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The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in became the latest must-have tool for professional photographers when it was released in February 2003. This powerful plug-in has been frequently updated to support more cameras and include more features and is available as part of Adobe Photoshop CS6. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software is built upon the same powerful raw processing technology that is available in the Camera Raw plug-in.

What's New

Version 8.5:

Support added for:

  • Canon
    • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm
    • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon
    • Nikon 1 J4
    • Nikon 1 S2
    • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus
    • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic
    • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Creative Cloud or Photoshop CC or later

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Runtime Member IconComment+47

D810 supported (and some others) by RC8.6 http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw8-6/?tabID=details#tabTop

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Version 8.5
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

The last few versions of what is called Adobe Camera Raw on MacUpdate contain only the latest DNG Converter, not the latest Camera Raw files or plug-in. Once you click the download link you get a dmg image file called DNGConverter - and that's all it contains - I checked it with Pacifist. There is no explanation on Adobe's web site, that I can find, of this issue, not any recent download link for the actual Camera Raw plug-in. It's puzzling that MacUpdate would leave this misleading naming problem unresolved for so long.

The only thing I can think of that makes any sense here is that Adobe now only provides Camera Raw updates through Adobe Photoshop of Photoshop Elements.

I'm a bit leery of installing this DNG Converter update because it says it's only compatible with Photoshop CC. Which hardly seems reasonable as the main purpose of the DNGConverter is to handle backwards compatibility for Camera Raw files not supported in the user's extant version of Adobe Photoshop.

Ever since Adobe moved their business to Creative Cloud they seem to be as confused about what they're doing as their users - and MacUpdate doesn't help with these misnamed updates.

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Version 8.4

Now is the time to show adobe what you think.

Acorn is only $14.99 at the moment


out of little trees, etc.

unlike Adobe sitting at the top of theirs laughing at us who won't sign up for the rest of our lives...


B. Jefferson Le Blanc, here's the skinny....

Reference “Adobe Camera Raw 8 support for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6,” Adobe blogs, Lightroom Journal, 6 May 2013...
"Today’s Photoshop CC announcement requires a modest change in our camera raw support policy. Because Adobe is still selling Photoshop CS6, those customers will continue to receive updated camera raw file format compatibility via Adobe Camera Raw 8. When we update ACR8 with new camera support, Photoshop CS6 customers can work with the new version of the Camera Raw plug-in. No new features or functionality will be available in ACR to Photoshop CS6 customers as part of those updates. (No Upright, advanced healing brush or radial filter, etc.) I don’t have a timeline for how long this camera raw support will continue for Photoshop CS6 but I want to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products."

Reference “Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 Now Available,” Adobe blogs, Lightroom Journal, 9 June 2013...
"Camera Raw 8.1 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides support for HiDPI capable displays, new camera and lens support and address bugs that were introduced in previous versions of Camera Raw. Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 8.1 to receive raw file support for newly added cameras.

"Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases. This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.) As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products. However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8."


Dictionary ref for Adobe = Sun Dried Bricks ! is that cockney rhyming slang ?

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

MacUpdate-Jess: Thanks for the information. However, you have not addressed the issue of the mislabeling of this update on MacUpdate as Camera Raw 8.4. Following the download link still only provides DNG Converter 8.4, not Camera Raw 8.4.

I finally did install DNG Converter 8.4 without any negative side affects. I have managed to scrounge from Adobe's web site DNG Converter 8.3 and 8.4 with standalone installers. I've also found Camera Raw 8.3 as a standalone install, but not Camera Raw 8.4. Because Adobe so often mislabels these files, I had to check each one with Pacifist to see what I was actually getting.

It's also important to note a compatibility issue between Camera Raw 7.x and 8.x. Camera Raw 7 still works with Photoshop CS6. Camera Raw 8.x works with PS CS6, but only on OS X 10.7 and above. It does not work properly with OS X 10.6.x. I found this out the hard way helping a friend who had inadvertently installed CR 8.3 on his Snow Leopard system and found it would no longer read Raw files that worked perfectly well before he upgraded from Camera Raw 7.3 to 8.3. I searched without success for any explanation of this issue on Adobe's web site. It may be there somewhere but is certainly not where it should be on the information and download pages for versions 7 & 8 of Camera Raw. Further adding to the confusion is the fact that pages describing Camera Raw 8 only link to the DNG Converter download. This may explain why MacUpdate has misnamed the update - because it's mislabeled by Adobe in the first place.


B. Jefferson Le Blanc, I sympathize with your friend who had to drop back a version to get Camera Raw to work under OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. It's... tough when developers don't provide you with the information you need to keep you from running into trouble, and I apologize when we, too, failed to keep you properly informed. When I updated this listing yesterday (8 April 2014), I saw that the minimum OS requirement had changed to OS X 10.7, and I updated the listing correspondingly.

What I forgot to mention in the process of posting my first reply to your thread here is that--and I'm going out on a really thin limb here--the DNG Converter installer also contains the updated camera and lens profiles for Camera Raw.

