Friday, November 21, 2008

Useful Gadget

This isn't exactly new (the utility has been available for a couple of months), but it recently occurred to me how easily and quickly this new tool has fit into my digital darkroom routine. So I thought I'd like to share it with everyone.

The issue of whether or not to shoot RAW in the camera has been rendered a moot point by one easy-to-use, free, downloadable utility: the Instant JPEG from RAW utility or IJFR for short. Once it's installed, you simply right-click on a RAW image, select "Instant JPEG from RAW," and in no time you have a JPEG of that RAW image. How fast, you ask? Well, last night after doing a bit of shooting (the client wanted JPEGs right away so she could create simple place-holder images for a catalog), I selected the images in the folder (around 16 images), and it took 1 second to convert all the images into JPEGs and put them into a new folder of their own. That's one second to convert 16 images. I think that says everything.

Once you use this utility, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. You do have to register at the website and then they'll email you a link to the download site for the utility. It's really simple to install after that. Go to, and look around at the different products they offer, or just go to the IJFR page here. You'll be happy you did.

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