Lightroom: Support cataloging PNG files in Lightroom

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Lightroom should support png and psd files - Adobe's own file type creations - I find this inexcusable. Many of us serious photographers that have lived through all the permutations and advancement of Photoshop with tens of thousands of files only to find that they are not supported by the latest otherwise beautiful Catalog program: Lightshop
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Please also support BMP. I know it's real basic old stuff that no one would use for a photo today, but many BMPs exist in my library and why should I have to go back through time and redo them all as tiffs? Come on, you know how to read BMPs. All your other products do it.

Export of BMPs would be nice also as sometimes to create a wallpaper or graphic for use in other applications it needs to be a BMP.
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PNG is a good and spread format. Why not support it. The "pro-photographers only" argument seams rather weak, since it is simply not true. As others point out, there's a demand for this and this request thread is proof.

Lightroom is great for organizing all kind of images. Why gifs and png are unsupported is beyond me.
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"Photographer file formats" has no meaning. That is no different than saying that paper is a photographer's medium, not bits. It is an empty statement that attempts to stop a conversation, implying that the speaker knows a special something that the listener SHOULD know. It is absurd.

There's absolutely no reason why Lightroom should not support the PNG format. It is a well documented format, and carries with it no licensing fees.
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Yeah, Adobe, support importing PNG already! What where you thinking to deliberately not allow this? Who the frak do you think you are dictating what formats photographers must use?!
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Rob Cole says:
"excluding support for importing png: they don't come from cameras"

No, but there's loads and loads of software out there that generated PNG for one or the other reason. Lightroom doesn't neccesarily have to import directly from a camera - it's perfectly reasonable to import photos from another source.

In fact, photos may even come from an external source. A partner or customer may be providing pictures in PNG format, because of its obvious advantages. It's very unprofessional to simply state "I cannot work with your files, try again". Any self-respecting imaging program, ANY one of them, must be able to handle the two utmost basic formats: JPEG and PNG. Anything else is a bonus. For Lightroom, RAW would be essential as well.
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No argument. In fact, I don't remember saying that (either it was a long time ago or I'm getting senile ;-}. But, I was probably trying to explain Adobe's rationale, rather than argue a case. I'm all for implementing png support in Lightroom, and I have my name on the list of votes to prove it :-).

Rob
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+1 for the PNG support. Because it's used in iPhone screen captures AND is a powerful format with a lot of possibilities.
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This feature is now available in the Public Beta: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/li...
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Hop Hop

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Wonder why Adobe argued against this for such a long time. Trying to avoid the obvious? Thanks it will finally arrive with Lightroom 5. Only took 7 years.
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I think we should all give Adobe a big "virtual" hug for the png support (regardless of how long it took...). - thank you Adobe.
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Yes, thank you to Adobe for listening to us and a nice pat on the back to all who participated to this feature request and contributed their arguments.
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yea and double yea!

now where is that list of other features......... 8^}

mgg
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Ditto. (And I'm truly glad that fewer people will feel a need for my plugin!)
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Good. Now all we need to do is give Adobe our money for another upgrade. Because it *would* be the day when Adobe makes a "major" update free to existing users.

Anyway, good to know Adobe FINALLY managed to listen to their users. I hope they continue to do this and other requested features take less lengthy discussions and billions of pros versus cons to make them realize the bleeding obvious.

Thanks not-Adobe :)
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Now how about GIF?

They can animate, which Lightroom technically supports in the form of video...