DxO released PureRAW 2, which allows users to pre-process images without leaving Lightroom and supports X-Trans cameras. There’s also improved OS integration with access via context menus.
DxO PureRAW was awarded the EISA Best Advanced Photo Software 2021 prize upon its release and version 2 builds on this success, offering new features and greater efficiency. The first improvement I was very excited about is a promised performance improvement. Unfortunately, I found PureRAW 2 stuck on “About 1 second remaining” for well over a minute. Still, that’s faster than the first version.
To be honest, the press release did state that DxO DeepPRIME is more responsive, with improved processing and export times on Apple Silicon machines and up to 1.5 times faster on the latest Windows computers.
Speed, however, isn’t everything. Integration with editors and even the Finder are features that support a smoother workflow. And guess what? Lightroom Classic users can right-click on a number of RAW files and have DxO PureRAW 2 process the images, creating newly enhanced Linear DNG files back into the same folder, without having to go outside of the application.
For mortals who don’t have Adobe products on their system, they can now simply right-click an image file and select PureRAW. This works with Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder, and on macOS it’s different from just opening the file with PureRAW as you now get access to some seven Quick Actions.
Of course, the biggest news is for Fujifilm X-Trans camera users. DxO PureRAW 2 supports RAW files from X-Trans sensors, bringing the truly significant benefits of DeepPRIME to Fujifilm XT photographers.
With an iMac, you won’t notice, but PureRAW 2 supports HiDPI displays on Windows machines. It also has a host of new camera/lens combinations; the update to DxO’s Optics Modules brings the total number of supported camera and lens combinations to more than 70,000. Alas, the old Hasselblad HD50 I once tested and still have RAW images from on my machine hasn’t been added. Only new cameras have.