Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced it has acquired the technology assets of Pixmantec ApS, makers of the acclaimed RawShooter digital imaging software.

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced it has acquired the technology assets of Pixmantec ApS, makers of the acclaimed RawShooter Essentials digital imaging software.

Details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Adobe has said that it plans to incorporate Pixmantec?s raw processing technology into its new Lightroom product, which is currently at public beta stage.

RawShooter Essentials is currently a free download, and although Adobe has said that this will not change in the short?term, concerns have been voiced by users about its long-term future as a free product.

In a statement released by Adobe today, John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe said:

“With high quality digital cameras now within reach of every photographer, customers are gravitating to raw file formats that allow them to get more control over final results. By combining Pixmantec’s raw processing technology and expertise with our own, we’re continuing to deliver on the promise that even your existing raw files can be processed with increasing quality as our software technology evolves.”

The statement goes on to say:

?Adobe plans to integrate Pixmantec raw processing technologies into Lightroom and wherever customers will be working with raw files. In preparation for this integration, the Pixmantec RawShooter Premium product is being discontinued, though the free RawShooter Essentials product will continue to be available until the Lightroom public beta program is completed. Existing Pixmantec customers will continue to be supported by Adobe and will be provided with an upgrade path to the Adobe digital imaging product family.?

For more information visit www.pixmantec.com