Adobe has released a Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Digital Negative Specification (DNG) for Raw image files.

DNG is Adobe's attempt to deliver an industry-wide format that it hopes will solve workflow and archiving issues when dealing with Raw image files.

"By addressing the lack of an open standard for the Raw files created by individual camera models, DNG helps ensure that photographers will be able to access their files in the future," the company explains.

The SDK supports reading and writing DNG files. It's also capable of converting DNG data into a format that can be displayed or processed by imaging applications.

Adobe hopes third-party developers will make use of the new software to add support for the standard to existing image manipulation applications and digital cameras.

The format has already won support from several key partners, including Extensis, Canto, Apple, iView, Hasselblad, Leica, Ricoh and Samsung.