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I do not use Elements 5 and am not familiar with the version of ACR that shipped with it. What is your ACR version?
ACR readme files indicate EOS-1D Mark III requires version 4.1 and EOS-1Ds Mark III requires version 4.3.1. It looks like Elements 5 will support the latest version, 4.3.1.
As to the rest of your questions/comments...
RAW file format differs by manufacturer and by camera model. DNG is Adobe's open-source RAW file format. I normally archive my RAW files to an external, normally off-line drive, and convert them to DNG for online storage and editing. Unlike JPEG, DNG supports lossless compression reducing online storage requirements.
If you download a newer version of ACR, select "Adobe DNG Converter and Camera Raw 4.3.1 update" from the list. For Windows the URL is http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.
Since posting the message I have studied this Forum and Adobe Site in detail. The version of ACR shipped with my Photoshop Elements 5 was 3.5. I have since attempted to download and use the recommended 4.3.1 and I'm delighted to say that it worked a treat! I shall now stick with Elements version 5 for a little longer before I hope to graduate to CS versions.
Thanks again to you Bob - and also other key users of this forum who certainly confirmed the right approach - i.e. Jeff Schew and Ramon G Castaneda to name a few.
Best wishes, Steve
Well ......... having solved the problem of importing the RAW files as explained above, I have now hit another problem!! In summary, I have updated the ACR to 4.3.1 in Photoshop Elements 5 and can successfully process the RAW images using RAW 4.3.1 interface. I can then subsequently open them in the 'Editor' and make final changes. But I now discover that I cannot then save the image as a JPEG. Worse still I cannot save any of my original JPEG images that I have worked as in Photoshop. I followed the download instructions to the letter. Is there any further advice please? Yours frustrated, Steve
> Is there any further advice please?
Convert from 16 bit to 8 bit/channel...
I am already using the 8 bit/channel and am presented with the option to save as JPEG. When I click 'ok' I get the message "could not complete your request because of a program error". Any further advice please? Regards, Steve
Resolved. In view of the 'program error' comment I decided to uninstall and reinstall PSE5 and try adding ACR 4.3.1. again. Having gone through the whole process afresh I'm delighted to say that it now works fine and can only assume a PSE 5 file had become corrupted. I hope this information is of help to others who may experience similar problems.
My thanks again to all who responded with advice. Regards, Steve :-)