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Adobe releases Lightroom 3.6 and ACR 6.6

By dpreview staff on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:06 GMT

Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6. These are final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates' on the Adobe Labs site, and are available for immediate download. The latest versions provide RAW support for 9 additional cameras, including the Canon Powershot S100, Fujifilm X10, Nikon 1 V1 and J1, Panasonic DMC-GX1, Samsung NX5 and NX200, and Sony NEX-7, alongside over 30 new lens correction profiles.

The full list of additional cameras supported in this update is:

  • Canon Powershot S100
  • Fuji Finepix X10
  • Leica V-LUX 3
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Panasonic DMC-GX1
  • Ricoh GR Digital IV
  • Samsung NX5
  • Samsung NX200
  • Sony NEX-7

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw 6.6 for Windows

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw 6.6 for Macintosh

Click here to download Adobe Lightroom 3.6 for Windows

Click here to download Adobe Lightroom 3.6 for Macintosh

Comments

Total comments: 41
PolarHki
By PolarHki (Dec 14, 2011)

And another user of Photoshop Elements 9 here who is VERY annoyed that the Camera Raw update works only for PSE 10, even though version 9 has been sold since quite recently... :-(

Can someone recommend another Raw converter with a better and longer-term update policy?

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John Driggers
By John Driggers (Dec 14, 2011)

Download the update and it updated CS 5 with no problems, However it did not automatically update the copy of PSE 10 editor I purchased through the app store from apple and there is no update on the app store. Come on now adobe--you want to screw us all with the version update policy and to show us how cool you are you can't even mange the installations/distribution of the ACR plug-in. Sigh

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Ilkka Valkila
By Ilkka Valkila (Dec 16, 2011)

There is a separate update for Elements. There is a link to it on the page linked above.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Dec 14, 2011)

not much new but at least adobe knows how to code color management into their products

unlike ACDSEE that has to live with a broken color management since V3.

i don´t know how they can sell ACDSEE to pros to be honest.
it has very ugly banding in dark areas when CM is activated.

i first thought it has a problem with my wide gamut monitor (adobe software works fine by the way) but then i read in their forum that they know about this issue and other customers have it too.

only fixing seems no priority.. i guess PROS don´t use CM anymore.....

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Archiver
By Archiver (Dec 13, 2011)

Very happy with the way Lightroom handles the Fuji X10 files. So much better than that darn Silkypix softness. I like my X10 even more, now.

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Ben_Egbert
By Ben_Egbert (Dec 13, 2011)

Has a bug. In WIN7, it tells you to close Bridge before it can install but Bridge is not open and not pinned to the task bar.

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NinpouKobanashi
By NinpouKobanashi (Dec 14, 2011)

CTRL -ALT-DEL to see if you need to kill a Zombie process. Rebooting almost always works.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Dec 15, 2011)

In CS5 there is an option for Bridge to launch itself headless. If you have that box checked (even without realizing it) it might not be in the taskbar but would technically not be a zombie either.

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snuffalufagus
By snuffalufagus (Dec 13, 2011)

Is there a lens profile for the s100? Last time I checked it was able to read the RAW files but there was no lens profile.

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Renard DellaFave
By Renard DellaFave (Dec 14, 2011)

There is with this final release, yes. PTLens also now has the S100, and PhotoAcute will with their next release.

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HopeSpringsEternal
By HopeSpringsEternal (Dec 13, 2011)

Why can't Adobe get its thing together and provide a better update process for Lightroom? I have Adobe Photoshop installed and the ACR 6.6 update was automatically detected and with a one or two clicks of the mouse installed in under a minute with only changes to ACR itself downloaded and installed.

With Lightroom on the other hand, I have to download a massive executable containing an entire release of the product for two different platforms (32 and 64bit). Then I have to go through multiple steps to extract the files to my desktop and then launch the full installer as if I had just purchased the software.

When the new point release is installed, I then have to delete my old shortcuts and create new ones since the installer also changes the install directory (Why??!). Then I have to delete the old directory because it is always left behind. Finally cleanup the install files.

All in all this is a lot of time spent updating the software to add a few camera models or fix a few bugs.

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NinpouKobanashi
By NinpouKobanashi (Dec 14, 2011)

The PS+CR+Suite Updater is part of the Creative Suite. LR is not part of that Suite. It would be nice to have one updater for all products, but well, this word is not perfect.

