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Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002

FYI - New File Format

Adobe has announced ambitious plans to unify the digital camera market by creating a single file format that all digital cameras can record in.

Called the Digital Negative Specification, Adobe hopes that the new format will solve the problem of multiple formats and multiple software packages by introducing a single format that can store information from a diverse range of cameras.

Adobe, who will be offering The Digital Negative Specification free of any legal restrictions or royalties, hopes that in doing so integration of the .DNG file format into digital cameras, printers, and software products will become widespread.

Where it sees the strength of the new file format is in a set of metadata that must be included in the file to describe key details about the camera and settings.

Of course the .DNG format is immediately supported in Adobe Photoshop CS as part of an updated Camera Raw Plug-in, as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

Those not using Adobe products can still use the format by downloading a DNG converter free at:

The application will translate raw formats from more than 65 cameras, including recent models such as Canon PowerShot S60, Epson RD-1, Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro, and Nikon Coolpix 5400, into the new .DNG file format.

Adobe has already got some big names behind the standard including HP, Microsoft, Corbis and Paul Getty images.

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9/27/2004 4:07:07 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Have you heard of any versions of photoshop that this will not work in?

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9/27/2004 9:04:47 PM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  All new to me... but I'll try to post more information as I run across it....

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9/27/2004 9:40:09 PM

Lewis Kemper   You can only read the DNG files with Adobe Camera Raw, so only versions of Photoshop that support CR, which are 7.0 and CS and Elements 3.0 and maybe 2.0

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9/30/2004 7:18:10 AM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Only the current versions of Adobe RAW will support this format. That means only CS and the brand new Elements 3.0

A great idea but camera manufacturers have spent millions developing their own RAW formats, and their own RAW converter software programes. Will they abandon all that to switch to an entirely new RAW format?

So Adobe can benefit? I really doubt it.


Cheers! Peter Burian

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10/20/2004 5:44:22 AM

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