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for Mac OS X (10.6+)
- 64-bit App: FastRawViewer-220.127.116.112.dmg
(compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems running on 64-bit CPU)
for Windows 7 - Windows 10
Note: here are no separate DirectX/OpenGL Windows installers anymore; the graphics acceleration subsystem (DirectX/OpenGL) can be chosen without re-installing the program: (see release notes below).
For Windows XP (SP3) - Windows Vista
There is a single FastRawViewer Manual (in pdf format) for both Windows and Mac OS X versions (the manual comes with the installation, too).
Use this to acclimate yourself to the interface, tools (RAW histogram and statistics, over- and underexposure indication, focus peaking, exposure correction, white balance, ratings, labels, titles, descriptions etc), Preferences, file handling and navigation, and get an idea as to how to customize the FRV setup for your preferred workflow.
Below are several resources that can be used to acquaint oneself with the RAW workflow that we have developed, integrating FastRawViewer into a process that starts at the memory card and goes up to the RAW converter.
They can also help one recognize and analyze operator errors so as to improve shooting discipline.
for Mac OS X
FastRawViewer for Mac OS X requires any Intel-based Mac (excluding Mac Mini 2005) with Mac OS X 10.6+ installed. We recommend a video card with OpenGL 2.1 support (that's every native Mac video card that works with OS X 10.6). An OpenGL emulator will be used if such a video card is not present in the system; some of the advanced features of FastRawViewer will take significant time to render without hardware support for OpenGL.
FastRawViewer for Windows requires a computer with SSE3-compatible CPU (that is, manufactured after 2004) and not-so-ancient video card. It works on a variety of 32/64 bit Windows platforms: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,10 (we suggest Windows 7 or 8.1/64-bit).
FastRawViewer for Windows uses hardware graphics acceleration:
- Graphics based on Microsoft DirectX: DirectX 9.0 is required, DirectX 9.0c support or later is recommended
- Graphics based on OpenGL - requires a video card with at least OpenGL 2.1 support.
If Your Browsing Speed is Low,
or You are Experiencing Graphics Issues
If you are experiencing sluggish behavior, or any graphic issues, updating video drivers may be very helpful. In fact, we suggest to keep your video drivers up-to-date in any case.
- For Intel graphics, please follow http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033757.htm and select your model from the list.
- For NVIDIA, please use http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
- For AMD/ATI, please use http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
- For DirectX installs, the minimal necessary version of DirectX is at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109
- If you've updated video drivers via Windows Update, you may need to reboot you system to apply update in full.
Some links to help detecting which card you have in your system:
What's new in FastRawViewer 1.3
In this video we're going to very quickly show you the most important tools and features that were added in FastRawViewer version 1.3.
You can read in detail about all of the tools and features mentioned (as well as not mentioned) in this video in the manual that comes with FastRawViewer installer, and also available on this website.
Also useful are the Quick Start Tips.
Limiting the displayed folder tree
You can right-click on any folder in Folders panel, choose Start folder tree at [foldername] in menu, and the displayed folder tree starts from that folder (and includes its subfolders). An additional panel will appear at the top of the Folders panel, with the (x) and [↑] button and the following message: Folder filter On.
- The (x) button turns off the filtration, and displays the entire folder tree again.
- The [↑] button will move the "root" of the filtration one level higher.
With default settings, folder filtration is not stored. This can be changed by turning off the following setting: File Handling - Program Startup - Reset folder tree filtering on start.
When changing the current folder for any reason (opening a file or folder through any method, unloading the current file) to a folder "beyond the current filter," the filter automatically turns off.
- Program settings, keyboard shortcuts, EXIF settings, and the bottom bar are saved only "immediately after a change" (same behavior as previously), but not when exiting the program. This way, you can use scripts to set hidden settings while FRV is launched, with changes made by the scripts being preserved upon exiting the program (if, of course, the settings weren't changed through Preferences after the script was run) and applied upon the next launch.
- If the default keys for Grid/Filmstrip navigation (arrows, Home, End, PgUp/PgDn) are assigned to some action, then the Grid/Filmstrip will ignore these keys regardless of the current possibility to perform those actions (for example: if the Undo action is assigned the Up arrow, then in FRV 1.3, if it is possible to Undo, that is the Undo stack is not empty, the Undo action will be performed. If not, then you will navigate through the Grid).
- Folders Panel: a tooltip with the complete path to a folder has been added.
- Color Management settings - Color space for Thumbnails: a new ProPhoto variant has been added for the support of several (old?) PhaseOne (and Kodak?) digital backs.
- The maximum size of a thumbnail which can be read from a RAW file is limited to 128Mb. The maximum size of a file from which a thumbnail will be read is limited to 2Gb.
