I have an older version of Photoshop (CS3) that won't support the D7000 for RAW conversions. I've used ACDSee Pro (I currently have the 2.5 Pro version), and I'd like to see how many users on the Nikonians list are using ACDSee Pro 6 for their RAW Conversions and workflow. That program is being offered at a very attractive price as it's probably going to be replaced soon.
I'd be interested in your comments. Please note that I'm not planning to upgrade my Photoshop to CS5 or later, which is the level required to support the latest Nikon RAW formats.
I used a beta version of ACDSee Pro 6 for about a year. I'd strongly recommend getting Lightroom instead. More stable, more features, huge user community, lots of books/support available, excellent image results. Peter
I am a big fan of ACDSee as a picture viewer. Every now and then I will play around with its raw handing. It seems to get the job done with good results. However, I agree that going with LightRoom is probably the better option.
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The program has a lot of nice features but it is better dealing with jpg. The best for rendering NEF files is Nikon'S capture NX2. Lightroom is very slick and quick but is more limited in editing than Nx2 and much less capable than PS CS6. So it all depends on how detailed of manipulation you need and how much time you want to invest in learning the tool. If price is a concern, RawTherapee is free and good. I find need at times for the strengths of of LR, Nx2 and Cs6.
Thanks for the advise and comments, I have downloaded a trial copy of Lightroom 3.6. Unfortunately, the latest LR4 won't run on Windows XP which is the operating system that I'm using (and prefer to keep due to some hardware dependencies - e.g. my film scanner).
I've used RAW (Nikon NEF) with my Nikon D90, but don't really get into using a RAW converter for many of my photos. I'm planning to generally set the QUAL setting on my D7000 for .jpg Fine and RAW and will save the RAW files in a separate folder to use as I wish for further manipulations.
In my opinion Lightroom/Photoshop ACR is the far superior raw converter right now. Check out Jeff Schewe's new Digital Negative book and see why. I just reviewed PictureCode Photo Ninja which, while still in version 1 and needing some refinement, may one day surpass the Adobe solutions. You can read my review of this new converter on the current Nikonians e-Zine #54.