Adobe Announces Camera Raw Version 9.1.1, End of Camera Raw Updates for Photoshop CS6

If you've been using Adobe Photoshop with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for a while, you may be used to the need to upgrade to newer versions of Photoshop periodically to continue receiving updates to Camera Raw that support newer camera models.

That's because after each new version of Photoshop Creative Suite is released, Adobe will eventually discontinue further updates to the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in that will work with the previous Photoshop version.

As most long term users of Photoshop know by now, Photoshop CS6 is the last release of Creative Suite you can purchase as a stand alone product without a subscription. That's because Adobe moved to a Subscription model with the release of Adobe Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud), allowing photographers to receive updates to products in exchange for a monthly fee.

Steve's reported that to readers in May 2013 via this news article:

Adobe Kills Boxed Creative Suite, Moves to Cloud Only Subscriptions

See more about Adobe Creative Cloud here:

Some photographers do not like the idea of a subscription, and would prefer to purchase their software "out right" instead. So, not everyone is happy about Adobe's move to Creative Cloud for new Photoshop releases.

For users that decided to stick with Photoshop CS6 versus subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud, the time has come when Adobe has announced that it will no longer provide updates to the Adobe Camera Raw Plugin for CS6 after the release of ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) 9.1.1

See the announcement from Adobe here:

Note that there is a way to continue using an older version of Photoshop Creative Suite with Raw files. Instead of using Adobe Camera Raw to convert them from the camera's native Raw format, you can convert them to DNG files first, using the free Adobe DNG converter. See more about the DNG (Digital Negative) format and free Adobe DNG Converter here:

Because DNG is supported by Photoshop CC, CS2, CS3. CS4. CS5 and CS6; if you convert your Raw files to DNG format using the free Adobe DNG converter, you can then convert the DNG files to a viewable format (jpeg, tiff, etc.) using your existing Photoshop version, without upgrading to the Photoshop CC subscription model. The DNG converter is updated to support new camera models on a regular basis.

On the downside, even if the DNG converter is used, CS6 will not continue receiving newer lens profiles after updates to the Camera Raw Plugin stop (with ACR 9.1.1 becoming the last update that will be released for Photoshop CS6).

Related Article from Steve's:

Adobe Kills Boxed Creative Suite, Moves to Cloud Only Subscriptions

Adobe Camera Raw 9.1.1 is now available through the update Mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.1.1

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X

  • Casio EX-100F
  • Casio EX-ZR3000
  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Olympus AIR-A01
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330
  • Pentax K-3 II*
  • Phase One IQ3 50MP
  • Phase One IQ3 60MP
  • Phase One IQ3 80MP
  • Ricoh GR II
  • Sony A7R II (ILCE-7RM2)
  • Sony DSC-RX10M2
  • Sony DSC-RX100M4

* Please note the following limitations specific to camera support for the Pentax K-3 II:

  • Pixel shift Resolution (PSR) mode was added in this release. It is recommended to use a tripod and use a 2-second timer to minimize motion artifacts when in PSR mode.
  • Images created with the In-camera HDR mode are not supported in ACR and Lightroom. Users who wish to shoot multi-capture HDR in raw mode should shoot separate files and merge to HDR using ACR/Lr's Merge feature. Click here to learn more about merging files in Lightroom.

This update also adds a number of new Lens Profiles, and includes fixes for a number of reported bugs.

To read more about the Adobe Camera Raw 9.1.1 Update, see this Blog Entry from the Adobe Lightroom Journal:

As discussed above, this will be the final Adobe Camera Raw update that is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS6.