Browse faster! Right inside MacOS Finder, preview your images instantly - complete with metadata, histograms, an exposure summary and focus point display*. Works with Nikon Raw (.NEF), Canon Raw 2 (.CR2), and Sony Raw (.ARW).

Rendering is very fast, so you are no longer made to wait while browsing raw files.

*Metadata includes shutter count for many Nikon and Sony cameras. Shutter count is not available for Canon. Focus point display currently available only for Nikon DSLRs. Focus points are unavailable for the Nikon D6 or Z series. Canon CR3 format not supported at this time.

You can customize the appearance of previews and thumbnails (icons) in Finder with embedded captions that include timestamp, frame number, or file name.

Raw Right Away also provides several utilities accessible directly from Finder's right-click Services menu:

• Apply Camera Timestamp: restores file timestamp to the time of image capture.
• Apply World Timestamp: same as Apply Camera Timestamp, but adjusts for time zone.
• Copy Metadata: copies metadata to pasteboard so it can be pasted into an e-mail message, text document, etc.
• Export Metadata to Tags: creates Mac OS file tags from the image's embedded metadata. Makes it easier to search metadata from the Finder search box.
• Clear Exported Tags: clears Raw Right Away tags. Leaves other tags alone.

Compatibility: Raw Right Away has been tested with raw files from the following cameras:

Nikon: D1x, D2h, D2x, D2xs, D3, D3s, D3x, D4, D4s, D5, D6, Df, D40, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, D810a, D850, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, Z7, Nikon 1 AW1, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 J2, Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 J4, Nikon 1 J5, Nikon 1 S1, Nikon 1 S2, Nikon 1 V1, Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 V3.

Canon: EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 6D, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, EOS 60D, EOS 70D, EOS 77D, EOS 80D, EOS 100D/Rebel SL1, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2, EOS 350D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D/Rebel T1i, EOS 550D/Rebel T2i, EOS 600D/Rebel T3i, EOS 650D/Rebel T4i, EOS 700D/Rebel T5i, EOS 760D/Rebel T6s, EOS 800D/Rebel T7i, EOS 1000D/Rebel XS, EOS 1100D/Rebel T3, EOS 1200D/Rebel T5, EOS 1300D/Rebel T6, EOS M, EOS M3, EOS M5, EOS M6, EOS M100, PowerShot G1 X/G7 X/G7 X Mark II/G9/G9 X/G9X Mark II/G10/G11/G12/G15/G16, PowerShot S90/S95/S100/S110/S120, PowerShot SX1 IS and PowerShot SX50 HS.

Canon .CR3 files are not currently supported.

Sony: DSC-RX0, DSC-RX1, DSC-RX10, DSC-RX100, DSC-RX100M2, DSC-RX100M3, DSC-RX100M4, DSC-RX100M5, DSC-RX100M6, DSC-RX10M2, DSC-RX10M3, DSC-RX10M4, DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX1RM2, DSLR-A230, DSLR-A290, DSLR-A330, DSLR-A350, DSLR-A380, DSLR-A450, DSLR-A500, DSLR-A550, DSLR-A560, DSLR-A580, DSLR-A850, DSLR-A900, ILCA-77M2, ILCA-99M2, ILCE-1, ILCE-3000, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, ILCE-6100, ILCE-6300, ILCE-6400, ILCE-6500, ILCE-6600, ILCE-7, ILCE-7C, ILCE-7M2, ILCE-7M3, ILCE-7R, ILCE-7RM2, ILCE-7RM3, ILCE-7RM4, ILCE-7S, ILCE-7SM2, ILCE-7SM2, ILCE-9, ILCE-9M2, ILCE-QX1, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55V, SLT-A57, SLT-A58, SLT-A65V, SLT-A77V, SLT-A99V, and ZV-1.

JPEG previews: Raw Right Away supports valid JPEG files produced by all cameras. JPEG previews are only available under Mac OS 10.10 through 10.15 as per Apple policy.

General Notes: Not all metadata is available for all cameras. For more information, including the shutter count availability by model, visit the Raw Right Away website.

[MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and 11.0 (Big Sur) users: see Raw Right Away website for additional information on configuring preferences.]

What’s New

Version 4.1.3

Added support for Sony Alpha 1 camera (ILCE-1).

Added shutter count support for Sony A7C (ILCE-7C), Sony 7S iii (ILCE-7SM3), and Sony A9 ii (ILCE-9M2).

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Dracunculus ,

Beware viewing Olympus ORF files by mistake

I am updating my review from 5 stars to 4 stars. Everything positive about opeing Nikon raw NEF files remains true. However while scrolling through a folder with NEF and ORF (Olympus Raw Files) Raw Right Away tried to view an ORF file which ended up crashing my computer such that I lost data in open files. After rebooting I tried viewing another ORF file as a test and the same thing happened - crash.

Perhaps a bypass could be written so that ORF files are handled by MacOS since Raw Right Away can't handle them.

I have been frustrated with how slow MacOS finder has been opeing large Nikon raw files. Raw Right Away has changed that. It is FAST. I recommend rebooting after installation aas that seemed to give it a boost as well

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry you're having a problem. Raw Right Away does not declare itself a preview generator for the "com.olympus.raw-image" content type, and therefore should not be called by macOS to preview your ORF files. I suspect the default previewer is being called for those files. Regardless, Raw Right Away cannot be the root cause of your computer crashes, because is an unprivileged user-mode program that is further subject to Apple's security sandbox. Your system must have an OS, device driver, or hardware bug that just happens to get triggered when you preview Olympus image files.

Frostys9 ,

Works Great!

The app works as intended. RAW files open instantly. I've been using the app for a few years now without any hiccups.

A small problem I've had since preview updated, is when opening a picture it will always be slightly scrolled down into the metadata section. The top of the photo will be cut off and I have to scroll back up to look at it. It's a minor annoyance, but gets frustrating when looking through a lot of photos. I turned off the metadata window for now because of it.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for being a customer. I'm glad you find Raw Right Away useful.

The scroll position problem is an Apple Quick Look bug that first appeared in macOS 10.13. You may notice that it also affects other multiple-page preview generators such as the PDF viewer that ships with the operating system. I am in contact with Apple about this issue.

Scott👨‍💻 ,

It works! So much faster now!

I was on the fence if this was actually going to work or not and didn't want to spend $5 only to find out it was a joke but after reading the reviews from others saying it works I decided to buy it. Wow what a difference this app made. Installation was so easy, the difference took effect immediately. Now I can skip through RAW+JPEG's instantly where as before I would skip over the RAW's because they would take so long to display. Great work and thanks a lot for keeping this app updated!

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