I am a Mac user (latest OS) and had been using Camera Raw from Bridge CS4 (part of my Elements 8 bundle) to edit my raw pictures from Canon RebelXTi. I upgraded to a 60D, downloaded the pertinent Camera Raw plug-in, but my raw files still wouldn't open in Bridge. I purchased Elements 10, thinking that would solve all problems, but apparently Bridge and Camera Raw are no longer part of the package! I downloaded the latest Camera Raw patch for Elements 10 (6.6), and I can now open raw files from Photoshop, but the Camera Raw version is not full featured and Bridge still can't open my 60D files. How can I get the full version of Camera Raw back AND have my 60D files opened? I deleted Elements 8, but not Bridge, and I can still open raw files from my Rebel in the earlier full version of Camera Raw. When I check in Elements 10 preferences, only Camera Raw 6.6 shows up, so that should be correct. Any ideas?
The full-featured ACR with Elements loophole has been closed in the newer Mac Elements, I believe. Us PC folks never had Bridge with Elements or haven’t for many versions, already , so have already been limited in RAW processing with Elements. Adobe finally “fixed” the Mac version, too, I think.
For full-featured ACR and Bridge you’re supposed to pay for Photoshop. Perhaps Lightroom, that is half the cost of PS, and has all the adjustments of full-ACR and you could still link PSE as a final editor step of ACR-type adjustments aren’t enough.
An alternative is to convert your CR2 files to DNGs and then they’ll open in older versions of ACR, like the one that came with PSE 8, assuming you can still install that.
Thanks for the input. Yes, it looks like converting to DNG and then editing in my old full Camera Raw 5.7 might be the only way to go. Camera Raw 6.6, which is linked to my new version of PSE now, opens my CR2s, but cannot convert them into jpgs, only dngs. That doesn't seem quite right either...