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    workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    I am thinking about how to best handle the X3F files from my DP1. I prefer to use SPP because SPP produces the best IQ (in my view easier and better than LR). I then want to import in LR for archiving and for cropping etc.
    However my workflow looks rather complicated:

    1) copy X3F files from Reader Card to relevant date folders in D:\My pictures and back up these X3F files on extern. HD.

    2) PP these X3F files in SPP and save in same folders either as TIFF's 16 bit or as high quality JPEG's (what to choose?).
    3) Delete X3F files that have been PP in SPP, from D:\My pictures.

    4) Import into Lightroom the date folders containing the photo's in either TIFF or JPEG.
    5) pp (cropping etc.) in LR.

    Is there a better and easier way of handling the above work?
    Thanks for advise!

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    Re: workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    Quote Originally Posted by Muizen View Post
    I am thinking about how to best handle the X3F files from my DP1. I prefer to use SPP because SPP produces the best IQ (in my view easier and better than LR). I then want to import in LR for archiving and for cropping etc.
    However my workflow looks rather complicated:

    1) copy X3F files from Reader Card to relevant date folders in D:\My pictures and back up these X3F files on extern. HD.

    2) PP these X3F files in SPP and save in same folders either as TIFF's 16 bit or as high quality JPEG's (what to choose?).
    3) Delete X3F files that have been PP in SPP, from D:\My pictures.

    4) Import into Lightroom the date folders containing the photo's in either TIFF or JPEG.
    5) pp (cropping etc.) in LR.

    Is there a better and easier way of handling the above work?
    Thanks for advise!
    if you will google the net you might find some cases where people were using 3rd party raw converters to work with raw files from LR... basically the principle is simple (here is for M$ Windows)

    1) you keep raw files in your filesystem, not in LR database
    2) you call a compiled .bat file (see below) as an external editor and LR generates .tiff file for that "external editor" to work with = the name of the file will be passed by LR to that "external editor" as a command line parameter
    3) compiled .bat file replaces the .tiff in the file name w/ your raw file extension and calls your 3rd raw converter passing that modified name as a command line parameter
    4) raw converter overwrites the .tiff file
    5) LR picks .tiff back thinking that it is a result of the work done by an external editor while it is a newly created .tiff

    I think something like this should work

    the bat file should look like this (I am giving you an example for C1 - replace C1 with SPP or SilkyPix whatever you want for .X3F raws and .pef with .x3f) :

    del "%~f1"

    call "c:\Program Files\Phase One\Capture One 5\CaptureOne.exe" "%~dpn1.pef"

    download a free batch to exe compiler from http://www.f2ko.de/English/index.php

    executable file is necessary because I think LR will not call command files, but .exe files only

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    additional notes

    del "%~f1"

    deletes the .tiff file generated by LR - you do not need it at all, you might need to add some command line keys to del command if there will be any issues

    %~dpn1

    that will give the the file name w/o .tiff extension

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    Re: workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    Deejjjaaa thanks for your effort to help me to find an answer. However I forgot to tell that I am not a programming specialist and although I appreciate what you are saying I simply would not know in what way to apply your advise! Far too complicated for a hobby photographer.
    It would be more effective if somebody would try to answer my straitforward questions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muizen View Post
    Deejjjaaa thanks for your effort to help me to find an answer. However I forgot to tell that I am not a programming specialist and although I appreciate what you are saying I simply would not know in what way to apply your advise! Far too complicated for a hobby photographer.
    It would be more effective if somebody would try to answer my straitforward questions!
    where did you see any programming there ?

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    Re: workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    Quote Originally Posted by deejjjaaaa View Post
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    2) you call a compiled .bat file (see below) as an external editor and LR generates .tiff file for that "external editor" to work with = the name of the file will be passed by LR to that "external editor" as a command line parameter
    3) compiled .bat file replaces the .tiff in the file name w/ your raw file extension and calls your 3rd raw converter passing that modified name as a command line parameter
    4) raw converter overwrites the .tiff file
    5) LR picks .tiff back thinking that it is a result of the work done by an external editor while it is a newly created .tiff

    I think something like this should work

    the bat file should look like this (I am giving you an example for C1 - replace C1 with SPP or SilkyPix whatever you want for .X3F raws and .pef with .x3f) :

    del "%~f1"

    call "c:\Program Files\Phase One\Capture One 5\CaptureOne.exe" "%~dpn1.pef"

    download a free batch to exe compiler from http://www.f2ko.de/English/index.php

    executable file is necessary because I think LR will not call command files, but .exe files only

    ---

    additional notes

    del "%~f1"

    deletes the .tiff file generated by LR - you do not need it at all, you might need to add some command line keys to del command if there will be any issues

    %~dpn1

    that will give the the file name w/o .tiff extension
    I agree that what you are writing isn't really a programming action, but most of it would be easy to follow for a person who has programming experience! For me it is just too complicated to understand and to apply.
    Don't misread me, I really very much appreciate your imput and moreover you could not know that I am such a dummy in this field. Sorry!

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    Re: workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    Deejjjaaa,

    It may not be programming, but it isn't likely to be comprehensible to most people. You use English words, but with their "computerese" meanings, and the resulting "explanation" is incomprehensible, to the original poster apparently, and to me.

    Steve

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    Re: workflow X3F - SPP -LR

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    Deejjjaaa,

    It may not be programming, but it isn't likely to be comprehensible to most people. You use English words, but with their "computerese" meanings, and the resulting "explanation" is incomprehensible, to the original poster apparently, and to me.

    Steve
    Steve, I agree with your observations. It is possible that Deejjjaaa came up with a fine solution to my problem, but regrettably there will not be many users of SigmaPP who can use his advise because it is incomprehensible for a person without programming experiece. Which is a pity!

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