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Thu, Feb 21, 2019 4:11 PM

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Camera Raw: Filmstrip always appears, even with a single image

Prior to the last ACR update, Filmstrip only appeared when opening two or more files.  Now it appears every time.  Yes, it's easy to close... every time.

How does it make any sense to open the Filmstip and take up valuable editing space when only working on one file?

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Champion

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3K Messages

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55.6K Points

2 years ago

That is normal. The film strip now always appears because the new Enhanced Details is activated from the film strip and it only needs a single image.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

101 Messages

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1.6K Points

this is not normal, but a major hassle as some people (I'd dare to say most people) are not using "Enhanced Details"... so give us the option to switch the darned thing off !

703 Messages

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9.4K Points

It may be "Normal" for acr 11.2 but it's sure aggravating, especially on small screens where space is at a premium. It seems with every update adobe makes users do more and more clicking to get things done. My wrists sure are starting to hurt.

When is adobe going to have photoshop/acr compatible with voice commands so we don't spend all our time clicking on menus?

8 Messages

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218 Points

Not even voice commands, but simply remembering our UI preferences. 
A few new options in SETTINGS and I could get my workflow really smooth, but as it stands I'm doing way more clicking in 2019 than 2018.

49 Messages

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1.1K Points

2 years ago

It should be "normal" to be able to set whether the filmstrip comes up by default on a single image.  As is, it's a large pain in the neck and slows down my workflow for EVERY image.  Especially since Enhanced Details doesn't yet work with NVIDIA, which I have.

101 Messages

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100% with you... and while we are it... I hate that ACR always opens with zoom tool activated - just open with the last used tool (optionally !)...

49 Messages

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1.1K Points

Great idea!

8 Messages

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218 Points

2 years ago

This is absolutely killing my workflow.  It's baffling that any engineer decided to do this by default without the option to turn it off.  

Is there even a direct line to the engineers who work on ACR to get a fix for this?  

49 Messages

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2 years ago

It's clear that this issue is not going away.  Get a clue, Adobe.  Fix this!

8 Messages

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218 Points

Adobe is going on several months of SAVE FOR WEB not remembering my settings and defaulting back to GIF and JPG60 so I doubt this will ever get fixed. 

Champion

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3K Messages

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55.6K Points

2 years ago

Just out of curiosity: how small a screen do you guys use? With the screens I use I couldn’t care less whether or not there is a filmstrip on the side of the ACR window.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

8 Messages

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218 Points

15" Macbook Pro here.  When I edit on the go I need that real estate.  
Honestly you should just be able to turn it on and off to match your preference.

Save For Web still doesn't remember settings, either.  PS CC 2019 has been a bummer. 

980 Messages

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16.6K Points

2 years ago

I actually prefer it, I didn't like that it wasn't shown with single images before.

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218 Points

Then it should be an option, right?  A simple checkbox in settings. "TURN ON FILMSTRIP AUTOMATICALLY"

49 Messages

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1.1K Points

2 years ago

I have an Eizo ColorEdge CG243W (24").  On horizontal images, the filmstrip shrinks the viewing space significantly.  Things like tonality, color gradation, etc. become much more difficult to see.  I suppose if you have a 16:9 monitor, having the filmstrip up wouldn't matter.

I'm surprised by David's comment.  Why would you want the filmstrip to take up space if you can't use it for anything?

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2 years ago

I think what bugs me most about this is that it makes no sense to put enhance details on the filmstrip.  By definition, it is a film STRIP - more than one image.  Yes, you can apply enhance details to more than one image in the filmstrip, but then you don't get a preview.

IMHO, it would make much more sense to put enhance details on the Effects tab.  It is an effect.  And if you do want to apply enhance details to multiple images, it could be done under the Tools/Photoshop tab in Bridge.  You can't see a preview when doing multiple images anyway, so there is no advantage to opening the files in ACR before applying enhance details.

Champion

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3K Messages

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55.6K Points

I think you misunderstand what Enhance Details does. You do not “apply Enhanced Details” to an image like you apply adjustments in ACR. Enhance Details is a different kind of demosaicing that creates a new image (a DNG). Just like HDR and Panorama Merge creates a new DNG (which is different from HDR Pro or Panorama merge in Photoshop).

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

101 Messages

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1.6K Points

so what ? nothing prevents ACR/LR code upon selecting an option to redemosaick... did you ever try to use rawtherapee where you can select different demosaick methods ?

