Adobe Updates - Camera Raw 3.5 and Universal Binary DNG Converter

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By: switchtoamac at: 11:29 AM on September 19, 2006 | Comments (0)
Adobe has released an update to it's Camera Raw plug-in that allows Adobe Photoshop CS2 to read Raw images for today's digital cameras that support the format.  The important news of the day is that Adobe for the first time, has released a Universal Binary for any of its products.  Both updates are available as free downloads.

The company released a Universal binary version of DNG Converter (Digital Negative) for Intel-based Macintosh computers.  DNG Converter easily translates raw files from many of today's popular cameras.  DNG can be used with  Adobe Photoshop CS2, Photoshop CS, Photoshop Elements 3.0, Photoshop Elements 4.0 and Photoshop Elements 5.0 software.

Camera Raw 3.5 allows today's digital camera users with fast and easy access within Photoshop to the "raw" image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras.  The software allows the manipulation of raw data without the need to encode the image to another format such as JPEG. Version 3.5 adds support for Nikon D2Xs, Kodak EasyShare P712, Panasonic DMC-FZ50 and DMC-L1, and the Sony A100. Adobe now provides Raw support for more than 125 digital cameras.

This is the next development in Adobe's efforts to transition Photoshop to Universal Binary format.  Earlier this month, Adobe previewed an early build of Photoshop CS3, code-named "Red Pill," at the Photoshop World conference.  It was supposedly running on an Intel-based Mac.  If true, it would demonstrate that the company will be able to release a Universal Binay version of the software when it is released in the Spring of 2007.

Many Mac based Photoshop users have been reluctant to upgrade to Apple's Intel-based Mac computers for the sole reason that Adobe does not have a Universal Binary version of the software.  Although it will run under Rosetta in Mac OS X Tiger (Intel version), the performance is not appealing to users hence their reluctance to part with PowerPC Macs.

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