Adobe's Digital Negative Specification (DNG) is gathering support from camera hardware and software makers, the company said today.

DNG is an industry-wide initiative to create one unified format for archiving raw digital images. Ricoh is the latest manufacturer to support DNG, with its new GR digital camera.

Hasselblad and Leica and software manufacturers such as Apple, Extensis, iView and ULead have already signed up.
Purity and purpose

"DNG addresses a critical need in the market to preserve digital images in their purest form while also simplifying the raw workflow for photographers," said Kazuhiro Yuasa, general manager of the Image Capturing Solution Division at Ricoh. 

"Serious photographers have already expressed their eagerness to find cameras that support the common DNG format," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of digital imaging and digital video at Adobe. 

Software updates

The company has also updated its DNG Converter. This now gives users additional preference settings for JPEG preview size and the option to run DNG using a command line interface.  The updated DNG Converter includes support for the 14 new cameras added to the new Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in, stores larger previews and expands options for storing the original proprietary files within the translated DNG.

Adobe has also introduced the Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in that extends long-term archiving capabilities to 14 new camera models from leading manufacturers, bringing total support to over 80 cameras. With the new plug-in, users can preserve more metadata when saving files in the DNG format.

The Adobe DNG Converter and Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 plug-in require Mac OS X 10.2.4 or higher, Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3, or Windows XP.