FastRawViewer 1.3 is available now!
Grid Mode View, Select/Deselect and Multiple Files operations, Screen Sharpening, Highlight Inspection and more
Our $14.99 Special Price for FastRawViewer 1.3 is valid until June 10, 2016. Buy now!
The Only Real Raw Viewer
The Essential Workflow Tool for Every RAW Shooter
FastRawViewer is the only WYSIWYG RAW viewer that allows to see RAW exactly as a converter will "see" it, and provides RAW-based tools to estimate what a converter will be able to squeeze from the shot.
FastRawViewer is a must have; it's all you need for extremely fast and reliable culling, direct presentation, as well as for speeding up of the conversion stage of any amounts of any RAW images of every format.
(fully functional 30-day trial)
(the list is regularly updated)
FastRawViewer currently supports:
- 877 digital cameras and mobile devices;
- almost every single RAW format*
To Choose Correctly You Need to See a Correct Preview
A JPEG's preview and a JPEG histogram can be very deceptive.
Look below; each of the pictures demonstrates two previews of the same shot – one is an embedded JPEG with a JPEG histogram (left part of the picture) and the other is from the RAW data with a RAW histogram (right part of the picture).
Will you choose to keep the shot, looking only at the left part of the picture?
Other viewers will show just the embedded JPEG or an uncontrolled conversion of a shot (left part of the picture).
Only FastRawViewer displays RAW as the camera captured it and as RAW converters will "see" it (right part of the picture).
For the first time ever, there is a Fast Raw Viewer that will enable you to evaluate exposure
based on RAW data and not on the brightness of some uncontrolled render or embedded JPEG.
What is the possibility of making a mistake when culling RAW shots based on the JPEG previews?
Shooting RAW, and evaluating it based on a JPEG preview is akin to making a definite conclusion about the exact shape of an object based on its shadow on a wall.
This is often used as an explanation as to why it is “only natural” that most image viewers display some render or embedded JPEGs instead of RAW, JPEG-based histogram instead of RAW histogram, and over- and underexposure indicators derived from JPEG previews.
Using a RAW converter as a culling tool is an extremely time consuming endeavor, not to mention other serious inconveniences, such as uncontrolled collection growth which slow down the overall process and creates constant optimization and maintenance requirements.
Suggested RAW-based Workflow
Key Benefits and Features of FastRawViewer
Ingests and Displays RAW
FastRawViewer is the only viewer to work directly with RAW
and not just with an embedded JPEG or an uncontrolled RAW conversion.
Very Comfortable Speed of Browsing through any Amounts of RAW Shots
Works with any file system, access any media from flash card to network server,
with no intermediate catalogues created and no disk space wasted
• 6-8 frames per second
on a modern notebook or desktop computer for files from modern digital cameras 16-36 Mpix**
• 24-30 frames per second for CinemaDNG 2.5k
on a modern notebook or desktop computer (we used Blackmagic Pocket Cinema files for testing**)
Culling with Confidence. Extremely Fast
Unique features for the rapid and reliable technical evaluation of RAW shots
(in composite and per channel view)
Detect the Over/Underexposed
Areas from RAW Data
Dynamic Range Evaluation
with a Real RAW Histogram
The real RAW Histogram allows one to evaluate whether the dynamic range of the scene on the shot fits within the camera's dynamic range.
Check In-Focus Areas
and Noise in Shadows
Focus Peaking highlights in-focus areas (Edges), and highly detailed areas or areas with high noise level or false details (Details).
Are Shadows Too Deep?
Shadow Boost allows one to lift shadows and bring out details, or evaluate noise level in shadows. Useful for image presentation and evaluation.
Are Highlights Too Flat?
Check for Details
Highlight Inspection dims the shadows/midtones, and increases the contrast in the highlights in order to evaluate the details in the highlights.
Check Each Channel Separately
Per-Channel View allows one to evaluate the noise level as well as over- and underexposure amount and areas for every channel separately.
