I was impressed with Corel's ambition in its 1.0 release of AfterShot Pro. And for the most part, the execution wasn't bad either. I provide a complete rundown of my impressions in the Macworld Magazine review, Corel AfterShot Pro photo manager plays well in the big leagues.
- Fast decoding of raw files, even on a laptop
- Excellent raw file support across camera brands
- Completely non-destructive workflow
- Easy to use Layers implementation
- Decode or edit images on the fly without a catalog
- Perfectly Clear and lens correction tools included
- Plug-in support for a variety of tools
- Can't export slide shows for outside display
- Library management less refined than competition
- Mediocre sharpening tools
- Lack of importing tool for those who want it
- File output limited to TIFF and JPEG
- Dialog boxes don't feel Mac-like
Since the review, I've been using AfterShot for quick turnaround jobs. It won't replace Lightroom or Aperture (at least not yet). But it has taken over the jobs I used to use Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge for. You might want to try the 30-day free trial. Full price is $99. But Corel does offer the "competitive upgrade" deal for $79.
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