Unfortunately, ACR 7 or 8 (specifically 8.4 - but actually the whole plug-in is needed to decode NEF images from the D4s) is not recognized by CS5. You need CS6 or CSCC (or the newest update of Lightroom 5) to decode those RAW images. Some other RAW decoders are available with that capability, but I'm not really familiar with them.
In order for Photoshop CS 6 to work directly with the NEF files from a D4s you need to have a version of Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) that supports the D4s NEF files. Technically it has nothing to do with Bridge or Photoshop compatibility. ACR is the gateway from where you initially browse your NEFs in Bridge, demosaic in ACR and open the resultant image file in Photoshop.
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Lee Anne, please recognize, that with Photoshop CS6, you are on "borrowed time," so to speak, in the larger picture of Adobe.
For example, this may be the last update of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) with any compatibility with CS6 whatsoever. So far, I, along with other journalists, haven't been unable to get Adobe to speak about future editions of ACR, but based on how ACR 8.4 works with CS6 it seems likely, this is it. For those who purchase future cameras, CS6 may not be able to directly handle their RAW files. I feel certain, that if Adobe's next version of ACR jumps to 9.0, all support of CS6 will have been dropped.
I think it's a clear harbinger of a complete drop of CS6 support for future versions of ACR, that while CS6 can use ACR 8.4 for new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes, the new features in ACR 8.4, including new preview controls, red eye correction for pets and updates to local corrections are incompatible with CS6, and won't show up when you open it in CS6.
Now this doesn't mean that you won't be able to use CS6, for a long time, to edit current camera(s). You will. That said, there are already no further updates to CS6 than what is already available. There will be no future new features in CS6. And as stated, we don't know if Adobe will add support in CS6, via ACR, for any new cameras which will be coming out this year, or in the future.
This is why so many CS users have either been contemplating moving to Photoshop CC, have already moved to it, are thinking about moving to the non-subscription Lightroom, or have done so, or are thinking about moving to other companies' photo editing software, or have already done so.
As the menus change from version to version, the actions generally have had to change too. Some of the actions you had in CS5, may not work in CS6. Some may or may not work in CC, but many will as the menu interface in many cases hasn't changed from CS6 to CC.
As to doing away with Creative Suite, that's already been done. There will be no more CS versions after CS6. It is unknown how long they will continue to sell CS6, but my bet is within 6 months to a year after they stop all support of it, which is likely to happen this year.
I've already moved from CS6 to CC. While I don't like the subscription system for sale of the product, I do like CC. It's really excellent.
Lee Anne, I thought you'd be interested to know that Adobe announced today the end of all new volume licensing of CS6 as of June 1. At the same time Adobe announced they plan to offer CS6 for download and individual licensing indefinitely.
It's my belief that indefinite, doesn't actually mean indefinitely, but means they will sell it as long as people want to purchase it in sufficient numbers that it pays for itself. That could actually be quite some time. Of course, updates to it are long over, and soon ACR updates which work with it, will likely soon end. They already lack any new functionality.
I just saw this. Thanks for the info. I don't think I like paying for a subscription, but I may not have a choice. I do most of my editing in camera raw. Will I not be able to do that when I eventually switch over?
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I'm not sure what you mean, so I'll answer you question this way.
Photoshop Creative Cloud (Photoshop CC) is the latest version of Photoshop. It is by subscription only. It is the full version of Photoshop and can edit RAW files. It can use all the features of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) latest version, while Photoshop CS6 can only use the new definitions, with the old features.
There is also the choice, at this time of Lightroom which is sold both by subscription as part of the CC suites, and as a stand alone product. It can process RAW files too.
After a chat with Adobe, it seems that all you should do is go to their download center and download ACR 8.4, which apparently is compatible with both CS6 and CC. That is exactly what I did with ACR with my CC. Works fine. Yes, I have a D4s. Agree with last post - make sure your CS6 is the latest version (click "help" in CS6 and go to "Updates...")