The workaround is exactly what you proposed - using the free converter to DNG. If you get a new camera, you may also need to upgrade your Adobe software unless you want to change your workflow(use the free converter, stop shooting RAW, or use different software that does support your new camera).
Adobe released small updates to Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile today with bug fixes and new camera support.Modifying images, captions, keywords, or GPS data triggers Lightroom to republish the photo information, even if it already exists in your gallery. Duplicate photos will be skipped unless you flag them. A: This will scan your Smug Mug galleries and attempt to match them to photos that already exist in your Lightroom catalog, then link them.After they're matched, they work just like the other photos you've uploaded through the Smug Mug Publish service.Then I see that the DNG converter is available for free download, and I could actually use that to convert RAW images of a new camera model to DNG and then use them in Lightroom as usual.That adds an extra step to the workflow (which might be possible to automate), and I'd lose the original RAW file (because I don't want to keep twice the file size).Useful if you've uploaded photos via the web uploader or from other computers, and for downloading your client's Event Favorites.
Q: My client picked their Favorites from their Event. A: First, you'll want to sync your folders and galleries.
This is a small update with bug fixes, one new lens profile and support for Panasonic and Sony new cameras.
To update, go to Help Update in Lightroom or the Apps tab in your Creative Cloud app.
If you’re updating an existing version of our plug-in, you’ll first want to quit Lightroom before proceeding with your installation method of choice. Neither Adobe nor Smug Mug supports older versions of our plug-in, and we don’t want your experience to degrade in any way.
Otherwise, you'll get two galleries with the same name on your site.
First, Adobe redesigned the edit view to make it friendlier for one-hand use.