Hi just picked up on your post, the short answer is yes i have got the solution. it took ages & many phone calls to both nikon & adobe getting absolutely nowhere.
i finally got the answer from the guys at N Photo magazine but only after a few e-mails going back & forth, but got there in the end.
so i gather you are trying to convert neff files from Iphoto to open in camera raw/photoshop?
i found it easier to start by doing the following, create two new folders on your desktop, call one RAW files to be converted & the other one Converted DNG files ( you can call these two folders whatever you want as it is only for ease of reference).
if this is the case you need to do the following. when you open I Photo, select the images you want to convert then go to file menu select export & then open the kind menu & select originals, then select export, this will then bring up your folders on your desktop or wherever you decided to keep the two folders, select the folder RAW files to be converted & press ok. this will put the selected files into this folder. press ok again & it will start to export the selected files.
if you now go to the other folder converted DNG files they will be in there converted. now just double click on any file or use open with & they will now open in camera RAW.
let me know if any of this does not make sense or does not work.
yes you are right, if someone wanted to open directly into P/S you would need CS6 & the latest Camera RAW.
but i was talking about my situation & it works fine converting although i must admit it is the first time i have had to convert files & it is a pain, i would much rather open directly into Camera RAW or P/S.
i don't use lightroom or apeture, i have always used P/S since i first bought the limited edition many years ago & have upgraded ever since.
maybe i will upgrade to CS6, but i don't think it has any advantage over CS5 at least not for my use.
LR is a pretty different kind of thing than CS. I have them both, and I do most of the work in LR. All 'normal' editing is done in LR, including exposure management, graduated filters within reason, burning and dodging, most dust removal, most white balance adjustments (even with mixed light environments), contrast, split toning, sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction and most perspective management. That's a large proportion. I also use LR for asset management (which images do I have, and find me all of the ones that are like THIS).
But sometimes, Photoshop is required - generally if I have to fiddle with individual pixels, or if more advanced editing is required, such as cloning, patching, panos, stacking, special filtration (eg high pass), blur management, etc. I find that most of these things happen when I work with film scans, not with digital capture, but some digital capture needs this stuff too.
In short, I find LR to be significantly more useful to my way of doing photography than Photoshop, although I do find that I need Photoshop also.
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i can see by your answer that lightroom looks more important to you than P/S & i can see what it gives you.
but i think as i like to manipulate images, P/S & C/Raw is okay for my present needs, although lightroom could give me better management control with my images than I Photo, especially as after i have changed the image i put the manipulated image in a new folder & leave the original in I Photo, this may sound crazy & probably is.
could it all be saved in lightroom therefore i would no longer need to keep duplicated images in different places, as sometimes i may have 4 or 5 variations + the original.