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deadshot Oct 3, 2008 12:13 PM

Hi Jim,

Some while ago I asked a question about converting RAW files on a D40 x and you gave me a link to adobe downloads.

I know it's been some time andI kept your advice on file. However I am now ready to give it a go butI am a bit confused with the amount of Adobe options. Would you kindly have a look at this and let me have your opinion. Do I d/load the latest or an earlier version?

Many thanks.

JimC Oct 3, 2008 12:52 PM

What version of Photoshop do you have (CS, CS2, CS3)?

deadshot Oct 3, 2008 12:55 PM

SorryI didn't mention Jim.

I have Elements 4

JimC Oct 4, 2008 8:34 AM

The Nikon D40x wasn't added to the Adobe Camera Raw plugin until version 4.1

Camera Raw 4.x versions won't work with Elements 4 for Windows (you'd need 5 or later).

The last version of Camera Raw released that works with Elements 4 for Windows was version 3.7 (which does not support your camera model).

If you want to use Adobe Camera Raw (the Adobe plugin for raw conversion), there is a work around using Adobe's free DNG converter. You'd need to convert the .nef files to .dng format first using the converter. Then, you could convert the .dng files using Camera Raw 3.7 under Elements. IOW, it would be a two step conversion process.

Here is where you can download the latest version of the DNG converter (just get the latest one). But, make sure you don't replace the Camera Raw .8bi plugin in your Photoshop plugin folder (or it won't work). You'll need to stick with one of the 3.x version of Camera Raw with Elements 4.

You may want to consider upgrading your Elements to version 7 (that way, you can use the latest Adobe Camera Raw plugin without jumping through hoops or converting to .dng first).

You could also look into a third party raw conversion solution. For example, Bibble Pro from

It's a very fast converter and it's cross platform (Linux, Mac, Windows).

Bibble also offers a plugin that can work with Photoshop with the Pro version (or, you could use it as a stand alone converter).

There are many other solutions available now, too. One free converter you may want to look at is Raw Therapee (stand alone only, no plugin available for Photoshop).

deadshot Oct 4, 2008 12:31 PM

Great advice Jim C, as always and very much appreciated.

Thanks very much.

Best wishes


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