Raw processing software, like cameras and computers, is subject to personal tastes and strong demands on their technical capabilities. Taste and technicalities play a role when choosing the raw processing software we settle on and that choice is not necessarily the one that came in the box with the camera.
Canon's free raw processor, Digital Photo Professional, has shipped with its EOS DSLR cameras for some years now, and the latest version, DPP 4.0, is different enough from its predecessors that it is well worth taking out for a spin. Best to check, though, that your camera model and computer operating system are supported. This table will help.
Computer operating systems, 64-bit only:
• Mac OS X 10.8
• Mac OS X 10.9
• Windows 7
• Windows 8
• Windows 8.1
Canon describes DPP 4.0 as “a sweeping overhaul”. They are right. Version 4.0 has been updated to reflect the kinds of changes that have been occurring in popular third party raw processors. It is now 64-bit compatible, has a more intuitive user interface, supports movie playback, has improved highlight and shadow recovery abilities, more speed and a better workflow.
Support for a second monitor allowing you to view a magnified image on one while making adjustments on the other is very welcome too. But what has really caught my attention is the color adjustment palette permitting manipulation of hue, luminance and saturation of eight specific color gamuts.
“This is particularly useful,” Canon says, “when adjusting background tones in portraits where there might have been a risk of giving a color cast to skin tones.” It sounds just the thing for preserving realistic-looking skin while offsetting it against a richer or contrasting background.
To download the update for your Canon EOS camera and operating system, go to the Support pages of the Canon website for your country, choose your camera and computer OS from the menus and proceed to the download page. Don't forget to download the new EOS Utility 3 while you're there. It has been updated to better integrate its functionality with DPP 4.0.
If your camera is not supported by DPP 4.0, please keep an eye out for the release of DPP 3.14 later this year.
Links for download of DPP 4.0:
Canon Dramatically Retooling Digital Photo Professional, Adds 64-Bit Support & More
Built from the ground up, DPP 4.0 is built around a 64-bit architecture and includes a plethora of new features. The RAW file workflow has been dramatically improved, color adjustments are now gamut-specific, highlight and shadow recovery options now offer greater tonality, movie playback support has been added, and it now supports multiple monitors.
As is expected with the announcement of 64-bit architecture, DPP 4.0 will only work with a number of the latest operating systems. For Windows, anything after Windows 7 should work smoothly. If you’re running OS X, anything after 10.8 (Mountain Lion) will do the trick.
The other downfall of the massive update is that it’s only compatible with four full-frame cameras total — the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. Owners of anything else will have to hold onto DPP 3.14 until further notice.
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(cover photo credit: snap from Canon)