- Windows/Folders panel: displays share name for network volumes.
- Contrast controls buttons are disabled in highlights inspection mode.
- A check for possible access beyond the file size when reading thumbnails has been added.
- AVX2 detector: will also check for OS AVX support.
- Shortcuts Editor: Save button renamed to Export to avoid confusion
- New statusbar item 'Current file selection status', shows is current file selected or not.
- Canon 1300D
- Fuji X-Pro2 compressed format
- Nikon D500
- Pentax K-1 (incl. pixel-shift mode)
- A bug in the processing of the built-in color matrix for PhaseOne files has been fixed.
- Bug fixed: external programs #5 and #6 was never listed in context menus.
- Fixed bug in lossy DNG ('fast load' DNG) processing.
- Fixed a bug when Move to next if rating set/if label set worked the same way as if rating or label set
- Fixed bug with files filtering if sort order set to EXIF timestamp
FastRawViewer 1.3 Major changes
FRV supports the display of file previews in the main window
Under the default settings, this mode turns on upon starting the program and when switching between folders that are being looked at. In Grid display mode, the Filmstrip panel is hidden (customizable), if it was in its default position at the bottom of the window.
In Grid mode, the following are accessible (through the menu or the context menu which opens upon right-clicking)
- copying, moving, moving to the _Rejected subfolder;
- changing the file orientation;
- setting the label/rating;
- passing to an external converter;
- and, obviously, moving to Single File Mode (double-click, or hit Enter on the file or Menu - View - Switch to single image /press G/)
File context menu (Right click) is available on Grid or Filmstrip view:
At the top right of the Grid Mode window there are three buttons:
- "statistics" - turns on the display of RAW-histograms, exposure statistics, EXIF data (by default, this is turned off for the sake of file browsing speed)
- "funnel" - filtration by rating/label. Duplicates the funnel on the Filmstrip panel.
- "gear" - preview display mode settings (size, how to show the name of the file, rating-label, the tooltip)
Other Grid settings: Preferences - Grid/Filmstrip
Operations with multiple files
When displayed in a Grid and in the Filmstrip panel, files can be marked by:
- Ctrl-Click (Command-Click on Mac)
- Set a checkmark in a checkbox in the upper-right corner of the preview thumbnail
- Through the actions in Menu - Select/Batch
- (De)select, (De)select and move to next
- Select All, Invert Selection, Deselect All
- Select by Rating/Label
- Save/Load/Append selection to/from file
Marked files are emphasied background color (customizable):
With a group of marked files, one can preform the following operations (Menu - Select/Batch or the right click context menu of the selected file)
- copying, moving, moving to the _Rejected subfolder
- changing the file orientation
- setting the label/rating
- passing to an external converter
Undo: reversing file operations
The following operations:
- All file operations (copy/move/rejected)
- All operations preformed with ratings/labels
- Group orientation changing
How to Undo: Menu - File - Undo or Ctrl-Z
- the depth of the Undo history is 50 steps
- when changing the folder that is being looked at, the Undo history is cleared
The settings can be changed in the Preferences - Copy/Move/Reject
Highlights inspection Mode
(Menu - View - Highlights inspection or Shift-H or the 'H' button in the bottom bar).
This mode decompresses highlights, compressing the shadows (the opposite of the Shadows boost action), is intended for visual inspection of the highlights when Overexposure display isn't enough (for example, in the case when a formally not-overexposed channel becomes overexposed after white balance is applied to it).
Settings: Preferences - Image Display - Highlights inspection:
- Gamma decrease: the Highlights Inspection mode turns on the gamma curve (independent of the tonal curve that has been set) with a value of "2.2 minus the gamma decrease"
- Decrease exposure by: the current value of the exposure compensation decreases by the indicated value.
- Apply UniWB white balance: temporarily turns on the UniWB white balance (all white balance coefficients are set to 1), which allows one to get rid of the highlights that were overexposed because of application of white balance.
Sharpening for display
Under the default settings, this is turned on through the 'S' key or the 'USM' button at the bottom of the screen (in the E/D/S group).
This is supported only on videocards with Framebuffers support (everything recent), in Direct-X mode, DirectX 9.0c support is needed (meaning that it doesn't work with old Intel chipsets).
Two sharpening settings are supported, which can be changed in a cycle - 1st setting is on, 2nd setting is on, sharpening is off.
(as is on left, sharpened on right)
Modes are set in the Preferences - Image Display - Screen sharpening
- the checkmark on the group turns the sharpening feature on/off.
- First setting:
- Mode: controls how the sharpening is applied; "when the button is pressed" (this is the default) or "always on".
