Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1, only moments after the final version of Lightroom 5 has been launched for Mac OS X and Windows users.
It appears that Adobe has decided to make June 10 a memorable Monday, but in a good way, as June 17 will be a Monday remembered as the day when Creative Suite has died.
In addition to killing the Creative Suite, the software maker has also released updates for Camera RAW and DNG Converter today in order to provide support for new cameras.
Adobe Camera RAW 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 released for download
The software developer has previously announced that it will no longer release physical copies of Creative Suite 7, making CS6 the last version. The reason for that is called Creative Cloud
Although this fact has triggered a negative response from the users because it is a more expensive and subscription-based business model, Adobe is sticking to its guns, so Creative Cloud, along with Photoshop CC, will be fully-available as of June 17.
Anyway, Lightroom 5 will remain a standalone application and, as a result, it has just been released. Moments after that, Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 have also become available. They can be downloaded right away by users of both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
Adobe Camera RAW 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 add support for seven cameras and 16 lens profiles
Camera RAW 8.1 for Adobe CS6 comes packed with support for seven cameras, including Hasselblad H5D-60, Olympus E-P5 and E-PL6, Phase One IQ260, Ricoh GR, Panasonic G6 and LF1.
Additionally, 16 lens profiles have been added from multiple manufacturers, such as Canon, Hasselblad, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Carl Zeiss.
Adobe Camera RAW 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 also offer several bug fixes. Fill Light adjustments will no longer add any artifacts, Red Eye removal no longer lightens areas instead of darkening them when set to 100%, and default sharpening has been reduced for photos captured with the Fujifilm X100s.
Want the full set of features? Then switch to Creative Cloud, Adobe says
Adobe has revealed that, while Camera RAW 8.1 is compatible with Photoshop CS6, it will not offer the same features as it provides for the Photoshop CC version.
From now on, ACR for CS6 will only receive limited support, thus professional photographers might feel compelled to upgrade to Creative Cloud, in order to get the latest features.