Capture One
Capture One
12.0.4.21

3.6

Capture One free download for Mac

Capture One

12.0.4.21
06 June 2019

RAW workflow software.

Overview

Capture One is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 400 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.

What's new in Capture One

Version 12.0.4.21:
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Bousozoku
03 April 2009

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As much as I like this software (it's worked well for me) and I've used it in place of Adobe's Photoshop plug-in for raw development, I'm unable to use any release past 4.1.1, as they no longer support PowerPC machines. This should be noted in the requirements but they leave this to a hard to find document in their support area.
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Version 4.7
mrsidoric
30 August 2018
NOT WORTH IT – demoed several versions, and considering their greedy upgrade policy, and mediocre performance compared to other far less expensive apps – I cannot recommend Capture One. Their decision to deprecate Media Pro after they bought it, and milked upgrades is unconscionable.
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Version 11.2.1.38
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Meister-Fritz
Meister-Fritz
20 May 2019
Anything this expensive if over the top particularly when there are other out in the market. You will note that I made the same statement in 2017 and my opinion has not been swayed.
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david_4
08 July 2018
Unfortunately Capture One doesn't provide tether capture for Olympus Cameras.
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Version 11.2.0.111
Meister-Fritz
29 January 2017
There are numerous applications that address RAW workflow and they are MUCH more reasonably priced. The price of Capture One is truly unconscionable.
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Version 10.0.1.26
3 answer(s)
Simonm
Simonm
30 January 2017
Phase One don't appear to want the typical amateur-enthusiast photographer. At least, C1's features and support seem very much geared toward studios and its signature live-capture mode. For the average hobbyist, its initial cost and now-standard €99/year upgrade price to stay current are hard pills to swallow.

As a typical ex-Aperture user, I've found there are some things it does really well and others it either doesn't do well or at all. Overall, and mainly because of my disdain for Adobe, I'm sticking with it for now as I'm finding the positives to *mostly* outweigh the negatives, even at the current price.

Positives I find are its speed, image quality, session-based workflow, standard tools, some of which are "plugin-worthy" or at least not in (or better than) Aperture and customisation. Cons include its very steep learning-curve and low intuitiveness, change tracking which I find very hard to understand, interface navigation and various other nuances/annoyances.

For example, the act of simply browsing and viewing images in large catalogues requires you to learn some things. Depending on your preferences, you'll likely have to get used to using the obscure and slightly annoying key combination of Alt-Cmd-V to turn the Viewer on and off. I can get used to it but it's not intuitive. I'd also like to be able to use Cmd-1, Cmd-2...etc to switch between the various panes of tools, but that isn't possible either.

With change tracking the app records literally every single click you make, just as just viewing different images and I can't seem to find an "edit-only" form of change tracking while it's very hard and obscure to see which edits have been applied to an image. The software seems to record a change (edit) even if you've played with a slider but reset it.

The software feels powerful but you have to learn very specific ways of doing things and these are usually not obvious. So overall I say it has very low intuitiveness, unlike Aperture with was so easy almost anyone could become a "Pro" at mastering photos.

I have a feeling the PC version gets more love as well. The way they've implemented full-screen mode in OS X is just plain wrong.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
11 May 2017
Some pro software is expensive, like remember when Photoshop was almost $400? How about QuarkXPress at $843.06? How about a 1 year subscription for AutoCAD for $1,470? How about $3,995 for SolidWorks?

