I am using Elements 13.1(20150130.m.66724) x64. The Camera Raw plug-in is ver. 126.96.36.1994. It will not open the NEF files taken with my Nikon D3400.
When trying to open an NEF file a box opens and directs me to an Adobe site, which states:
Raw image filename extension
Minimum Camera Raw plug-in version required
Minimum Lightroom CC version required
Minimum Lightroom Classic CC version required
Minimum Lightroom Perpetual version required
Searching the Adobe site I found the following:
Shipped with Camera Raw plug-in version
Compatible with Camera Raw
Photoshop Elements 13
If I understand this information, in Elements 13.1 the highest Camera Raw version is 9.0. When I need a version of Elements with a CR plugin ver 9.7.
Is my understanding Correct?
Is there a stand alone Camera Raw ver 9.7, which will handle the RAW file from the D3400?
Explanation and solution in that faq:
The free solution offered by Adobe is the DNGconverter mentioned in that faq.
It's not a plugin, it's a standalone application which can batch convert a whole folder of your NEF files to the DNG raw format that your camera can read and edit. A single additional batch step (even for hundreds of raws) but free and with the same quality.