Raw is all the rage these days. No, not the WWE Raw professional wrestling shows on TV; it’s like any TV show or movie; everyone knows it’s fake, but people watch anyway.
No, I’m actually talking about a much more recent Raw; the digital image file from modern cameras. Raw is everywhere and has come of age. Raw files are raw because they’re not processed by the camera and usually need to be converted to be viewed. That is what this app does.
Accurate Raw Editing
It wasn’t that long ago where the only way to view and edit a Raw photo image was to use a high end image editor such as Adobe Photoshop.
The Raw image situation was more convoluted because each camera’s Raw images were different, so the editors had to keep up with the latest digital camera releases.
Enter AccuRaw, a Mac Raw image editor which gets your raw images processed fast and easy.
Most Raw image editing does a single conversion to achieve an image with no artifacts. AccuRaw gives you control over the image demosaicing process. What you get is a tool which can give your image maximum resolution or maximum suppression of artifacts or points in between.
AccuRaw comes with built-in presets to enhance your image workflow, but also outputs images to JPG, TIFF, or PNG. Controls are relatively straightforward with little to learn other than patience with trail and error.
There are two caveats with AccuRaw. The first is simple. It only works with Raw images from a select list of Supported Cameras. Though the list is extensive and growing, if your camera is not on the list, move along, there’s nothing to see here.
The second is more of a problem, even if you have a camera that outputs Raw images which can be edited by AccuRaw. There’s no trial-before-you-buy option. AccuRaw is Mac App Store only. The developer expects you to plunk down your hard-earned money without trying out what a Raw image editor can do first.
That’s a growing trend on the Mac App Store, and it is somewhat aggravated by Apple itself which does not require trial versions.