Last updated on March 16, 2022
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In this section, you will explore the DxO PureRAW interface used in standalone mode. This interface is divided into two screens:

Adding and selecting photos

Adding and selecting photos screen

The Adding and selecting photos screen is divided into 5 sections (from top to bottom):

Adding and selecting photos screen (Mac)
Adding and selecting photos screen (PC)
  1. Menu bar: Contains the PureRAW and Help (Mac) or File and Help (PC) menus.
  2. Main toolbar: Allows you to start processing selected photos; display and manage DxO Optics Modules; sort the display of processed and non-processed images; specify the number of selected images; select images; display the contents of the destination folder for processed images in a system window; and export images to third-party software.
  3. Secondary toolbar: Includes a button to add images for processing via a system window, and a button to remove all previously added images from DxO PureRAW. A menu lets you display images by the date they were taken (default setting) or by file name (alphabetical order from A>Z or Z>A).
  4. Image thumbnail display area: Shows thumbnails of added images sorted by shooting date. When the area is empty of any thumbnails, it displays a button to add images for processing (via a system window), a prompt to add images by dragging and dropping them into the area, and a button to download sample RAW images.
  5. Bottom bar: Displays the DxO PureRAW 2 icon, as well as the progress bar and estimated time remaining when optimizing images.


When you add images to be processed in DxO PureRAW 2, they are displayed as fixed-size thumbnails arranged in sections according to the date of shooting (in DD month YYYY format), with the most recent date always at the top of the display area. The program displays thumbnails in four ways:

  1. Original image, not processed, not selected: Thumbnail of the original image, not optimized, with the file name, no frame.
  2. Processed image, not selected: Thumbnail of the optimized image, without frame, with the new name (includes original file name + output format + DxO + optimization type + output file format extension) and a cyan diamond in the upper left corner indicating that the image has been optimized.
  3. Original image or processed image when hovered over: When you move the mouse over the thumbnail, a gray frame is displayed. At the bottom right, click on the magnifying glass to switch to the enlarged display mode. A tooltip with the name of the file also appears if you hover your mouse over a thumbnail for a few seconds.
  4. Original image or processed image, selected: A selected image has a frame and a cyan checkmark.

You can select thumbnails randomly by clicking on the images, and deselect them in the same way. To select a continuous series of images, click on the first one and then on the last one while holding down the Shift key.

Double-clicking on an image displays it enlarged, whether it is optimized or not.

When optimizing, a progress bar is displayed in the relevant thumbnail(s), in addition to the progress bar in the bottom bar.

Right-click menu

Right-click menu.

Right-clicking on a thumbnail or a selection of thumbnails displays a context menu that offers the following commands: This menu features the following options:

Displaying enlarged photos

Overview of the display screen

There are four ways to access the enlarged photo display screen:

Enlarged display screen

The enlarged display screen lets you check the results of the optimization and gives you the possibility of comparing the optimized image with the original. The screen is composed of the following elements:

  1. Image display area
  2. Split frame separator, which you can move freely to the left or right.
  3. The left section displays the original RAW file.
  4. The right section displays the latest optimized image.
  5. The filmstrip displays square thumbnails from the images in the thumbnail display (scroll with the mouse wheel).
  6. You can show or hide the filmstrip by clicking on the chevron at the bottom of the currently displayed image.
  7. The left part of the lower bar displays the information related to the selected image (format, name, date and time of shooting, volume in MB, and shooting parameters: ISO sensitivity, speed, aperture).
  8. The lower bar also shows the number of images selected in the banner out of the total displayed.
  9. Buttons for the different display modes (Adapted zoom, Zoom 1:1, Before/after split view, and Toggle view).
  10. Button to close and return to the Add and select photos screen.

Display modes

At the bottom right in the lower banner, you will find the buttons for the different display modes:

  1. Adapted zoom: The image is displayed in its entirety.
  2. Zoom 1:1: The image is displayed at 100% (1:1 — that is, one pixel of the image is equal to one pixel on the screen).
  3. Zoom 2:1: By default, the image is displayed at 200%, and the embedded menu lets you access a variety of zoom values (from 3:1 to 16:1).
  4. Before/after split view:* Displays the image with a movable vertical separator; the original image is shown to the left of the original image, while the optimized image is on the right.
  5. Toggle view:* Displays an alternating view of the optimized image and the original image. Click and hold the mouse button to see the original image, release to return to the optimized image.

* Split and Toggle comparison views are available only when you have selected an optimized image.

Progressive zoom and navigation

You can zoom in and out using the mouse wheel from the adapted view to a maximum of 1600% magnification. The zoom value is temporarily displayed at the top of the image. After zooming, you can move in any direction in the image by clicking and holding down the mouse.

Zooming works both with an original and an optimized image, including when using the split and the toggle comparison views.

Keyboard shortcuts

Full-screen modeCmd + Ctrl + F
Exit full screen modeEsc
PreferencesShift + Ctrl + PCmd + ,
Display in Adapted modeF3Cmd + 0
Display at 1:1 (100%)F4Cmd + 1
Toggle viewCtrl + DD
Move from one thumbnail to another (filmstrip)Left / right arrowsLeft / right arrows
Show / hide filmstripUp / down arrowsUp / down arrows
Delete thumbnailsDeleteCmd + Delete
Select thumbnails one by oneShift + left/right/up/down arrowsShift + left/right/up/down arrows
Select all thumbnailsCtrl + ACmd + A
Exit results display modeEsc

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