Apple Releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.14

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple today released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.14, bringing RAW image support to Aperture and iPhoto for several new cameras.
    Full details on RAW support are included in an Apple support document.

    Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.14 checks in at 7.9 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X 10.7 or later.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.14
  2. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    There must be a better way to deliver these compatibility updates.

    Why don't they implement dynamic updating capabilities (i.e. maintaining a constant connection to the update server for these updates, so the user doesn't have to concern themselves with manually installing, and they install automatically when iPhoto/Aperture is re-launched)?
  3. lars666 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    Can't get enough of these sexy RAW updates, especially as I have never owned a digital camera ...
  4. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    If only I understood what this stuff means, I'd appreciate it more.
  5. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Of course.... This has to happen AFTER I updated my iMac yesterday. :rolleyes::mad::rolleyes:
  6. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Add upon that what they do for printer drivers, when one is connected, detect what kind it is & download the appropriate software. This way, you don't get the software for boatloads of other cameras.
  7. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    RAW means everything from the Image Sensor is saved, and it's completely lossless, Jpg is for lulzy tards, Raw is the future.


  8. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    There's also an iTunes Producer 2.7.0 update weighting 69.9 MB

    iTunes Producer 2.7 includes several new features:

    Import templates are now included.
    Music metadata is now supporting additional languages.
    General bug fixes and improvements.
    More detailed information on this update can be found in the iTunes Producer guide available at
  9. nuladog macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    Coming in Mountain Lion
  10. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    If only the world weren't going in the opposite direction.

    Apple still doesn't care about Sigma users. Shock.
  11. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
  12. ebm macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2011
    It is no good idea to install those updates for the dedicated camera only as
    a) most pro users do not plugin the camera directly but use card readers
    b) pro users often work in the fields without internet access and it can be nerv wracking to be in the pusta without beeing able to install anything.
    c) full automatic updates sometimes may fail.

    BTW. wo said raw is the future did not get the point of RAW vs JPEG. Just in film times nobody showed his friends the negative films but the photos on paper.
  13. till213 Suspended

    Jul 1, 2011
    You're totally holding it wrong(tm): it is not just when you connect a physical camera that you want to be able to open and display the Foo format. It is also when you get that file by any means (download, USB stick, ...) and want to display by any application.

    So assuming that you get a RAW image format, with some magic byte file header (your OS doesn't know anything about it yet) and some random extension *.foo.

    Now your OS could ask you each time it discovers such a file format it doesn't know nothing about it - and in fact, OS X does just that, too! - e.g. by looking up *.foo in some global database and offering you the appropriate app in the App Store. And/or recognise in some magic way that *.foo is in fact an image format and that you're better off with the appropriate image IO plugin (such that any Cocoa application is able to open that file!) instead.

    Or you just get a bunch of common RAW format plugins once in a while and be done with that. Don't get bothered each time you try to open a *.bmp ("I don't know about this image format yet, but there is an image plugin available. Do you want me to download it?"), *.tiff ("I don't know about this image format yet, ..."), *.jpg ("I don't know..."), *.pef ("... do you really want me to...") or *.dmg ("... Really, I could just download the appropriate plugin just now...!").

    Or do you really care how many USB device drivers are lingering on your OS X installation which are likely to never be used by any hardware, because you simply don't own such a device, and never will? Ever wondered why OS installations are counted in Gigabytes (YES, that's 1024 MEGAbytes!) these days? I remember times when an OS was delivered on 2-3 floppy disks (those had capacities counted in KILObytes...). Oh and yes, almost every device required you to install the device driver yourself by hand...

    Well, yes, one could care about waste of disk space - but do we really care? :rolleyes: We just became to lazy and expect an OS to immediatelly recognise and support the connected device - or open the given camera file "out of the box".



    Ever wondered how many other device drivers are burried in your OS X installation, for devices that you'll never be a proud owner of? :D

    Besides, image plugins don't require you to actually own a camera of that format! There are other situations where one might want to display/edit such a RAW image - well, maybe not you personally anyway...
  14. lars666, Jun 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2012

    lars666 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    That's totally cool with me as - in comparison to these RAW things - I don't get an "there are software updates" notification every week or so for them. There are worse things, for sure, but if Apple could manage to solve this differently than pushing me an update only for RAW compatibility that often, it would be nice. But to be honest, I am only disappointed about the RAW updates because every time I see that there is a software update, I get exited that this maybe is a new OS X point version, iTunes update etc. These RAW updates which are totally useless for me always let me down... :)
  15. till213 Suspended

    Jul 1, 2011
    C'mon, it's not that often (usually - but I agree, recently there were quite some RAW updates) :p

    And at least printer drivers also do get an update once in a while - and I hear Thunderbolt drivers, too :D

    UPDATE: I am not sure, but IIRC I once got Epson driver updates (on 10.6.x) - even though I don't own an Epson, and for sure never connected one. For Thunderbolt off course you only get updates if you have that hardware, sure...

    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is supposed to handle updates "silently behind the curtain" - as has been mentioned already.

    Me too, I get excited about RAW updates - only to realise moments later that my Pentax K-5 RAW (*.pef) format is already supported since the camera came out last year or so - so nothing to gain for me either ;)
  16. Boston007 macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
  17. Digitalclips macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    Given you only need the one for your own camera in most cases I don't see why you would want that? Best to add to ignore list once you have the one for your own camera.
  18. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
  19. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2010
    Canon T4i is my preference. Husband prefers the Nikon and giving me reasons why we should get the Nikon! :p
  20. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    RAW updates are not about camera syncing. They are basically file format issues, so it doesn't matter how the photo file gets to your computer, it still needs compatibility.
  21. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Sorry for the revival, but how does one get that update without having iPhoto 9 or Aperture installed? I use Lightroom, and it can work with them okay, but sometimes I use Finder to browse some .cr2 files and cannot get QuickLook to look at them, because I have no drivers for the 650D installed, the ones, that come with that 3.14 update, which I cannot install because I do not have iPhoto or Aperture. Is there a workaround, or should I download a torrented copy of one of those two applications just so I can install a driver?

    Apple, what the frell?

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