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Unless you upgrade you will have to convert to DNG. Download latest version.
Hi Curt, Thanks for replying. I'm "computer dumb". If it's unethical or bothersome for me to contact you, please let me know. Does upgrade mean to CS6? If so how do I accomplish that? I don't know what "convert to DNG" means or how to do it. With help I downloaded the 7.4 raw converter. The icon is on my desktop and I installed it, but it didn't make a difference. If my questions are too tedious, I'll use the Photoshop General Discussion site. I apologize if I'm annoying you. Andy Provost (Andy Photog)
Re: How can I open raw files from my Nikon D7100 in CS4 or CS5? created by Curt Y in Photoshop General Discussion - View the full discussion
Andy Photog wrote:
Hi Curt, …If it's unethical or bothersome for me to contact you, please let me know…
No, not at all. You're not contacting CurtY alone, you're posting publicly to the whole forum, for the whole world to see.
You upgrade to CS6 (Photoshop 13.x) by buying the application at full price, some $700 for the standard version, as CS4 is totally outside the upgrade loop now.
Or you can upgrade to Photoshop CC (Photoshop 14,x) by subscribing to the Creative Cloud and leasing the software through monthly tribute payments to Adobe forever, without ever getting to own the software. Your choice.
Your third option is to download the free, stand-alone Adobe DNG Converter and convert your raw Nikon NEF files to raw DNGs that you can open with what you have now. DNG = Digital Negative, a universal raw format.
Hi Curt, I downloaded the 7.4 Dng converter and can open my raw files in CS4. Thanks a million for your help. Andy
In the simple and short form, what happens with the ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) module is that it gets updated with regularity, to accommodate the camera mfgr's. changes for their newer models. That ACR works within the host program, such as Ps, PsElements, Lightroom, etc.. At a point, Adobe ceases to support older host program versions. When that happens, the user has a few options:
Upgrade the host program version
Use another host program, such as PsElements or Lightroom
Use the free DNG converter, per Curt's suggestion. That is not host program dependent
Glad that the DNG Converter works for you.