April 7, 2010: Adobe has announced that Lightroom 2.7, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7‘release candidates’ are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.
The updates add Raw file support for nine new popular camera models, including the Canon EOS 550D, Sony A450 and Olympus E-PL1. (Full list below.)
The term ‘release candidate’ indicates the updates are well tested but would benefit from additional community testing. Adobe is encouraging photographers to try out the newly added Raw file support in this update and provide the product team with feedback so they can create the highest quality experience for customers working on a variety of hardware and software configurations.
The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the Raw image formats produced by digital cameras. Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) format is an open platform, publicly available archival format for the proprietary Raw files generated by digital cameras.
The Lightroom 2.7 Release Candidate is available as a free download for Lightroom 2 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 Release Candidate is available as a free download for Photoshop CS4 customers. The DNG Converter 5.7 Release Candidate is also available as a free download for all customers.
In addition, photographers can also participate in the Lightroom 3 beta program and try out the new features in Lightroom 3 beta 2 for free. To learn more and download Lightroom 3 beta 2 visit: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/.
New models supported:
Canon EOS 550D
Leaf Aptus-II 8
Leaf Aptus-II 10R