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.NEF files do not open in photoshop CS

roman forquy , Mar 09, 2006; 08:11 p.m.

Hi, I am getting very frustrated having spent the last few hours downloading plug-ins and so on... nothing will do. the photos were taken with a D1X. I have a mac running on OSX. Nikon View 6 is up and running and I can see the photos there. i have installed the camera raw 2.4 plugin as well.

when i try to open the file in photoshop CS i get a basic window with white balance and exposure correction with no image preview. if I click "ok" CS tells me it could not complete the request because of a program error. i can see the files (thumbnails) in the photoshop browser or when i go through "open". but the same window pops up in CS, the nikon software i reckon and the image does not appear. the camera raw software never shows up...

i have read a lot of threads on .nef and CS and D70s, but nothing on my specific problem.

can anyone help?




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Alan Olander , Mar 09, 2006; 08:55 p.m.

roman forquy , Mar 09, 2006; 09:05 p.m.

alan, thank you for posting, but unfortunately i had already tried this operation several times. removing the NEF plugin from the photoshop folder just results photoshop telling it could not open the file due to an unknown extension. also, it seems effectively that the nikon software overrides camera raw, yet the nikon software in CS does not even show nor open the files...

Michael Bradtke , Mar 09, 2006; 09:20 p.m.

Are you sure you have the adobe plug in in the right place? Its been a while since I messed with Cs . But I think you have to make sure the Adobe plug in is there and the Nikon one is not.

Sorry I can not give you the specific path I no longer have CS on my system and CS2 puts it in a different place


Jay Smith , Mar 09, 2006; 09:47 p.m.

Not sure if this is your problem or not. Click on search on photo.net and type "Nikon NEF plug in". Take a look at the first thread that comes up. This references Windows and not Macs but I think you have to delete or re-name the Nikon NEF Plugin LE.8bi file.

Greg Lyon , Mar 09, 2006; 09:49 p.m.

Here's the plugin you need:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2705. Once you download it you have to make sure it replaces both the original plugin from adobe AND the Nikon plugin (which has far fewer features than the ACR version). Unfortunately I also don't have CS anymore, but here are the directions from the same download page above:

  1. Exit Photoshop CS.
  2. Move the existing Camera Raw plug-in from the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Plug-Ins/File Formats folder to a folder outside the plug-ins folder.
  3. Copy or move the new Camera Raw plug-in from your download folder to the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Plug-Ins/File Formats folder.
Hopefully that'll help! Good luck.

Gene Starr , Mar 09, 2006; 09:56 p.m.

Roman, just download them into iPhoto and be done with it. There are all the adjustments there that you'll need.

dennis lee , Mar 09, 2006; 10:39 p.m.

Roman, I'm running CS2 on OSX 10.2.8, not optimum but working pretty OK. I actually need to re-install Photoshop at this moment in time myself because of a glitch of it (PS) not opening anything! However, this has only happened once before.

I use Bridge as my primary editing tool and open most of my files through it. Have you tried opening a NEF file directly from Bridge? Camera Raw will open and display the image. I can do this with both images processed and not processed through NV6. It sounds like you may have already tried this without result, but it may be worth a try if you haven't.

I would try re-installing just photoshop, which is what I am about to do. Don't add Nikon View as the plug in. Keep it as simple and native as possible.

Here's a link to an Adobe troubleshooting page. I tried most of these when my images wouldn't open (and mind you, I couldn't open anything at all), finally I did the re-install as outlined and everything was fine, until a day or two ago. Now it's time to re-install again. A bit of a pain yes, but... if it works...


good luck, Dennis

Again, there's no need to have Nikon plug-in to PS, at least I've never needed it. PS handles my D2H files fine. As a matter of fact, I just discovered that NV6 processed files won't allow batch processing of additional metadata in bridge.

roman forquy , Mar 10, 2006; 08:15 p.m.

thank you to all the people who have contributed. unfortunately, i had already tried most of these solutions, to no positive effect. i still can't open the files, all i get to see is a very approximate thumbnail. even DNG converter 3.3 can't manage it. i am starting to think the files might be corrrupted or something as disagreable... i should have known better during the shoot and use large jpeg instead. no more raw files for me. i will try to get my hands on nikon capture (will it manage? it should, but again) or CS2. if anyone has more ideas, send them down. are raw files from D1X so different from that of a D70? i think i will soon need psychological support...

Greg Lyon , Mar 10, 2006; 09:38 p.m.

Roman, if you send one of the files to me I would be willing to try to open it to check for corruption...you can find my e-mail by following my link here (I hate to type it because of bots.)

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