Make your best shots even better with RAW Power™. RAW Power unlocks the hidden power of Apple's RAW engine with simple, easy-to-use controls. Use it as an editing extension inside Apple Photos, or as a standalone, non-destructive RAW photo editor with file browser. It's great with JPEGs too, with important adjustments missing from Apple's Photos application (such as Perspective and Chromatic Aberration)
If you loved Aperture's advanced RAW processing adjustments, you'll feel right at home with RAW Power. Using adjustments like Boost, previously only available in Aperture, you can improve your images in ways that simply can't be done in any other application. RAW Power takes advantage of RAW processing improvements in macOS High Sierra and Mojave.
— Extends Apple's Photos app for macOS High Sierra and Mojave and runs as a standalone photo editor with file browser.
— Extensive camera support via Apple's RAW Camera Updates (list at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208967)
— Control over Apple's Boost filter to achieve unparalleled highlight recovery
— Real-time control of all of Apple's RAW engine, including Noise Reduction, and Black Point, RAW Sharpen, Gamut Mapping and more
— If you use iCloud Photo Library, you can edit on Mac with the RAW Power extension, and continue editing on iOS using RAW Power for iOS (available as a separate purchase)
— Hot Pixels Overlay with Clipping Indicators
— File Browser – browse folders on your disk, establish favorite folders
— Multiple Browser Windows (View different parts of your disks at once)
— Multiple Editor Windows (Open and edit multiple files at once)
— Full Support for Tabbed Windows
— Collapsible Panels
— Thumbnail Grid
— Control over thumbnail sizes
— “Adjusted” and "RAW" badges in the thumbnail grid
— Filter to show RAWs only
— Batch Processing in the background (Apply Presets, Paste of Adjustments, Revert to Original, and Export with control over size, format, profile, and file naming)
— More metadata information including a map
— Quick Look
— Sort by Name and Date (newest and oldest)
— Full Dark Look in macOS Mojave
— New Metal-based image processing engine for better performance
— Fully non-destructive editing, with all changes stored in a sidecar file
— All sliders are real-time and GPU accelerated
— Customizable Presets and Copy / Paste of adjustments
— Camera Presets allow you to automatically create a starting point for each camera model
— Advanced Curves adjustment with Auto Curves, Linear and Lab modes
— Crop and Straighten
— Awesome new Enhance adjustment with Definition, and Lighten and Darken (much better than typical Highlights and Shadows adjustments)
— Chromatic Aberration, Perspective, Black & White, Definition, and Vignette with a controllable center point
— Advanced Depth Adjustment for improving photos with the iOS Depth Effect (requires iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra)
— Recovery slider for targeted control over highlights
— White Balance with live sampler
— Luminance-oriented Sharpen
— Highlights, Shadows, Vibrancy and more
AND MUCH MORE
— Support for hundreds of RAW cameras
— Images are displayed the same way as in Photos, Aperture, or iPhoto
— Supports iPhone RAW images and other DNGs as well (DJI and a few other cameras excluded).
— Also works with JPEGs, TIFFs, and other image formats
— Trial version available for download at gentlemencoders.com
— Video Tutorials on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7l78rOzFxaHG-e5AT-MGWQ)
Requires macOS 10.13.6 or later.
- Improve export and zoomed quality when combining straighten with other adjustments.
- Fix for crash when using Lightroom Plugin.
- New Moiré reduction slider in RAW Processing.
- Improved interface for entering precise values into adjustment text fields.
- Fix bugs related to the Lightroom plugin.
- Localized in French.
- Bug fixes to the built-in help system.
Ratings and Reviews
Simple, fast, excellent
v1.0 was a very capable tool for quickly making adjustments to RAW images in a non-destructive way (it remembers the adjustments you make to a RAW file, including cropping and straightening elsewhere). No nonsense.
v2.0 adds a lot of the useful browsing capabilities of a tool like FastRAWViewer and adds some really useful tools for batch processing and copying adjustments from one image to another (although I haven't quite convinced myself the latter work properly yet — but if there are issues I know the developer will fix them really quickly).
Probably the main thing I miss from Lightroom is the clarity adjustment, although Enhance > Definition seems to do some of the same stuff.
I still find the crop/straighten process a little but clunky, but it's not a deal-breaker.
- ability to quickly preview the current image full screen with no distractions (this is what the "quick look" button should do, and it should have a keyboard shortcut, like "F"
- in addition to hot/cold pixels, how about a sharpness overlay (like FastRawViewer)?
- filter files by name
- ability to apply Finder labels to images (e.g. red, orange, and 0–5 attaching mutually exclusive "star ratings")
- you can't see photo metadata (e.g. exposure settings) when you're editing the photo. Ideally just move the metadata display to the left and make it collapsible.
Very useful program with a glaring omission
I use ACR and Photoshop CS6 for RAW conversion and Bridge as my cataloging program. I will never buy into Adobe’s subscription program. I bought this program as insurance against not being able to run CS6 in a future Mac OS version and on the basis of reviews here and elsewhere. I cannot honestly tell if its any “better or worse” than ACR/PS in terms of the quality of processed RAWs which are all from my D800E and are very clean to begin with. I’ll continue to try its capabilities, but I’m not quite comfortable in it yet.
I believe the program has one glaring omission - It allows the user to adjust the background behind the image from default black all the way to white, but the background of the controls area is all black and can’t be changed. I HATE to work on a black screen. It’s childish and appeals to people who have no experience in graphic design. PLEASE include the option of varying that background! If the window size of the program is less than full screen, all the controls cannot be seen. There is no way to scroll the area to reveal controls toward the bottom. The entire window must be enlarged to see them! Not good. Additionally, the boxes and slider controls in that area are very “un-Mac like” and are inelegant and crude looking.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your review. Version 2.0 (a free upgrade) has a large number of improvements. In addition there are some UI changes. The edit panel is no longer black (it matches colors used in macOS Mojave), and the scroll bars appear in a more standard fashion.
Best Aperture RAW editor replacement I have found
I have kept using Aperture, my favorite RAW converter app, for years after Apple killed it because I could not find anything else I liked. While RAW Power does not have Aperture's DAM, it comes close with the editing features it had and in some ways it is better. Very simple and easy to use.
One of my favorite things is it has most of the same keyboard shortcuts I used in Aperture which makes me feel right at home. Being able to copy my adjustments from one photo to multiple others really saves me time. I also like that I can customize my own presets that can be applied to my incoming photos.
I orginally was going to use it as a plug-in with Photos but I am now using it as a stand alone app because of it's new browsing feature.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.