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Old Aug 14, 2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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I would be very grateful if any Photoshop whizzes could help me out. Here's my issue:

I shoot with Nikon gear. I shoot in RAW (.NEF in the Nikon realm) and then edit my images using Photoshop 7.0 (Windows based). I have downloaded the recent Windows XP RAW viewer so I can browse the files within Windows -- I then simply drag them into Photoshop to do my editing. This has never been an issue with my desktop (a Dell PC) and works fine.

I recently purchased a Dell Notebook and installed the exact same Photoshop 7.0 program and Windows XP RAW viewer plug-in. I can browse the .NEF photos without any issue in XP, however when I try to drag the .NEF photos into Photoshop 7.0 (or open them using Photoshop 7.0) I get the following error message: "Could not open <FILE> because it is not the right kind of document".

Huh? I know Photoshop supports .NEF files. And this works fine using the exact same software on my desktop. I am stumped. I've tried to find the answer elsewhere, but to no avail.

I am sure its just a Photoshop plug-in or similar (although the only plug-ins at adobe.com are for the CS program),so I can't figure it out. Can anyone help me out?

Thank you very much, guys.
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Old Aug 15, 2005, 10:15 AM   #2
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Photoshop 7 did NOT come with a RAW converter. They did have an optional one, which if I recall, cost around $100.

So I would assume that your OTHER program actually converted the image internally to something else, which allowed you to drag it into photoshop. If you did it before, you should be able to do it again - but the problem does not lie with PS.

The other possibility is that when you install the NIKON software it places a dinky little RAW converter into photoshop. You may have to install that Nikon software again.

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