FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Release

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FastRawViewer 1.4.4

FastRawViewer 1.4.4 finally released:

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Note: as usual, new version will appear in automatic updates within a week or so.

So, what's new, what's changed, and what's fixed.

Camera support

  • Canon EOS M100, G1 X Mark III
  • Fujifilm X-E3
  • Nikon D850
  • Olympus E-M10 mk III
  • Panasonic DC-G9 (standard resolution RAWs only, high-res mode is not supported yet)
  • PhaseOne IQ3 100Mp Trichromatic
  • Sony RX10-IV, RX0, A7R III

New settings and features

Combining the 'Single File' and 'Batch' keys (together with their respective menu options)

In FastRawiViewer 1.3, we made the decision (in the interest of not bamboozling users) to separate the hotkeys/menu options in cases of individual work with single files and group work with groups of selected files. In this case, the context menus worked as expected: the one in the main window of the application always worked with the current file, the Grid/Filmstrip one depended on whether or not the file belonged to a set of "selected" files (back then the operation was for groups) or not.

This behavior was chosen so as to not startle existing users. However, this was somewhat unusual and not convenient for everyone, so starting from version 1.4.4 we are going to (gradually) unify these menu option/hotkey sets.

This new functionality can be turned on through Preferences -> Grid & Filmstrip -> Single file keys work for multiple files too (see arrow 1 at the picture below).

FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Preferences. Single File Key for Multiple Files

This mode has a second setting (see arrow 2 at the picture above) Preferences -> Grid/Filmstrip -> If the current file is not in the group of selected files, single-file shortcuts will work with, with the options:

  • Current file - the buttons to act on files work on the current file
  • Selected group - works with the selected group
  • Both - the current file is implicitly added to the selected group.

When turning on "Single file keys works for multiple...":

  • Menu -> Select/Batch is renamed to Menu -> Select, and all of the actions (copy/move/etc.) are removed from it, only work with selected is left.
  • Default actions, specifically:
  • Menu -> File -> Copy, Move, Pass to (program), Move to Rejected
  • Menu -> Adjust -> Rotate/Flip
  • Menu -> XMP Metadata
  • can work with one file or with several, depending on the context:
  • In Single-file View Mode, the actions always work with the current file, not the group.
  • In Grid View Mode, if there are selected files, the actions will work with the group:
  • If the current file is not present (e.g. folder just opened) or is in the group of selected files
  • If the current file isn't in the group of selected files, but the setting If the current file... is set to Selected group or Both.
  • Group mode is indicated in the menu:
  • File: Move, Copy, "Move to Rejected", Run - instead of the filename, you will see "Move (Copy, Pass to) NN files to"
FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Operations with Multiple Files
  • Adjust: the header "Rotate NN selected files" appears above the Rotate group; and "Adjust filename" above the edit single file (In Single file View Mode) group.
  • XMP Metadata: the first line of the menu becomes the "Rate/Label nn selected files" header
FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Menus for Batch Adjust and XMP Metadata
  • Group mode is indicated in the XMP Metadata panel and in the application's bottom bar (please see the picture below: single mode - the left part, group mode - the right part):
  • The panel header changes to XMP Batch change: NN files
  • The asterisks change to snowflakes
  • The filled-in square marks change to colored borders
FastRawViewer 1.4.4. XMP Metadata for a single file vs for batch
  • If the selected group has identical ratings/labels, then the corresponding snowflakes/borders will be highlighted, if they're non-identical (or unknown, see the next point), then they won't be.
FastRawViewer 1.4.4. XMP Metadata. Batch. same labels/ratings vs different labels/ratings
  • If for part of the files, the metadata hasn't been read yet, then if there are fewer than 30 such files, they will be read. If there are more, then the "common rating/common label" will be unknown.

If, when working with a group of files, with the setting XMP -> Disable batch XMP operations if files with same name are selected turned on (default value), then if in the group of selected files there are files with identical names (for example file.CR2 and file.DNG), then XMP operations (rotation, rating, label, title, description) will be restricted (in fact, disabled).

XMP operation restriction mode (due to a naming conflict) is indicated:

  • In the Adjust and XMP menu, with the header 'XMP change disabled: filename conflict'
  • In the header of the XMP Metadata panel (XMP Change disabled), and textually in place of the Title/Description fields.

When turning on Single file keys works for multiple files too mode, the (old) buttons for group actions disappear from:

  • The keyboard shortcuts editor (Ctrl-K)
  • Current keyboard macros help (F1)
  • The check for one button is assigned to several actions that happens at the start of the application.

