RAW File Error


Photographs shot with a Nikon D70s in the RAW format open with Adobe Photoshop CS3. However, photographs shot in newer Nikon cameras like the D90 do not launch in this software. I get an error message that said, “Could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document.” I also tried opening the same images with Nikon’s proprietory software, Capture NX2, but was unsuccessful. Why does this problem occur?
Ravi D Patil, Goa

Adobe Photoshop’s RAW plug-in is compatible with the currently available cameras that shoot using the RAW format. However, if you buy a camera that is released after the software has been released, chances are that it will not be compatible, until Adobe releases a RAW update. Sometimes, these RAW updates are compatible only with the latest version of Photoshop, which is why CS2 and CS3 users cannot directly open files of newer cameras. The same applies for Nikon’s Capture NX software, which needs to be updated accordingly.

To successfully launch these files without needing to buy Photoshop CS4 or CS5, you can download a free software called Adobe DNG Converter. This software converts any proprietory RAW file format (.nef, for example) into a .dng (Digital Negative) file. This .dng file can then be opened in any version of Photoshop or Lightroom. For more information, you can visit: www.adobe.com/products/dng



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