- Radius - sets the "mask radius," values starting with 1.0 correspond to Photoshop scale on radius. For the range between 0.1-0.99, the step is a bit less than that of Photoshop.
- Amount - this is the "intensity" of sharpening, similar to that of Photoshop.
- Second setting:
- Mode: setting is on or off
- the remaining parameters are like the previous setting.
Tone curves (contrast settings) reworked
In the Image Display settings it is now possible to select either between 4 standard "colorimetric" tone curves or to use Variable Contrast tone curves.
By default, Variable contrast curves are selected, allowing the Contrast setting on next file setting and changing the contrast with arrow-shaped buttons at the bottom bar (this replaces the dropdown with the list of tone curves that used to be there in previous versions) or through Menu - Adjust - Increase Contrast (keys: K, Shift-+), Decrease Contrast (Shift-K, Shift--).
Variable Contrast allows one to set 11 standard values (from -5 to +5), and 6 "Ultra contrast" values, from U+0 to U+5.
Once Variable Contrast is applied, it is recorded to the XMP file the same way as all other parameters:
- if the tone curve was changed by the user
- if Force XMP files creation is on, the value of Variable Contrast will be recorded when the file is opened
Compatibility with Adobe RAW Converters
The range of standard values (-5 to +5) approximately corresponds to the Adobe Contrast slider values (-100 to +100). The "Ultra" values correspond to Adobe Contrast values +100, with the Blacks slider being between -20 and -100.
To record the fields for Contrast and Blacks in the Adobe-compatible format, use the setting XMP - Adobe compatible Exposure, Contrast and White Balance - Write Adobe-compatible Contrast/Blacks into XMP files
If this setting is on, the values for Contrast and Blacks will be recorded in newly-created XMP files and also to existing XMP files with Adobe Process Version set to 2012.
- The new Parameter Preferences - GPU Processing - Store all renderings in GPU memory
is recommended for discreet video cards with video RAM of 1GB and more. If this parameter is on, all of the representations of the current file (RAW, intJPEG, extJPEG) are stored in video memory, thus making switching between the representations nearly instant.
- Increased performance due to support of AVX2 commands (works with 64-bit Windows and with OS X).
For Intel Core i3/5/7 4xxx/5xxx/6xxx processes, with AVX2 instruction set, the refresh speed for the RAW display when image control parameters (White Balance, Exposure Compensation, etc.) are changed increases by 15-20%
To enable and disable AVX2 support for the processes with this instruction set, the UseAVX2/NoAVX2 scripts can be used.
The capabilities of the processor are determined when FastRawViewer is launched, and if AVX2 instruction set is not supported, the code that takes advantage of this instruction set is disabled.
- Control over concurrent RAW processing:
Prefs.ProcessingMaxParallel, can be changed through editing or by launching the SetProcessingMaxParallel script. This is intended to be used on highly multi-cored computers (for example, 2 6-core CPUs with HyperThreading are 24 cores from FRV's point of view): when processing small RAW files on such computers, it may be useful to limit the concurrency to 10 or 15 threads. The default value is 255, that is no more than 255 cores will be used.
- New mode for setting white balance: through per-channel EV corrections in Preferences - White Balance - White balance edit mode; Range: +-3EV.
- New hidden (scripts) customization: EnableFoldersRefresh/DisableFoldersRefresh enables/disables automated Folders tree refresh
- New setting Hide panels floating within main window in Grid mode
- all panels that are floating inside the main window will be hidden once a display mode is switched to Grid View mode, and displayed again when changing to Single View mode
- The setting 'Hide filmstrip' replaces the previous 'Hide docked filmstrip', the option "Always" is removed, the floating filmstrip is controlled through the general setting for floating panels.
- New control for Statusbar: Text fields width: Auto, Minimum allowed, Maximum allowed
- Auto: same behavior as previously, i.e. the width of the text fields in the bottom bar (file name, EXIF summary, etc.) is adjusted according to the length of the information, displayed in the field (within certain limits)
- Minimum allowed: the width of the fields is set to the minimum allowed value
- Maximum allowed: the width of the fields is set to the maximum allowed value
If 'Statusbar: Text fields width: Minimum allowed or Maximum allowed' is active the extra buttons in the button blocks which have variable size (channel selection, switching between RAW - internal JPEG - external JPEG) the extra buttons are not hidden, but disabled.
- New settings: 'Grid/Filmstrip' - Grid View font size' and 'Filmstrip panel font size'
These settings adjust the font size used to display the file name and the size of the stars for the rating field.