I've used this at Sony Music. Seemed like nice software. They didn't seem to think it was expensive.
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Rkamper
Rkamper
24 April 2018
Meaningless comment. It is like saying "Why buy a Mercedes to $60,000 when you can get a Hyundai for $15,000. They both drive on four wheels"
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pderby
08 December 2016
After some research I selected CaptureOne to replace Aperture and purchased a Ver 9 PhaseOne license in October. I was just beginning to plan out my migration strategy when 6 weeks later they came out with a major revision, Ver 10, for an additional $99 to upgrade. Most software vendors would grant new customers an upgrade if they purchased software within 60 or 90 days. As a recent customer I requested an upgrade explaining that I was just beginning my migration planning from Aperture. My request was rudely denied. The software seems to be OK, I'm still trying to figure out how to handle some deficiencies in CaptureOne compared to Aperture. There is a steep learning curve for CaptureOne, especially in how to migrate large photo libraries with extensive meta data. The customer policies and empathy at CaptureOne are focused on short term revenue, not customer satisfaction. They don't seem to value establishing long term customer relationships.
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Version 9.2.1.19
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Meister-Fritz
Meister-Fritz
22 December 2016
Would think that most would not purchase based upon initial cost. I, too, am a user (still) of Aperture and it works for me even with beta Sierra. It is still supported by On1, Creative Kit, Topaz and a few more. Aperture remains attractive because of the single library file. And, as you know, ANY individual project can be exported as a library and merged into another library. There is not ONE post production software company that, now, creates a single library file. I am certain you also know that Apple's "Photos" is terrible and is truly for the consumer. I cannot understand why Apple would drop support for Aperture; it is still one of the most intuitive post production applications that I have used. Too bad you spent money on this junk!
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Hawke5501
Hawke5501
29 January 2017
My philosophy is that when you purchase software you also enter into a relationship with the company. The software may be good but if the company is bad you will never be comfortable. My suggestion is to get rid of Capture One since you will spend a great deal of time learning the program. If you are not happy leave now before you invest your time in learning the program. I moved from Aperture to onOne Photo Raw 2017. They are taking the long term view by creating communities and investing in free training videos. The raw program is new but they are on an aggressive development schedule to add new features. The development schedule seems to be dictated by the customer base. Take a look at onOne Photo Raw 2015 then contact the company to see if the customer service is up to par.
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Visible-Evidence
22 November 2016
I have tried this app over and over and over, booting up the demo on the last three versions and… I’m not feeling it. I think it’s good and it can do the job, but I don’t think they’ve ever fixed their assets management ability and the thing just feels clunky going through your catalog. You find yourself waiting for the app to catch up constantly. It’s weird. Actually processing an image is straightforward enough, and the end result is nicely processed. I personally find the brushes to be a little loose, although I suppose you could learn to live with it, like driving a car with a dodgy clutch. But for the price point shouldn’t this thing run like a Jaguar?
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Version 9.2.1.19
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Meister-Fritz
Meister-Fritz
29 January 2017
I feel NOTHING with it except that I am being pilfered. It is simply NOT worth the price.
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thecrocodilefarm
23 April 2016
FYI, the software in question is now at v 9.1.1 - not yet reflected on MU. A (rather long) foreword: I've been using Aperture until its dying day, resisting Adobe "bloatware" and licensing policy like a lone samurai left on the battlefield surrounded by enemies:) I then bit the bullet (the sword?) and bought LR6, and was surprisingly pleased with it - it required minimal workflow adjustments, the metadata and catalogs management is way better than Apple's offering, and it's quite quick and more or less trouble-free. I would like to stress that I do not earn my living by photography and therefore have less stringent demands than most professionals. However, RAW conversion in LR6, although better than in Aperture, is still not enough for me. Hence DxO Optics Pro 10, which I use to treat RAW files from inside LR6 and then reimport them back for further manipulation. This has been my setup for the last 16 months, and I was quite pleased with it. Then, out of sheer curiosity, I tried CaptureOne. C1 has one huge advantage - its RAW processing engine easily beats anything out there. No questions. Full stop. Its colour correction is the easiest to use and the most natural looking, unless you want to go mad with it - but