If you use a utility such as Pacifist to view the contents of the downloaded package file, you'll find that it contains four packages (though Adobe didn't make it a meta-package): DNG Converter, lens profiles, camera profiles, and a post-flight script. Those camera and lens profiles are accessed by both Camera Raw and DNG Converter, so, while this download may not update any of the code of Camera Raw, it is considered an "update" in that it updates those profiles accessed by Camera Raw.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

MacUpdate-Jess: Thanks again. That's certainly a coherent explanation so I guess I'll join you out on that limb. After wading through pages and pages of Adobe explanations that explain very little, it seems they are providing camera and lens profile updates for CS6, as you suggest, that don't require an update to the Camera Raw plug-in. Whereas, the plug-in for Photoshop CC does include enhanced features. Since you and I can explain the matter in one paragraph, it's a wonder Adobe can't do at least as well, given that they actually know, presumably, what they are talking about. it's long been typical of engineers, though, that they cannot see an issue from a user's perspective. Still, this doesn't explain why the DNG Converter has a separate update page, given that it apparently accesses the same file as the link on this page.

It's also the case that this nomenclature problem arose long before Adobe split the functionality of Camera Raw 8.x between Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC, so our limb is fragile indeed.

However, given how unlikely it is that Adobe will explain themselves any better, perhaps you can make note of the profiles only issue on the Camera Raw and DNG Converter pages. Just a thought.

Now that I look at it again, another source of confusion is the note that this update is for CC and Photoshop CC and later. Yet it doesn't include the Camera Raw plug-in. Whereas, logically enough, the DNG Converter page does not include these limitations - though it downloads the same file. Curiouser and curiouser.


Thanks for trying to explain the mess guys but for a so called world class company this level of confusion caused by Adobe is pathetic.


Some time ago I read that CS6 Camera Raw updates are embedded in the DNG installer and I've been using the DNG installer ever since. Sure enough, so far I've ended up with the latest ACR update as well. Example: the DNG 8.5 installer also installs ACR 8.5 for CS6. What we're getting, which is what Adobe said we'd get, is support for additional cameras—none of the functionality provided to CC users. I'm fine with this. If you don't want DNG Converter, just toss it after installation.

Macinen Member IconComment+17

The download link is only DNGConverter 8.3! Not Camera Raw. I don't know where the problem is, because it's the same with Adobe's own page: In Adobe's page the download link says Camera Raw but still it's ONLY DNGConverter 8.3.

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Version 8.3
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Hiss! Booo! CC only. Really? More user alienation, guaranteed.

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Version 8.3

The MacUpdate description is incomplete. The CS6 version of this plug-in is here:

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

@ Neutralzone: Thank you.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Neutralzone: That link no longer works. It leads to a description page only - no download link.


B. Jefferson Le Blanc: Link expiration was expected, based on past history. The link was for the Release Candidate which is always hosted on labs.adobe.com (test server); when the final is released it is always removed from labs.adobe.com and the final version hosted on the official servers instead.

I found a download link in an Adobe blog post but like you said it only contains DNG Converter, and I don't know why either. But when I chose Help/Updates in Photoshop, I got an update notification labeled Camera Raw 8.4(CS6).

If you have any qualms about installing via the menu instead of from a download, go to /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CC/File Formats/Camera Raw.plugin and back up the current Camera Raw.

Savo33bravo The Liar Member IconReview+43
Savo33bravo The Liar

Nice Improvement

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Version 8.2
Savo33bravo The Liar

I have inherit my MacUpdate name from MacUpdate them self
Savo33bravo The Liar This name was given to me because I have discovered how MacUpdate manipulate these reviews.


B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

I was about to complain that Adobe had now abandoned Camera Raw support for Photoshop CS6, but then I noticed the links below the requirement specs. What we're getting here is some of the new functionality available in Lightroom 5.

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Version 8.2
Cowicide Member IconComment+1131

Like most other longtime Adobe customers, I am sickened by Adobe's greed with their Creative Cloud subscription model.

The petition against it is over 30,000 sigs so far...


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Version 8.1
Aadams77 Member IconComment+17

On the one hand, I LOVE up-to-date version checking software IF well implemented and completely NON-intrusive to my privacy...on the other hand, I DO *NOT* like it when developers REQUIRE update through their update checking utility.

That being said, IF you would like to stay on-top of the latest Adobe Camera Raw standalone updates, HOPEFULLY the following link will be valuable for some time to come (I would suggest BMing it, at least)…


Hope that helps! ;)

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Version 7.4
Gslusher Member IconComment+10

This appears to NOT be compatible with Photoshop Elements 9, despite what the description says.

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Moxiesozo Member IconComment+152

MacUpdate Admins: the quote in the second paragraph in the description of this product is incorrect / confusing:

"The Camera Raw 6 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS5..."

This SHOULD BE CHANGED to say "Photoshop CS6"

Camera Raw version 7.1 will ONLY work with CS6, not CS 5.5 or 5.0.

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Version 7.1

Thanks for the heads up Moxiesozo, I've fixed this.


Would be even better if you included a link to the updater for CS5 & 5.5 (the one you have is only for PS Elements). Here is the link to the page for those needing a manual download to the latest Camera Raw updater for CS5 or 5.5: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5370

Here is the direct link to the 6.7 Updater: http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/photoshop/cameraraw/mac/6.x/AdobeCameraRaw-6.7-mul-AdobeUpdate.dmg

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Version 7.4
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