Updated: Sigma SD10 review update: Detailed review of Sigma Photo Pro software!|
(Monday, November 17, 2003 - 14:36 EST)
While I wasn't thrilled with the original Sigma SD9 (I'm much more impressed with the SD10), I've always been a fan of the excellent Sigma Photo Pro (SPP for short) software application.
News editor Mike Tomkins had an opportunity to work with version 2.0 of SPP pretty extensively while preparing the "gallery" photos he shot to accompany our review of the SD10 camera, and liked it every bit as much as I do. He's prepared a very detailed review of its capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, which you can read in the newly-updated Software section of the SD10 review.
We both particularly liked the workflow that's now supported by SPP V2.0, which lets you quickly work through a batch of images, color correcting and tone-adjusting them and storing the corrections in the headers of the X3F raw-format files. Once you're done, you can then set the application batch-processing all of the files, based on the information stored i the headers. Very slick, resulting in a very efficient work flow.
Read Mike's review of SPP for full details. (We both feel that SPP is arguably a reason to buy a Sigma camera, and existing SD9 owners will be pleased to learn that the new version of SPP will be freely available for them as well.)