is excellent I have 40,000 images catalogued and can find any topic in three clicks

yorky
13th March 2009, 03:48 PM
I have found this to be an extremly useful utility for resizing etc though it has many other uses.
http://www.irfanview.net/

Ellie
26th March 2009, 03:58 PM
A few more bits and pieces, all freeware/shareware.

Photofiltre is free editing software, the basic version is easy to use.
http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm

FxIF is a Firefox add-on that lets you view exif data with just a right click of the mouse, it's really useful
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5673

I've just heard about panorama stitching software called Hugin, which is apparently very easy to use
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

stevednp3
27th March 2009, 06:13 PM
I find this very useful, not so much software but a website script, very useful if you are thinking of selling your photos online via your own website.

It handles everything for you, photo gallery (created in flash so pics cant be ripped) loads of different photo sizes options to sell, take paypal payment and then even send you a order form once your client has chosen their photos, its great and I use it professionaly, but best of all its FREE !

http://www.showmeproofs.com/

Solar
28th March 2009, 04:22 PM
XDepth Raw

http://raw.xdepth.com/xdraw_news.php

Trellis Management Co. Ltd. announces the availability of XDepth Raw Converter for Windows, a raw photo development and image processing software with integrated XDepth Raw and XDepth 48 image compression technologies.

XDepth Raw Converter is capable of reading raw files from most DSLR cameras and allows conversion of raw data to its jpeg-compatible XDepth Raw file format, shrinking raw files down to one fourth the original size.

More at site ...

_________

Windows XP - check Vista ...

It's FREE.

Barrie Norman
31st March 2009, 04:14 PM
A few more bits and pieces, all freeware/shareware.

Photofiltre is free editing software, the basic version is easy to use.
http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm

FxIF is a Firefox add-on that lets you view exif data with just a right click of the mouse, it's really useful
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5673

I've just heard about panorama stitching software called Hugin, which is apparently very easy to use
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

Just downloaded Fxif, Its "SUPERB" and for any one that is still useing Internet Expolorer then you should switch to Mozilla Firefox it is free and much better than explorer.

andym
31st March 2009, 06:29 PM
I know a lot of people don't like Microsoft software but I find this very good and very easy to use for panoramas.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/

Maczero
5th April 2009, 08:42 PM
Can I put a vote in for Raw Photo Processor. Mac only, I'm afraid, and a slightly intimidating interface, but I find it can get very good results. Free or extra features unlocked by a donation.

http://www.raw-photo-processor.com

Maczero

PaulE
8th April 2009, 08:01 AM
I've not tested it myself but thought it was worth mentioning here...

Olympus RAW codec for Windows XP (32bit only):
http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/codec/index.cfm

Presumably the codec has been updated to include Windows XP fairly recently but I never saw any sort of notice for it anywhere?


***EDIT
Note
The codec does not provide thumbnail support for ORF files in windows XP

PaulE
8th April 2009, 08:15 AM
Not really Olympus dedicated but I find it useful occaisionally - Opanda Exif Viewer (http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html). It's a freeware app similar in function to the Firefox FxIF plugin (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5673) but for those who prefer to use Internet Explorer.

Jim Ford
8th April 2009, 10:27 AM
Personally I still find Orf Shell (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=de&tl=en&u=http://olypedia.de/Olympus_RAW_Vorschau_im_Windows-Explorer) (mentioned by Shenstone earlier in this thread) to be very quick and reliable so I see no reason to change to the official Olympus codec yet. Still it's an option for those that would prefer to use official software...

I tried OrfShell on my XP box, but folders became glacially slow in opening. Shortly after installing, it my CS2 installation became corrupted and I lost Bridge and ACR (but this may have been co-incidental to installing OrfShell). I've uninstalled OrfShell and the folders now open quickly. I now have to fix ACR.

Anyone else having problems with OrfShell?

Jim

Graham_of_Rainham
8th April 2009, 01:46 PM
I tried OrfShell on my XP box, but folders became glacially slow in opening. Shortly after installing, it my CS2 installation became corrupted and I lost Bridge and ACR (but this may have been co-incidental to installing OrfShell). I've uninstalled OrfShell and the folders now open quickly. I now have to fix ACR.

Anyone else having problems with OrfShell?

Jim

Jim,

How VERY interesting... I had folder opening times that required tea breaks, and some of my apps stopped working too. I uninstalled it (required manual removal of left overs in the registry) and finally had to do a "Restore" to a point several steps back to recover proper function.

To be fair I've had similar problems with other software, but none quite so annoying as this one. Was it a one off ? I don't think so because I put it on two machines and had similar issues (very slow)

So I don't think it's just me any more...;)

*chr

PaulE
8th April 2009, 04:20 PM
It's very strange that some people are having trouble with Orfshell I've put it on 4 different XP computers now and haven't had any trouble. Even the weakest of the machines, a 500Mhz Pentium III with less than 1GB ram, opens folders quickly. Have you tried the official Olympus codec yet? I wonder will it do the same...

meach
9th November 2009, 08:20 AM
Not Olympus (or even photography) dedicated but I've found a utility called H2TESTW very useful. It checks the integrity (and claimed capacity) of any drive (internal, external, USB flash and memory cards) by writing data to it and reading it back. It can take some time on large capacity media and/or slow PC but it's well worth it when you find a couple of bad sectors BEFORE you try and put anything on it for real. It's a free download from many sites - a Google search will quickly locate it.

Paul

meach
9th November 2009, 08:27 AM
I forgot to mention that if anyone has bought a USB flash drive or memory card from Ebay then they need to check it with H2TESTW as soon as possible.

Paul