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RawTherapee Review

Sven Sorensen
Editors' Pick

A RAW image editor, free and full of easy and useful features

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High- and mid-range cameras often take pictures in the RAW format. This format is not compressed and hense are not saved as JPG images. The good part about this is that images can be compressed in a format which does not compromise quality. The bad part about this is that they require an image editor capable of dealing with RAW images.

RawTherapee is a free graphics editor for RAW images. It can open and edit photographs created by high-end cameras like Nikon, Sony, Canon, etc. The most common formats are NEF, DNG and others. If you don't have a camera which produces RAW images, it can also open and edit JPEG or TIFF images.

The file browser lets you view images before you open them. The previews it generates are of high quality, it even includes a scoring system for classifying images.

RawTherapee provides a lot of high quality image editing features for free and even outperforms some of the expensive RAW photo editors available.

RawTherapee can apply special effects to a picture and convert RAW to JPG.

RawTherapee features and highlights:
  • Advanced color handling from white balance to HSV (Hue-Saturation-Value) curves and color management
  • Enhanced exposure and tonality tools: tone and Lab curves, highlights and shadows tools, etc
  • Multiple denoising methods: luminance, chrominance, impulse noise reduction
  • Several tools to enhance details: unsharp mask, RL deconvolution, contrast by detail levels
  • Multi-threaded algorithms for high performance
  • Quick thumbnails load lightning fast and are replaced later with live thumbnails
  • Batch processing: convert all the developed images at once without not loading the processor while you work
  • Basic tools immediately at your hands
  • Parallel editing of multiple images
  • An optional secondary display can be used

Raw Therapee is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from graphics editors without restrictions. Raw Therapee 4.2.74 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from RT Team.

RawTherapee has been picked by our editors as excellent.
RawTherapee has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested RawTherapee 4.2.74 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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