TZ61 RAW support and Lightroom V > 5

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Hello,
I got the Panasonic Lumix TZ61a few weeks ago, and I still use Lightroom 4. Neither Lightroom nor PSE support the RW2 format of this camera. I know that I have the possibility to use the Adobe DNG converter, but this is not what I want. My plan was to wait for the next big version of Lightroom after V5 for an update, as V5 does not bring enough new features to justify the update for me. So I wouldn't want to update to V5 just because of TZ61 RW2 support. Is there any hint of when Lightroom 6 comes out? Any rough guess would help.
Thanks in advance,
Gabriela
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The Product Details tab of the ACR 8.4 RC (beta) over on Adobe Labs lists something similar, without the A at the end - so it might be supported in the next version of ACR 8.4 final and whatever the next version of LR is:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/ca...

The ACR 8.4 plug-in RC works with only full Photoshop, not Elements.

You can download the DNG Converter 8.4 RC and convert your RW2 files to DNGs that the older PSE and LR can open, but keep your raw files in case Adobe changes something in the final versions of ACR and LR.
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Steve, thanks for your answer. TZ61is the same like TZ60, just the German name for it. I wrote that I am aware of the DNG method and that this is no solution for me. My question was if somebody can make a rough guess regarding Lightroom 6,e.g. from a typical release cycle in the past.. .
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I see what you're asking, now. The PS and LR release cycles used to be roughly 18 months, but I think the last ones were shortened by a few months. I'd guess this was to get PS released as part of the cloud as soon as possible so Adobe didn't need to worry about release cycles to generate their revenue.

PS has already had new features added to it as part of the cloud subscription but LR is not part of the cloud so it's hard to guess when new features would be added and therefore a new major release occur.

Usually ACR and LR RCs are released about the same time so LR is already a month late. Maybe that means they are working through issues of LR 5.4, or maybe that means LR 6 is on the way. LR5 came out last June, less than a year ago, so it might be quite a few months before a new one comes out if they are doing things the same as last time. Anyone who knows what they're planning can't say for legal reasons and the rest of us don't know. They don't preannounce things because they are a publically-traded company and if they don't meet announced expectations their stock price could go down and they'd have less money to pay people to make new products, and it'd be a vicious cycle.

Here is a Wikipedia page that shows when each new version of LR has come out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Ph...
The graphic at the top stopped being updated with LR4, but the release dates for each version are in the paragraphs below that.

The current special of PS-CC+LR5 for $10/month (in the US) with future updates included as long as you maintain your subscription is a good deal if you want to use Photoshop and Lightroom, but if you are wanting to skip a version so as not to pay the $79 (US) upgrade price more than every 2-3 years, then $10/month is more than you want to spend, I'd think.
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Hi Steve,
ok, thanks a lot for your reply. This was very helpful!
Greetings,
Gabriela