Love to shoot RAW? Certainly it's the way to get the best out of your camera. The downside is that the files are BIG. Why keep those large master files around if the picture itself isn't amongst your best?

If your Library is bloated with RAW files you don’t necessarily need but can’t bring yourself to throw away, RawHide is the compromise you’ve been looking for. RawHide is designed to convert the RAW files you select into high quality JPEG files while preserving your metadata such as comments, ratings, and locations. RawHide will then tag or move the original to iPhoto's trash.

RawHide will also process your Photoshop and TIFF images. In fact, any image format iPhoto can handle will receive the same treatment by RawHide.

- Free up valuable space on your drives. Savings may be upwards of 80%. A library of RAW files taking upwards of 1GB would be reduced to around 200MB of high quality original size JPEGs.
- Speed up iPhoto

- RawHide your adjusted RAW images or discard the changes and archive the original version.
- Scale the image down from the original size to save even more space.
- Adjust the new images compression setting between very high to almost no compression.
- Tag or Delete the original.
- A large range of image formats supported.

RawHide For iPhoto REQUIRES iPhoto '11 (Version 9.0 or greater).

What's New

Version 1.3.6

Improves the quaility of generated JPEGs at every quality setting. This can result in larger JPEG file sizes at your previously choosen setting, so you might want to re-verify if the setting is still appropriate for you. Improved file size statistics.

Ratings and Reviews


RawHide review

Just installed and tried on one photo. I think it may have worked, but app also crashed (at the end). Repeat, it seems to have worked as predicted. This is what happens. It creates a new event with today's date. I presume this latter effect is under the control of iPhoto. Raw files are handled differently than jpeg files by iPhoto. If you have some jpeg files, you should compare how they are handled before you become concerned with how RawHide handles them. I think this is a result that you may have to close your eyes on. However, I do wish I could have maintained my Event organization without any further work. If you want to follow a photo by the date/event, then you'll need move the photos afterwards, but RawHide is working.

The good, keywords, descriptions, and dates retained, it gives you the choice to retain the unedited (no adjustments) or the edited version of your original, it will either just tag or tag and move to the trash the raw file. The bad, the location is scrambled. Also, a minor annoyance is that it adds their pill image with their 18 keywords. The keywords are for their other applications (which I don't have). I just deleted these keywords and it still works okay. If you had set the location for your photo, it will not be correct in the jpeg file. I'm not sure if this is an improper offset, or it loses the data.

I have done a number of manual conversions. This application is somewhere in between a good application and manually exporting the jpegs from iPhoto and replacing the originals (I know, risky). If this is not a problem, then try it. It is like a beta application that works at the moment. I'd wait for the next version though.


does the trick, takes too long

So it does the trick. However, my library is almost 7,000 photos and totals around 32gb.

The problem is not all my photos are in RAW. many are already in JPEG. As it goes through and does its thing, the app does not seem to only filter out the RAW photos and process those. Instead, it processes EVERY picture selected. I selected my whole library, thinking it would only process RAW photos.

Nope. Every JPEG I had was processed and the whole thing is taking many hours.

It would have been much, much faster to find only the RAW photos and work on those. But I guess that would have been more code.

Nice concept, but lazy-ish execution. Work on this, and you got a great app!


Blue Pill Software Ltd.
3.3 MB
OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Blue Pill Software Ltd.


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