pcdMagic converts Kodak Photo CD images into modern image formats such as JPEG, TIFF, EXR or DNG.
pcdMagic is the only application available for current versions of macOS that will convert Photo CD Images with 100% color accuracy, just like they were scanned.
"pcdMagic is our tool of choice" - NDSR Boston after evaluating all available alternatives for Photo CD conversion.
• macOS Mojave and Retina display compatible.
• No blown highlights - most Photo CD conversion software blows highlights. pcdMagic just doesn't.
• Specific color profiles by film type and scanner model - e.g., Kodachome scanned by a Kodak 4000 series scanner versus color negative on a Kodak 2000 series scanner.
• Adaptive interpolation - conventional interpolation can result in unsightly artifacts in your images; pcdMagic's adaptive interpolation avoids this.
• Output to JPEG, TIFF, EXR or DNG. pcdMagic converts to your choice of output format, even archival level DNG files. And of course, properly color managed, so you get exactly the right color rendition when you view converted files in other applications.
• Converts any Photo CD file. pcdMagic handles all Photo CD files at maximum resolution, even 4096 × 6144 "64Base" Photo CD Pro files and the rare "Class three compression" files that other conversion program can't convert.
• Enhanced dark mode support for macOS Mojave
• Fix for an issue that could result in the EXR export menu not appearing under macOS Mojave
Ratings and Reviews
Solid Conversion to TIFF
I used this app to convert my collection of PhotoCDs to tiff format for use in Adobe Lightroom, as Lightroom does not have a direct conversion built into it. The process requires you to load the PhotoCD files into PCMagic’s browser then select photos for conversion. After selecting a place to put the tiffs on your hard drive’s file system, the conversion is then done reasonably quickly. Then you can load the resultant tiffs into Lightroom. This was done without problems. I would not have been able to read my PhotoCDs without this program, so it proved invaluable.
There is a function where you can edit an ex-PCD tiff file that is already in Lightroom by transfering it back to PCDMagic for some editing, but I found this integration to be a bit clumsy. I might change my mind on this in the future as my use of this feature was cursory. Some of the editing features in PCDMagic are claimed to be more effective than other programs, but I have not used these features to a significant extent just yet, although those I tried seemed to work just fine.
When I tried to use editing features more extensively I had a few crashes, probably because I had too many images loaded into PCDmagic. Finally, as I used PCDmagic only as a format conversion program, and the editing features are limited anyway, I found the price to be steep.
Lifesaver for old Photo CD images
Like a lot of veteran photographers, I got a lot of my images scanned at the dawn of the digital age, on Kodak Photo CDs. The files, PCDs, were pretty good, but when Kodak faltered and this format went away, Adobe, in their wisdom, decided to stop dealing with this file type somewhere in the Photoshop updates. I didn’t notice it until it was too late…I needed to go back to some early scans and no version of Photoshop I had would recognize them. There were obscure, bizarre workarounds out there, but PCDMagic is the first full featured straightforward program I’ve encountered that unlocked all those old scans and let me access these images again after all these years. A lifesaver.
Finally, a way to recover all of my old Photo CD photos!
It is hard to believe that my Photo CD’s - all made in the 90’s and early 2000’s - are now so completely out of date that virtually NOTHING will read them! I am so thankful for PCDMagic because it not only works very well, it allows we to access thousands of great photos from the past! I also have found them very responsive to technical questions. I ran into the Apple-caused problem with certificates, and was able to get back up and running PCDMagic the next day.
If you have old Photo CD’s laying around, this is the only program I have found that will recover the photos correctly.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.