Installing MakeTiff to get started with ColorPerfect's PerfectRAW feature

On this page we will detail how to install our auxiliary program MakeTiff on both Windows and Mac OS X. MakeTiff is a program which converts raw camera images into linear Tiff files without altering color properties. These files are the required input for ColorPerfect's PerfectRAW and can be opened with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements and PhotoLine.

If you have already downloaded and installed MakeTiff and would like to read more about how it works and its settings please go to our main page on MakeTiff.

A note on MakeTiff's use of the Adobe DNG Converter

In the following we will ask that you download and install the Adobe DNG Converter. Please understand that we dislike what Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) et al. do to color even more than you do. Rest assured that we do not let Adobe DNG Converter touch the color. You will not have to convert your raw photos to the DNG file format or be required to do anything with the Adobe DNG Converter yourself. It just needs to be present so that we can have it do the Bayer interpolation and collect the camera exif data into a better-organized form for our - and your - use. Adobe DNG Converter does those two tasks well and therefore is part of MakeTiff's automated image processing sequence which gets invoked by dragging and dropping files onto the program.

MakeTiff will do its job without the Adobe DNG Converter being installed on your system, but in general we recommend that you do install it. It is worth trying the option to run without Adobe DNG converter and comparing your results with and without.

Compatibility notice and request for user feedback

Because ColorPerfect serves a wide selection of PC and Mac platforms, MakeTiff must also, so MakeTiff was written in a platform independent system which frees the programmer from having to deal with all the individual systems. As we release version 1.16a we have covered all known problems, but we still ask that users tell us if they have problems getting MakeTiff to work on their systems.

Windows Installation

To start the installation, please download and install Adobe DNG Converter if you don't have it already. On Windows 7 and above it should be fine to get the most recent version of Adobe DNG Converter.

Regretfully Adobe made DNG Converter version 8.3 to be the last that will work on any version of Windows XP and Windows Vista. So Windows XP and Windows Vista users will not want the later versions. Later versions may install on Windows XP and Windows Vista but will not run and may be difficult to uninstall. To get Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 visit Adobe's archive of previous versions.

Next create a new folder named MakeTiff inside the folder where you normally keep your applications. On 32 bit Windows computers that usually is "C:\Program Files". On 64 bit Windows versions "C:\Program Files (x86)" is the equivalent. If you don't have sufficient privileges to create folders and copy files into them there or if you don't like using this location for MakeTiff you can really put your MakeTiff folder anywhere you want.

After you have created the MakeTiff folder place the contents of the MakeTiff zip archive there. You can either do that by unzipping the archive or double-click it and then use drag and drop.

Next you might want to create a shortcut to the program on your desktop. To do that drag MakeTiff (which is MakeTiff.exe) to the desktop and drop it while holding down the Alt key. A small right-angle arrow should appear in the dragged link as you do this. You may wish to rename this shortcut to be simply MakeTiff. That link can be left on the desktop or dragged and dropped to anywhere you want, such as to the Start menu.

Once you have done this and have installed the Adobe DNG Converter double-click the link icon for MakeTiff. To use MakeTiff, drag and drop raw camera images onto the MakeTiff dialogue.

To learn more about its settings and how it works please go to our main page on MakeTiff.

Mac OS X Installation

To start the installation, please download and install Adobe DNG Converter if you don't have it already. On Intel Macs with OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above it should be fine to get the most recent version of Adobe DNG Converter.

Regretfully Adobe made DNG Converter version 6.4 to be the last that will work on the PowerPC, version 7.1 the last that will run on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and version 8.3 the last that will run on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). So, PowerPC owners as well as Leopard and Snow Leopard users will not want any later versions. Later versions may install on a PowerPC, OS X 10.5 or OS X 10.6 but will not run and may be difficult to uninstall. To get Adobe DNG Converter 6.4, 7.1 or 8.3 visit Adobe's archive of previous versions.

Next double-click the MakeTiff zip archive in your downloads folder to extract the enclosed folder - unless your system unzips downloaded archives automatically. Inside that folder is a disk image ExifTool.dmg. Double-click that and go through the installation of ExifTool.

If OS X prevents you from starting the ExifTool installation please don't double-click the installer but perform a right-click on it in Finder and from the resulting context menu choose the "Open" entry. When you do so the alert window that was shutting you out from installing ExifTool before will offer a second button allowing you to open the application, so click that to individually override Apple's execution prevention mechanism "Gatekeeper" for ExifTool. This step only needs to be performed once for every new version of ExifTool you install.

After that has completed, drag the MakeTiff application to your Applications folder or to wherever you want it. You can then add MakeTiff to your Dock by dragging the application there.

Once you have done this and have both installed ExifTool and the Adobe DNG Converter click on your Dock's MakeTiff shortcut or double-click the application using Finder. To use MakeTiff, drag and drop raw camera images onto the MakeTiff dialogue.

To learn more about its settings and how it works please go to our main page on MakeTiff.

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