Adobe digital negative specification continues to win industry support and third party developers
Adobe Systems today announced that its Digital Negative Specification
(DNG) – an industry-wide initiative to create one unified format for
archiving raw digital images – is continuing to win support from camera
manufacturers and software makers. Ricoh Co. is the latest camera
manufacturer to support DNG, with its new GR digital camera. By
providing DNG support directly in its products, Ricoh joins respected
camera manufacturers Hasselblad and Leica, along with a wide range of
software manufacturers such as Apple, Extensis, iView and ULead.
“DNG addresses a critical need in the market to preserve digital images
in their purest form while also simplifying the raw workflow for
photographers,” said Kazuhiro Yuasa, general manager of the Image
Capturing Solution Division at Ricoh. “The Ricoh GR Digital
represents the latest advancements in high resolution compact cameras,
and by incorporating support for DNG we’re giving our customers the
flexibility and control they require to do their best work.”
“Serious photographers have already expressed their eagerness to find
cameras that support the common DNG format,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior
vice president of Digital Imaging and Digital Video at Adobe.
“Ricoh’s commitment to DNG is great news for the photography
community. We look forward to working closely with Ricoh and
other manufacturers as DNG evolves and becomes part of everyday
Updated DNG Converter
Adobe today also announced an update to its DNG Converter. The
DNG Converter now gives users additional preference settings for JPEG
preview size and the option to run DNG using a command line
interface. The updated DNG Converter includes support for the 14
new cameras added to the new Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in, stores larger
previews and expands options for storing the original proprietary files
within the translated DNG.
Support for Over 80 Camera Models
In addition, Adobe introduced the Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in that extends
long-term archiving capabilities to 14 new camera models from leading
manufacturers, bringing total support to over 80 cameras. With the new
plug-in, users can preserve more metadata when saving files in the DNG
format. Added support for GPS metadata tags gives photographers the
ability to associate images more easily. Additional features
include an updated, user-friendly interface for Photoshop(r) Elements
4.0 users and “As Shot” white balance support for Nikon D2X, D2Hs and
D50 camera users.
New cameras supported by Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in and DNG Converter
include Konica Minolta ALPHA SWEET DIGITAL (Japan), Konica Minolta
ALPHA-5 DIGITAL (China), Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D (USA), Konica Minolta
DYNAX 5D (Europe), Leaf Valeo 17, Leaf Aptus 22, Leica D-Lux 2, Nikon
D2Hs, Nikon D70s, Nikon D50, Nikon Coolpix 8400, Nikon Coolpix 8800,
Panasonic DMC-LX1, and Panasonic DMC-FZ3.
The Adobe DNG Converter and Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in require Mac OS
X 10.2.4 or higher, Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 with Service Pack 3,
or Windows XP.
The updated Adobe DNG Converter is available today as a free download at www.adobe.com/dng.
The Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in also requires Photoshop CS, Photoshop
CS2 or Photoshop Elements 4.0 and can be downloaded for free by going
to the Adobe Web site at www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html.
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