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  A RAW Look at iPhoto 5
Subject:   Re-Import?
Date:   2005-01-19 19:24:03
From:   snglux
Question... so you have to export to to get to the .crw file, does that mean you have to re-import your altered images back into iPhoto?

I've been using Dr. Browns image processor to batch process my raw files and then outputting tiff or psd and importing those into iPhoto (and saving the original .crw of course)

Somehow that still seems easier than putting in raw, exporting and re-importing... but maybe I'm missing something. I've never actuall used iPhoto's export, I just open in pshop and then save as to get a new pic.

It seems strange that iPhoto doesn't hand off the actual .crw that would have been sweet.

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Re-Import?
    2005-01-20 01:32:14  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Couple thoughts here. First, I might be missing something concerning the handling of RAW files in iPhoto 5 (but I don't think so). So the short answer is yes, you have to re-import the altered RAW file back into iPhoto 5.

    My advice is, if you have a RAW workflow that you like, stick with it. It's nice to have RAW capability in iPhoto 5, but I wouldn't create a new, and possibly inferior workflow, because of it.

    I can't speak for the iPhoto engineers, but I think I have an idea where they were coming from by generating a JPEG immediately from RAW data you import. It saves a lot of messing around and keeps things simple, which is still a primary goal of iPhoto, even as it matures.

    I also know those guys pay attention to your comments, and we might see some new options in future releases.