I read through this article by Mr. Case, twice. At the conclusion, I had a couple questions. Has Mr. Case used any of these products or just read the labels on the boxes? Has Mr. Case actually used Photoshop? If he has, I'd suggest he invest in a little training. Of the 5 tools he reviewed for converting a raw file to a jpeg, I've used 3 extensively and another just briefly. Some would argue that reviews are subjective so a review can be neither bad or good. I will let others decide for themselves on the accuracy of the reviews.
One statement in the review of ACR was so blatantly inaccurate, it deserves mention. He is discussing manipulating the photo in ACR before bringing it into Photoshop. "However, once loaded into Photoshop, any changes made are destructive, and you can't save the file as a raw file--not even a DNG-variant raw file". The emphasis created by the italics was Mr. Case's.
As anyone who actually uses Photoshop knows, a photo can be brought into Photoshop, manipulated and saved countless times over months or years and never damage a single pixel. The photo is modified using adjustment layers and simply saved in a PSD format. Mr. Case laments that after a file is modified in Photoshop it can't be saved in any raw format. Not to be rude, but who cares? The fact that the image was captured in a raw format is the important issue. Once it has been captured, using adjustment layers and PSD format, not only will no pixels be damaged, but no information from the original RAW file will be lost. As the people who brought us RAGU used to say, "It's in there".
I won't even go into the power that Smart Objects give in manipulating photos in Photoshop without being destructive.
Mr. Case states, "Indeed, at its heart, ACR is really just a one-dimensional app for modifying the specific properties intrinsic to raw files". Sir, have you ever actually used ACR?
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