If you’re anything like me, odds are you had a mild panic attack when you realized that UFRAW wasn’t working after you installed Gimp 2.8. What would this mean for my photo-editing future?! It’s not like there are a lot of other options for an -ahem- Windows user like me (Linux users, don’t judge!) So I dug in and figured out how to make UFRAW work with Gimp 2.8. If you’re not that tech savvy, don’t panic – this a pretty easy process.
(PS, you could also consider RawTherapee as a standalone, it’s a completely reasonable option. In fact, I find that it is easier to navigate than UFRaw. RawTherapee supports Batch processing, and a lot of really cool things that UFRaw can’t do. I’ll probably be talking about this wonderful program a lot more in the near future.)
There is one important thing to note before getting started with this. UFRaw will not work as a standalone program in doing this, but it will work as long as you open the file with Gimp.
Step 1 – Download UFRaw.
If you haven’t already, UFRaw can be downloaded from http://www.ufraw.org – I recommend saving the file instead of opening it since you may need to try a few times if you mess up through the install.
Step 2 – Run the Downloaded File
This is pretty straightforward – just open the file that you just downloaded and click “run” if you’re on windows. Click “next” until the step reads “Select Destination Location”
Step 3 – Fix the Path
Click “Browse” and browse to Program Files\Gimp 2\, click OK. Now here is where UFRaw gets messed up. After you click OK, UFRaw automatically adds \UFRaw after the Gimp 2 folder. Delete the \UFRaw and then click “next”
Step 4 – Finish the Wizard As-Is
Simply finish the wizard, and restart Gimp if it is already running. UFRaw should now work if you open your RAW formatted image using Gimp.