If you have a new camera or new lens that isn’t currently covered by Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), release candidate 8.6 is now available in Adobe Labs for use by Photoshop CS6-CC-CC(2014) and Lightroom 5. However, be aware that ACR 8.6 is no longer supported on Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, or Windows Vista. If you are still using those OSes, stick to what you have.
For those who shoot raw images and/or use ACR to enhance their JPEG or TIFF images, updates to ACR have been released to Adobe Labs for a free download.
Added cameras for ACR with this release include the Nikon D810, Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4, and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000.
Updated lenses include the Canon (EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM), (EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM); Nikon (1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6); Schneider (Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6); Sony (28mm f/2.8), (100mm F2.8 Macro), (DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6), (DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3), (70-200mm f/2.8G), (70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM); Zeiss (Touit 2.8/50M)
There are also enhancements to the speed when batch processing images (when saving from ACR) and when converting images to DNG (via the DNG converter). This is only available on 64 bit systems and when using CC (2014).
The RC in 8.6RC refers to “Release Candidate,” which means this is a beta release that is considered stable enough to send out to the real world. If you do not need this build because you do not own one of the new cameras or lenses mentioned above and you do not need the batch processing speed increase, there’s no need to download this build now. But if you have a CC subscription, you will be receiving this build once it has completed its final testing. So far, I’ve found no issues, and it’s performing perfectly.
Please note that you cannot purchase Adobe Camera Raw as a separate product; it’s a component of Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom to view raw images and enhance raw images, as well as JPEG and TIFF images.