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Have just bought an Olympus E1 and am amazed to find that Oly want to
charge for the Studio software. Can any experienced E1 users out there
tell me if it's worth it or will alternative programs do the same job
- or better? (I've got Elements 3)

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Ken Birks wrote:

> Have just bought an Olympus E1 and am amazed to find that Oly want to
> charge for the Studio software. Can any experienced E1 users out there
> tell me if it's worth it or will alternative programs do the same job
> - or better?

I think the included software with the E1 has the "high function" RAW
converter which is the only really good reason to buy studio. I bought it
to use with my E300 because the included master RAW converter isn't that
great.

Studio does have a couple of cool "actions" that correct distortion and
light fall off (normal cos^4) of the wide lenses based on the focal length
they were used at and the RAW converter also has an adjustment for "false
noise" which can be helpful. The trial is free and good for 30 days. Try it
and see if you like it? B&H has it for like $99 which isn't too bad.
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In article <jc8u2154o4q44gfdpgatqdqn4v0d8fjgup@4ax.com>,
Ken Birks <k.birks@ntlworld.com> wrote:

> Have just bought an Olympus E1 and am amazed to find that Oly want to
> charge for the Studio software. Can any experienced E1 users out there
> tell me if it's worth it or will alternative programs do the same job
> - or better? (I've got Elements 3)

My main reasons for purchase were the distortion-removal, and tethered
shooting when the E1 is connected to my laptop. The G4 screen beats any
on-camera monitor but it's only useful if you do some studio work too.
Considering I wanted both these options, I think the price is fair, but
If you don't need both then it's a different story of course.

It also has a "high function" mode for developing RAW where Olympus
viewer only offers the "high speed" mode. (I don't see that much
difference between those two, by the way.) Don't buy Studio just to get
this.

There is also a RAW-import plugin for Photoshop, don't know if it works
with PSE3 but I think it will. It's halfway down this page:
http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/
This basically will bring all of the Olympus Viewer stuff into PSE3.

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My thanks to you both, Laurens and Stacey. On your advice I guess I
don't need Studio. I've downloaded the PS plug-in but not yet checked
whether it works with PSE. Grateful for your help>

Ken
 

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Ken Birks wrote:

> My thanks to you both, Laurens and Stacey. On your advice I guess I
> don't need Studio. I've downloaded the PS plug-in but not yet checked
> whether it works with PSE.

If you're talking about the olympus PS plug-in and not ACR for PS CS, look
at the results carefully compared to either viewer RAW or studio high
function. I think they are using the high speed engine from studio in the
plug-in which isn't the best of the two. What's even more confusing is in
one version of viewer, the high speed RAW is the good one, in a later
version it's the bad one. 8-/

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In article <osh131l62g9c5psrqs0vlofd6jprtkjla5@4ax.com>,
k.birks@ntlworld.com says...
> My thanks to you both, Laurens and Stacey. On your advice I guess I
> don't need Studio. I've downloaded the PS plug-in but not yet checked
> whether it works with PSE. Grateful for your help>
>
> Ken

Adobe Camera Raw works with CS and PSE 3.0, last I checked. PS 7.0 had
some limited functionality, but I don't know how much.
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