ACR 5.5 should be able to open all DNG files.
Whether it can open PEF files depends on your camera model. Which Pentax camera model are you using?
Hi, I have just purchased and installed PSE 8.
Out of mild curiosity, who is still selling PSE 8? It hasn't been available from Adobe in months, and I was just wondering why you didn't buy Photoshop Elements version 9, for which Adobe is continuing to release new versions of Camera Raw that directly support new cameras.
MattyCons59 , if you do not plan to use some 3rd party raw converters like C1 you can switch to DNG in Pentax camera... if you have really old Pentax camera where firmware can't write DNG files then you should be really fine w/ ACR version like 5.5 (except that quality of conversion is frozen as it was time ago - that is if PSE 8 can't use latest ACR versions), if you are using newer cameras then you have an option to select DNG as your raw files in Pentax camera setup... if you already have .PEF files - get a new version of Pentax DCU (v4.something) from Pentax website - it is free and you can convert .PEF to .DNG as intended by the camera manufacturer.
the reason I got PSE 8 is that it was going for an absolute bargain on ebay. Starting to think I should just get PSE 9 instead though.
I'm using a Pentax K-r, so pretty new. It has the option to save files as .PEF and .DNG. PSE 8 won't open .PEF files and .DNG won't open in camera RAW, the files automatically open in the editor, so not much use. I must be doing something wrong or missing something somewhere.
Any other suggestions?
Does ACR 5.5 come as a separate program or is it a plug-in contained within the PSE 8 disc? Everytime I open a .DNG file it automatically opens into the editor where I have no control over white balance. Am I missing something or are there any settings I need to modify/adjust?
What is your screen resolution on the computer you're running PSE8 on?
ACR requires a vertical screen resolution of 768. If you're on a small laptop or a normal-sized netbook, PSE will skip the ACR-user-interface and go directly into the editor.
The update for ACR will be on http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/ and choose Camera RAW - Windows/Mac at the top, and then after choosing the ACR version, the page that comes up should have a link for a PSE-specific install process. The text on the main ACR update page will have the Photoshop instructions so you have to look for a link for the PSE instructions. It should involve downloading a ZIP, extracting the files, and replacing the plug-in file manually.
Bargains on eBay are almost exclusively pirated software.
If you buy PSE 9 I recommend going to Adobe's site directly.
> Bargains on eBay are almost exclusively pirated software.
probably - but I can see that for example
Adobe Photoshop Elements MAC v8.0 Mini Box Software
is being sold by Samy's Camera - and that is a reputable B&M store, not a pirate, w/ a starting bid $25... I doubt there will be any high bidders on that one.
Yes, I am using a netbook. If I were to connect a larger monitor via the serial port, would camera raw work or would it still be bypassed?
Thanks very much for all the advice. It was a simple case of screen resolution. By plugging my netbook into an external monitor or my HD TV I have access to Camera RAW.