Tapes Releases Instant JPEG from Raw Utility (UPDATED)|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, October 3, 2008 - 12:15 EDT)
Tired of shooting Raw+JPEG?
Michael Tapes of RawWorkflow.com and Imagenomic have collaborated on a free utility to extract the JPEG preview from Raw files. The operating system plug-in for Mac OS X or Windows XP/Vista can, Tapes said, eliminate the need to shoot Raw+JPEG because the extraction is very quick.
The user guide distributed with the utility, which is made available as contextual menu plug-in, notes that embedded JPEGs reflect the image settings active on the camera at the time of capture and, while smaller than the native resolution of the Raw file, still deliver medium or better quality images.
In addition to extracting the embedded JPEG, the utility can also create a smaller thumbnail of the image, appending the size to the root filename in a subfolder. In fact, the utility can process whole folders doing both operations at the same time.
Michael Johnston's The Online Photographer has a short video by Tapes illustrating how to use the utility. And John Nack's blog talks about the possibilities of using this on DNG images processed in Lightroom or Camera Raw with the option to update the preview.
The utility requires registration for the download links.
2008-10-04 We compared our Raw+JPEG images to the extracted JPEGs this utility produces. Some cameras let you pick the size of the JPEG you record, others don't (typically limiting you to the smallest JPEG). We shoot with the largest size JPEG, which yields a 4288x2845 pixel image. The images this utility extracts from the Raw file are only 1024x680 pixels, fine for screen display but a little less than we'd want to print. The extraction was instant, though.