Happy Holidays! Here are your Rawstudio presents!

All of us from the Rawstudio team hope you have all enjoyed your holiday!

We have spent some of the last days polishing Rawstudio up for a 2.0 Beta release. The main focus has been GUI polishing, speed optimizations and final bug fixes and testing. However, there is also some new features that should help a lot in the everyday use of Rawstudio. There are a few major new features, that I will give a short description in the following.

Tethered Shooting

We have added a built-in tethered shooting mode. This enables you to capture images directly from your camera into Rawstudio. You can either take photos by clicking in the UI, or monitor you camera and automatically download any images you take.

This feature should be especially helpful if you have a studio setup, where you take pictures in a controlled environment. Then you can quickly review your images and do a quick adjustment and evaluation of your images.


This is the basic look to the Tethered Shooting window, you can unfold the tabs for more options.

We are using gphoto for connecting to the camera, so the first thing you must do is to see if your camera is supported by gphoto. Do note that not all cameras in the list have capture support, and if it doesn’t, you will probably not have any luck in grabbing photos.


You have several options available. First of all, you can choose if you want the photos to be automatically opened by Rawstudio. Second, you can select to have your image adjustment transferred to new images you shoot. This way any adjustment you make, will be carried over to the next images automatically. Finally you can use a filename template, the same way as in batch/quick export, and you can automatically add tags to your images.

The last feature of Tethered Shooting I will mention is Interval Shooting. For this you can set up an interval between with a photo will be taken. This can be helpful if you want to shoot timelapse video.

Fullscreen Preview

It is now possible to move the image you are editing to a fullscreen secondary monitor. This should be very useful if you have a dual-monitor setup, so you can have the image shown without anything disturbing it.


Suddenly it all seems very empty, when using fullscreen preview

If you have more than two monitors, you can select which screen for the fullscreen preview to open on.

To access the right-click menu, you have to go to the screen with the image. The loupe (ctrl+left click) is also available in fullscreen mode.

Automatic crop of lens corrected images

A long awaited feature is that Rawstudio is able to automatically crop images after lens correction has been applied. When lens correction has been applied there is usually some parts of the border of the image, where there isn’t any valid data, because there isn’t enough information in the image to fill it out. This results in duplicated pixels along some places of the border, which in many cases is undesirable.


A typical example of border leftovers from lens correction. This is now automatically cropped away.

Rawstudio now automatically detects where this border is, and applies an automatic crop for the image, if no crop has already been made to the image. In the current implementation there are a few limits to how this works, primarily:

1) The image must be opened in Zoom to Fit view, because otherwise the complete image isn’t rendered, and we don’t know the crop to make. If you have opened an image in 100% view when opened, simply re-open it in Zoom-to-Fit view.

2) You must have had the image opened once for the crop to be applied, so if you want to batch export a lot of images, you must have had them opened.

We will try to fix these two issues as soon as possible.

Other New Features

We have received a lot of feedback from users who have tried the daily builds. The feedback has been very encouraging and has helped us a lot to focus on the important stuff. Thanks a lot for the feedback – keep it coming.

Bug Fixes

These are only a few of the many updates that has been made.Also a big thanks for the bug reports – it helps us a lot, because there are some aspects and configurations we don’t test on a regular basis.

We hope you enjoy the updates and have a happy new year!

Comments (10)

10 Responses to “Happy Holidays! Here are your Rawstudio presents!”

  1. Lasse Bigum says:

    Yeppie!

    Just tested main, it works really nicely. Created a few usability bugs, but other than that it works really nice. It loads fast, looks good – does what it says on the box :)

    Great work guys!

  2. Alexandre says:

    Um, but no actual tarballs just yet? :)

    P.S. Happy New Year! :)

    • Anders Kvist says:

      Not yet, we still miss a few things, but strings are ready for translation if you have a few hours you need to kill ;)

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  3. Things are working nicely. How can I donate some money?

    • Klaus Post says:

      We don’t have a setup for that yet, but we might find a way you can donate a beer or two to the development team – that will keep spirits high! :)

  4. Jerry says:

    Do you know if i can tether with a Sony a580?

    • Klaus Post says:

      Right now I know you cannot. I do however have a patch at home that will probably be applied tonight which might make it work.

      You can test it, if you install the “gphoto2″ utility, and try:

      gphoto2 –capture-image-and-download
      (should take a photo and download it)

      and

      gphoto2 –capture-tethered
      (should wait for you to take a photo and download it)

      If these work, there is a good chance your camera will work when I’ve submitted the patch.

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