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Registered: ‎04-11-2017

Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

Hi, new member here, with a question about using Digital Photo Professional with the Photos app from Apple. I have an iMac running Mac OS El Capitan, using the Photos app to store and manage my images. Photos has some decent basic editing tools but I'd like to use Canon DPP for additional editing power for RAW images from my Canon 80D. The Photos app allows third party extensions, including one called External Editors for Photos, that allows you to edit your images with any image editor on your Mac. I had no problem selecting DPP as an external editor through that tool, and when I open an image in Photos, then click Edit, Extensions, External Editors, Digital Photo Professional, DPP opens just fine - but the image doesn't appear.  Is anyone else using DPP as an external editor through Apple's Photos app, and if so can you tell me how you get it to work?  I have a workaround, where I open DPP first, then navigate to the Masters images folder on my Mac, make my edits, save the file and then open Photos for any finishing touches, but would be great if I could do everything start to finish in Photos. Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

Do not edit your masters like that. You might confuse the Photo's database.

 

The correct way is to export the original, edit it, and re-import it.

 

I would at least upgrade to the latest Photos (with Sierra) and the latest plug-in.

 

You might also ask on the Apple Photo's forum.

Occasional Contributor
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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

OK, I'll do that. Thanks. 

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

If you export from Photos are you exporting a RAW or a TIFF. Most software I am aware of exports a TIFF.

 

If its a TIFF then you loss most, if not all, of the benefits of editing in DPP.

 

What about opening the RAW in DPP, do the DPP unique editing like DLO, and then Batch Process to Photos? I know that method works for Lightroom.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472
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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

Photos allows you to export a RAW file (Export Unmodified Original). So that's my workaround now -  RAW files from the camera card imported to Photos, export the ones I want to edit to a folder on my Mac, edit them in DPP, then import the edited/saved files (TIFFs and/or JPEGS) back to Photos. Would be great to do the entire workflow within Photos, but for whatever reason it's not working as an external editor for that app.  I did update to Mac OS Sierra tonight - great system, like the enhancements to photo organization (among other things), but it didn't fix this particular issue.  

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

Thanks for the info.
John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472
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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

That's a problem with Photos. The only way to get an upgrade is to upgrade the OS.

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos

While DPP has a few nice features, for the most part it's a dud, especially on a MAC.  It's buggy and dreadfully slow.    It looks like this might be Windows code ported to the Mac OS, rather than software written for the MAC.  I'm in the process of looking for another editor, as I really don't want to become a slave to Adobe's subscription approach to selling their software.

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos


snoitanb wrote:

While DPP has a few nice features, for the most part it's a dud, especially on a MAC.  It's buggy and dreadfully slow.    It looks like this might be Windows code ported to the Mac OS, rather than software written for the MAC.  I'm in the process of looking for another editor, as I really don't want to become a slave to Adobe's subscription approach to selling their software.


You can still purchase a stand alone, lifetime license for Lightroom 6 for little more than the cost of a year subscription..  Highly recommended.

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Re: Using DPP as an External Editor in Mac Photos


Waddizzle wrote:

snoitanb wrote:

While DPP has a few nice features, for the most part it's a dud, especially on a MAC.  It's buggy and dreadfully slow.    It looks like this might be Windows code ported to the Mac OS, rather than software written for the MAC.  I'm in the process of looking for another editor, as I really don't want to become a slave to Adobe's subscription approach to selling their software.


You can still purchase a stand alone, lifetime license for Lightroom 6 for little more than the cost of a year subscription..  Highly recommended.


Don't you run the risk that the next camera you buy will have a RAW format that's not supported by Lightroom 6?

Bob
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