Apple Keeping Pace With Digital Camera RAW Functionality

Posted May. 22nd, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

Apple just announced the update of their Digital Camera RAW software to the most current version 3.13. Go to your  Apple logo in the upper left corner of your Mac and select Software Update to get the newest version. This is big news in my mind since this is the second time Apple has been very quick to update their RAW compatibility software for cameras that are still relatively new. In the case of the Panasonic Lumix GF5 and the Nikon D800E, two new cameras that are part of the RAW update, the additional changes are ahead of the cameras even being available for purchase. Or at least that’s what I’m currently seeing on Amazon.

Screen shot of my current Aperture catalog

This is great news and I write about it because it’s a very positive development. Apple has always been very slow to update their software to handle the newer cameras. Adobe, on the other hand, has always been way ahead of Apple on this front and I’m hopeful Apple’s new interest in keeping up with the frantic pace of digital cameras is a sign that all things photographic is still a priority for Apple. There has been some concern by myself and others that my favorite software, Aperture, might not be an ongoing priority for Apple. The RAW updates don’t necessarily confirm that they do still plan to stick with their powerhouse professional photo application, but it does suggest that they aren’t giving up on digital photography. Now lets just hope Aperture 4 is around the very near corner and is the huge update we all hope it to be.

Sample image of the newest version of iPhoto for the iPad courtesy of DPReview. Click on the image to be taken to the DPReview site for additional info on the iPad application.

An additional note regarding Apple and photography. DPReview recently reviewed the newest version of iPhoto for the iPad. It’s a glowing endorsement and one that anybody wanting to go lighter and smaller should check out. One downside is it doesn’t work with the original iPad so you have to have a least an iPad 2 or iPad 3. I’m waiting to upgrade my original version  of the iPad to whatever is released this fall. I’ll give iPhoto a try at that point and let you know how it goes.


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