Photographic Processing in the 21st Century

I'm about to begin investigating digital processing tools. Photoshop and digital file capture has moved a long way in the short space of 5 years. Photoshop is no longer a necessary tool in any photographer's toolbox. Assuming they work in RAW, as any good pro should, they now have the following to choose from, Lightroom Aperture, Silkypix, DxO Optics Pro 4, Capture One LE and Pro, Expression Media/iView Media Pro, Bibble Lite & Bibble Pro, to name but a few. As an educator, this presents many issues, I have expounded at length about these in the past. Later next week I am attending a PD session that, will hopefully clarify in my mind where I can take this.

In the meantime here's a few screen-grabs, and thoughts on my limited experiences with some of these applications.

This is not meant to be an in-depth review, just a cursory glance with some pros & cons thrown in.

iView Media Pro/Expression Media

Expression Media

Reasonably priced under $300 AU, [cheaper for Education], light, fast, simple, useful global editing tools, seems to recognise pretty much any file format I've used, so far.Runs easily on my humble g4 iBook

Capture One LE

Capture One LE

LE is reasonably priced, light and fast, powerful editing tools, global only runs easily on my humble g4 iBook. I just wish the GUI was a little more polished.

Adobe Lightroom


Expensive, [$500.00 AU], powerful tools, runs sluggishly on my humble g4 iBook.

Adobe Bridge CS3

Bridge CS3

Sluggish on my g4 iBook, [which Adobe Product isn't?] powerful organising tools, that synchronise nicely with Photoshop, difficult to cost as it is bundled with Photoshop, no editing features just organisational ones.


SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 ( )   1/1

Reasonably priced, fast and powerful global editing tools. Runs well on my humble g4 iBook

Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro

Expensive, powerful global editing tool. Outstanding exposure control, 0.1 of an EV, my kind of tool for sure. I just wish the GUI was a little more polished.



Expensive, [Education pricing available] requires g5 or higher and very specific hardware to run, won't run on my g4 iBook. Screen-grab is from a g5 I have access to.

DxO Optics Pro 4


Reasonably priced, seems to have powerful tools, but I may have installed in incorrectly as it wouldn't recognise the Pentax RAW files on my hard drive? This review gives some insight into how it works and what it does.

Bibble Pro

Bibble Pro

Very Cheap. Powerful tool, a bit sluggish on my g4 iBook, and the interface is very amateurish looking, [I confess I'm a GUI snob, I mean I'm a visual person after all]. But I guess you get what you pay for.

Bibble Lite


Very cheap. Less powerful than the Pro version, but still sluggish and as for the GUI, well like I said call me a snob! But I guess you get what you pay for?

This then begs the question, what software packages are both my readers using to process archive and catalogue their camera files, and are they both shooting in raw?

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