Raw.Pics.io is a new online service capable of extracting the embedded JPEGs from certain raw image files. Supporting CR2, DNG and NEF formats, the service does not require users to upload their raw files to a server, as it uses an HTML5-based in-browser application to extract the embedded JPEGs, which can then be saved on their hard disk or shared on Facebook. "One click conversion to JPEG is a first step, expect more in the nearest future," developer Konstantin Shtondenko says. "If you have an idea of what we should implement next — don't hesitate to request features."
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Raw Conversion On The Move Using Online Services
When it comes to online RAW conversion we picture those “Convert 101 formats to another 101 formats” services. They have ads all over the place and work in a not very efficient way: uploading files to their server, converting them, and then giving them back to you in the desired format.
A few weeks ago there appeared a new service aimed specifically at photographers - Raw.pics.io.
It doesn’t support a gazillion of file formats, but does a pretty good job at RAW conversion. According to the informational page on the site, they support only Canon’s CR2, Nikon’s NEF and the universal DNG format. Not much, but the interesting part is in how it all works.
Instead of taking your files to a server it converts them right in the browser. To process images they use HTML5 that allows the building of rich internet applications that run on your computer (!) in a browser environment. That kind of setup allows the conversion of a number of RAW images on a slow Internet connection, which is a very common situation during occasional travels.
From their survey it appears that they do not currently work with the actual raw data from the sensor like iPhoto or DPP. Instead, they extract the embedded JPEG that every RAW file has inside. This embedded JPEG is identical to the file your camera saves when you shoot RAW+JPEG.
The service shows metadata of the file in the left column and also has some integration with Facebook - enabling you to share the photo on your Timeline. Of course, this is practical only if it doesn’t require post-processing.
This converter will work only in Chrome, Firefox and Safari (make sure you have an up-to-date version). Although it’s an in-browser application, it doesn’t work in the mobile version of Chrome, so… no, you can’t convert RAW on your iPad.