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If the Raw files you're trying to open definitely require Camera Raw 8.4 (only compatible with CS6 and CC) and you only have CS5 then you can download the free Adobe DNG converter.
Convert all the Raw files to DNGs then open the DNGs in CS5.
Which camera make and model are the Raw files from?
Thank you for your timely reply. I found out from support staff that for me to get an upgrade camera raw 8.4 I would indeed have to purchase CS 6. Since I shoot in a raw format, when I try to open the photo it tells me that my version of camera raw is not supported. Their current offer is $10 a month or $120 a year to upgrade to CS 6/CC and since I prefer not to store my work on somebody else's system and can't justify $10 per month for things that I may never use, I am now considering other programs for my work. I have been with Adobe and using both Photoshop and lightroom since beginning, but I guess all good things must come to an end at sometime.
Thank you again for your timely response.
Since I shoot in a raw format,
With which camera?
Their current offer is $10 a month or $120 a year to upgrade to CS 6/CC
You don't have to join the Cloud to get CS6. You can also upgrade to the perpetually licensed version of CS6.
since I prefer not to store my work on somebody else's system
As a Cloud member, you can still store your files locally just as you do now. That's my preferred workflow too.
Cloud membership does come with 20GB of Cloud storage space on remote servers but using it is optional. You're not obliged to.
I have been with Adobe and using both Photoshop and lightroom since beginning, but I guess all good things must come to an end at sometime.
Using the free DNG converter, you can continue with your current software and your current camera. You just have to convert the camera's Raw files to DNGs first.
I'm shooting a Nikon D610.