Photoshop CC 2018: Imacon 3F plugin not working

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My Imacon 3F plugin (1.4) doesn't work in Photoshop 2018 (19.1.1) on MacOS Sierra (10.12.6). The plugin works fine in Photoshop 2017. 

When attempting to open a 3F file in PS 2018, the fileformat is preselected as Imacon 3F, whichis not the case in  PS 2017. 

Photoshop System Info shows no error in loading the plugin.

Any suggestions on how to get the Plugin to work in PS2018? 

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Michael Bothager

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Michael Bothager

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If anyone is interested, Hasselblad Support have reproduced the issue, and have reported it to Adobe.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Still being investigated. Best to use the workaround in the meantime.
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So, any progress?
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Is it still the case in PS CC19.1.4?
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Unfortunately, yes :/
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So, latest update (PS CC 19.1.5 & ACR 10.4.0.976) – the issue still exists.

I guess that this is a very low-priority issue for Adobe, which is unfortunate.

Jeffrey Tranberry, can you please comment on what is being done to fix the issue?
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The latest update (19.1.2) didn't fix this issue.

Adobe, are you working on this problem?
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Sorry for the late reply. I was out of town the past two weeks. Eric from the ACR team looked at this back in 2014: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/support_of_hasselblad_3f_files

fff files are essentially 16-bit RGB TIFF files with some custom/proprietary tags in them for the Hasselblad software to access.

Do you use the Hasselblad software to edit your the original fff images?

If not, the simplest thing to do is rename the files from <myfilename>.fff to <myfilename>.tiff and Photoshop will open them without any extra hoops. If you want them to open directly in Camera Raw, then set the ACR pref to automatically open TIFFs after you rename the files.
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Hi Jeffrey, thank you for your reply.

Firstly, please bear in mind, that there is two types of 3F files; either files from a digital Hasselblad back, or files from the scanner software FlexColor (when using an Hasselblad/Imacon/Flextight scanner). The issue is with the latter. Just to make sure we are on the same page.

My workflow is:
1. scan to 3F file as a linear scan, no color inversions or color adjustments are made at this step.
2. open 3F file in Photoshop to remove dust/scratches, save 3F file.
3. open 3F file in FlexColor to convert the image (negative to positive with specific color settings), save as a new TIFF file
4. further processing of the TIFF in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

The reason that I use FlexColor to convert the images is because of the color profiles. I'm not interested in using 10-100x more time manually colorconverting my scans, which I hope you find a reasonable argument. 

I do know that the 3F file is a TIFF file, but renaming it does not solve the problem. Also, Adobe broke som existing functionality in the file handling, where re-selecting a dropdown in the open dialog circumvents the issue. So it should not be a terrible difficult error to correct.

I hope that this issue is to be resolved.
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Hi Michael, is there a reason why you just don't skip step 2 and remove the dust and scratches in Photoshop after converting the file to a TIFF?
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When removing dust/scratches before converting the file, I can make different conversions without having to remove dust/scratches more than once. This is explained in more depth here: https://www.knowhowtransfer.com/how-to/resources/3f-system-revolutionary-pro-scanning-system-by-hass... (under the section Retouching 3F originals)