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igocompact
By igocompact (Dec 14, 2011)

I'm on mac and updated my lightroom update without any of these issues. Was up and going within a minute and all my old shortcuts and albums were ok but I'm no expert. Works great with my Fuji x10 raw files. A huge improvement from the fuji silky pics which is a god awful program.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Dec 13, 2011)

Nice to see the X10 in there...

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Dec 13, 2011)

How does Adobe handle lens profiles for older lenses/fixed lens cameras? Will they take a user submission over making one themselves for really really old cameras/lenses?

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Dec 13, 2011)

You can always make your own and submit it if you'd like, or use the downloader to see if someone else has.

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Dec 13, 2011)

Thanks, Adobe, for being quicker than DXO. But to complete this we need a profile for X10 lens corrections. At least with DXO we'll get everything at once.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Dec 13, 2011)

Blessed art thou, Adobe.

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Marslerouge
By Marslerouge (Dec 13, 2011)

If Lightroom (and so Photoshop) converts the raw files, corrects the lenses defaults with the camera exif files (body + lens at focal used) and reduces the noise in high ISO, why somebody needs DXO Optics Pro? Is DXO better for that situations? Thanks.

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Alternative Energy Photography

The older Lightroom trial was SOO nice but these ongoing Adobe licensing and feature headaches prevent me from even getting Lightroom or PSE. I've pretty much decided to go with Corel PSP after my Christmas shopping is all done.

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RazorTM
By RazorTM (Dec 13, 2011)

Why don't you ask Adobe instead?

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

In a way, I did ask Adobe, by trawling their website. I got three conflicting replies, as I noted. I don't need another reply, equally untrustworthy, from the customer service people whose unenviable job it is to get us lowly Elements users up to speed.

To answer my own question, Camera Raw 6.6 is NOT compatible with Photoshop Elements 9, at least on the Mac platform. I downloaded it and attempted to install it, only to receive an error message along the lines of, "this update is not applicable".

Therefore, Adobe's statement, "This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9" is a lie, plainly speaking.

I didn't buy a new camera, but I did hope to try the new profiles for the D300S (since I presume D300S is what Adobe meant by "D3000s" in their readme file). It's a bit petty to deny Elements 9 users those profiles, I think, but I don't know why I expected better.

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Dec 13, 2011)

Actually, the new profiles for the readme file did state the "D3000s" (D3000 plural) and they state the D300S later. But the webpage conflicts with both of those by stating the D3s.

It doesn't really, but you do point out a good problem with Adobe's conflicting notes.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

You might have found a different readme file than I did. Wouldn't surprise me!

I was talking about this one: http://www.adobe.com/special/photoshop/camera_raw/Camera_Raw_6.6_ReadMe.pdf

It states, on page 7: "New camera profiles for Nikon D3, D3000, D3000s, and D700 to address issues with highlight posterization".

Everyone calls the D300S a D300s. Nikon aren't consistent with the spelling, so no wonder. That's not my concern here.

The only mention of D300S (or "D300s", if you prefer) in the Camera Raw 6.6 readme file is on page 3, in the list of supported cameras.

Following ljfinger's reply, I'll wait for clarification from Adobe.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Dec 13, 2011)

Okay, I have good news and bad news for you, Samuel.

The bad news is that Camera Raw 6.6 really isn't compatible with PSE 9.

The good news is that you can use the Nikon V4 profiles anyway.

To do this, download and install the DNG converter 6.6. This will install the profiles along with the converter and you can then use them inside Lightroom or the previous version of Camera Raw.

BTW, I'm not an Adobe employee.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

Hey, thanks, ljfinger! I did as you suggested, and it works. I appreciate your taking the time to figure that out for us.

This entirely solves my particular problem, though I'm still disappointed that Adobe only partially supports a product mere months after selling it.

Nonetheless, this incident highlights a very valuable thing one gets for free when buying Adobe software: a huge user community that routinely solves problems.

The love-hate continues…

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

Is it compatible with Photoshop Elements 9? Adobe's haphazard documentation is confusing on that point.

The readme file (http://www.adobe.com/special/photoshop/camera_raw/Camera_Raw_6.6_ReadMe.pdf) says "This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9."

It also says, "The Camera Raw 6.6 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS5 or versions of Photoshop Elements earlier than Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac."

However, this webpage (http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5315) says: "This Camera Raw 6.6 update is not compatible with versions of Photoshop Elements earlier than Photoshop Elements 10." That conflicts with both the statements above.

It would be disappointing if Elements 9 users are already locked out of Camera Raw updates. Can anyone clarify the situation?

