Adobe Releases DNG Converter and Camera Raw 3.7|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 11:33 EST)
Adobe adds support for Nikon D40, Pentax K10D while improving ACR and Lightroom compatibility.
Over the weekend, Adobe released new versions of its free DNG Converter and Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS2, adding support for two dSLRs and Lightroom settings. The update also makes "several significant changes to Camera Raw 3.7 in how it handles auto and default settings," according to the Read Me.
"In addition to bringing compatibility with settings created in Lightroom," John Nack, Photoshop senior product manager, wrote on his blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/), "ACR now supports more than 150 cameras, including the Nikon D40 and the Pentax K10D. And though the cameras don't appear on the official compatibility list, Phase One shooters will be happy to know that Lightroom and ACR now (unofficially) support a number of P1 cameras (H20, H25, P20, P21, P25, P30, & P45), and Fuji customers have preliminary support for the S5."
The revised auto and default setting behavior includes:
• Applying auto settings by default is no longer controlled on a model by model basis. Instead there is a single global preference checkbox "Apply auto tone adjustments" to control the adjustment for all camera models at once.
• Camera Raw 3.7 does not support per slider auto adjustments. One "Auto" control at the top of the panel now sets the Exposure, Shadows, Brightness, and Contrast sliders to their auto values. The "Default" control at the top of the panel sets these same four sliders to their default values.
• Double clicking on a slider to set that single slider to its default value.
• Shift double clicking on a slider to set that single slider to its auto value.
• Previously, default image settings could only be applied per camera model. Camera Raw 3.7 can now: Apply default image settings specific to a camera serial number;Apply default image settings specific to a camera ISO setting
The new release improves the ability of Photoshop CS2 and the recently released Lightroom 1.0 to recognize changes to settings that both applications share.
Settings only available in Lightroom are recognized by Camera Raw and may be deleted, but they can't be edited.
Downloads of the two utilities are available here:
• The Mac OS X download of Adobe DNG Converter and Camera Raw 3.7 update (7.3MB)
• The Windows download of Adobe DNG Converter and Camera Raw 3.7 update (4.0 MB)