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This will convert the proprietary raw files to new digital negatives. These can be opened up by any version of Photoshop or Lightroom. In fact this is even a workaround for Apple Aperture users (as Apple is often much slower at adding camera support than Adobe).
There are other benefits to use the DNG format as well:
- All metadata, keywords and raw adjustments are stored in the file.
- A processed preview of the image is also stored inside.
- Files are more portable and metadata travels more easily as you don’t need to manage sidecar files.
- DNG files can be smaller than the original raw filet save disk space.
- The DNG format is an open standard which means it is future proof.
- Julieanne Kost has created a video on Adobe TV outlining the benefits of DNG in your everyday workflow and how to use the Adobe DNG Converter:
Before you complain, here’s the hard truth. It’s too expensive to keep updating Adobe Camera Raw for every version of Photoshop and Lightroom. Current customers get profile updates for new lenses and cameras (this means Lightroom 5, CS6 and CC customers – as long as CS6 continues to be sold). Older applications get support through updates to the DNG converter app. That’s 4 pieces of software to update…. not 20+. Want more features? Then update your software.
When Adobe adds new features to an application (like the recently updated Adobe Camera Raw) these are only available to customers on the current version. This gets a little murky with both Photoshop CC and CS6 being sold.
Adobe has committed that CS6 customers will “continue to receive updated camera raw file format compatibility via Adobe Camera Raw 8.” This also includes lens support.
However, “No new features or functionality will be available in ACR to Photoshop CS6 customers as part of those updates.” This means that options like Upright, the advanced healing brush, and the radial filter are strictly for Photoshop CC or Lightroom 5 (or newer versions that come after).
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