Yes, you can update ACR to 16.0 in PSE 2024 if you wish. There is no reason to do it, if you do not need it (Such as you literally just bought a brand new digital camera yesterday). No, you do not need it "because it's the latest version." No, you are not "missing out" if you don't get it, and manually install it.
I went the manual install route just to see if it could be done.
One advantage of upgrading to camera raw 16.0 is the stuttering with the Crop Tool is gone as well as the Zoom and Pan Tool works right.
I'm guessing the GPU usage is turned on in ACR 16.0 whereas earlier versions the GPU usage was off.
I upgraded to Camera Raw 16.0 with PSE 2024 for the Mac to support my Sony A7 Compact ii. I edited a bunch of photos with no problem. However, PSE could not open one of the photos from the initial Raw screen, and told me that I had to install Camera Raw, which was clearly already there. I had previously opened 6 similar raw images (Sony ARW format), so my best guess is that I hit some kind of memory limit for PSE 2024. I'll edit the other six pictures and then restart PSE, and wouldn't be surprised if I can then open the image that caused the problem. I'll update my post to report what happens, but the Adobe PSE engineering team should take a look at their memory allocation and see if there is a leak.
- First, ARW is not a raw file format only a tag to identify the Sony origin. Each new camera has its own raw format.
- Then if you install PSE2023 (and I suppose PSE2024), the ACR plugin is not installed by default, you must go to the Help menu to install it.
I suppose that you have followed strictly the workaround to make the PSE ACR compatible with your new camera. As stated by Glenn, that will not provide the advanced functions (masking...) of the full ACR version.
Your reply was not responsive to the issue I raised. As noted, I edited "a bunch of photos with no problem. However, PSE could not open one of the photos from the initial Raw screen, and told me that I had to install Camera Raw, which was clearly already there." Of course, I had correctly installed ACT 16.0 with PSE 2024 or else I would not have been able to edit the other photos. It turned out that my initial guess was also incorrect, since I was able to edit other images besides the one that gave me the message to install ACR. So it was just this single photo that gave me a problem. However, I was able to open the file with Photoshop 2024 (not Elements) and edited the photo with no problem. So the ARW file is apparently handled correctly in Photoshop but not in PSE 2024. Both of them are using the same version of ACR.
Had you already used Photoshop 2024's camera raw 16 to edit the arw file that wouldn't open in photoshop elements camera raw 16?
No. I tried Photoshop 24 after failing with Elements 2024. For Elements 2024, I downloaded ACR 16.0 and put the plugin in
They technically are the same version of ACR, however, the version of acr in PS has many more options than the version found in acr in PSE.
One thing to try: just change the name of that one file that gives you problems try not to have any special characters in the name (&%#@- stuff like that.
Open any image in ACR. Click on the gear in the upper right corner. It opens the preference file of ACR
Select what the arrow is pointing to:
Once you do: restart the editor, try processing multiples again and see if it works now. I predict it will.