even then you'll be pleased with the results. Noise reduction is perfectly adequate - in most complicated cases DxO "Prime" technology is better, but you can still tell NR has been applied, and let's be honest, with modern cameras' low light performance you'd rarely need to apply massive amounts of noise reduction. The camera/lens database is where DxO outshines everything else on the market, but nearly all the decent lenses and bodies are catered for by C1. Sharpening is excellent if you've got decent raw material (read "decent lens and steady hands") and just about passable if you haven't, but then it's your fault:) C1 has one huge disadvantage - it does not happily integrate with other software. And it's not a good news, because its cataloging system is not in the same league as LR6, although not as appalling as in previous versions. Confusing Catalogs and Sessions (although I see the pro's logic behind that), switching between catalogs takes forever and in rare instances can hang the programme. Cataloging options are many, but not as extensive as LR6 or PhotoMechanic. IPTC is supported, but again, not to Adobe's standard. On a sweeter note, you do get hierarchical (nested) keywords - finally! Then there's plugin support, of which there's none. I use Nik and Macphun by a bucketload, and having standalone versions is a godsend - C1's "Edit in..." command sends your file for processing to an external editor and then re-imports the result. Kinda like a plugin. But try to send two or more files to a HDR editor - and it returns... yep, two or more different files, none of which is HDR, and the actual HDR programme may or may not quit unexpectedly. So you can integrate some other apps into your C1 workflow, but you can't easily integrate C1 into anything else, in my case LR6. There are workarounds and roundtrips from LR6 to C1, but to me they seem a bit too clumsy, and by doing so you separate your original RAW files from the resulting DNG files, which means more external HDs by the day. You can import your LR6 catalogs into C1 and even retain a few basic adjustments you've made in LR6, but not many. You can also import your keywords from any text file, and - die, Adobe! - you can assign your own keyboard shortcuts all you like! So here's my dilemma: image quality or convenience in cataloging and post-processing? I've setup a separate HD for use with CaptureOne trial (no restrictions, good for one month) and over the next few weeks will try to get used to C1's catalogs and other quirks, and if anyone's interested I'll report back once there's more to report. At the moment CaptureOne gets 4.5 stars from me purely on my impression of its RAW conversion and its possibilities. I can replicate the results in DxO fairly closely, but not quite, especially on less straightforward shots. The excitement can wear thin though, especially if my struggle with catalogs ends in disaster...
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Version 9.0.3.5
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Meister-Fritz
Meister-Fritz
29 January 2017
MacPhun Creative Kit is outstanding and continues to improve daily. Also, CK works consistently with Aperture. Furthermore, MacPhun actively develops upgrades and is reasonably priced. On1 has produced RAW and it will suffice, but is certainly ot my favorite.
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Bousozoku
05 March 2016
This is as close to perfect as I will ever see, most likely. I use Capture One Pro and I have Silkypix as a backup application. The new licensing/authorization means that using two accounts on my MacBook Pro no longer counts as two licenses, and that I can also use the application on my more casual Windows 10 machine, also. This is a great usage enhancement. The only real problem is that you must use the latest OS X, El Capitan or Yosemite--using Mavericks isn't possible. I updated. One of the main features for me is the quality of the output. Colors are excellent and as close to each companies' software as possible. Since I use multiple brands of equipment, Capture One helps me get the best out of everything in a minimum of time. I generally load everything into various folders, launch Capture One Pro and wait for it to create previews. This takes time. It may have decreased in the time it takes, but when I'm working with 1000+ photos, I don't wait to measure it. The Auto Levels works in a batch and it provides a very accurate starting point for adjustments of daylight/studio light photos. I wouldn't suggest using Auto Levels for nighttime photos. The HDR Shadows and Highlights levels brings back details without clown-ish effects. I get a lot of work done very quickly and accurately. There are local adjustments, based on layers, which seem incredibly useful but I haven't integrated them into my workflow. As others have mentioned, the company's blog and YouTube videos are quite useful in learning this powerful application.
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Version 9.0.3.5
Holypoly
03 February 2016
Where is 74.0?
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Version 8.2.2.8
Gestalt
02 December 2015
Where is 9.0?
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Version 8.2.2.8
Fishboy
14 May 2015
Check them out on their YouTube channel too. A lot of great information and demos there. https://www.youtube.com/user/PhaseOneDK
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Version 8.2.2.8