September 19, 2006

Camera Raw 3.5 now available

Adobe Camera Raw 3.5 has been released for Mac and Windows. Newly supported cameras:

  • Kodak EasyShare P712

  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ50
  • Panasonic DMC-L1
  • Sony A100

A couple of notes:

  1. The DNG Converter is now available as a universal binary for Intel-based Macintosh hardware.

  2. The new camera support added to Adobe Camera Raw 3.5 is not officially available in Adobe Lightroom beta 3.
  3. The Nikon D80, Canon 400D/Rebel XTi., and other new cameras were introduced too recently to make the cut for this release, but we’re speeding up the development of ACR 3.6 to accommodate these new models.

As always, please take a second to ensure that you install the plug-in into the correct spot:
Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-ins/CS2/File Formats/…
Win: \Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-ins\CS2\File Formats\…
The full list of 130 or so supported cameras is on the Camera Raw product page.

Posted by John Nack at 8:07 AM on September 19, 2006

Comments

  • theo — 11:45 AM on September 19, 2006

    Would you consider wrapping future DNG & ACR releases inside a Mac installer/script so that users themselves don’t have to move ACR to the correct place on their computers? It would help with tech support calls, too. Thanks.
    [Oh, absolutely. This has been on the to-do list forever, but it keeps getting knocked off by other tasks. (Remind me to tell you about the "Nack Axiom" sometime--which I'll do shortly. But anyway, yes, this is a key thing and we'll make it happen. I even tried to build an installer myself using Installer Vise. --J.]

  • Matthew Richmond — 2:30 PM on September 19, 2006

    Universal binary DNG Converter! you just made my week, thanks…
    [Heh--baby steps, you know? Glad this one helps. --J.]

  • Adam Fields — 10:35 AM on October 01, 2006

    Do you have a more precise ETA on ACR 3.6?
    Are we talking “this week” or “sometime in October”?
    Thanks!
    [How about, "Really, really soon--to the degree that even I'm kind of surprised"? :-) So, you'll need to have patience, but not too much. --J.]

  • Adam Fields — 2:54 PM on October 01, 2006

    Okay – thanks. I’m not terribly happy with the DPP raw conversions (and there’s no Canon sanctioned way to convert to DNG), I just discovered thar Lightroom apparently doesn’t work on files on network drives which makes it kind of useless for real work, and Rawshooter is no longer being developed because you sucked up their dev team. :) That leaves ACR as really the only viable RAW option for the XTi looming on the horizon…
    I suppose it was kind of Canon to release it a month ahead of schedule, but the software situation is kind of tight right now.
    [Yeah... but wouldn't it be nice if camera vendors adopted a common format, so that photographers didn't end up having to wait for all their software to get updated, and so that software developers could then spend their cycles on something more interesting than playing catch-up? That's our thought, anyway. --J.]

  • Adam Fields — 8:24 AM on October 02, 2006

    Canon, if you happen to be listening… the answer is an unqualified YES.
    Standards help everybody.

  • George Jardine — 11:09 AM on October 02, 2006

    Adam,
    Lightroom can indeed “work on” raw files that are referenced from a networked drive. It probably always has to work on a local Library… but now that B4 is much better about the size of previews it stores, the local library requirements are pretty minimal.
    In any case, Lightroom was not designed as a “workgroup” or enterprise application, but rather as a lightweight solution for the working photographer, and as such, adding the overhead and complexity of those types of features is outside the scope of v1.0.

  • Adam Fields — 12:58 PM on October 02, 2006

    Perhaps this is the wrong forum for this discussion, but I imported a large number of files from my fileserver to Lightroom, and all of the photo manipulation controls are greyed out and inactive.
    When I posted a question about why to the Lightroom discussion forums, the only answer I got was “I believe that LR does not currently support network drives.”:
    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/messageview.cfm?forumid=72&catid=589&threadid=1199989&enterthread=y
    So – I’m not sure what you’re talking about when you say that it does.
    I’m a solo largely non-professional photographer, but I happen to keep my hundreds of gigs of photos on a dedicated fileserver, so I’m not the target market for Lightroom? That’s almost as naive as having the Adobe activation not work because my desktop has RAID-1 drives. Haven’t we moved past the point where we assume everything takes place on one local desktop machine or laptop? Real people have networks, and frankly, Lightroom is the only application I’ve seen in about ten years that doesn’t understand that (or at least, that’s how it looks to me – happy to be corrected if that’s not the case and there’s something else wrong).

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