Just downloaded ACR 5.6 and the Lightroom 2.6 update. I have Elements versions 7 and 8. After downloading ACR, I first went into the plug-in folders (file formats) of both Elements 7 and 8 and deleted the Camera RAW plug-ins. Not a problem there.
However, after unzipping the new ACR 5.6 plug-in and copying and pasting the new plug-in into the Elements 7 and 8 (file formats), when processing a RAW file, the ACR window that comes up within those two programs now shows "version 5.5." At first I thought it was just a mistake in numbering on Adobe's part - meaning it was really 5.6, but mistakenly numbered 5.5.
But when I tried to decode some RAW files from the supposed new camera data base (i.e. Olympus EP-2), none could be recognized, indicating that it was indeed version 5.5.
Just to be safe, I deleted the plug-ins and re-downloaded the ACR-5.6 updates on several occasions - and in the end, all wound up being version 5.5 (according to the window when it comes up in Elements).
Looks like a mistake on your downloads page - or I'm doing something terribly wrong here. Again, I downloaded the right ACR 5.6 plug-in, but it is showing up as version 5.5 once unzipped and opened within Elements (by the way, the previous ACR plug-in I had there was version 5.6 Beta).
Can anybody help here? I'm hoping it's a mistake on Adobe's part. What could I be doing wrong here?
Lightroom 2.6 went just fine and it decodes all of the latest RAW files (i.e. Olympus EP-2). My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I first went into the plug-in folders (file formats) of both Elements 7 and 8 and deleted the Camera RAW plug-ins."
Although you did that it sounds like there is still an ACR 5.5 in the path. Have you got another, possibly renamed, ACR 5.5 anywhere? What does Edit > About Plugins > Camera RAW say? Does it happen in both Elements 7 and 8.
Have you followed the instruction in the following link carefully?