- Preferences - Other - Debug log: an option to record error messages only
- For the filenames that differ in extension only and are located in the same folder:
- New setting XMP - Warn if overwrite XMP for file with same name
If it is "on", FastRawViewer will ask user for confirmation before overwriting an XMP sidecar file containing settings for a file with the same name but different extension
- New setting XMP - Disable batch XMP operations if files with same name are selected
If it is "on" and the selected files contain filenames that differ in extension only, the batch editing of XMP (setting or changing orientation, labels, ratings) will be grayed out / disabled in Menu - Select/Batch and in context menu.
- The setting XMP - Enable XMP editing for JPEG files is deleted, XMP name conflicts are detected as described above.
- New setting XMP - Warn if overwrite XMP for file with same name
- Focus Peaking:
- If a Focus Peaking mode is disabled in Preferences, the corresponding button is removed from the bottom bar
- New menu items Contrast Edges On and Fine Details On replicate the buttons in the bottom bar
Those menu items can have shortcuts assigned to them (no shortcuts are assigned to them by default)
- A group of menu items (old ones, Focus Peaking Turn Edge/Details/None, and the two above-mentioned new ones are moved to sub-menu Menu - View - Focus Peaking
- Ability to use DNG ForwardMatrix instead of ColorMatrix for image display (changeable via scripts).
- When Apply Adobe hidden exposure correction setting (in Preferences) is disabled, the setting Set hidden exposure correction to is also disabled
- XMP files now contain certain technical info for exposure correction, white balance, and contrast to facilitate technical support.
- The setting Preferences - Interface - Hide floating panels replaces the previous 'Do not hide panels outside of main window', adding more flexibility, with the following options to process pressing the Tab key:
- Hide All - all panels will be hidden
- Those inside main window - only the panels inside the main window will be hidden
- Do not hide - Tab has no effect on the panel visibility
- Copy/Move have been re-worked:
- up to 5 last folders which were destinations for Copy or Move operations are stored (two lists are maintained separate for Copy and Move)
- these lists are available upon program relaunch.
- The destinations in the lists have hotkeys assigned.
- The list is shifted down by one position after Copy (Move) - Select destination, the selected folder becomes the topmost in the list.
- Support for RawPhotoProcessor is enhanced:
- new setting RPPS Template points to a file to be used as a proto while creating .rpps file if none exist for the current raw file
- new setting Never write Green2 white balance for RGB files: switches off the recording of the separate white balance coefficient for the second green channel, even when white balance coefficients for G1 and G2 channels differ significantly.
- New settings in Registry/OS X Preferences: ScrollBarsWidth and ScrollBarsHeight, allowing to set the sizes of the scrollbars in pixels.
- The setting for warnings on Move to same folder' and Warn on delete are expanded - it is now possible to warn only if several files are to be moved or deleted.
- New XMP - Refresh XMP metadata and thumbnails after batch operation setting has been added. This enables the full re-read of previews and metadata after a batch operation (Rotate, Rating, Label) with XMP was preformed
- Support for black and white JPEG previews for full-color RAW files
- New Filmstrip display mode: unchecking Thumbnails Size - Display thumbnails will result in only filename, rating, and label displayed. This mode is useful when displaying the filenames as a list in a vertically-oriented Filmstrip, with or without ratings and labels.
- Centering of the image selected in the Filmstrip when the image is the rightmost or leftmost: this setting is now in Interface - Grid/Filmstrip - Center edge Filmstrip items, replacing the script used for this purpose in the previous version.
- The image which is currently processed (reading and decoding) is highlighted in the GridFilmstrip with a red frame
- New Interface - Grid/Filmstrip - Stop Thumbnail decoding while RAW file being processed setting
- No - Thumbnail decoding is not postponed while RAW decoding takes place, with the two competing for processor resources.
- Single file mode - Thumbnail decoding is postponed in Single File View Mode until the RAW decoding is finished; in Grid mode, the two happen concurrently.
- Single file and grid modes - Thumbnail recording is postponed for any RAW decoding action.
- EXIF panel reworked:
- limits to resize have been removed
- tooltips show the values for each line
- the obsolete setting "reserve NNN lines" has been removed
- Statusbar setting dialog is made scrollable and doesn't occupy the whole screen on OS X anymore.
- File name and folder name in the bottom bar: if those do not fit in the field they are abridged by replacing the middle characters with dots.
- Exposure Stats panel reworked:
- the new setting (on the gear icon) Show pixels counts (default: off) enables the legacy display of the number of pixels and percents. By default only the percents with an increased number of significant digits are displayed.
- XMP Metadata panel: the size of the stars in the ratings is scaled when the font size for the panels is changed.
- Support for AnalogBalance tag in DNG.
