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    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
    My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
    4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
    m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
    FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
    The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

    My places
    http://www.shenstone.me.uk
    http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
    https://vimeo.com/shenstone
    http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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    Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

    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
    My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
    4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
    m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
    FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
    The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

    My places
    http://www.shenstone.me.uk
    http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
    https://vimeo.com/shenstone
    http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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    • #3
      Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

      Orfshell

      XP for sure

      Simple ORF thumbnail extension for Explorer

      http://74.125.79.132/translate_c?hl=...g2KJOzVEnCOLzw

      Fast and does what it says on the tin

      Last edited by shenstone; 10th March 2009, 11:12 PM.
      My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
      4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
      m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
      FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
      The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

      My places
      http://www.shenstone.me.uk
      http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
      https://vimeo.com/shenstone
      http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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      • #4
        Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

        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/Prod...ID=&CatID=1186

        Graham

        We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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        • #5
          Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

          Picasa3

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

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

          Try it. You have nothing to loose
          Graham

          We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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          • #6
            Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

            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) 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

            http://www.vandel.nl/
            Graham

            We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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            • #7
              Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

              What a brilliant idea for a thread! Well done Andy. I will try and get on the case.
              Dave

              E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

              External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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              • #8
                Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                Originally posted by benvendetta View Post
                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

                Ian
                Founder and editor of:
                Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
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                • #9
                  Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                  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

                  We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                    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 )

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

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

                    Graham

                    We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Useful Olympus related utilities - JPegger

                      Windows only:
                      Advanced JPEG Compressor

                      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.
                      John

                      m4/3: E-P2, EM-5, 100-300, 14-42mm 12-50mm, 45mm, panny 14mm. 4/3: 7-14 + Flashes & tripods & stuff

                      "Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints".

                      Flickr gallery

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                      • #12
                        Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                        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.

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

                        We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                          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!
                          Dave

                          E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

                          External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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                          • #14
                            Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                            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
                            My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
                            4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
                            m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
                            FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
                            The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

                            My places
                            http://www.shenstone.me.uk
                            http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
                            https://vimeo.com/shenstone
                            http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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                            • #15
                              Re: Useful Olympus related utilities

                              I have found this to be an extremly useful utility for resizing etc though it has many other uses.
                              http://www.irfanview.net/

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