RAW - Manufacturers should know you want to use Aperture.

It seems to me that we should also be telling our cameras manufacturers to quickly release whatever proprietary RAW information Apple needs in order to support a particular camera.
Here's something I posted earlier this morning.
"In very simple terms...
In order to add support for various camera RAW files, Apple has to ask the camera manufactures to supply proprietary information about how to process and read the RAW files. Each and every single camera has a different "proprietary process" it must use to handle the RAW file that the camera produces.
So that means that Apple is at the mercy of the manufacturers in order to get that information. Now most manufactures would prefer that you purchase or use their own software to work on the RAW files that their camera produces... it's an extra revenue stream for them. Because of this, it's not hard to imagine that they are a bit reluctant to divulge what is proprietary information that they spent time and money on creating. It's well documented that Nikon in particular is very reluctant about releasing such information.
If Adobe has support for a particular camera that Apple does not, then that means that Adobe has already gone through the trouble of asking the manufacture for the information that is needed, reached an agreement and signed the appropriate licensing contracts, exchanged whatever compensation was agreed upon, and then went to work making the software for ACR so it can read that particular cameras RAW files. As you can imagine, it's a process that takes some time to hammer out... more than likely because it involves more lawyers than engineers!
So... be sure you let Apple know that you would like them to add support for a particular camera, but just as important, make sure that your cameras manufacturer knows that you would like them to allow Apple to support their cameras with Apple's software."
-Robert
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Apple aren't entirely at the mercy of manufacturers, for example the open source dcdraw - http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/ - has been used my many developers, including Adobe.
dcdraw supports a pretty extensive list of cameras and is basically the work of one developer. I hope Apple have looked at this software, I can't see why they couldn't make use of it in Aperture. I can understand new software supporting a short list of cameras, but I'd expect the number of cameras to ramp up quickly.
Current support list (taken from dcdraw site 12 Jan 2006):
Adobe Digital Negative (DNG)
AVT F-145C
AVT F-201C
AVT F-510C
AVT F-810C
Canon PowerShot 600
Canon PowerShot A5
Canon PowerShot A5 Zoom
Canon PowerShot A50
Canon PowerShot Pro70
Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
Canon PowerShot G1
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot S30
Canon PowerShot S40
Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S50
Canon PowerShot S60
Canon PowerShot S70
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 350D
Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Canon EOS Kiss Digital
Canon EOS D2000C
Canon EOS-1D
Canon EOS-1DS
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Casio QV-2000UX
Casio QV-3000EX
Casio QV-3500EX
Casio QV-4000
Casio QV-5700
Casio QV-R51
Casio QV-R61
Casio EX-S100
Casio EX-Z50
Casio EX-Z55
Casio Exlim Pro 505
Casio Exlim Pro 600
Casio Exlim Pro 700
Contax N Digital
Creative PC-CAM 600
Epson R-D1
Foculus 531C
Fuji FinePix E550
Fuji FinePix F700
Fuji FinePix F710
Fuji FinePix F800
Fuji FinePix F810
Fuji FinePix S2Pro
Fuji FinePix S3Pro
Fuji FinePix S20Pro
Fuji FinePix S5000
Fuji FinePix S5100/S5500
Fuji FinePix S5200
Fuji FinePix S7000
Fuji FinePix S9000/S9500
Imacon Ixpress 16-megapixel
Imacon Ixpress 22-megapixel
ISG 2020x1520
Kodak DC20 (see Oliver Hartman's page)
Kodak DC25 (see Jun-ichiro Itoh's page)
Kodak DC40
Kodak DC50
Kodak DC120 (also try kdc2tiff)
Kodak DCS315C
Kodak DCS330C
Kodak DCS420
Kodak DCS460
Kodak DCS460A
Kodak DCS520C
Kodak DCS560C
Kodak DCS620C
Kodak DCS620X
Kodak DCS660C
Kodak DCS660M
Kodak DCS720X
Kodak DCS760C
Kodak DCS760M
Kodak EOSDCS1
Kodak EOSDCS3B
Kodak NC2000F
Kodak ProBack
Kodak PB645C
Kodak PB645H
Kodak PB645M
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Kodak DCS Pro 14nx
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n
Kodak P850
Kodak P880
Kodak KAI-0340
Konica KD-400Z
Konica KD-510Z
Leaf Aptus 17
Leaf Valeo 11
Leaf Valeo 22
Leaf Volare
Leica Digilux 2
Logitech Fotoman Pixtura
Minolta RD175
Minolta DiMAGE 5
Minolta DiMAGE 7
Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Minolta DiMAGE A1
Minolta DiMAGE A2
Minolta DiMAGE A200
Minolta DiMAGE G400
Minolta DiMAGE G500
Minolta DiMAGE G600
Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 5D
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 7D
Nikon D1
Nikon D1H
Nikon D1X
Nikon D100
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2X
Nikon D50
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon E700 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E800 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E880 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E900 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E950 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E990 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E995 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E2100 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E2500 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E3700 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E4300 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E4500 ("DIAG RAW" hack)
Nikon E5000
Nikon E5400
Nikon E5700
Nikon E8400
Nikon E8700
Nikon E8800
Olympus C3030Z
Olympus C5050Z
Olympus C5060WZ
Olympus C7070WZ
Olympus C70Z,C7000Z
Olympus C740UZ
Olympus C770UZ
Olympus C8080WZ
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-10
Olympus E-20
Olympus E-300
Olympus E-500
Olympus SP500UZ
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Panasonic DMC-LC1
Panasonic DMC-LX1
Pentax *ist D
Pentax *ist DL
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax Optio S
Pentax Optio S4
Pentax Optio 33WR
Phase One LightPhase
Phase One H 10
Phase One H 20
Phase One H 25
Phase One P 20
Phase One P 25
Pixelink A782
Polaroid x530
Rollei d530flex
RoverShot 3320af
Sigma SD9
Sigma SD10
Sinar 12582980-byte
Sinar STI format
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 3
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 4
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 5
Sony DSC-F828
Sony DSC-R1
Sony DSC-V3
STV680 VGA
Apologies for the large list, but I think its size illustrates the point.
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