Champion

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3K Messages

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That is apparently not how ACR works.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

101 Messages

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1.6K Points

"...hat creates a new image (a DNG)..." - it is purely Adobe's choice to create a linear DNG file - they as well can do w/o that (give user an option)... why somebody with RT2080Ti shall suffer that stupid step of dealing with intermediate DNG ?

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"That is apparently not how ACR works." - yes - that is how Adobe people decided it will not work... and they as well can decide differently... 

Champion

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2 years ago

Just in case anyone missed that. At least on my Mac it’s easy to make the film strip disappear. Hold your cursor above the dividing line between the strip and the main window. The cursor will change into a line with arrows on both sides, indicating that you can resize the strip. Press the mouse, drag the line all the way to the left, and the strip is gone.

Yes, I know this does not ‘stick’. When you open another raw image you will have to do it again. But it’s better than nothing.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

8 Messages

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218 Points

Are you an Adobe apologist?  I'm honestly asking, because adding a click and drag for every single image in my workflow is an insane amount of added time so treating it like a real solution is baffling. 

Champion

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3K Messages

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55.6K Points

What part of "better than nothing" didn't you understand? I gave this tip so you can use it if you did not know it existed. I didn't say it was a real solution.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

980 Messages

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16.6K Points

Or just double-click the divider to hide it. No dragging needed.

49 Messages

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1.1K Points

Thanks for the tip!

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154 Points

2 years ago

I find the Enhance Detail film strip to be a significant annoyance and, if the facility is used, it requires the image to be saved as a DNG.  I don't want to save my images as DNGs.  I don't want the filmstrip.  Please make it optional. 

49 Messages

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1.1K Points

2 years ago

I'm currently traveling an working on a 16" laptop, which makes this issue far more annoying that it is on my 24" desktop monitor.  Come on, Adobe.  Get a clue and at the very least, give us the option to have Filmstrip appear when opening only one file.

10 Messages

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270 Points

a year ago

Come on Adobe, can you not get this fixed? Customers who open one image at a time in raw (and I am one of them) do not want this filmstrip to open, we want the option. You have been hearing this for 2 months now, so you have had enough time to do something about it. Are you listening? A reply from Adobe will be good, or better still just fix it.

Champion

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3K Messages

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This thread has four votes, so it seems this is not such a big problem as a handful of people want it to be. With the current number of votes, it is unlikely to get ‘fixed’.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

4 Messages

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154 Points

You indicate that because mine is one of a handful my comments it will have no impact; sad if that is the case.  I am a customer.  You are a champion.  Who's champion are you?

10 Messages

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270 Points

John, this is a big enough problem for some customers to hope that Adobe will listen and do something about it. Surely if it is a change we ask for, then it should be looked into. All we ask is for the option of switching the film strip off so that it doesn't appear. The customers who want it will still have the option of having it there. I have been a user of Adobe products for almost 25 years and this is the first time I can think of that an update has made my workflow slower and added unnecessary steps. Though I and others who are not happy with the update might (or might not) be in the minority our feedback is still valid.

101 Messages

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1.6K Points

mandatory filmstrip is a big PITA... instead of giving users an option in settings to either show it or hide it upon launching of ACR for a single file Adobe went for seriously irritating option to enforce it all the time....

Champion

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3K Messages

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55.6K Points

I don’t work for Adobe, so there is nothing I can do about it. Don't shoot the messenger!

I simply notice that some people make a big deal of this, but that the same names pop up again and again, and the number of votes is just a handful. Adobe prioritises requests based on votes, so that is why I predict it will get a very low priority and will probably never be fixed.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

703 Messages

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9.4K Points

a year ago

This bug is still not fixed in the just released camera raw 11.3

101 Messages

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it is not a bug - it is a case when Adobe knows better that when we open just a single raw we still have to be pushed the filmstrip down the throat

4 Messages

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154 Points

a year ago

It certainly bugs me.

101 Messages

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you are in a good company !

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a year ago

I'm getting new behavior which seems to have fixed this.  The first single raw file I opened in the new ACR showed the film strip.  I double-clicked the bar that separates the filmstrip and it closed, as usual.  However, the next file I opened in ACR did NOT show the filmstrip.

It appears Adobe has made this a toggle that remembers the state of the filmstrip when you leave ACR.  If the filmstrip is visible when you "Open Image" (or "Open Object") in PS or click "Done" then it it will be visible the next time you open a single file in ACR.  But if it is not visible when leaving ACR, then it will not be visible the next time a single file is opened.  If you do want to see it, clicking the vertical bar to the far left of ACR will open it.  If you open 2 or more files in ACR, the filmstrip will always be visible.

This is great news!  Thank you Adobe!