update 2006.01.13: it’s fixed within 10.4.4 (hooray)

On October 31, 2005, Apple updated Mac OS X to version 10.4.3 and included fixes for: Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, and RAW camera support In plain English, and amongst other things, this meant including the capability to read & process the new Canon .CR2 raw format used by the newish 5D and Digital Rebel XT cameras.

But amazingly enough, they didn’t include the ability to read the .CR2 raw files created by the Canon EOS 350D, a camera that differs from the Digital Rebel XT in name alone. Images created by the 350D are therefore unsupported by iPhoto 5 and Aperture. Whilst the operating system is clearly capable of reading the .CR2 files created by my camera (albeit my camera called something else), the fact that the camera’s name doesn’t appear on the list of supported cameras held within the core o/s means that they’re therefore unreadable.


(And yes I know that I can amend my RAW.plist and force support, but seriously how ridiculous is this? Personally, I’m going to be stubborn and hold out for the 10.4.4 fix.)

(And don’t get me started on mobile phone Bluetooth support in Mac OS X for most newish phones. Whilst technically compatible, most new models simply don’t work with iSync because they’re not on the list of compatible Bluetooth devices maintained within the iSync .app package, in much the same way that my camera is not currently supported. Surely there’s a better way…)