Raw vs .ARW

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  1. magicianstouch

    magicianstouch TPF Noob!

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    Any one else with a Sony come across this issue?

    When i shoot RAW files, it is saved as a .ARW file, which sony says is an Extension of the RAW file, but my Paint Shop Pro, (no photoshop yet) cannot open it. The only thing that can is sony's program.

    Has anyone else run into this?

    Thanks
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Every camera model's raw files are different...and the software needs to be updated for those new cameras. For example: a few times a year, Adobe updates it's Camera RAW program that opens RAW files for Photoshop.

    I don't know much about PSP...but you may need to update it, in order to open your RAW files...if that is even possible.

    The apternative is to use a separate program, like your Sony Software, then save the image into a format that can be opened in PSP (TIFF, JPEG etc).
     
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    Yes indeed, sony name their raw files *.ARW and you will need to use the software that came with your camera or update the Camera Raw version in photoshop :)
     
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    okay, I bought it off ebay and got a great deal, and I was starting to wonder if it was a fake or some such bad luck.

    Thanks. I have PSP7, so it is real old, but I found it in the computer room and will do till I scrape up the cash for Photoshop.

    Thanks again
     
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    If you do not mind, which model did you get and at what price?
     
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    Hi
    'ARW' is Sony's RAW file-name extension. There is an app called
    Silkypix which can develop ARW files. A 30 day trial download is
    available for MAC OSX/Vista etc...via one of the usual download
    sites on the web.
     
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    Why save for CS4? Many sources have it online in a less scrupulous way.
     

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