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The only version of ACR that is available for Photoshop CS is 2.4. There will be no other new updates made available. If your camera is not supported by that version of ACR, then you should download the most recent version of the DNG converter. This is a freestanding program that will create digital negative copies of your raw images that you can edit in ACR 2.4. Unless you are willing or able to upgrade to Photoshop CS3 you will not be able to take advantage of all of the new developments in ACR.
You can purchase Photoshop Elements for less than $100, and it will enable you to use later versions. But ACR in Photoshop Elements does not have all of the options even though it is the same plug-in. And the Photoshop Elements path would probably give you some additional controls that are not available in ACR 2.4.
Thanks for the quick response. I believe ACR 2.4 will work with my camera (its a few years old.) However, I can't find it anywhere in the Adobe site. Any chance you have a link to it?
I had to do a Google search myself in order to find it, but here it is.
Perfect! Thanks a lot!!
I downloaded and unzipped the ACR 2.4 file. It contains a .pdf and a file called Camera Raw.8bi . Photoshop does not recognize the new plug in as a plug in. Following the instructions provided in the .pdf, I removed the old Camera Raw plug in from the appropriate folder and dropped the Camera Raw.8bi in the folder the old plugin was remove from. A restart of Photoshop indicates I have lost all RAW support.
Is the .8bi a file that needs to be unstuffed or something?
Mac or PC?
Ok, I found a different download link for ACR 2.4. This one includes a good ACR 2.4 file.
Thanks again for the help.
The link in Jim's message is for the Windows version. The link in Richard's message is for the Macintosh version.
Thanks, John, for clearing that up. I guess we're not all one world yet. :)
That's a dead giveaway that it's a Windows file. :/
I have reloaded Photoshop CS1 and updated to Raw 2.4 on my Windows machine because my computer crashed (Trojan virus).
I used to be able to view Nikon Raw files in Photoshop CS1 Filebrowser but now I can't.
They just show as Nikon squares.
Any ideas on what has changed?
What model of Nikon?
Have you made sure the Nikon plug-in was removed?
How do I do that?
I have a Nikon D200.
Thanks for your help
This is one reason I don't use ACR for RAW development. You're forced to upgrade Photoshop to keep up with ACR. Photoshop CS is still my favorite version in terms of its feature set, relatively small footprint, and integrated file browser (rather than the bloated Bridge). I've spent about $100 on plugins and actions that give me the features from CS2 and CS3 that I'm interested in, and about $130 on Bibble (and some Bibble plugins) for RAW development, so I'm several hundred dollars ahead of the game compared to 2 Photoshop upgrades, and I have a good workflow.
In fact, with Bibble and its plugins, I don't need to use Photoshop as often. Since I plan to migrate away from Windows and into Linux in the foreseeable future (I'm finding that PCLinuxOS is very transition-friendly), this is increasingly important.
It would be cool if Adobe made a "legacy" version of Photoshop (like CS, because of its full 16-bit capability) available for Linux, for a small fee. But I don't see it happening. On the Linux side of the world, Krita looks promising in the absence of Photoshop.