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Dec 13, 2011)

I ahve PSE9 and will try it later at home. I really hate Adobe's policy of making ACR updates only useable with latest Adobe software. No wonder there are so many pirated Adobe soft in the net.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

Thanks. The bad news is it won't work, as I've now noted in my reply to RazorTM.

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ModCat
By ModCat (Dec 13, 2011)

I have PSE9. I just tried the download and it failed. Then tried the special PSE10 (maybe it would work) download and it failed.
Thanks Adobe!

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Dec 13, 2011)

Without wishing to complain too much, I think this is particularly galling because (a) I bought Elements 9 only nine months ago, and (b) Adobe themselves say the new Nikon profiles are a FIX for the highlight posterisation issues (yes, they emphasis that with capital letters in their readme file).

In other words, a 9-month-old product no longer gets bug fixes. Not great.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Dec 13, 2011)

Hang on for a little while. Adobe is working the issue.

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Dec 13, 2011)

Shame on Adobe. I tried it as well and it's not compatible with PSE9 anymore. I got PSE9 just to have the converter for my NEFs (D7K), which is better than CNX2. I use CNX2 for PPing after converting. Now I can't use ACR for the V1, for which some tests with LR's trial version indicate it's also better than CNX2. But I don't want to spend more money getting PSE10 just for that. I'm going to call their desk to see what they say. I also got PSE less than 6 months ago.

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jkrumm
By jkrumm (Dec 13, 2011)

Elements has been dumbed down in some ways since version 6 anyways. I don't recommend it over Lightroom, which is still very much worth the upgrade each time.

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Peter Bendheim
By Peter Bendheim (Dec 13, 2011)

Adobe always try to screw customers into upgrades by denying them access to key elements such as Camera Raw. In South Africa Elements 9 is still sold as a retail product. Ive had it for three months. I'm now screwed for my Nikon V1. On Adobe's website costs to upgrade internationally are far more in the US - same download different US dollar price. I really hope that other products like DX0 eventually take away the monopoly that Adobe has on the market.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Dec 15, 2011)

I always wondered what the difference was between "Adobe is working on the issue" and "Adobe is working the issue." Always thought it sounded like corporatespeak, like the cliches "going forward" and "touch base."

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SkyDreamZ
By SkyDreamZ (Dec 15, 2011)

This is outrageous! I have also checked the ACR 6.6 readme and it clearly states compatibility with Elements 9. I have an X10 and it would seem no choice (if I want to stick with Adobe) but to upgrade. Adobe should publish a clear upgrade/support policy and, IMHO, provide support for at least the current and previous versions of their products.

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lolopasstrail
By lolopasstrail (Dec 16, 2011)

Unacceptable. PSE 9.0 purchased new less than a year ago.

I'm expected to buy an entirely new license for the entire product every year, when it's clear ACR is intended to be a moving, perpetually updating component.

This has happened too much over the years. I'm through with Photoshop.

This is no longer 2003 and they're the best game in town. Especially galling when their website states flat out that ACR 6.6 is compatible with PSE 9

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tda101
By tda101 (Jan 25, 2012)

I second all the above comments: I can't understand why Adobe are not listening to their customers; why they don't get rid of misleading information on their website - why they behave like a company that thinks it has a monopoly. DXO for me from now on .. once they catch up on the X10.

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tda101
By tda101 (Jan 26, 2012)

PS. I have found this on the Adobe forums:

I have managed to get the ACR 6.6 plugin deployed with Elements 9 on Windows XP using the manual install workaround you suggested. These are the detailed steps I followed:
1) Download the "Camera Raw Update for Elements 10" file indicated by 99jon here
2) Unzip the file
3) Ensure Elements is not running
4) Locate the embedded zip file "../payloads/CameraRawForElements6.4All-011211045300/Assets2_1.zip"
5) Unzip this file (contains one file called "1002")
6) Rename the file "1002" to "Camera Raw.8bi"
7) Locate the original ACR plugin in Elements 9 (for me this is "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 9\File Formats\Camera Raw.8bi"
8) Create a backup copy of this original ACR plug-in in case you need to reverse this process
9) Replace the original ACR plugin located at Step 7 with the file created at Step 6)
This workaround enables me to edit and view Fujifilm X10 raw files in both the Organizer and Editor.

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tda101
By tda101 (Jan 26, 2012)

PPS. I tried the above and it did not work, as Elements 9 has (so far as I can see) no file labelled Camera Raw. Perhaps he was using Elements 8. Sorry to keep posting on this.

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