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Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
14 Dec 2011 - 11:20 PM

I now have a Pentax Kr camera and so far so good, i'm finding my way around it fine. However the software i got with the camera ( SilkyPix ) is not easy to use at all. Is it just me being dumb or is this software a pain in the butt. I have just gone back to using Windows Photo gallery because i find it easier to use and understand. Maybe i'm being alittle hasty but i was wandering if anyone else had been finding SilkyPix hard work ?

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cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2011 - 11:54 PM

Quote: Is it just me being dumb or is this software a pain in the butt.

LOL....Smile You Are Not Alone......Grin

To be fair I have not looked at Silky Pix since it was just out of BETA testing, That said when I did check it out some years back, I thought at the time " Crikey This Software Is A Right Pain In The Nether Regions " , It was uninstalled from my computer, Never to darken my hard drives again......Smile

Sounds like it has not changed that much.....Grin

If your looking for a decent RAW handling software that is not to exepnsive, Check Out " Phase Ones " Capture One 6 Express......!!!

I think they are doing some reasonable deals price wise at the Mo.....Smile You can download and try before you buy as well......Wink

Windows Photo Gallery is not to bad for a freebie, It does have its limitations though......!!!

Last Modified By cameracat at 14 Dec 2011 - 11:56 PM
Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
15 Dec 2011 - 12:12 AM

Oh thank goodness for that, i thought i was in for a hard time with software for the rest of my life !!! lol ...right cheers for this i'll take a peek as soon as i can .... thanks again Grin

15 Dec 2011 - 8:28 AM

I had a copy with a Panasonic Lumix LX3, its their RAW software....hated it.....I use Elements 9....stuart

hobbo e2 Member 3798 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:58 AM

I dumped my copy of Silkypix except for extracting videos (I don't take many).....I convert all my RAWS in Adobe DNG converter then use CS3 and/or Lightroom......with Corel Photopaint Pro occassionally:


Ewanneil  41118 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:02 AM

When I was looking to buy raw editing software I downloaded free trials of SilkyPix, Capture NX2 and LightRoom 3. SilkyPix was ok but I didn't feel it was very intuitive. Capture NX2 just crashed all the bleedin' time and LR3 just blew my socks off by how good it was. I then got a free version of Capture One 6 which I really didn't like - by this time I had LR3 and it was going to take a lot to get me to like anything more than it.

Curiously I now have another piece of raw editing software which I think is great - Faststone. I only downloaded it because I wanted a quick and easy picture viewer but then discovered just how good it was as a raw editor. It's not a patch on LR3 but given that it's free it really is brilliant. It is worth a try because it's good and it's free.

15 Dec 2011 - 9:11 AM

Quote: raw editing software which I think is great - Faststone.

I like that too.
Normally, I convert my RAWs using Lightroom but I sometimes use FastStone if I just want to do a quick job.
Aside from that, it's really useful for resizing, applying watermarks or logos etc. in batches.

Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
15 Dec 2011 - 9:19 AM

ahhhhh it seems Faststone is quite popular thanks guys i shall go take a peek. As for silkypix i think it's days on my pc are limited.

Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
15 Dec 2011 - 10:41 AM

I just got Fastones and so far so good Grin I have it working and am now going through the instructions which DO seem easy to follow yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ty guys .... In time i will go for a better one maybe LR but for the moment this will do fine . cheers

rhol2 e2 Member 3296 forum postsrhol2 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2011 - 9:21 PM

I agree with others that Faststone is brilliant for what it is. There is no noise reduction facility when converting RAW files, but after conversion, another freebie is good for this,"Noiseware" by Imagenomic.

Last Modified By rhol2 at 18 Dec 2011 - 9:24 PM
Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
18 Dec 2011 - 9:33 PM

Thanks Rhol ... I'v been using the "Fastone" and for at this moment it's just what i need. I'll give Noiseware a look and let you know thanks again Grin

18 Dec 2011 - 10:43 PM

Another vote for "Noiseware."
I used it all the time before I got "Lightroom."
Be careful not to overdo it though because although it's very good at removing noise, it's also quite capable of removing a lot of detail.
Try a few variations in the settings on some copies of your images and you'll see what I mean.
Also, some of the pre-sets work quite well in a general sort of a way.

Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
18 Dec 2011 - 10:45 PM

Thankyou Mr Jester your comments are noted and i will look at it Ty Smile

baldrick  5
6 Jan 2012 - 8:30 AM

Bloggs, I think you might be confusing Silkypix with the softwarethat Pentax supplies with their cameras, it is based on the Silkypix Raw conversion engine, but the GUI is all Pentax. Pentax make brilliant cameras but their software is pathetic. On the other hand Silkypix Pro as written by the ISL company has always been one of my favourite Raw converters. Conversely I am always surprised at how many people love Lightroom. At 66years I am fairly set in my ways and don`t like software that tells me how I should import, categorise and edit MY photos on MY computer. Oh and it`s the least intuitive software I have ever used untill I tried PHOTIVO, which is free and if you ever get to suss it out it is one of the best.

Last Modified By baldrick at 6 Jan 2012 - 8:32 AM
Bloggs  2313 forum posts England
6 Jan 2012 - 8:52 AM

Hi Simmo ... thanks for your comments, the "silkypix" i refered to was the one i got in the box with the camera. It's the only one i know of but it sounds like they have more versions . anyway i did get "Faststone" after being adviced it was FREE and a easy to use and i'm very very impressed with it up to now. I don't have LR yet but i may get it one day, but for now for my humble standard as a newbie to thius game "Faststone " seems fine. However i will try PHOTIVO seems it's a free kit and seee whats it's like. Thanks for your time Sam

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