This Camera Raw FAQ entry helps sort some of the compatibility out. As you probably know, you can look in the Camera Raw ReadMe files to determine what camera is supported by what version.
When running as part of Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw reduces some of its features. Perhaps this is at the root of the differences you are seeing. I don't have personal experience with Camera Raw and Elements 9 together, but I can tell you that Camera Raw 6.x does allow the opening of multiple files as thumbnails along the left side of the dialog when run with CS5. It also allows saving JPEG, TIFF, and PSD files, in addition to DNG.
Perhaps you should have updated to Photoshop CS5 instead of Elements 9.
Thank you, that is what I needed to know. Guess I will be getting CS5, too. I kinda hate CS4 though, so when I found out I could use ACR with Elements, I was like "score!" Too good to be true.
Thanks for your help.
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You should be able to open multiple camera raw files in camera
raw in pse9 using the 6.3 camera raw plugin, but the elements plugin
only allows saving to dng. Once you open the files into elements, you could
use File>Process Multiple Files to batch save to another format.
In the pse9 editor, your using File>Open and then selecting multiple camera raw files?
What operating system?
This is pse9 on windows:
I thought about using the batch processing but that's just another step and takes a lot more time when I could just be saving them from ACR. Plus, I'm always already pushing my system to its very limits lol.
As for opening the files, you're right if I open from within Elements, I do get the multiple files. I actually never tried that before. I have the ViewNX program by Nikon and I've always gone through that, using it to decide which to delete, which to open, etc., then I select all the ones I want and right click on one, select to open with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, whatever, and they would all open together. Unless I picked too many, then it would tell me, and only open as many as it could handle. Not that I didn't think you could open files the other way, I just never thought to try it, honestly, since I am already using ViewNX to look at the files and decide which ones I wanted. I have Windows Vista.
So that does take care of that, but still not the DNG issue which I guess is workable with batch processing but I'm not sure I want to do that when I have 50 or 70 files open.
Really, I don't understand why you CAN'T save to JPG from ACR with Elements. It makes sense that they would water it down so you couldn't do, say, PNG, or TIF, or something, but JPG?? It makes no sense to me whatsoever.
As a side note, do you know how to stop the welcome screen from opening with Elements 9? It was really easy with version 6...
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I think in nikon view nx, the individual applications need to be registered to open
multiple files in the adobe camera raw plugin. You can do that in view nx by going
to Edit>Options>Open With Application>Add. Then navigate to:
64 bit system; C:\Program files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9
32 bit system; C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9 and choose the:
I don't know why saving to other formats is disabled in the elements plugin (sure
makes it a pain when you have that many images to process)
I guess you could adjust all your images in camera raw, then save dngs to a new folder
and then use the Process Multiple Files in elements to save those as jpegs so you
wouldn't have to open all those images in the elements editor all at once.
To bypass the welcome screen find the PhotshopElementsEditor.exe as above, right click
and choose Send to>Create desktop shortcut.
Right - yes I had to register the program with it to open anything at all through there.
Guess I'm just going to have to get used to doing it the other way, at least for now. CS5 will probably be in my future.
You're right about Process Multiple Files, too, that's probably how I'll have to end up doing it. Just to save sanity.
Thanks for the info about the Welcome Screen, too. I know with 6 all I had to do was check a button