Adobe has released a new version of its Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS.

The plug-in extends raw file to 14 new digital cameras from Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus, Nikon, Leica, Leaf, Kodak and Fujifilm. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the plug-in are available for free download.

"The Adobe Photoshop camera raw functionality provides fast and easy access within Photoshop software to the proprietary ‘raw’ image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. By working with these ‘digital negatives,’ you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility while still maintaining the original ‘raw’ files," Adobe said.

Adobe says new features include:

EXIF data from files saved in Adobe Photoshop CS is now extracted to both XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) and old TIFF-tag based structures, making it visible in Photoshop 7.0 as well as other applications that only support TIFF tags.

On Canon 1D and 1Ds, if a series of photos is shot using white-balance bracketing, the temperature and tint values are retained, as well as reflected, when opening the file in Camera Raw 2.1.

When in the advanced Apply Camera Raw Settings dialog box, the last used subset will be remembered in the "Update: Custom Subset" settings.

Green pixel balancing and "crosshatch" noise reduction are improved.

IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) data entered using iView is now visible in the File Browser with the exception of the following fields found in iView 2.0.1: Event, Location, Status, and URL.