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I have a very new Canon Rebel XTi which is in addition to my Canon 10d.

Over the weekend I took some 300 pictures with my new camera. I came home and downloaded them into my main computer. Lo & behold I quickly found out that Photoshops CS2 would not open the files.  Seems Canon changed the RAW file format from .CRW to CS2.

I have put in CS2 the latest Photoshop plug in which should allow CS2 to read this format but it does not. there seems to be differences in the CR2 format from camera to camera, as there is a difference, I've recently read, between the CR2 format used in the Canon 5d and the Canon Rebel XTi.

Seems like only a very small handful of programs are able to read this newer format. Canon's software will read it but it is only a very basic program. The only software of any merit that will use it is something called bibble. Bibble is difficult to use and is time consuming.

Does anyone know of a way to make CS2 see these CR2 files and/or a program that will effeciently and effectivly be able to see, correct and not be so complicated as to slow down the work flow?

Thanks in advance!
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I had the same problem when I bought the XTi. CR2 has been around for some time, however the XTi CR2 is yet again a different RAW format. Go get the latest Camera Raw update from Adobe (should be an .8bi file), and search for/copy it over the "Camera Raw.8bi" which is already in your Adobe install. The latest was still in beta when I got it, however it has worked for me and I haven't had any problems yet in either Bridge or CS2.

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--Randall
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That did the trick! I had followed the "official" instructions which said to remove the old one (I saved it just in case). I removed the new plugin, put back in the old one and then took the new one, as you said to do, and bingo presto it works.

Thanks cause I was in no mood to go to another raw editor (I have several btw for different purposes) and CS2 I am familiar enough with to work fairly fast considering it is a RAW format. I rarely shoot in jpeg format. I first convert to tiff which is an 18 MB file for the 10d and the XTI is a whopping 28 MB. Bibble made a tiff from 47 to 58 MB (ouch) and took forever to do. Bibble has more whistles and bells than CS2 but I have basically enough to do 95% of my work with - the rest goes to Bibble or PSP XI. I even keep Irfanview around for those "little" quickie jobs.

While the $400-$500 RAW program editors might be nice (camera one) I am semi-retired and on a fixed income & don't need the "ultimate" in a RAW graphics program.

Thanks again & take care :-)

HM
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