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The "basic" program for ACR is either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. ACR is a plug-in for either one of those programs. It is not a stand-alone program and it will not work with any other programs. ACR 4.x will only work with Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop Elements version 4.01 or higher.
Thanks, that helps.
But I can't find exactly where in Adobe's site to get the full version ACR plug-in. My understanding is that ACR 4.3 is just an update and that one needs to already have an earlier ACR version in order to make use of 4.3 . In other words, think I need a full version already running to use 4.3 and I can't find it. Help please.
> But I can't find exactly where in Adobe's site to get the full version ACR plug-in. My understanding is that ACR 4.3 is just an update and that one needs to already have an earlier ACR version in order to make use of 4.3 ...
Your understanding is not correct. That is, the newest version of ACR simply replaces the old, or if the older version is missing, can simply be put where it needs be. The version of ACR appropriate for your installation depends on the version of PS or PSE installed.
Where ACR needs to be put is where PS or PSE expects to find it, and depends on your OS (e.g., Windows or MacOS). The 1st thing to try is to look in your PSE 'help" menu for anything that looks like "update".
I suppose the confusion is coming from how you are looking at the word "update." Whenever a new version of ACR is released it has been "updated" to accommodate new cameras. But the plug-in is the full plug-in. The version numbers (4.0,4.1, etc.) are simply designators to identify each re;ease. ACR 4.0 and higher will only work with Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Elements 4.01 and later. ACR 3.x will only work with Photoshop CS2 and earlier versions of Photoshop Elements. There are no partial (update) versions of the plug-in, but rather a new updated plug-in.
There are installation instructions as to where to install the plug-in. You must put the plug-in in exactly the folder as instructed, and you must get rid of the older version. Unless you install ACR correctly it simply will not work.
As you were correctly told by Jim in post #1, what you need is to BUY a license for either the FULL version of Photoshop CS3, or BUY a license for the latest version of Photoshop Elements. About $700 and $100 respectively.
ACR does not work on its own.
Oooops! Hadn't read Jim's last post. He may very well have detected your confusion correctly.
Thanks for the help.
I've got Elements 5.0 which supports ACR 4.3 which I want for my Nikon D300.
I'll see if I can get things to flow.
Take care, Peter
Then just download and install ACR 4.3.1 to replace whatever version you have now.