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Without knowing anything relevant of Elements I do believe that there are seperate versions from ACR, one for PSCS and one for Elements?
You might look in the download section at the Adobe site, links seem to be country specific and the Adobe site is not easy to find your way in...
They skipped version 5 for the Mac but in a few weeks version 6 will be on the market.
The download did say it is for Photoshop Elements 4. That is what has me so confused. I can't find where Adobe lists what specific Camera RAW files each upgrade will work with. I'm wondering if I should have stayed with the original PSE 4 RAW converter rather than doing the upgrade? If I do go back, will the older DNG conversion still work with more modern software in the future? I just purchased Elements4 for Mac because I tested it at the Apple store and it worked in OS 10.5.1. I hope the 10.5.2 upgrade didn't mess things up? My wife will kill me if I can't produce images of our new grand nephew. We saw him 23 minutes after he was born last month in California! She wants the photos NOW.
Always use the latest version of ACR that will work with your version of Photoshop or Elements. Currently it's 4.3.1.
There is only one single version of each release of ACR for each platform, Macintosh or Windows. But ACR is crippled (by design) in Elements.
I believe you need to update Elements to 4,1 first in order to run ACR 4.3.1. Try the Elements forum.
Do not revert to an older version of ACR.
Just to expand a little bit on what Ramon said, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements both use the same ACR plug-in. It's just that Photoshop Elements has been programmed so that it can not see all the functionality.
It is time we man stand up against the wife... (I like dreaming to! :-) )
DNG is designed to be the future standard so yes, Adobe guaranteed more or less all DNG will work with their apps in the future.
and try the 4.1 update Ramón mentioned
>and try the 4.1 update Ramón mentioned
That would be Elements, and I'm not sure whether it's 4.1 or just 4.0.1. Probably the latter.
In ACR, look for 4.3.1.
Finally, I solved the problem. First, I had to apply the Bridge 1.0.4 update. This does not work from within the program, but has to be downloaded from the Adobe website, then loaded. Second, I had to open the Plug Ins file in Bridge, and load the ACR 4.3.1 into that file too. Once done I was able to open Elements 4.0.1, Open Bridge and all my previously download CRW files were now visible. Tomorrow I'll learn how to convert the files to the DNG format. This is a huge relief for me. I have many GB's of images I'd feared were lost if this problem wasn't solved. Now it is.
Never trust the Adobe automatic updater.