Photoshop Elements 6 - any version of Photoshop actually - depends on a utility called CameraRaw which is regularly updated (and which you have to download) in order to read all the latest NEF (Nikon), CR2 (Canon) and other camera makers' RAW image files.
I don't think that Elements 6 can be updated with the most recent versions of CameraRaw unfortunately. It's probably best to hit the Adobe web site and make sure you've got the latest update for PE6 and the most recent compatible RAW update. You may find that you have to update to the most recent version of Photoshop Elements though - at $49.95 or something like that.
A RAW update is usually a free download, but after a while Adobe stops providing RAW update compatibilty for older versions of Photoshop.
>I have been thinking of getting Lightroom >anyway would that be able to read them do you know?
Yes - Lightroom will do really well. Then again, the latest version of Photoshop Elements is in a number of ways more powerful than Lightroom. Just as important too, I think, you already know Elements.
Elements, as you know, is not just a high-end photo editor but also a lite version of Photoshop Creative Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud.
Photoshop Elements and ACDSee Pro don't get much discussion or attention around here, but they're top-rank products.
Yes to be honest I have never needed or wanted to do anything that elements is able to do. Sorry to ask stupid questions the latest version is elements 12 isn't it I assume that would be able to read my files ok?
Janey, Do you want/need to spend money on PSE 12 to work on NEF images? If you download Nikon ViewNX2 from the Nikon site (see below), you can open and work on any NEF image shot with any Nikon digital camera. It supports both NEF & NRW formats. It will reflect ALL the camera/image settings of your NEF, something no other software does. Most important, it is FREE. If you do your job to capture the image properly, NVNX2 is all you will need to correct minor issues with the NEF.