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Jun 09, 2013 23:42 as a reply to  @ post 16014897 |  #16

Thanks for all your comments.

As with many other applications, there are always freeware alternatives that can do as good a job or a better job than the commercial choices. I understand there are also commercial applications that are best of breed and no free programs would be able to touch them. I just wanted to see if there was anything free that would equal Lightroom. With all software, I always check for freeware alternatives first. I've looked for a freeware alternative to MS Office but don't feel comfortable with anything but MS Office and purchased that. On the other hand I have other freeware applications that meet my needs just fine. If there is no quality alternative to Lightroom then I will go with Lightroom. I don't mind spending money where needed but why spend money if there is no need to? I appreciate all the reasons people listed why Lightroom beats all the alternatives I asked about. I don't need to be told I'm just cheap...I wish I had the money for the same equipment some of you have but I make do with what I have and see it as a challenge to get the best out of that.

My original concern was not only about price but computer resource usage also. I've read concerns other people had about how slow Lightroom ran on their computers and wanted to also see if anything else would be more efficient with computer resources.


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Jun 10, 2013 06:50 |  #17

kirkt wrote in post #16014897 (external link)
Price paid != quality of conversion.

Nope, but it does have a correlation coefficient higher than 0.9


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Jun 10, 2013 08:45 |  #18

Maybe. Depends on what your definition of quality is. Of course that is sometimes difficult to judge, and raw converter choice is often a parochial debate, so it gets even harder to judge. That's what free trials are for.

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Oct 24, 2013 14:03 as a reply to  @ kirkt's post |  #19

I have tried RawTherapee, Photivo, DPP and Photo Ninja.
RawTherapee are able to do anything, if you know how to do. But it is not fast.
DPP is fast and the colour is great, but highlights/shadows levels are a joke.
Photivo is good, but crashes too much. Still Beta it feels like.
Photo Ninja is really good, but costs money. Really nice noise reduction.

Darktable made me change from Windows to Ubuntu. I think it is the best software that looks like Lightroom. It is fast and so is the workflow.


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Oct 25, 2013 14:43 as a reply to  @ PeterWem's post |  #20

I keep trying all the competition software to Adobe CS6 and LR5 but keep going back. There is really no substitute for Adobe. They just have the photo editing field down.
Plus I get tired of installing and deleting them from the computer.:)


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Oct 26, 2013 13:54 |  #21

LightZone:
http://lightzoneprojec​t.org/node/2/ (external link)




  
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