Adobe has announced the Release Candidate for Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5. A release candidate is software that is very close for official release. It has graduated from beta testing, however developers want some fresh eyes and user experiences with the software. You can download this software right now at this link on Adobe Labs.
Whenever Adobe upgrades its Camera RAW and DNG converter it will include a list of new cameras released over the past 4 to 6 months, some bug fixes that Adobe has finally gotten around to, and one or two new features. With Release Candidate 8.5 newly supported cameras are,
- Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
- Fuji FinePix S1
- Nikon 1 J4
- Nikon 1 V3
- Olympus OM-D E-M10
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (still a work in progress)
This RC also has added new Lens Profiles for lens from Fujifilm, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron. The bug fixes address image quality issues for older Nikon DSLR and the Fujifilm’s new X-T1 camera. For new features, Adobe has introduced putting the Graduated and Radial filters with the ability to modify the mask with a Brush and several other improvements. However, this particular feature will only be available for Photoshop CC users.
With these new features only being for Photoshop CC users, there is another important note to be aware of. If you are using Windows XP, Vista, or Mac OS X 10.6, Adobe no longer supports these operating systems. The last version of Camera RAW and the DNG Converter is 8.3. So if you've been thinking about upgrading your OS this may be a good reason to do so. However with that said, if you are working with an older version of Photoshop or Lightroom, you can still tell the DNG Converter to convert the file to that older version. Plus with Photoshop CS3 (ACR 4) and higher you have the ability to open TIFFs and JPEGs with ACR. While there a several other workarounds and options the new Windows and Mac OS upgrades are stable operating system choices worth consideration.
You can get more info on ACR and DNG release candidate 8.5 for Photoshop CC and CS6 over at Adobe's Lightroom Journal blog. If you are on XP, Vista or OS X 10.6, take a look at this page. So get the free download over at Adobe Labs here. While you’re over at Adobe Labs poke around and see what other geeky goodies Adobe has to offer.