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05/23/2006 05:31:25 PM · #1
I just did some Raw work for the first time in a while and it took forever for things to happen which I don't recall happening before. My computer has 512 in the RAM but could use some file cleaning as well.

Are there good programs that handle things faster? Aperture, Phase One, Rawshooter Ess., Nikon Capture? Or is the process simply a drag on lesser computers?

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05/23/2006 05:33:11 PM · #2
What were you using?

I use the Photo Professional software that came with the camera as well as PhotoImpact 11 and on the computer where I do my processing it is very fast.

System particulars:
AMD Turion 64 processor with 1 MB L2 cache (2 GH)
2 100 GIG HD's
1024 MB 333 MHz DDR RAM



Message edited by author 2006-05-23 17:36:58.
05/23/2006 05:34:43 PM · #3
What processor do you have? I run a Dell dual 4.0 processors with 1 Gb ram and there is no delay in anything .... unless the disk starts to fragment or memory starts not to be released as it should. I would recomment getting 1 Gb ram. The new windows next year will need every bit of it anyway.
05/23/2006 05:35:00 PM · #4
I was using Nikon's free software that came with my D200 so it should be reasonably up to date.
05/23/2006 05:38:15 PM · #5
Check for updates anyway. You never know until you check.
05/23/2006 05:41:23 PM · #6
Are you copying the images to your HD first or converting them from the CF card. I've noticed that CS2 gets real sluggish if I try to work from the CF card, but does ok from the HD.
05/23/2006 05:44:12 PM · #7
My computer is 1.7ghz, and 512mb RAM, and yeah, it stinks. Everything is fine until I go to batch things in RSE, then it takes a few minutes for each picture to process.
05/23/2006 05:45:52 PM · #8
I run 512 of memory as well. I process RAW in photoshop CS, it is a bit slower than JPEGs.

What exactly is slow for you? Browsing through images, editing them, saving things, or does your whole computer get shot to hell...

even with the slowdowns I get, the rewards of RAW are far too great to switch back to JPEG
05/23/2006 06:18:22 PM · #9
Is your hard disk getting full?
05/23/2006 06:54:45 PM · #10
Nikon's software, Capture 4, is notorious for sucking up large amounts of memory and generally being a pain in the a$$ to run. It does do a good job, mostly because Nikon encrypts their WB info and the only program that can legally read it is from Nikon. I use Phase One Capture One not because it is the best out there but because it is damn fast and gets me 95% percent of the way there.
05/23/2006 07:49:44 PM · #11
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05/24/2006 12:23:12 AM · #12
In general, I'd say 512MB is the bare bones minimum to run RAW processing programs. You can go down to the task bar and turn off any unused programs on the bottom right, but I'd recommend more RAM. I think about 2GB is the minimum RAM.
Good luck.
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