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Old 26. Dec 2015, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Luminance is Changing My Files ?

I just recently installed Luminance HDR

After installation, against my wishes and without my knowledge, Luminance has went through all of my drives and through all of my hundreds of folders and has converted my many hundreds of Canon CR2 RAW and DNG RAW files into Luminance HDR files.

I just finished loading about 100 Canon CR2 RAW files from my memory-card reader and they were instantly converted to Luminance HDR files.

I definitely did not want my RAW files changed to Luminance HDR files and it even changed the RAW files on my back-up drive, so my RAW files are forever lost.

It did not delete the RAW files into the recycle bin; they are just permanently gone.

Nowhere in any literature I have read about Luminance has it mentioned or warned about this behavior.

Short of uninstalling Luminance HDR, how do I stop this feature ?
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Old 26. Dec 2015, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you sure the files have converted? Or, just the icons have changed?

To be sure, if they are converted, you need to look at the file extension. I am not familiar with RAW and conversion of RAW images, so I cannot tell you exactly what extensions to check... but if you have any idea, then just check the extensions.

I don't think any program will automatically convert files to other format.. unless the program has such settings, which is unlikely, or maybe, during installation, it was setup in that way.

Or, it's just that the program has associated itself with the RAW files, and so because of the association, the icons have changed.. but the underlying files are the same as before.

So, please confirm.

If anyone else has knowledge about this, maybe they will chip in.
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Old 26. Dec 2015, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are right; the files have not converted, only re-thumbnailed.

I had to right-click on some of the files and select "properties" before I could see a suffix and the correct suffixes are still there, .CR2 and .dng .

So, this is not a disaster, only a somewhat huge annoyance, as regardless of whether a RAW file is CR2 or dng, they now all have the exact same icon/thumbnail.

Hopefully there may be a way to change this in Luminance preferences; I intend to look for such an option the next time I launch the program.

Thanks.
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Old 27. Dec 2015, 08:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can use the option to show file extension all the time, using Folder options. I hope you know how to do that.

What Luminance HDR did is called file association, that is, it associated itself with all the file types that the program can open. You can look to turn off that option in its settings.
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Old 27. Dec 2015, 08:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Right you are again, Anupam; I went into the brains of things and re-established my original default RAW file handler and now everything is back to normal.

I would not have minded so much if I had understood what had happened AND if I had still had the ability of hovering over a file name and it telling me whether the file was CR2 or DNG; with the Luminance icons, hovering only told me that it was a Luminance file and no evidence whatsoever whether the file was CR2 or DNG.

Thanks so much for helping me get this figured out.
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Old 27. Dec 2015, 08:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Glad to be of help, and glad that you sorted it out.

Well, there is a setting in Folder options to show a file extension or hide it. If it's hidden, you cannot see it even by hovering, or selecting the file. You have to check the properties to see the type of file it is.

I find it better to show the extensions all the time, and therefore, I personally keep that option on.
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Old 27. Dec 2015, 11:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Media players are also fond of grabbing file association ownership which is something not everyone might want. Just for reference, some might find this useful.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/change...ations-windows
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