I just got my D5000 and am trying to open NEF files in photoshop cs3 or cs4. I have the lates versions of both the camera raw for photoshop c3 ans cs4. I also have the latest version of the NEF codec. When i open photoshop i get the following message "could not complete your request of a program error" The raw plugin does not start so it is not a problem with the RAW plugin for photoshop. I can view NEF files in windows without any problems. I feel this is a Nikon problem and not Photoshop. I have looked on many forums and a lot of people have this problem, i can assure you i have tried all the solutions without any joy. Can someone please help???? As i said i don't need any updates and have camera raw latest versions for Photoshop and the lates versions of the NEF codec
#1. "RE: NEF file problems" In response to Reply # 0
I don't know the answer, but you may want to post your question on one of the other Nikonian forums that discuss post processing and computer related issues. Your question may have already been answered on one of those forums.
#2. "RE: NEF file problems" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 01-Jan-10 03:22 PM by gkaiseril
Welcome to Nikonians,
Each Nikon NEF or any camera's RAW format can be unique from any other type of RAW file. Most photo editing programs check the EXIF data, meta data included in media files, for the manufacturer and model number. If the information matches to the programs of known camera models, the program will open the RAW file. If it does not match the file will not be opened.
Software providers either issue a new version for new cameras or provide an updated plug-in. Nikon issues new versions of their software. Adobe uses a plug-in called ACR, Adobe Camera Raw.
What version of ACR are you using in CS3 and CS4?
Have you checked for updates to your software?
Adobe has publicly released ACR 5.6 for CS4, DNG Converter 5.6, and LightRoom 2.6 which just added support for the D3s and a previous version added the D5000 and continues to support this camera and all prior supported cameras.
Alternatives to directly opening the NEF file with Adobe products is to obatain a copy of the DNG Converter and convert the RAW file to Adobe's public archive DNG, Digital Negative, format. If you have the original version of Phbotoshop CS,you will have to have the most recent ACR for this version of ACR. Another approach is to install the free Nikon ViewNX, configure ViewNX to use Photoshop CSx with the 'File => Open with...' option, open the NEF with ViewNX and then use the 'Open with...' option to transfer a TIFF copy of the NEF to Photoshop CSx.
Nikon also occansionally issues firmware updates for their cameras, so you should check for firmware updates on a regular basis.
#5. "RE: NEF file problems" In response to Reply # 3
What precisely are you doing? If you're just starting CS4 without trying to load an image, and it gives you that error, something's wrong with your CS4 installation.
If you can start CS4 normally, but then file -> open of your NEF file fails, I'm not sure what the issue is.
However, I don't think it's the camera's firmware. Nobody else with a D5000 is having any trouble as long as they ACR 5.5 or later, and I think the latest firmware is still A1.00/B1.00, meaning that there are no updates.
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#6. "RE: NEF file problems" In response to Reply # 3 Mon 04-Jan-10 05:46 PM by gkaiseril
Again what is the version of the ACR plug-in your CS4 is reporting as being installed?
Sometimes an update of ACR does not get properly installed, so it is best to check. If it is not ACR 5.5 or 5.6, you may need to manually install ACR 5.6 manually as described on the ACR download page.
Have you tried the DNG converter? Even the first Photoshop CS can open the DNG format when updated to the last ACR 2.4 for that product. So CS4 can handle DNG files with any version of the ACR plug-in for that product.