July 28, 2008
Adobe has released new beta camera profiles for Camera Raw 4.5 and Lightroom 2.0 as well as a beta of the new application called DNG Profile Editor for editing DNG profiles. The betas of the profiles and the editor app are on Adobe Labs.
From the DNG Profiles page:
We have been actively working on improving color rendering for digital raw photographs. Our new color rendering package contains the following components:
- the DNG 1.2 specification, which expands and formalizes the concept of a color profile for raw (i.e., scene-referred) image data captured by digital sensors,
- Adobe Standard camera profiles that significantly improve color rendering, especially in reds, yellows, and oranges,
- Camera Matching profiles that match the camera manufacturers’ color appearance,
- DNG Profile Editor, a free software utility for editing camera profiles
The new camera profiles and DNG Profile Editor are being initially distributed online in public beta form. This public beta gives photographers the opportunity to try these new tools and provide feedback before we finalize them.
The new Adobe Standard and Camera Matching camera profiles require Camera Raw 4.5 / Lightroom 2.0 or later. In general, they can be used in any raw converter that supports DNG 1.2.
These camera profiles will NOT work correctly with earlier versions of Camera Raw (i.e., 4.4.1 and earlier) and Lightroom (i.e., 1.4.1 and earlier). These earlier versions do not support DNG 1.2.
The DNG Profile Editor’s basic system requirements (i.e., CPU, operating system, and memory) are the same as Lightroom’s requirements.
Since the profiles and DNG Profile Editor are still in public beta, there is no official Adobe support for them. However, we have put together an online FAQ, tutorials, and documentation to help you get started with both the profiles and DNG Profile Editor. You are also encouraged to post questions in the User-To-User forums (see links below).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
DNG Profile Editor Tutorials and Documentation
Adobe DNG Home Page (includes latest DNG specification and SDK)
Camera Raw User-To-User Forums
Lightroom User-To-User Forums
DNG User-To-User Forums