RawTherapee

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RawTherapee
ImageRawTherapeeLogo.png
RawTherapee 4.0.8 processing a photo of a passion fruit flower.jpg
RawTherapee 4.0.8 processing a photo of a passion fruit flower
Developer(s)Gábor Horváth and an open source dev team
Stable release4.0.9 / June 4, 2012; 8 months ago (2012-06-04)
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inMultilingual
TypeRaw image processing
Licenseproprietary (up to version 2.4.1)
GPLv3 (as of version 3.0 alpha 1)
Websitewww.rawtherapee.com
 
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RawTherapee
ImageRawTherapeeLogo.png
RawTherapee 4.0.8 processing a photo of a passion fruit flower.jpg
RawTherapee 4.0.8 processing a photo of a passion fruit flower
Developer(s)Gábor Horváth and an open source dev team
Stable release4.0.9 / June 4, 2012; 8 months ago (2012-06-04)
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inMultilingual
TypeRaw image processing
Licenseproprietary (up to version 2.4.1)
GPLv3 (as of version 3.0 alpha 1)
Websitewww.rawtherapee.com

RawTherapee is a cross-platform raw image processing program, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3. It was originally written by Gábor Horváth of Budapest, Hungary, before being relicensed as free and open-source software in January 2010. It is written in C++, using a GTK+ front-end and a patched version of dcraw for reading raw files. It is notable for the advanced control it gives the user over the demosaicing and developing process. The name used to stand for "The Experimental Raw Photo Editor"; however that acronym has been dropped, and RawTherapee is now a full name in itself.[1]

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Features

RawTherapee involves the concept of non-destructive editing, similar to that of some other raw conversion software. Adjustments made by the user are immediately reflected in the preview image, though they are not physically applied to the opened image but the parameters are saved to a separate sidecar file. These adjustments are then applied during the export process.

All the internal processing is done in a high precision 32-bit floating point engine.[2]

Input file formats

RawTherapee can work with both raw files from digital cameras and usual images.

While reading raw files it relies on the dcraw code, but only for parsing formats, not for processing. Thus, RawTherapee supports all the formats supported by dcraw.

Additionally, RawTherapee supports the following image formats:

User interface

RawTherapee provides the user with a file browser, a queue, and an image editing tab.

The file browser shows photo thumbnails along with a caption of the shooting information metadata. The browser includes 5-star rating, flagging, and an Exif-based filter. It can be used to apply a profile, or parts of a profile, to a whole selection of photos in one operation.

The queue tab allows one to put exporting photos on hold until done adjusting them in the Editor, so that CPU is fully available to the user while tweaking a photo, instead of processing photos while the user is trying to tweak new ones which could result in a sluggish interface. Alternatively, it can be used to process photos alongside tweaking new ones, if one has a CPU capable of handling the workload.

The Editor tab is where the user tweaks photos. While the image is opened for editing, the user is provided with a preview window with pan and zoom capabilities. A color histogram is also present offering linear and logarithmic scales, and separate R, G, B and L channels. All adjustments are reflected in the history queue and the user can revert any of the changes at any time. There is also the possibility of taking multiple snapshots of the history queue, allowing for various versions of the image being shown. These snapshots are not written to the sidecar file and are subsequently lost once the photo has been closed, however work is underway on migrating the PP3 sidecar system to XMP which already supports storing snapshots.

Adjustment tools and processing

Output formats

Output format can be selected from:

Version history

v2 series

Version 2.4.1 was released in September 2009; the last closed source version released. Since then RawTherapee has become open source (it was closed before 2010) and a number of developers have joined the project, adding new features and improving stability.

v3 series

The 3 series with version "Dev-3.0" was the first to be released as open source. Major changes incorporated in this series include:

4.0 series

This is the most recent series. Major changes incorporated in this series include:

Because of the higher RAM requirements of the 4.0 version, though it is still supported 32-bit operating systems, 64-bit machines are highly recommended for performance and stability.[3]

Compatibility

RawTherapee is available for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X (32-bit, x86).[4]

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