Adobe on Tuesday announced an update to Camera Raw, its plug-in to enable Photoshop CS2 to read the Raw file format of leading digital cameras -- it supports five new models. What's more, the company has released a Universal binary version of DNG Converter, its translation utility for the .DNG file format. Both are free downloads.

Camera Raw 3.5 (www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html) enables photographers to manipulate Raw file data without first encoding the image in another format like TIFF or JPEG -- this prevents the image data from being changed, so you have optimal image quality. The 3.5 release adds support for Nikon D2Xs, Kodak EasyShare P712, Panasonic DMC-FZ50 and DMC-L1, and the Sony A100. With these models now supported, Camera Raw boasts Raw image support for more than 125 digital cameras, according to Adobe.

DNG Converter (www.adobe.com/dng) translates any Photoshop-supported raw photo formats -- including images from the new cameras supported in Camera Raw 3.5 -- to the universal .DNG format instead. This is the first time the software has been available as a Universal binary which runs natively on Intel and PowerPC-based Macs.