- New hidden setting WheelScrollLines to change the number of lines scrolled with a single wheel movement. The default is 2 lines, to change the number you can edit and run WheelScrollDefault script.
- If the change of the sizes of GridView/Thumbnails causes the change in number of elements in a row/column, the currently active element is positioned close to the center of the viewport
- The abridgement of the folder names in the Folders panel has been reworked - they now no longer reduced abruptly, instead an attempt is made to use the full width of the panel.
- The hidden FilmstripFileOpenDelay (see manual) setting has been reworked; the minimum wait period for the transition to the next file in the Filmstrip grid is reduced to 10 msec, while the standard value is set to 255.
- The maximum number of entries for the recent folders list has been increased to 10. The visited folder is stored in the list even if no files from this folder were opened (but the folder does contain RAW and/or JPEG files)
- New File Handling - Warn on empty folders setting
If this setting is on, and the folder doesn't contain the supported file types (filters are off) a warning will appear in the Filmstrip and in the Grid.
- New RAW+JPEG - Use external jpeg as thumbnail if no built-in preview present setting
If the setting is on, and the RAW file doesn't contain an embedded JPEG but an external JPEG to this file exists, this external JPEG will be displayed in the Filmstrip and in Grid view.
- New option for displaying white balance: 'Channel EV Correction'.
In this mode, the amount of per-channel exposure compensation (in stops, EV) necessary to white balance the image is displayed.
- New hidden TryJPEGRawDecode setting
If this setting is enabled (through a script), then existing JPEG files which do not have a RAW counterpart if they are in fact RAW and displayed in the main window, as the previews are not available. Two scripts: NoJPEGasRAW and TryJPEGasRAW are provided to switch this on and off. This setting is to support unofficial firmwares (hacks) that record RAW files with JPEG extensions.
- Windows: the Program Files\LibRaw\FastRawViewer\scripts\BackupSettings.cmd script saves FRV settings in Documents\FRV-backup\...reg as three separate files: main settings, keyboard settings, and settings used for the last launch.
These settings can be transferred to other Windows computers.
This script is also located in All Programs\LibRaw\FastRawViewer
- Keyboard shortcut editor: the location and the size of the keyboard shortcut editor window are restored upon a new launch.
- Windows 8 - Windows 10: If the PDF of the manual is located in the program folder, the Menu - Help - Online Manual item is changed to Menu - Help - PDF Manual and the local copy of the manual is opened when this menu item is activated.
- What's new/Tips are opened (for the first launch of a new version of FastRawViewer or if the Tips display is "on") if start with "last visited folder" or "last opened file" is active.
- Canon 1DX Mark II, 80D
- Fujifilm X-Pro2 (only uncompressed RAW files), X70 and X-E2S
- Leica M (Typ 262), X-U (Typ 113)
- Nikon D5
- Olympus Pen-F and SH-3
- Panasonic ZS-60/TZ81/85 and TZ100/101/ZS100, GX80/85
- Phase One IQ3 100Mpix and IQ150
- Sony ILCE-6300, RX10-III, ILCA-68 (A68)
- YUNEEC CGO4
- When the size of the Thumbnails was changed or the Thumbnail cache was purged, the files which were in the queue for Thumbnail extraction are no longer stuck in the queue.
- A bug in processing of damaged .eip files was fixed.
- If monitor profile was changed, thumbnails in grid/filmstrip were not re-rendered
- Fixed incorrect processing of LinearizationData tag for Linear DNG files
- For DNG files in portrait mode and with bitmap-preview the thumbnail orientation was changed to landscape
- In DirectX mode, first compiled shader was not saved (program functions was not affected, but next start slightly slower).
- If External Program was missing, 'Delete' button in warning dialog not worked as expected.
- Correct processing of UserComment EXIF tag.
- EXIF and Folders panels do not change the height when toggling their visibility with Tab key.
Obsolete functions, deleted
- The setting 'After current file moved' - no point in it while working with a group of files.
- The setting "Go to next file if current one is filtered out" removed, FRV behaves as this setting is 'always on' .
- The button 'Ignore EXIF rotation data' is deleted - please use an option to rotate a group of files
- Windows: Software OpenGL mode is no longer available. It was never used in all of version 1.2's history, but occupies 4MB in the distribution.
- "Delete previous file" deleted
- "Restore last moved-to-_Rejected file", replaced with Undo
- "Save Last Seen file in folder" deleted, please use Recent files
- "Open a file by number" deleted.
- Preferences - Interface - Alternate key handler deleted
This parameter can now be set through the scripts (No)AlternateKeyHandler, (No)GlobalAlternateKeyHandler