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If I am not mistaken Photoshop 7 was the first and only version of Photoshop
that had ACR as a seperate for cost plug-in. Meaning without this seperate
plug-in it doesn't support RAW files. I have no idea where you would get the
plug-in. It was offered for sale at that time but isn't any more. My
suggestion would be to buy the upgrade for Photoshop CS3 now and you should
then be able to get a free upgrade to CS4. Contact Adobe about this, but
generally they give you the upgrade to the newest non-released version when
you buy the current version after the annoucnement of the next version but
before it ships. If you don't upgrade now you probably will never get raw
support for 7, if you can find the plug-in I think that was before DNG
anyways so it still may not do you any good and if you don't upgrade now you
won't be able to upgrade at all. Photoshop CS after CS4 is released will be
the oldest version that you can upgrade from, 7 is the oldest version you
can upgrade from for CS3. So it is a now or nothing for upgrading.
The plug-in Robert mentioned is not available anywhere that I know of. It probably wouldn't do you any good anyway because it did not support DNG files, and only supported a few cameras that were available at that time. Photoshop 7 is not going to enable you to work on raw images in any fashion. If you don't want to upgrade then you will have to find another third party raw converter that will convert your raw images to a file format that Photoshop 7 will recognize.
Hello Robert & Jim
Thank you for your invaluable comment. Never thought of this (im)posibility. Never expected such an omission of Adobe.
I don't understand you can call this an omission by Adobe. The lifecycle of Photoshop 7 ended just as raw technology was hitting the market. Photoshop and the Camera Raw plug-in have changed dramatically since that time. Adobe has to keep changing to accommodate the plethora of cameras being introduced as well as new operating systems. Personally, I think it is unreasonable for you to expect Photoshop 7 to support a camera or a raw format that wasn't even on the drawing board at the time.
The only thing that is kind of frustrating to me is that, in order to keep current with the evolution of Camera Raw, one has to always have the most recent version of Photoshop. I wish Adobe could offer some sort of patch for a reasonable fee that would allow users of older versions to have the capability of using the most recent Camera Raw plug-in. But it has been explained that operating systems and DLL libraries change so radically that even doing that becomes impractical.
It really isn't an ommisson. Adobe at that time was just starting to support
raw. Even if they plug-in was still available it would not support your
camera and would not support DNG since DNG came out after that.
There is a free raw processor. I have not used it, but it is free and may
help. http://www.rawtherapee.com/ It does support the Min. 5D.
You have a point. I was perhaps a little too frustrated not being able
using Photoshop 7 with RAW. Your advise about CS3 has worked. I downloaded a
trial version and the Minolta RAW-files are automatically converted. Praise
for Adobe, but also tears for having to write off Photosop 7 after so many
years of loyal service.