RAW development with Vulkan darktable


Vkdt offers a variety of other editing options, including drawn masks that let you apply an effect to certain areas of the image only. You can also use vkdt to edit Magic Lantern videos (i.e., moving images in RAW format that were captured with Canon's EOS cameras). Vkdt also has rudimentary animation and rendering capabilities.


The results the new vkdt RAW developer delivers are not yet as good as what darktable or RawTherapee offer – of course, hundreds of developers have worked on both competitors. The vkdt user interface in particular takes some getting used to, and it shows that the developer, Johannes Hanika, is not necessarily a user interface specialist.

The software is currently aimed less at professional photographers or people moving away from commercial programs, but rather at technology lovers who enjoy taking pictures and at image editors who like to explore. The program is already quite fun to work with, and it already seems more mature than the first versions of darktable. Vkdt has the potential to become the best RAW converter, especially if more developers can be found and are capable of, say, porting the new selection functions from RawTherapee.

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