ACR 3.0 Ushers In Raw as a Full-Fledged Format
Opinion: Adobe's automated Raw adjustment technology generates Raw images that are nearly fit to print without intervention. Also, taking a second look at Mac OS X and pivoting monitors.Last week, I moaned about the absence of screen rotation on Macintoshes. I didnt get the luxury of wallowing in self-pity for very long, though. My readers e-mailed me a necessary wake-up call: Screen rotation is mostly implemented in the pending operating system, Tiger. Hey, that was fast: Ask for a feature, get it two weeks later! Thanks, Apple! The first half of this weeks column discusses Raw as a full-fledged format; the second half examines Mac screen rotation in more detail than last week. In my review of the Adobe CS2 Raw Converter, I missed the forest for the trees. I listed the featuresand didnt notice how amazing Adobe Camera Raws auto-everything is and what the consequences might be.
As indicated in my review, ACR 3.0 displays the Raw files as "Auto" settings, with exposure compensation, white balance and contrast automatically dialed in.