I am not sure that this is the best title but let me state my issue.
I bought a new camera that produces raw files that cannot be processed anymore by Adobe's Raw that is part of CS6. Although I can process them with Adobe Cloud, I hate being forced to buy into their subscription without being warned about this. So for now I am using my CS6 which does me fine, with the Adobe DNG Converter provided by Adobe. So far so good.
I checked out CC with their trial, decided against subscribing and was dumb enough to uninstall it. Thus apparently damaging something in my original CS6's settings. When I now use Adobe DNG converter, my files come up in black and white. I spoke to a guy who is a developer at Adobe Raw but I have reached the end of his knowledge. He is the ONLY person I was able to find, or I should say: he was the only PERSON I was able to find who was willing to discuss this with me by email. Other than that I seem to be unable to find a face at Adobe for this issue.
This is, to me, a serious issue. I did not expect the trial software to mess up my original program versions. Programs, mind you, that I paid for with lots of dollars!!
So I need help. I can go back to an earlier version of Photoshop via my TimeMachine. I can find a date from before installing the pesky trial. But... I know that there are other files that Photoshop uses. So is there anyone out there who can help me do this? I am a Mac user, I am on 10.9.5 OS (Old but needed on this machine for older software in my business to keep running). I need to know which files to replace.
I am sure that the above is what is happening because...
I have the trial software on my laptop as well. It has not reached the expiration date yet and I can process my raw files, save them as DNG and see everything in colour. So I know this is not something that has attached itself to the file, but rather that my CS6 version on the Desktop has lost something essential and is now unable to show the colour information. This is a big big problem because I use my limited deskspace and limited memory on the laptop only during travel. It is not my main machine. I am now stuck on a workflow that forces me to process raw on the laptop (for as long as the trial is valid), save them as DNG and JPG and then continue processing on my main machine, which is my workhorse.
The raw files come from a FUJI X-T2 camera. Its previous version was 100% compatible with Adobe but for some incomprehensible reason (marketing?) Fuji and Adobe have decided in their wisdom that the RAF files that come from the X-T2 are ONLY compatible natively with CC. Which nobody told me when I bought the camera after talking to a Fuji employee. He proudly referred to the Adobe plug-in update. And did not even know that this was only valid for the subscription version of Photoshop. I am completely done with Fuji now. I will use it, but I have been forced back to my original Nikon and Canon equipment. This smacks of a marketing scheme to force me into an annual subscription and I ain't liking it. Was willing to stick with my guns and use the DNG Converter that Adobe provides but now that fails as well.