Back in them good ol' days, Photo CD was a great way to get reasonably good and cheap scans - and opening the files no problem.
What was once a newly invented and wonderful format has in less than fifteen years become obsolete, and my treasured photos remain in sharp digital form as ones and zeros, but apparently forever hidden. Like Egyptian hieroglyphs, they are super sharp, only we do not know what they mean.
My oldest Photoshop is CS2 which has a Photo CD plug-in, but will not open. Some open-source programs will open a reference file size 512 x 768 px, but not the large files.
Isn't there a museum guy out there who has had similar problem?
Photoshop CS3 DVD should contain Goodies/Optional Plug-Ins/Kodak PhotoCD.
It generally is not recommended to use obsolete plug-ins, so the best option would be if you still had access to a CS3 installation.
KODAK no longer supports PhotoCD or the file format plug-in. You can still get to it here:
c.pfaffenbichler is correct. We recommend that users batch convert the PCD files into Tiff or another format using an old version of PS on a supported OS and hardware. Hopefully you still have an ancient mac sitting around.
You might take a look here, as well: http://pcdtojpeg.sourceforge.net/Home.html
If I recall, the Kodak PhotoCD for Ps Mac was 'end of lifed' in the transition from PPC to Intel. On Mac, you'll need an OS that also supports Rosetta or runs PPC native.
Did you stumble upon Andrew Rodney's suggestion to have the DNG converter work on PCD files?
DNG would then have yet another raison d'être with thousands of professionals, and its archival nature would be furthermore reinforced...
I hadn't seen Andrew Rodney's suggestion. I'll forward it on to the Camera Raw team as a feature request. It would be nice to have an option in the DNGConverter application, but I have no idea how much work is involved and what legal hurdles might present themselves.
Happy New Year!
trying this now, but it appears to keep crashing. (10.6.6). also, doesn't seem very well documented. can not find a way to access external drives where my images are. frustrated but still trying.
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Not exactly a Hi-Res solution but, it turns out Open Office will open it as well and you can save it out as a picture file. Quality was not great, but we were using it for a full HD video, personal use it should look just fine.
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