Schedule for feature implementation:

  • 1.4.4 release - turned off; after the update, nothing will change for both new and existing users (unless 1.4.4-beta was installed with this setting is on).
  • 1.4.5 - turned on (with the setting inherited from 1.4.4): new users will get the new behaviors, while previous users who updated in time will get the existing behavior. Furthermore, we have standard selection model planned for in version 1.4.5 (this is when an accidental click in the Grid/Filmstrip deletes a lovingly-crafted selection).
  • 1.5.0 - the setting will be removed, and the work will be only in the new manner (but the two models of selection will remain)

Moving across several files with one keyboard shortcut

If you shoot with bracketing (often), you may find it useful to to move left/right through a list of files by more than one file at a time.

This function can be turned on with the EnableLargeJumps.reg(sh) script (and turned of through the DisableLargeJumps script). As to how to use the scripts, please, refer to the FastRawViewer manual.

When this is turned on, the Menu adds the items Menu -> File -> Jump +2 files (+3 files, -2 files, -3 files) and default hotkeys: Ctrl-Alt-RightArrow (move +2), Ctrl-Shift-Alt-RightArrow (+3) and similar for left arrow to move -2/-3.

The size of the jump can be controlled through the Registry/Defaults Large2JumpStep and Large3JumpStep settings.

The EnableLargeJumps script sets these settings to 2 and 3, respectively.

If you need other values (for example, your standard bracketing step is 3 and 5 shots), you will need to copy the script somewhere where it can be edited, change the values, and launch it (or change the values manually through Registry Editor/defaults).

The changed values take place after FastRawViewer has been relaunched.

If the step for "large steps" is set to 0, then the corresponding menu points/hotkeys are deactivated.

New mode for automatically setting the scale of the Fit to Window width

Default key: Ctrl-Alt-0

New setting added: Preferences -> Interface -> Zoom -> Image zoom on next file -> Fit Width.

Because, when setting an unfortunate window size, it was possible to have a "cycle" (Fit to width - the vertical scrollbar appear - width decreases - one needs to reduce the scale - the scrollbar disappears - one can increase the size again), Fit-To-Width can leave the field of a width up to 10 pixels.

FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Preferences Fit to width

New setting: Zoom -> Allow Fit-to-screen to zoom above 1:1

This allows one to set the zoom to be more than 100% in Fit to screen/Fit to width modes.

FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Preferences Fit to screen

New setting: Preferences -> Interface -> Panels -> Hide panels on Tab -> Restore Panels -> Hide all state on program start

This allows the application to, on start, recall that all panels were closed.

FastRawViewer 1.4.4. Restore Panels

Attention: the setting Interface -> Force open Folders panel if started without filename activates AFTER Restore Panels -> Hide All. If you want to always start without panels, you will need to either explicitly close them all, or turn off Force open folders.

XMP Labels

  • New XMP setting added: XMP -> Ratings & Labels -> Use custom string for not set labels
  • This allows one to set the value (string) of the rating in cases when the rating is removed via FastRawViewer. This is intended for work with Capture One (being as this application prefers <xmp:Label>None)
FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Preferences. Use Custom String
  • Reading labels from XMP files has been reworked: if XMP Label Style: Custom is being used, and a word/string that is used in other styles for other colors is being used as a Custom label (for example, for the red label the word Green is used, which corresponds to the green label in the Lightroom Color labels style), then reading the file's label will take place correctly (first the word will be searched in a list of custom labels, and only then from a list of defaults).

XMP/IPTC Title/Description can now be set for all selected files

To do so, in Single File keys works for multiple files.. mode use the default menu (XMP Metadata), the default hotkey (Alt-D), the context menu for a file group, or by clicking on the Title/Description space in the XMP Metadata panel.

If the new mode has been turned off, then group editing appears in the Select/Batch menu.

FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Batch setting of Title/Description

The editing dialogue differs from Title/Description editing for a single file

  • Each of the two fields has an additional checkbox (when first used, it's not checked - afterwards, it's saved for the duration of one session)
  • If the checkbox isn't checked, then the corresponding field can't be edited and it won't be changed for file groups.
FastRawViewer 1.4.4. Title/Description Dialog

If a group of selected files has the same Title/Description, then they will be displayed in the editing dialog. If different, then it will say in the dialog (as a gray text in the editing panels) that the values are different.

