Sona a77m2. I have seen that chart, but my question is... can I get my CS 5 to support it? (The charts says 8.5...I don't even know what that means.) Or do I have to make another photoshop purchase? Elements 12 seems to have it, but not the full camera raw capabilities, from what I've read.... and some probs with downloading it onto computer....again this is from reviews I've read. I just want to know how to edit my new camera in raw, but I'd like to avoid using the cloud if possible. Any suggestions on my options would be very appreciated. I'm not very adept at this at all, as you can tell.
On a side note, it's VERY frustrating that I can't get a LIVE person at Adobe to help me.... just the forums.
Very poor customer support, in my opinion. Are you hearing that, Adobe???
8.5 means Camera Raw plugin (ACR) version 8.5, which in turn requires Photoshop CS6.
But you can use the free DNG converter to convert the a77 files to DNG. These DNGs can be opened by any ACR version, as long as you set compatibility accordingly for the conversion. DNG is still raw and there is no data loss.
The DNG converter is a standalone application independent of Photoshop, so here you should always use the latest version: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows (Windows version since you don't say which platform).
I have a MAC.
So I go to Adobe and download this DNG converter, right?
I believe in all of my research and reading, I DID that. But then it didn't open so I'm at a loss.
I will try again.
As I said, I'm not very adept at any of this. .... Do I just drag the photos into this converter?
IF I can't get the convert to work....as I said I DID try....
Thank you, twenty one. (Are you an Adobe person???)
Can you give me any info on the Elements 12 in regards to camera raw usability?
The way the converter works is that you point it to a folder containing your raw files, it won't work on individual files. This is important. Then set the conversion options and just let it work its way through.
I've never used Elements, but from what I gather ACR is somewhat limited running under Elements. Exactly how I don't know.
You can Upgrade CS5 to perpetual CS6 and get the latest ACR cameras support however the new features in ACR will be disabled.. Element may not have feature you may want. I think I also remember reading ACR is some limitations imposed on it by Adobe and may not have full 16 Bit color support in Elements.
Can you please tell me how to go about getting perpetual CS6?
My MAC is 10.6.8 and when I attempted the converter download, it said I needed 10.7 or higher.
So I guess that means I either BUY CS6.....or try Elements 12. I have such an aversion to the cloud....
Is there something anyone "out there" can say that would convince me the cloud/monthly fee is a good idea??
Unfortunately, your kinda stuck with little options as far as adobe software on mac os x 10.6.8
Although photoshop cs6 and pse 12 will work, they can only be updated to camera raw 8.3 on mac os x 10.6.8
Does sony ship or have available on their site any software that would work?
Are you aware that you can upgrade to mac os x 10.9 mavericks for free from apple?
Do some research first, because if you have any applications that require Rosetta on snow leopard they won't work on mavericks.
e link Creative Suite 6 them click on the Buy Photoshop or Photoshop extended link. use the left pull-down menu in the pop-up to select upgrade instead of full and click the select link. Make sure upgrade, product owned, platform and language is correct if not edit form and save before you checkput and buy...
So, R_Kelly, if I upgrade my mac to 10.9 mavericks, I'll be able to choose/use either CS5 or Elements 12 for my new camera (raw)? Any prob that you know of with that upgraded version of mavericks???
Generally, not really any problems, but you need to check and see if your mac can be upgraded and also as i mentioned before , if you
use any applications that need Rosetta (a PowerPC emulator), then they won't work on mavericks.
specs for mavericks
If your able to do the mavericks upgrade, then yes, you can use photoshop elements 12 or photoshop cs6 with the latest camera raw updates.
Photoshop cs5 and the 8.6 dng converter should work on mavericks as well.
If for some reason your machine doesn't meet the specs or you don't want mavericks, you probably can still upgrade to 10.7 lion or 10.8 mountain lion, but they are paid upgrades.
I don't want to use the cloud.
Since you have discussed paying to upgrade to the now outdated Photoshop CS6, even in light of your statement above, have you considered that the cloud subscription for the Photographer's bundle is only $9.99 a month?
Good point, Noel. Thanks.