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Kodak releases DCS Photo Desk image browser  
Wednesday, December 20, 2000 | by
DCS Photo Desk 1.0, released today, enables owners of certain Kodak DCS cameras to browse and convert their camera's RAW files outside of Photoshop. The free program offers many of the same features as the Kodak DCS Acquire Module, but does not require Adobe's image editing application to run.

Kodak's web site lists the main features of DCS Photo Desk:

  • Browse DCS images in folders on hard disks, CD-ROM, PC Cards and network servers using an efficiently laid out contact sheet interface that displays image settings in iconic form.
  • Automatically monitor folders and add thumbnails to their display as new images arrive.
  • Open multiple images in windows with variable view scaling from 10 to 200%.
  • Control cropping, rotation, balance, lighting, exposure compensation, look, sharpening and noise reduction.
  • Save DCS image files as standard JPEG and TIFF files, with optional naming and sequence numbering.
  • Optionally imprint GPS information into images saved in standard TIFF format.
  • Automatically open converted files in any application.
  • Copy and paste image settings.
  • Drag and drop images between folders.
  • Add image information, including IPTC-NAA record 2.
  • Quickly review and tag high-resolution images.

Images from Kodak's most recent digital SLR cameras are supported:

  • DCS 315
  • DCS 330
  • DCS 520
  • DCS 560
  • DCS 620
  • DCS 620x
  • DCS 660

Files from older cameras, such as the NC 2000e and DCS 3, are not compatible with DCS Photo Desk. The program also lacks the ability to work over a camera's FireWire connection. For that, Kodak's DCS Acquire Module is still required.

DCS Photo Desk 1.0 for Mac and Windows is a free download from Kodak's web site: once past the registration page, choose DCS Photo Desk (below) from the popup menu to gain access to the Mac and Windows DCS Photo Desk downloads.

Choose DCS Photo Desk from the popup menu to gain
access to the Mac and Windows DCS Photo Desk downloads.

DCS Photo Desk screen shots

DCS Photo Desk's contact sheet view. All the editing functions of the program,
including cropping, colour balance, exposure compensation, image tagging,
noise reduction and sharpening, may be applied to an image in either the
contact sheet view or when an image is previewed.

Previewing an image in DCS Photo Desk. Multiple preview windows may be open
simultaneously, and an image's settings (colour balance, etc.) may be copied from
one frame to another. IPTC caption information can also be entered.

Images may be converted from Kodak's proprietary RAW
format to standard TIFFs or JPEGs, then optionally opened
in a user-selectable image editing application automatically. It isn't possible,
however, to process a file directly into Photoshop without first
saving out a JPEG or TIFF to the hard drive.

Peruse the included Photo Desk Help file to become familiar with the program.

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