Moving this discussion to the Adobe Camera RAW forum.
Not sure if this will work on XP or only Vista, but Adobe has a help page with instructions how to install ACR 8.3, manually. It may only work for Vista. I don’t know of a page that will do the same thing for ACR 8.1.
What that help file says makes sense but for me to actually find everything to make it work is another issue.
I was able to remove the SD card from the camera and directly download them into a folder, use DNG converter 7.4 and convert these files and use them in cs6. bypassing any automated transfers with either nikonviewNX (now updated) or using Bridge to transfer. This is not a long term fix though. Very cumbersome at best.
So basically, I have updated versions of everything but they don't work in a connected fashion.
my DNG converter seems to work in a convoluted manor with version 7.4. what is the name of the file that I should look for (ver 7.4) to swap as per the help file?
What you need is ACR 8.6 (and or the DNG Converter 8.6).
Just make sure you download the ACR 8.6 for CS6, not the version for CC or CC2014.
Note that it's a bundled download of BOTH ACR and DNG Converter 8.6 together:
CAVEAT: I don't know what version of Windows runs with what. I don't use any Adobe software on Windows
Thanks Station-two but my hampster runs on a lower octain fuel. My version of windows (xp) can only use 8.1 down to 7.4 . At least that's what I've figured so far. the crux of the matter is getting them into cs6 (and bridge) and replacing ver 7 that it is operating with (even though I have completed my updates under the help tab).
The DNGC 8.6 for Windows download page says it is compatible with Windows 7 onward:
My only question is whether ACR 8.3 which can be manually downloaded and installed from an Adobe page, will work with XP or only Vista.
From what I can gather from some Nikon forums, 8.1 is the limit of compatibility with XP. For anything newer than that I must throw buckets more money at it and buy a new computor to upgrade everything.
I am curious if anybody knows of a reliable support service out there that can log onto my computer and juggle some files around to make this work? Somebody that understands photoshop and cameras ect. From what I can tell, Adobe won't do this at all. I am an old school photographer and computers was never a love. I do love making images though just not solving computer issues! lol
Download the following setup.zip, unzip it somewhere, then run the Adobe Patch Installer it contains:
PC version of ACR 8.1:
Camera raw 8.3 should work with photoshop cs6 and windows xp.
If the above still doesn't work, you could download and install the 8.3 dng converter (installs the required camera profiles) and then download the following zip file
under where it says
Revert to 8.3 on Windows 32-bit Windows XP and Vista
Unzip the file and copy the camera raw plugin to
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS6
(replace or delete any existing camera raw plugin in that folder)
8.3 DNG Converter
Steps to install:
After you download the 8.3 dng converter and Camera Raw_83_GM_32bit.zip
1. Double click on the 8.3 dng converter to install
Right click on the Camera Raw_83_GM_32bit.zip and select Extract All to see the camera raw plugin inside
2. Right click on the Camera Raw.8bi and select Copy
3. Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS6\File Formats
Drag the existing camera raw plugin to the recycle bin
Right click and select Paste to paste the new 8.3 camera raw plugin
With any luck, you should now have camera 8.3 available in both photoshop cs6 and bridge cs6
R_ thanks for this super detailed assistance.
I imagine that I should be able to do the same steps for Camera Raw 8.1 as anything newer (8.3) is not compatable with my XP os. My original download however is not a zip but an exe file. what would this change? Please pardon my ignorance :-) I do now have DNG Converter 8.1 sucessfully installed on my desktop as a stand alone program and it is working.
An EXE would be an installer that installs the plug-in, the camera profiles, and the lens profiles. The ZIP may just contain the plug-in without the camera and lens profiles so would be much smaller and would need to be manually copied where it needed to go and then the DNG Converter run to install the profiles. Or the ZIP could contain what the EXE contains.
but there is no zip download for version 8.1 . I can only download an exe from adobe.
R_ thanks for this super detailed assistance.
I imagine that I should be able to do the same steps for Camera Raw 8.1 as anything newer (8.3) is not compatible with my XP os. My original download however is not a zip but an exe file. what would this change? Please pardon my ignorance :-) I do now have DNG Converter 8.1 sucessfully installed on my desktop as a stand alone program and it is working. If I rt click on adobe dng converter.exe the only place I can find "extract" is under unzip for windows. If I hit any of the extract options it tell me that I cannot open output file (not a zip folder?) . So I guess my question would be: where is this propely working Camera raw.8bi file that I should copy into the file formats folder as outlined in step 3b?
Thanks for your assistance.
The adobe dng converter is a separate thing from the actual camera raw plugin, so there is nothing to do with the dng converter.exe to get the camera raw plugin.
Did you download the camera raw 8.1 installer that ssprengel linked to in post #10?
Yes I did. When I double clicked on Adobepatchinstaller.exe I got an update failed message. Adobe Application Manager has been recently loaded in my computer and if I just open it, under All Updates, it says that I am up to date in CS6 but when I open CS6 i am still using cam raw 7.
Should I uninstall App Man and try again?
Have you looked at the Adobe Installer logs to see what the error actually is?
Otherwise you can use the steps I outlined here for installing the 1003 asset for Elements but use it for Photoshop:
Start with the part where it says setup.zip in bold letters, because that is what the link is I gave downloads, and substitute the Elements folder in my instructions with the CS6 folder from R_Kelly’s reply, above.
Thanks. I'll try the 1003 and let you know how I make out.
the setup.zip file that I found/downloaded and unzipped has in the payload folder, folders named adobe cameraraw7.0 . 7.0 does not support my nikon 7100. do you know a link for a setup.zip file for ver8.1? Or am i being a spaz somehow......? lol
I truely do appreciate your help!
The 7.0 indicates it is the CS6 series of updates that started with ACR 7.0. There are other files in the ZIP that say 8.1 so that suggests it is the 8.1 update for the series of updates for ACR that started with 7.0.
Try it and see. The worst that would happen is that you end up with ACR 7.0 like you have now.