Leica Monochrom (TYP 246) DNG Files Currently Incompatible with Apple ‘Photos’ App

Leica Camera has issued an advisory warning that the new Leica Monochrom (Typ 246)’s DNG files are currently incompatible with Apple’s ‘Photos’ App in Mac OS X Yosemite causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library. With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost. As such, Leica Camera does not recommend using the Apple ‘Photos’ App for DNG files from the new Monochrom (Typ 246) until further notice.

Leica and Apple are collaborating to resolve this issue and develop a solution so that the DNG files from the new Monochrom can be used with the ‘Photos’ App without any issues in the near future. It is anticipated that Apple will have this resolved in the next update for ‘Photos’. Leica recommends all users of the new Leica Monochrom to use Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® CC/6 for DNG files of the new Monochrom.

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is fully compatible with Mac and Windows PC. The JPG files from the new Leica Monochrom work with all Apple applications.

Nikon/Apple Software Compatibility

Nikon published a list of software that will be compatible with the latest Mac OS X Yosemite v.10.10:

  • ViewNX 2 (including the Nikon Transfer 2 and Movie Editor)
  • Capture NX-D
  • Picture Control Utility 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (formerly WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • GP-N100 Utility
  • Capture NX 2
  • Short Movie Creator

The following versions will not be supported:

  • Capture NX Ver.1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver.1.x
  • Nikon Capture Series
  • ViewNX Ver.1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver.1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan Series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition
  • PC-PJ Transfer
  • Thumbnail Selector

Apple Kills Aperture

During the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced a new Photos app that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

The new Photos app will also replace iPhoto, giving users a more seamless experience on Apple devices. The app will allow you to edit and search your entire photos library in the cloud on any of your Apple devices.

Camera Raw Update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02, adding support for 8 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11. The update includes support for many recently-announced cameras including the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, but does not yet support recent high-end Fujifilm models.

List of supported cameras:

Nikon COOLPIX P7700

  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6