Adobe Releases ACR 8.4 Release Candidate, With Support for Nikon D4S

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Adobe has put out the release candidate for Adobe Raw and DNG Converter 8.4 bringing the usual suite of compatibility updates for cameras and lenses. But inside this mass of new features, two stand out: Adobe Raw officially has support for the Nikon D4s, and is now attempting to match Fujifilm's in-camera film simulations.

The full list of new cameras supported in the release candidate are:

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (preliminary support)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

There's also a large set of release notes, for tweaks to how ACR performs.

Camera Raw 8.4 introduces the following new features for Photoshop CC customers: A new before/after Preview system with side-by-side and split-view support. The main idea is a simple Before/After set of image settings. The Preview checkbox in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are: Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes. Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images. Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images. The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.). The standard single-image view always shows the After state. In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom. The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options. When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split-view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode. Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other. Pet Eye correction: The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to locate and fix pet eyes. Changes to Local Corrections: Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature, Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu. Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.) Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes. Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape). Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when built-in (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image. Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings. Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras: Fujifilm X-A1 Fujifilm X-E1 Fujifilm X-E2 Fujifilm X-M1 Fujifilm X-S1 Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm X-Pro1 Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XF1 Fujifilm XQ1 Fujifilm X100 Fujifilm X100S Bug Fixes: Fix bug that prevented opening Nikon D800/D800E raw images shot with a DX lens in Live View Video mode. Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences. Artifacts appear along edges of photo when applying grain.

If you're interested in how ACR handles those Fujifilm film presets, DPReview did a quick comparison, pitting the in-camera film simulation against Adobe's attempt to mimic it, and the ACR standard. While it's moving in the right direction, it's still not quite a match for what the Fujifilm cameras are outputting.

As part of the ongoing move to constantly add new features to Adobe CC, only the cloud version of Photoshop will get the new features mentioned above. Photoshop CS6 users will get the camera and lens support, as well as the bug fixes.