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Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 550 digital camera models.

What's New

Version 2.4.4:
  • New Features:
    • Support added for RAW images from the Samsung NX3000.
    • Support added for automatic lens corrections for distortion and chromatic aberration based on RAW lens correction metadata for all Samsung NX mirrorless models.
  • Improvements:
    • Updated Canon lens ID database with newer lens models and improved identification of 3rd party more...


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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siamlotus Member IconComment+165

There is a 29% discount on at the developer's site until 27/12/2013 with this coupon : Iridient9

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Version 2.3.2

could you please make a difference between reviews and comments ???
the longer the more these inappropriate posts are annoying rather than helpful


ok, after some first discomfort recognized this WAS indeed a comment, so my concern goes in the 1st place to MU not separating reviews and comments


So it is inappropriate and annoying when someone informs users of MacUpdate that there is a discount on certain software ?

Andrew D Rodney Member IconReview+6
Andrew D Rodney

Gorgeous film like rendering makes this the go to raw converter for difficult images and I often use it to compare the quality of other converters. The new dot release now supports DNG profiles which is a feature I use for nearly every image (in Lightroom. ). I still use LR 90% of the time and 100% for my DAM but now and then, I have to feed a raw to ID and I'm always very pleased by the results. Developer is very responsive to suggestions. If processing raw files is part of your livelyhood, the upgrade price isn't an issue one lick.

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Version 2.0.1
Drdul Member IconReview+448

Version 2 is worth the upgrade. The upgrade price is now a more reasonable $45 (and the full price of the app is now a more reasonable $75). For me, the big selling feature is the addition of controls to correct chromatic aberration (which the previous version was missing), as I have a couple of images with bad CA that I could not satisfactorily convert with the previous version.

I can still process images from my Olympus and Panasonic cameras without applying the lens correction information that's included in the raw file (and that other apps like Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom apply automatically). And it looks like for some lenses I would be able to apply a lens profile with the built-in chromatic aberration correction but without the built-in distortion correction, but so far none of my lenses offer me this option (the check box for CA is grayed out).

The reason I'm only giving Irident Developer 4 stars instead of 5 is that it doesn't offer any localized adjustments. All adjustments apply to the entire image.

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Version 2.0
Liam_ARTH Member IconReview+56

Though RAW Dev is still by far the best raw processor, the high upgrade price is too steep imo

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Version 1.9.2

For me it is a worthwhile update. I've been using Raw Developer for several years with free upgrades, so the upgrade price seems fair to me. The new version has much improved performance, and that alone is worth the upgrade price.

Admittedly, Aperture has become much cheaper than it used to be. I haven't used it so I can't compare. But I like software that does one thing and does it well, and that is Raw Developer.

Iridient Digital, Inc (Developer)

Good news, I've just dropped the full price on RAW Developer to $75! So the upgrade price is now just $45.


Hummm. Still no support for Fuji X-Pro X-E1 series... :-(

Iridient Digital, Inc (Developer)

All Fujifilm X-Trans models are now supported with custom RAW processing which gives terrific results for these unique cameras!

Mjkphoto Member IconComment+109

$75 is a bit steep for an upgrade price.

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Version 1.9.1
Drdul Member IconComment+448

FYI: Version 1.9.0 is a $75 upgrade for anyone who purchased RAW Developer prior to November 2009. That includes me, so I'm gonna keep using the old version before I decide whether the upgrade is worth $75.

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Version 1.9.0
Bumbleb Member IconComment+330

Finally support for my lovely Sigma DP2 camera! Much love to the developer, Brian G!

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Version 1.8.10
Tybeck Member IconReview+2

I've used RAW Developer (RD) as my main raw file processor for about the last 2 years. Having tried CaptureOne, ACR, Bibble, Aperture, Lightroom and a several other raw converters, RD had the best mix of speed, quality of output, and easy of use for my needs. There are some features that would be helpful like shadow recovery, flash fill, and a local contrast tool like Vibrancy, but the flexibility and control that RD provides makes up for these absences. Any photo that I can't tweak to my liking in RD can be done in LightZone (another wonderful program).

Stand out features: Speed - this is the fastest raw converter on Mac I've tried. Batch mode - very flexible with excellent scale up features, fast. Only RAW developer I've seen that will allow multiple format output in the same batch session. Controlling exposure sectors with sliders - very intuitive. Copy and Pasting Settings - move all or groups of settings between photos. B&W development - absolutely the best black and white rendering that I have seen in any raw converter.

What this program is not: It is not Expression Media, Aperture or Lightroom, it will not help organize your photos at all. RD does play well with other programs, for example you can open a selection of photos directly in Expression Media, the Finder, or Path Finder in RD. It's more like ACR as stand alone. To my eye it is not that effective with high noise photos. I use NoiseNinja for this.

In brief, if you looking for a fast, clean raw file converter for Mac and won't miss the "one program for everything" approach (like in Lightroom and Aperture) give RAW Developer a serious look.

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Version 1.8.6
Jan13 Member IconReview+236

I just test it and as “PURE” RAW processor this software in one simple word “ROCKS” !!!

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Version 1.8.6
Drdul Member IconReview+448

RAW Developer is a must-have for me. I shoot with an Olympus E-P1 and a Panasonic LX3, and the RAW files from both of these cameras are corrected for barrel distortion when converted in Adobe Camera Raw, SilkyPix, Olympus Master and most other RAW converters. RAW Developer doesn't apply any corrections, which enables me to apply however much (or little) correction I want in Photoshop, and also enables me to recover additional bits of the image around the edges.

The workflow in RAW Developer is similar to Adobe Camera Raw, which makes it easy and fast for me to use. The image preview updates as corrections are applied, and the result is an image that is as good as or better than what I can get from ACR. Image settings are saved in files with a .rdsf extension, so they don't conflict with the .xml files created by ACR.

The only other RAW converter I could find that doesn't apply corrections to images during conversion is Raw Photo Processor. I have used RPP several times and even donated to unlock additional features, but I gave up after a while, as I found it just too difficult. The UI is awkward, the documentation doesn't explain things very well, the preview does not update automatically, and I never could get the highlight recovery feature to work properly. In comparison, RAW Developer is a pleasure to use.

My only (minor) complaint about RAW Developer is that the documentation is somewhat out of date (it appears to be for version 1.4). As a result, there is no explanation of a few settings, but in most cases I have been able to figure out what they do through trial and error (although I'm at a loss to guess what "TC Shadow" means).

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Version 1.8.5

Ha! I dug through the release notes and discovered that "TC" means "Tint Correction," which is applied separately to shadows and highlights.

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Version 2.3.3
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Version 1.9.5
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Version 1.9.1
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Date 24 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $75.00
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