Adobe and Nikon

I am not sure what this statement exactly means, but the bottom line is "Nikon intends to cooperate with Adobe" - I guess both companies are trying to ensure the end-user that their products will be compatible in the future:

"Adobe and Nikon are both enthusiastic about the continued innovation of digital imaging technology. Both companies recognize that ongoing advancement in current RAW formats is bringing a new level of control, precision, and quality to the photography community, and we both are excited about helping to foster that innovation.

Adobe is committed to working with Nikon to ensure that our common customers have an excellent experience when using Nikon cameras with Adobe software, and the company is disappointed that there has been confusion about this in the market. Adobe wants to ensure that our common customers get the very best quality from their photos when using our products together.

Nikon has endeavored to develop the RAW image concept for digital photographers through its Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) file, supporting software, and compatible system components. Nikon envisions its role as an innovator, and values its participation within the industry's organizations, so that the future for RAW images will expand in importance and acceptance among the market's photographers.

Nikon believes that the NEF file has provided important image quality through Nikon's pioneering developments. For the future, Nikon intends to cooperate with Adobe and other industry members in order to pursue its objective of providing images with better quality, convenience, and usefulness to end users."


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  • david

    This was issued a year or so ago, yet Nikon still don’t let Adobe products access whibal etc in nefs. Outrageous.

    • Neil

      Yes, they do access the white balance setting! They just don’t get access to the other camera settings. It’s pretty much inconsequential now with the new camera profiles in ACR.

  • Graeme

    This is old news. The original joint press release from Adobe and Nikon was dated September 2005.

    • Oh wow, this is old. There was no date on Adobe’s website.

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  • MB

    For all of us poor users it would be really great if Nikon and Adobe actually do something to enhance compatibility of their products instead.

  • It has to be very old. Nikon’s has since created a RAW format that even Nikon’s Capture can’t read. Adobe has since released updates for ACR with this new Nikon RAW format.

    For those of you who don’t what I am talking about. The Nikon P6000 uses its own RAW (.NRW) Format.

    • RAW mode with Windows Imaging Component

    • Graeme

      NRW is now supported by Capture NX2.

  • This old press release says exactly, nothing. New that is.

    Talk about a bunch of hedging. Nikon, get with it and let us shoot DNG natively. It has plenty of room for all your metadata and then some. You want to do your own proprietary RAW format to push your own second-rate software? Fine. Do it, but let us professionals standardize our workflows.

  • NikoRyan

    I am unsure how I feel about this thought, but to me, this smells of Nikon enhancing DSLRs to save in DNG format in camera (in addition to NEF raw and JPG). If true, Adobe will be on cloud nine. So far, they cannot convince the big OEMs (Canon, Nikon are the ones that matter most) to save in DNG. For that matter, they’ve had trouble convincing the industry of the value and universality of their DNG standard.

    If they sell Nikon on it, a major force will be flowing.

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