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Harmonic Convergence? Adobe Celebrates Perfect Trifecta of Birthdays!

What do Smokey Robinson, Copernicus and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) have in common? Other than just the right mix of science and creativity…they all share a February 19th birthday. ACR fits right in with this group of right and left-brained all-stars. Astrologists say that those born on February 19 have, “the ability to put ideas into form,” and are, “born builders.”  Also on this date, the stars aligned for Thomas Edison to patent the first phonograph, for Cracker Jack to insert the first prize into a box and Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” to win a Grammy for album of the year. Coincidence? Probably not.

ACR Team Whether you believe in astrology or not, you can celebrate along with us at Adobe as we commemorate the 10th birthday of Adobe Camera Raw, a technology that has fundamentally changed the relationship between cameras and computers. More than 10 years ago, Thomas Knoll went on vacation to Italy and in classic overachiever form, came back with the beginning of a solution that would forever change the way Adobe products interpret information recorded by digital cameras.

It just so happens that Adobe is also celebrating the 23rd birthday of Photoshop and the 6th birthday of Lightroom on this same momentous day! Since ACR is a strong driver of continual improvements to Photoshop and Lightroom, it’s only fitting that the three coincidentally share a birthday.

To give you a better idea of what Adobe Camera Raw has meant to Adobe team members, I asked a few of them to share their favorite memories of the product. Here’s what they said:

I count 42 official releases over those 10 years or 1 update every 2.8 months. However, when you include all of the public RC builds you could easily double that!”

– Tom Hogarty, Group Product Manager

“In my mind, the first ACR release was a breakthrough because up to that point you needed to use proprietary camera software for each different camera to process raw images, and often at lesser quality than ACR. It really helped many people understand what raw files were and what the advantage was of using those vs. camera JPEGs.”

– Adam Jerugim, Sr. QE Lead

ACR has been on quite a journey over the last ten years, evolving from one man’s vacation project into a vital part of the image creation process. To illustrate ACR’s first decade, we’ve compiled some information about the technology into a birthday graphic. Enjoy.


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It is so very hard to imagine life as a professional digital photographer without the ability to edit in RAW. Thank you Adobe! Looking forward to the day when DNG becomes the industrywide standard.

Lightroom is my favourite Adobe software. Can’t wait for version 5 and whatever goodies it will contain!

I just say that without Ligthroom my photographer’s life would be impossible

Congratulations! Thomas Knoll is a genius. Lightroom has rocked my world and made me enjoy photography. Cheers all around!

Congratulations! adobe camare raw



ACR is a huge step specially for an industrial retouching workflow. When we hire a photo editor, it is still common that he is not used to work ACR.
But after aday or two, they just can’t ‘breath’ without ACR.

I only hope that your big ***** star team will be giving upgrades more and more over the years.

And to getr up team to work, I suggest just this:
1- a more closed dialogue from ACR team with public needs;
2- More ACR tools convergency with Photoshop tools (color Sampler tool, for ex.)
Despite the more complex issues are done, there are some more simpler tasks that could be done.

For example, my team edits thousands of images every day on a industrial workflow with thounsands of personalised crops scripted specially to us and activated on photoshop. We use just (2 or 4) color samplers clicks avoiding mouse/pen dragging. ACR still cant’t pass a color sampler to the same place on photoshop.
And I need not to read the color but only the coordenates.
ACR could just boost cropping workflow on a industrial basis.
We jus don’t need quality but think also more and more about quantity.

Ten more years of success!




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