I have a question on the Canon software. I purchased the Canon Digital Rebel SLR and I downloaded the Canon software, Digital Photo Professional and zoom brower into my Dell PC with XP system. My PC is old and is running very slow and may not last much longer. I recently purchased the Mac pro.
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I know that the Mac has iphotos but I wanted to download the Canon software because the DPP downloads the information on how the pictures are taken. I have not shot in RAW yet. After downloading the software, I uploaded my pictures and found that the pictures were not as clear and vibrant with lack of color, when viewing them in the Image Browser for Mac.
And when I went to bring up the DPP, the Mac prompt that the DPP requires a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or more, and about 32,000 colors or higher. When I changed the display to 1024 x 768, the DPP opened but none of my pictures where seen. I can only see my pictures in the image browser. So, I transferred one of the pictures to the Mac iphoto and the picture looks totally different, ei: vibrant and clear. Is there anyone who has experienced this that can help me.
Dear Kim, sounds as if your monitor settings are strange. Three important things to consider: resolution, color space and monitor calibration. First of all, open the System Settings-Monitors and select a resolution that your monitor will support natively. I assume you have some LCD type Display?! And then make sure, that you have selected 'millions of colors'. Second, read about Colorspaces and check how the information contained in your image files will be handled.
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Some basic information (actually regarding browsers) can be found here: And believe me, you will want to calibrate your monitor! Use a colorimeter, maybe you can borrow one since you will need it only for a couple of minutes every other month or so. This will make all the colors come 'true'. Best regards, Stephan.
I've never shot JPEGs but RAW files display vibrant and clear on my Mac in DPP 3.5. When I open them in ImageBrowser they look a bit faded. I think the diff is DPP opens the RAW file with camera image defaults intact. ImageBrowser doesn't seem to use them. My take on it is DPP is optimized for RAW production whereas ImageBrowser is for JPEGS.
Both apps display shooting (EXIF) info. Incidentally, are you sure you have a Mac Pro? The huge metal tower? I can't imagine running such a powerful computer with only a 1024 x 768 display. Normally you have those hooked up to a massive 30 display. Maybe you have a MacBook Pro?
Its native screen rez is 1440 x 900. If so, keep it there. 1024 x 768 won't look as good. I'm using the Canon software (DPP occasionally, Image Browser to download from a card reader). Check to make sure you have the latest versions of the software ( ).
(One way to see what versions you already have is to pull down the menu under the program name when it's running, and choose About.) I am running these apps on an ancient PowerPC G4 desktop, a G4 laptop, and an Intel-based Mini that should work pretty exactly much like your laptop. If by 'cannot open' you mean the computer defaults to iPhoto, that is a little 'gift' from Apple. When you open a RAW or jpg file, for example, you can choose to open it with DPP by using 'Open with' on the File menu and you choose DPP or whatever. Somewhere there is a button to click for 'always open with'. Whatever is causing the 'faded' quality, it's not the software, but something about the way your computer is set up. Are you viewing the image at the right angle?
If the screen tilted too little or too much it can affect the way the screen looks. You may also have the screen set too bright, perhaps. Also you need to go into the System Preferences, choose Displays then the Color tab, then see what screen display is chosen. See that the proper kind of display is chosen from the settings displayed (check show all).
It should come from the factory all set up, but if it has got mis-set, it may need to be adjusted. The screen display can be 'calibrated' (one of the choices on the Color tab), but again, if you haven't messed with it already, it should be all right. Another way to start a program is to run the program from the Application folder by double clicking on the program icon, then you can open files from iinside the program when it is running using the 'open'.
You need to buy a good intro book on how to use the Mac and OS X. There are even ones for people who formerly used Windoze, but you probably just need one of the simpler ones. The 'Dummies' series used to be good, but I don't know about the current edition. For a more detailed reference, the Pogue 'Missing Manual' series for Mac OS X Leopard is the best out there, I think. Hi JDM, I did not realize you responded.
Thanks for all your input and help. Unfortunately, I did try to change my settings. Everytime I try to open DPP it pops up 'DPP requires a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or more, and about 32,000 colors or higher' So, when I change my settings, DPP opens but my photos are not there. However, They did download to image brower.
I will have to check my settings again. Pictures show differently on all computers which I find to be very annoying. Anyway, I do not have the default set to iphoto yet.
So, I can download using either program. I do like the iphoto though. I am thinking of just uninstalling DPP from the Mac and just ues the program in my PC. Not sure how of uninstall yet though. And yes, I did buy the Mac OS X Leopard. Very helpful and it is taking me awhile to get through it.
But I am glad I bought it. Thanks again.