Digital photographers like to say that correcting shooting defects with
software is bad practice, the equivalent of compensating for a flawed
negative in the darkroom. These programs make us beg to differ.
Named for its creator's cat, this RAW conversion software has serious geek credentials-enhanced by the fact that it's even available for the Linux operating system, and that it was the first program to give access to Nikon's encrypted White Balance information. (Not backed by a major company, it's available only through download, at bibblelabs.com.) Frequently updated, Bibble now has just about every feature a RAW enthusiast could wish for, from super batch processing to a user-configurable interface. The latest version is integrated with Noise Ninja, a fine noise-reduction app, and Athentech's Perfectly Clear, which expands the dynamic range of an image in a single click. About $130.