Back in April, I mentioned that Nikon had started to encrypt the white balance setting attached to raw files shot with their new D2x and D2HS digital cameras. That prevented Adobe from being able to read the white balance in Photoshop’s Camera Raw dialog box.
Well, Thomas Knoll, one of the original creators of Photoshop and the chief architect of the Camera Raw plug-in, has just returned from Japan where he met with Nikon. He was able to convince Nikon into allowing Adobe to decript the white balance data, which means that a new version of the Camera Raw plug-in (Version 3.2) should be available real soon that will be an essential download for Nikon shooters. The plug-in isn’t available yet, but should be out real soon.