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Olympus Workspace, Installation and Setup

Olympus Workspace V1.0 - Installation and Setup

Olympus introduced the Olympus Workspace V1.0, its new image management, and post-processing software, as a replacement for the aging Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) together with the recent launch of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X system camera. The system is deemed packed with features that meet the demands of pro photographers, supports various styles of photography workflows including a screen layout that is more various styles of photography workflows (as compared to the previous OV3), and a high-speed RAW preview.

Olympus Workspace V1.0

While the official launch date for the software is March 1, 2019, the software, V1.0, is already available for download and installation, as I have done, from the link here.

You need to log in to your camera's serial number in the box provided to be able to download the program and select between the three options available - Windows 32bit, Windows 64bit, or macOS.

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The download and installation were as easy and fast as earlier Olympus Viewer versions. I did not have any problems here, the download and installation went smoothly and the system was up and running in no time.


Registration for the software is not mandatory, and you can do it without it. Just click on the 'Register Later' checkbox to proceed.

The Interface

Olympus Workspace V1.0, User Interface

The first thing that strikes me most about the Olympus Workspace is the all-black interface which to me is rather disturbing, something which I do not fancy at all.

Olympus Workspace V1.0, Thumbnail and View area setting

Not many choices here. The only thing you can change is the background color of the Thumbnail and View areas with a range of five shades, the lightest (gray), as selected, select while the others are darker tones which ends up with the original black setup.

This setup change is done by accessing the Setting icon, located on the top right corner of the Interface, selecting Display on the Item menu, and picking the color from the background color dropdown menu. Click OK to implement the selection.

Database Location

My preference for working is to have both the image and post-processing data located or placed as close together, in the same vicinity on the hard disk. This will help me get better organized the images and data for backup and other maintenance procedures.

Olympus Workspace V1.0, Setting the database location

Setting the database location was actually an atrocious affair on the OV3. I did manage to get it once but I could not really remember how it was done.

With the Olympus Workspace, however, things were silky smooth, and I had it done without a hitch. Access to the setup is by accessing the Setting icon, Basic option, and typing in the location of where you want the database to be.

I also went with the idea of using the directory where the database is located to house all my imported image files as well. These are subdivided into directories based on the camera I use, the lens mounted, and the date of the shoot.

The Edit Palette

Different from the OV3, the Edit palette of the Workspace comes with only a single tab, and specific edit functions may be available for use on both *.JPEG and *.ORF image files. Options for these functions, however, may differ.

Olympus Workspace V1.0, Customizing Favorites palette

Exposure Compensation values, for example, are by .1 EV to a maximum of +2EV or -2EV for *.ORF files, and by an increment of 1 to 100 or -100 for *.JEPG images.

Art Filter edit is now available for both *.JPEG and *.ORF image edits.

Options that are not available for either of the image edits, for example, Adjust Color are not available for *.ORF image files edit. The menu item is grayed out and is not accessible.

Organizing the Favorites Tab

While my basic workflow in OV3 revolves around the functions of Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, and Unsharp Mask, these menu items are not fully available in Olympus Workshop.

Olympus Workspace V1.0, Edit functions

It seems that Auto Tone Correction is now Gradation, and while the Tone Curve edit is still there, Brightness & Contrast may now be replaced by Clarity, Dehaze, and Contrast. Unsharp Mask is still available as per Olympus Viewer 3.

A good way to access this menu item is to have them organized in the Favorites tab. Available menu items can be added or subtracted by using the Customize Palette option, where the vertical arrangements of these menu items can be done equally easily.

Early Edits

A couple of early images were post-processed with the new Olympus Workspace installation.

Olympus Workspace V1.0 - Early Edits 01

Above is an older *.JPEG image, which I was trying to replicate as much as what was done earlier on the OV3.

The result is what I term as 'near enough', meaning that I will need to spend more time to get the best out of the software.

Below is a newer *.ORF file and is the first edit. Both images were shot on the Pen E-P5.

Olympus Workspace V1.0 - Early Edits 02

My post-processing workflow also includes the use of Google NIK Sharpener Pro3 for print sharpening.

Instruction Manual

Unlike OV3 which does not come with any help, Olympus Workspace does come with an online Instruction Manual accessed by the (?) tab on the lineup at the top right corner of the page.

Olympus Workspace, Instruction Manual

My experience as an early adopter, however, was to realize that the Help file system was not installed on the first download and installation of the software, but rather as an update once you complete the first installation.

Olympus Workspace, Software Update

Do the update by going to the Help tab and clicking on the 'Update Software' option, and following the instructions as directed.

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