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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!