FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find more information on Photo CD?
There are still some documents on the Kodak site, but the most comprehensive site that I know of is Ted Felix’s site. Ted’s site also has links to a lot of ...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:18 PM
Is there a completely free way to convert PCD images?
Yes, there is pcdtojpeg. pcdtojpeg runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, and uses the same decoder library as pcdMagic, and is open source GPL software. However,...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:19 PM
Is pcdMagic color managed?
Yes, both the OS X and Windows versions of pcdMagic are fully color managed: Exported JPEG images are in the sRGB space, and are correctly tagged wit...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:21 PM
Why are exported JPEG images in the sRGB color space rather than something wider like Adobe RGB?
sRGB covers the entire normal PCD gamut, so if you have not extensively post processed the image (e.g., increased color saturation) there’s no loss of color...
Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 at 11:06 AM
Why are the color profiles required - I thought that the PCD scanning process automatically adjusted color?
As originally envisaged by Kodak, the PCD scanning process (and specifically the SBA or Scene Balance Algorithm) adjusted the scan parameters to get an opti...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:21 PM
Why do I sometimes get better color by manually selecting a color profile?
Color profiles are normally automatically selected by pcdMagic, based on the film and scanner information as recorded in the image metadata. However, the Ko...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Can I use Kodak Color profiles - I've never been able to use them with any other software?
pcdMagic for the Mac does offer the ability to use the original Kodak profiles. It's not however available with the Windows version. However, pcdMagic&...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:23 PM
Is there a difference between the Kodak color profiles and pcdMagic's internal profiles?
Yes, there is a technical difference - pcdMagic's internal profiles are RGB profiles, designed to emulate the original Kodak YCC profiles. This is both...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Other image conversion solutions, including most commercial software, blow highlights, get the colors wrong, or only convert at low resolution. What’s so difficult about PCD files?
The PCD format was developed in the early 1990’s, when many of the color standards that we take for granted today didn’t exist. In addition, the format was ...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:24 PM
The color of exported images are wrong/don't match the pcdMagic screen
You have to use a color managed image viewer and have a calibrated display with correctly configured color management software to get the correct colors. Sa...
Tue, 27 Oct, 2015 at 2:27 PM