updated 07:00 pm EST, Fri February 21, 2014
Latest update brings 'before/after' previews to CS6, CC editions
Prior to a final release, Adobe on Friday has posted release candidates for Camera Raw and its DNG Converter app, both at version 8.4, for testing on Photoshop CS6 and CC. In addition to the usual array of new lenses and cameras being supported (and bug fixes), the new version of Camera Raw offers new features for Photoshop CC users, including a "before and after" preview system. The update also drops support for OS X Snow Leopard, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
The company has said that it is slowly withdrawing support for updates for Photoshop CS6 owners, and that Camera Raw 8.x releases for CS6 will be limited to just lens and camera support along with bug fixes. New features will be exclusive to Photoshop CC, which requires a paid subscription. Users on older Windows and pre-Lion OS X systems can continue to use Camera Raw 8.3, but will not see any future upgrades.
In addition to the new before-and-after preview (which offers side-by-side and split-view support), the latest Camera Raw version also includes pet eye correction, changes to local corrections, adds a context menu to the Histogram pane to enable Lab color readouts even when working in another color space, and adds Camera Matching color profiles for a variety of Fujifilm cameras. The contextual menu for the Histogram pane can also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings. These features are only available to Photoshop CC users.
The update also includes new camera support for both CS6 and CC users, including preliminary support for the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Newly-supported cameras include the Canon EOS 1200D (also known as the Rebel T5, or KISS X70 in Japan); the Casio EX-100; the DJI Phantom; the Fujifilm X-T1; Hasselblad's H5D-50c and HV cameras; Nikon's D3300 and D4S; the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40, DMC-TZ60 and DMC-TZ61; the Phase One IQ250; the Samsung NX30; and Sony's Alpha ⍺5000 and ⍺6000, also known as the ILCE-5000 and ILCE-6000, respectively.
The update is free, as will be the final release, but users are cautioned that the release candidate could still have bugs and issues. Adobe is soliciting feedback on the RC through it's feedback forums. The RC works with Photoshop CS6 running on OS X Lion (10.7.x) and higher, or Windows 7 and higher.