Canon has released Digital Photo Professional 2.0.3 for Mac and Windows, an update to its primary RAW file browsing and processing application. For owners of older camera models it adds a handful of new features relative to v1.6.1 plus, for Mac users, incompatibilities when running the application in OS X 10.4 have been fixed. Version 2.0.3 also addresses several problems in earlier v2.x releases found on EOS Solution Disk 11 (which is bundled with the EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N).
New Since Digital Photo Professional 1.6.1
While Canon may not have changed much in the new release, they've made the changes count. Beyond support for Canon's two newest cameras - the EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS 5D - and one old one - the EOS D30 - this version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) adds controls for the full range of Picture Style adjustments. These have been woven into a redesigned RAW image adjustment palette. DPP 2.0.3's Picture Style adjustments can be applied to RAW files from all Canon digital SLR cameras back to the D30, not just the newest models. (A Canon web site has more information on Picture Styles and their use in DPP.)
The main window in Digital Photo Professional 2.0.3
Other changes include:
- Sharpening can be previewed in DPP for the first time. The RAW image adjustment palette now has a 0-10 sharpening scale, with the effect applied in near-real time in the preview window. The RGB image adjustment palette also includes a sharpening function now, with a 0-500 scale.
- A new Quick Check Tool enables photos to be previewed faster by rendering them at 50% resolution.
- The 1,2,3 Checkmark function allows photos to be ranked.
- New folders can be created in the folder navigator at left in the main window.
- The Stamp Tool now has a mode somewhat similar to Photoshop's Healing Brush: brush in the area containing the dust or other defect and DPP attempts to blend the surrounding area into the trouble spot. There are two different modes, one for cloning away detritus that is lighter than the surrounding area, and another for dealing with unwelcome guck that is darker than the surrounding area.
- The Transfer to Photoshop command is back, or rather it's once again available outside the Batch dialog (in addition to Batch). In DPP 2.0.3, it's lurking under the Tools menu.
- The list of working colour spaces has grown to five, and now includes Apple RGB and ColorMatch RGB in addition to sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB.
- An option to choose between Relative Colorimetric and Perceptual rendering intents has been added to the CMYK simulation profile preferences (instead of Perceptual only, as before).
- Batch processing dialogs can now be set to automatically close once processing is complete.
Mac OS X 10.4-related fixes since v1.6.1 include restoring the proper function of the Copy Stamp tool as well as re-enabling the automatic opening of batch-processed pictures in an external application. Several bugs in 2.0.1 have also been squashed, including one that tripped us up: changes made in the Picture Style menu weren't always reflected in the final image. Images from the 5D and EOS-1D also showed a loss of colour gradation, which has been fixed. And a bug present in v1.1 through 2.0.1, in which the displayed date for RAW CRW files was sometimes wrong, has been corrected.
The DPP 2.0.3 updater will install only on systems that have an existing installation of DPP, RAW Image Task, EOS Viewer Utility (EVU) or File Viewer Utility (FVU). It's a free download from Canon's WSSS site. Follow the Drivers / Software link on this page to access both the Windows and Mac updaters, as well as updaters to take EOS Capture to v1.5. Last month, Canon posted v5.5 updaters for ImageBrowser and ZoomBrowser EX; the new versions bring compatibility with the EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N.