Speed Up Image Processing in Adobe Lr/ACR
FastRawViewer allows one to apply adjustments, and records them as XMPs,
providing Adobe converters with a better starting point
Overall Image Brightness
Exposure Correction allows one to adjust the overall image brightness; adjustments are recorded in XMP files, so Adobe Lr/ACR will go from there.
Adjust "White Balance":
Overall Image Color
White Balance allows one to adjust the overall image color; adjustments are recorded in XMP files, so there is no need to repeat them in Adobe Lr/ACR.
Adjust Image Contrast:
Apply Tone Curve
A variety of Contrast (Tone) Curves allows contrast control, increasing and decreasing it as necessary for image presentation and evaluation.
To spare your time adjusting series of similar shots (sports, panorama, etc.), FastRawViewer allows one to propagate exposure correction, white balance and contrast curve adjustments made for the first shot to all shots in series.
Immediate Presentation of RAW Shots
Features for on-the-fly visual improvement of RAW images
Instant Image Adjustments:
Brightness, Color, Contrast
Want Image to be Sharper?
Try Sharpening for Display
Two presets for Sharpening for Display allow one to immediately sharpen the image as well as evaluate what can be done in the conversion stage.
Want it in Black and White?
Not a Problem!
Black and White Preview gives one an idea as to how the image will look in black and white. Per-channel view is also available in this mode.
Browse, Filter, Select, Process Multiple or a Single Files
Select and place any RAW file or a group of RAW files wherever you want them to be. Fast and easy
Grid View Mode
or Single File View Mode
Select and Deselect
One Image, Group, All
Select/deselect one image, a group of consecutive images, or all images in the current folder from the Grid/Filmstrip, or invert the selection.
Single or Multiple Files'
Operations and Processing
Assign While Browsing
Ratings and Labels, as well as Titles and Descriptions, are recorded in XMP files and are acknowledged by RAW converters that support them.
Sort and Filter Files:
Content Displayed and its Order
Displayed files can be filtered using label and ratings combinations. Files can be sorted via different criteria, which are chosen in Preferences.
Save Selection to File
and Load or Append it Later
If it is necessary to continue work with the selection later, it can be saved to a file and then loaded from the file or appended to currently-marked files.
One Thumbnail - Three Views:
Display of RAW and JPEGs
With one click you can switch between RAW, embedded (internal) and external (from the Pair RAW + JPEG) JPEGs together with their histograms.
Zoom in on the Details:
Zoom, Pan, Drag
Want the Image Area Bigger?
Use Full Screen Mode
To increase the image area use full screen mode. All panels can be closed (the Tab key toggles them open and close) or moved onto another monitor.
Fully Customizable Working Environment
Tune FastRawViewer to fit your habits, needs, and preferences
What EXIF Information
Do You Want to See?
Customizable EXIF Data Display allows one to include and exclude fields and see as much or as little EXIF info for each shot as you want.
Used to Different Shortcuts?
Change or Upload
Need to Change Settings?
Preferences are User-Friendly
Use Preferences to adjust interface, tune functionality settings according to your tasks, and increase performance of FastRawViewer.
Tune Image Display
FastRawViewer Color Management System allows one to match image display and color workflow to the monitor one is currently using.
Total Interface Adjustment:
Color, Size, Visibility
Need Fast Folder Access?
Use Favorite Folders List
Create and manage a list of often-used folders for quick and readily-available access to them for any future browsing that you may need to do.
What Experts Say about FastRawViewer...
Thom Hogan, byThomDSLRBodies, USA
Lloyd Chambers, diglloyd, USA
Mike Tomkins, Imaging Resource, USA
Gannon Burgett, Imaging Resource, USA
Nasim Mansurov, Photographylife, USA
Mihaela Citea, Softpedia, USA
Review, SnapFiles, USA
The license allows you to use the software on two (2) computers simultaneously.
The same License Key is valid for both Windows and OS X platforms.
* For Sigma Foveon cameras, raw viewing is not supported.
** Testing was performed on current Intel i5 and i7 CPUs, with a mix of shots from cameras launched between 2014-2016, using a fast SSD drive.
We recommend fast SSD drives for peak performance.