FastRawViewer 1.4.4. Title/Description Dialog for different titles

New setting Preferences -> Performance -> Flush decoded RAW/JPEG caches on folder refresh

If this is turned on, then Menu -> File -> Refresh -> current folder will clear the cache of decoded files.

Reworked Preferences dialog

Settings pages that are too big have been split into multiple pages:

  • XMP: Ratings & Labels and Exposure, Contrast, WB have been made separate pages
  • Interface: the panels settings have been moved to a new Panels page
  • Image Display: the Sharpening settings have been moved to a separate page.

Menu -> File has been reworked

  • Change of the current file (First, Prev, Next, Last) - this has all been grouped in the submenu Menu - File - Go To
FastRawViewer 1.4.4 Menu. GoTo File
  • Settings (Shortcuts, Bottom Bar, and (only for Windows) Preferences) have been collected into Menu - File - Customize

Writing XMP blocks to JPEG files

  • Separate diagnostic message when trying to write to a read-only file.
  • New setting for XMP: "Restore original JPEG file date after writing XMP block" - the original file modification data will be restored after writing an XMP block.

Other changes

  • New setting Image Display -> Exposure -> Use camera provided highlight limit: if this is turned on (default), then the maximum value of the RAW data will be taken from the metadata of the RAW file (works with Canon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Pentax, Kodak).
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC have been added to the list of known applications.
  • New action in the Select menu: Move to prev. and (de)select: this is the opposite of the existing Menu -> Select -> (De)Select and move to next action.
  • Subsequent uses of (De)Select and move to next and Move to Prev. and (de)select will reset the selection to initial state.
  • The following buttons have been appended to the list of default shortcuts:
  • (De)Select and move to next - the default shortcut Shift-RightArrow has been added (in addition to the existing Ctrl-).
  • Move to prev. and (de)select - the default keys Shift-LeftArrow and Ctrl-, (Windows only)
  • Existing users, please note: the Shift-RightArrow will not automatically be added to existing keyboard shortcuts; you will need to either add it in manually through the shortcuts editor or reset the shortcut settings to the Defaults.
  • When changing the current volume (Windows: disc letter, OS X: mount point), all of the monitoring to changes to other volumes is removed, allowing one to unmount a flash card which has been left not only through FastRawViewer, but also with the inherent mechanisms of the operating system.
  • The setting Grid/Filmstrip -> Center edge filmstrip items has been changed to Grid/Filmstrip -> Center Filmstrip items with the options:
  • No centering
  • Edge items only - analogous to the old Center edge filmstrip items
  • Always center - the active element of the filmstrip will always be in the center
  • Batch Rating/Label/Title/clear Rejected: progress bar appears only if 20% of the job is not done in 150ms, or there are more than 100 items in the job
  • Undo: file selection is restored only after Move or Move to rejected undo, all other undo operations do not change selected files list.

Bug fixes

  • Recording XMP to JPEG: in a series of cases, EXIF data would be modified; no longer.
  • Windows, working with UNC paths:
  • Correct work with copy/move/reject with UNC paths.
  • Correct work with copy/move/reject with symbolic links for UNC paths.
  • Incorrect zoom setting has been fixed, it happened after the following sequence of events: manually setting the Zoom (not fit-to-screen) - switching to embedded JPEG (lower resolution) - moving to the next file with the default image to display: RAW.
  • The Reset filtering on folder change setting was always on and wouldn't turn off.
  • In some cases, when deleting/moving all filtered files, the filtering was lost.
  • The Title/Description wouldn't update in the interior cache after editing and could be displayed incorrectly in the Grid (but not in the XMP Metadata Panel).
  • When turning on sorting by metadata, the current file could randomly change in the process of filtration (during more metadata reading).
  • The & symbol was displayed incorrectly in the hotkey settings dialog.
  • The check for the image aspect ratio is now done more carefully/accurately.
  • Work with black-and-white thumbnails has been improved.
  • Color data for calculating CCT/Tint for the Panasonic LX100 camera has been fixed.
  • The problem with coding in the help for keyboard macros has been fixed.
  • If the use of XMP Rating Reject was turned on, Reject was after No rating in the menu/context menu (and before it in the XMP Metadata panel).
  • Windows: on the first prefrernces save, graphics mode to be set to DirectX9 instead of determined automatically on the first run.
  • Fixed memory leak in handling JPEG previews with orientation that not match RAW sensor orientation.

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