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02-25-2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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Lightroom and Photoshop for PC and Mac

At home, I have Photoshop CS (yeah, OLD!) on my Mac, and in the office, I'm on a PC with CS3.

I just downloaded the Lightroom beta for both platforms, which will work until April 30. I work for a government agency, where getting approval for ANY purchase takes a long time.

So:

1) Will my old CS at home support the Raw format(s) coming out of the KX? (I know Lightroom does this and a lot of other stuff, but I'm not concerned with organization right now. Just the processing. And I AM concerned with not having to spend any money on this just now.)

2) For the PC and CS3 in the office, just for processing Raw, am I cool? Is the CS3 processing as intuitive as Lightroom? I just realized this is a stipid question, because I'll have both to work with side by side anyway, but what the heck.

Thank you for your never-ending tolerance of my ignorance.

02-25-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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If you shoot DNG then yes, CS and CS3 will support your raw files.
If you shoot PEF then you will need to download Adobe's free DNG converter which will convert your PEF files into DNGs so that the raw converter can open them.
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Thanks.

I just started playing with LR on the PC and I already have a headache.

It looks fantastic for organization though, but I'm just too lazy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
Thanks.

I just started playing with LR on the PC and I already have a headache.

It looks fantastic for organization though, but I'm just too lazy.
Wait till you have 40 thousand or so files on various hard drives. At that point you'll be glad you learned Lightroom and learned about keywords.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
Thanks.

I just started playing with LR on the PC and I already have a headache.

It looks fantastic for organization though, but I'm just too lazy.

Yes, it's good for organization.

But I don't understand: Why do you have a headache?

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Yes, it's good for organization.

But I don't understand: Why do you have a headache?

Will
I have a headache because I didn't buy a book yet.

I didn't realize it was $300, so I think I'm going to have to stick with PS for awhile. I sure can't afford that for home, and it will be a tough sell to get approval at work for it.
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Adobe typically offers a deal if you're purchasing CS & LR together.
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Adobe typically offers a deal if you're purchasing CS & LR together.
I already have CS.

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Just check the latest version of the raw codec you can download from Adobe with your version of CS. Adobe don't do complete legacy support. I had PS Elements 2 and I had issues getting the raw converter to support the K200d.

If you are an educator, you may be able to swing lightroom for 100 rather than 300 full price.
Hope this helps.
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Just download CS4 and Lightroom 3..
Even if you work for the government!

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I already have CS.
Since we wish to be pedantic...

Adobe usually offers a break when you purchase Photoshop CS<insert latest version number here> and Lightroom <insert latest version number here> as a bundle.

As of this writing, the released versions are: PSCS4 and LR 2.6.

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