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As a photographer (amateur) I have tens of thousands of RAW files and in my work flow one of the first things I do is review my photographs so that I can choose what to discard or mark as worthy to develop further.

One of the most frustrating things I find and I know I'm not alone in this this is there are almost no file browsers / viewers / managers that are capable of displaying RAW files in a timely fashion.

Most file browsers are woefully inadequate in this area, they either can't manage RAW files or are so painfully slow as to render a work flow unusable.

Please, please, please, I don't want this file browser / viewer / manager to have editing capabilities or fancy gimmicks, just the ability to take a mass of very large RAW  and affinity files and display them in number of formats, i.e. in grid form, film strip, etc etc very vey fast.

The manager / viewer / browser needs to able to show histograms as well exif data etc. The ability to search and display files on a range of file parameters super quickly.

 

 

 

Please don't mistake my opinion for expert comment :) for no way no how am I an expert on anything. However I am curious and willing to learn. 

 

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You don't say what OS you're using.

For Windows you might consider FastStone Image Viewer.

For Windows or Mac you might consider XnViewMP.

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1 hour ago, Reggie1958 said:

As a photographer (amateur) I have tens of thousands of RAW files and in my work flow one of the first things I do is review my photographs so that I can choose what to discard or mark as worthy to develop further.

One of the most frustrating things I find and I know I'm not alone in this this is there are almost no file browsers / viewers / managers that are capable of displaying RAW files in a timely fashion.

Most file browsers are woefully inadequate in this area, they either can't manage RAW files or are so painfully slow as to render a work flow unusable.

Please, please, please, I don't want this file browser / viewer / manager to have editing capabilities or fancy gimmicks, just the ability to take a mass of very large RAW  and affinity files and display them in number of formats, i.e. in grid form, film strip, etc etc very vey fast.

The manager / viewer / browser needs to able to show histograms as well exif data etc. The ability to search and display files on a range of file parameters super quickly.

 

 

 

 

1 hour ago, Reggie1958 said:

As a photographer (amateur) I have tens of thousands of RAW files and in my work flow one of the first things I do is review my photographs so that I can choose what to discard or mark as worthy to develop further.

One of the most frustrating things I find and I know I'm not alone in this this is there are almost no file browsers / viewers / managers that are capable of displaying RAW files in a timely fashion.

Most file browsers are woefully inadequate in this area, they either can't manage RAW files or are so painfully slow as to render a work flow unusable.

Please, please, please, I don't want this file browser / viewer / manager to have editing capabilities or fancy gimmicks, just the ability to take a mass of very large RAW  and affinity files and display them in number of formats, i.e. in grid form, film strip, etc etc very vey fast.

The manager / viewer / browser needs to able to show histograms as well exif data etc. The ability to search and display files on a range of file parameters super quickly.

 

You might want to have a look at "Fast Raw Viewer".  Here is the link: https://www.fastrawviewer.com/about-and-features.

It is available both on Mac OS and on Windows.  I'm using it on Mac and it is really fast. It displays the picture from the RAW file; it is NOT using the embedded jpg.

 

 

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22 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

You don't say what OS you're using.

For Windows you might consider FastStone Image Viewer.

For Windows or Mac you might consider XnViewMP.

Hi Walt, thanks for your reply :) Sorry I wasn't clear:

I'm using MacOS I've tried the XnViewMP application and it doesn't really cut it for RAW files, yes it'll display them but painfully slow on my MacBook-Pro ... it's a decent spec (the best at the time of purchase) I got the hardware with high end photography in mind so even the graphics card was the highest spec at the time of purchase,  .. I say this so I know it's not the hardware that's slow :-/

 

Update  Awdt has come up with a good alternative Fast Raw Viewer :) it is very very quick and not too expensive.

 

Thanks

Reggie

Please don't mistake my opinion for expert comment :) for no way no how am I an expert on anything. However I am curious and willing to learn. 

 

Affinity Photo (latest I promise)

Affinity Photo Beta (I have a lot of time on my hands)

Affinity Designer (Also the latest; promise)

Affinity Designer Beta (Because I like new things)

I need to get out more - Yes :)

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21 hours ago, Awtd said:

Thanks Awtd, that's a great steer, yes I'm impressed with Fast Raw Viewer .. I gave It a test drive and it mostly works great .... it has crashed on me a couple of times which is a bit worrying. However it's not over expensive so maybe it might be worth buying and hope it gets more stable. I will test it further. I have found Photo Mechanic now but it's $150 hmm I might need to think about Photo Mechanic which is also a photo manager too ...

 

21 hours ago, Awtd said:

 

 

Please don't mistake my opinion for expert comment :) for no way no how am I an expert on anything. However I am curious and willing to learn. 

 

Affinity Photo (latest I promise)

Affinity Photo Beta (I have a lot of time on my hands)

Affinity Designer (Also the latest; promise)

Affinity Designer Beta (Because I like new things)

I need to get out more - Yes :)

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The Adobe Bridge application is free for all to be used and can be downloaded from the Adobe web site.

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