In development for over two years, Bibble 4 is the result of exhaustive research into how you, the professional photographer, want to work and how existing tools are not meeting your needs. We heard loud and clear that you don't make any money when you aren't behind your camera and thus everything in Bibble is geared towards making your workflow As fast and efficient As possible.
At its core, Bibble features a proprietary image pipeline that yields accurate color through custom profiles and delivers blazing speed through platform specific optimizations. Based on over four years of experience, our image processing algorithms consistently deliver the most detailed, artifact-free raw conversions available.
In today's rapidly changing digital environment We also know that many of you, even within a single organization, frequently find yourselves dealing with images from a variety of cameras and sources. Further adding to the mix is the need to process these images using disparate computer hardware on tight deadlines. Bibble 4 helps resolve this dilemma by providing support for all the most popular cameras and consistent editing tools and processing speed on all supported platforms (Windows, OS X, and Linux).
While Bibble Pro has been designed with the working pro or serious hobbyist in mind, We also offer Bibble Lite to provide a cost effective alternative for the hobbyist or consumer. Bibble Lite shares all the core features of its big brother but leaves out certain features that are most likely only useful to a working pro (e.g. Tethered Shooting). While a single Bibble Pro license is valid for all three supported platforms, a Bibble Lite license is only valid for one. Both versions deliver the same high quality results and support all the same cameras.
Bibble features a rich set of image controls. These controls are grouped in tool windows. The user can dock tools or leave them floating. Individual tools can be hidden, shown, or combined with other tools. This allows you to select the controls you need in the layout you want that makes your work the easiest. Hide all open tools with one key to allow you to study an image, then one key brings the tools back so you can operate on the image.
Bibble supports multiple document views to optimize your display area and workflow. Images can be presented in any of the following ways: Single Image, Browser, Work Queue (Bibble Pro only), or Interactive Batch. The layout of each mode is completely user configurable and is remembered between each session, you can make the program look the way you want it. Also, each mode remembers separate Portrait and Landscape layouts and can switch between them with a single key.
Bibble's batch processing is the key to an efficient workflow. Converting a raw image is As simple As dropping it on a Batch Queue. Each queue is extensively configurable. You can set the output folder, set the image format (TIFF, JPEG, or PNG), set the image size, apply custom image settings, control color profile embedding, and much more. In addition to saving straight images, Batch Queues can move or copy your original files and can create web galleries. All files generated by batching can be renamed with our flexible Renamer. Users of Bibble Pro have the ability to output multiple files from a single batch. Best of all, batch processing happens in the background so you can keep editing while it works.
Bibble's thumbnail browser is the key to getting your editing done quickly. Selecting a thumbnail allows you to change settings for that image and see the changes instantly. Want to apply those settings to more images? Use the Copy Settings feature on your first image, select more images, and select paste. You can adjust white balance, apply curves, or adjust exposure on an entire shoot with a single paste operation. Using the Selective Copy feature you can control exactly which image settings are applied during the paste.
Bibble allows fast flexible printing using its Print Queues. Once images are sent to a Print Queue you can lay them out into a grid, a contact sheet, or a set of prints and send them to the printer. Create your own print queues with layouts customized for your needs.
Bibble allows users to configure hot-keys to activate any Work Queue, Batch Queue, Print Queue, or Folder Favorite. Images can be added to a Work Queue or sent to batch or print with a single key press. Assigning a hot-key to a Folder Favorite gives you a simple way to move images into that folder.
Bibble provides a powerful tool for naming your images. The Renamer will let you rename images based on their original filename, their EXIF of IPTC data, and a rich set of sequence numbers and identifiers. Batch Queues make extensive use of the renamer to control your output filenames and even what folders those files end up in. Using the Thumbnail Browser you can rename your original raw files in place.
Bibble 4 also comes with a Photoshop plugin to allow all of the Bibble 4 processing power and conversion features from Photoshop. The Full plug-in is only available in Bibble Pro but Bibble Lite has a plug-in that works with Photoshop Elements.
Sensors sometime develop “hot-pixels” or “stuck-pixels”; these show up in your images As points that are either always brightly colored or totally dark regarless of the image content. In this 30 second exposure image to the left, there are many bright “hot-pixels” visible at 100% zoom; some are even visible at 25% zoom. Taking long exposure images makes these even more promenant. With Bibble's Automatic Sensor Correction tool, all you have to do it turn on the tool and these points are automatically found and corrected for you - without needing other steps like taking a “target image” like many other applications.
Users of Bibble Pro enjoy fully customizable copying and pasting based on sets of image settings. The effect is similar to the Selective Copy feature but now you get to choose from multiple predefined sets and each is just a single accelerator key away. You can use the default sets or customize them for the way you like to work.
Bibble's Work Queues allow you to group sets of images together in a single Browser without having to move files on your drive. This is a simple way to group and keep track of images that might need attention later or require similar editing.
This version of Bibble is completely multithreaded. This means all image operations take place in the background while you work. As you adjust and tweak image settings you will instantly see the results applied to your on screen image. Meanwhile Bibble continues to process the final image "in the background" such that by the time you are done editing Bibble is done processing and has the final image ready to save. In addition, users of Dual Processor machines will see an Almost 2x improvement in speed when processing images both individually and in batches.
Captions may be added to images both alone and in batches. Furthermore any image imported using the Photoshop plug-in that has captioning info will have that info available in Photoshop.
With your supported camera, you can shoot directly to your computer's hard drive and see your images instantly. Captured images are automatically named per your convention and large previews are displayed right away. See the specs page for a list of cameras and computers that are supported.
While all Bibble 4 users have access to the fundamental Noise Ninja tools, Bibble Pro users that also own a Noise Ninja license from Picture Code will gain access to additional noise suppression features. These include the ability to generate custom noise profiles, and more detailed control over the noise adjustment parameters.