The project is in the early stages of development, and a release looks likely at this stage. For this reason, details here are concerned only with basic specification and potential applications.
Raw Forge currently works with Nikon Raw (NEF) images. It is planned to adopt Adobe DNG format next, and approach other proprietory formats if the need is identified: RAF, RAW, CRW, CR2, DCR, MRW, ORF, PEF, SRF.
Raw Forge will feature noise reduction that hides the CCD faults and environmental noise associated with CCD (digital) photography. At present, most digital cameras do not clean up faulty CCDs. A raw-resolution noise reduction method has been tested for Raw Forge, which is superior to the 'noise reduction' or 'clear image' features found in some digital cameras.
Basic image adjustments will be possible. The first release will feature CCD-native level adjustment. Further releases will allow adjustment in many colour spaces (CCD-native, RGB, HLS to begin with), and allow conservation of saturation.
Further releases will include painting tools, image filters, and layer-based editing. It is known that many image editors support these features, but Raw Forge will support these at CCD-native resolution, as well as RGB and other colour spaces.
Three types of compositing have been identified: master-detail large format images, adjacent stitching, and stacking. Stacking will be implemented first, for astrophotography applications, but the first release of this feature will not automatically align the stacked images.