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Old 08-19-2007, 08:43 AM
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RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

Here is something I thought I would share. I am rather embarrassed that it took me so long to catch on though! I suspect that everyone is going to say that they had this a long time ago or that they have an even better software. Anyway, it has always frustrated me that I can't view RAW thumbnails with File>Open in Photoshop or view them in Windows. The only way to view them is to open them in Bridge or memorize the filenames! And while I like the Bridge interface, and it has great organisational capabilities, it seems kind of unnecessary to run it just to view RAW images especially seeing that my memory resources are limited. However, there may just be a few of you who, like me, are a bit slow on the uptake and for those of you this will be a great help. It is the Microsoft Raw Image Thumnailer and Viewer and even though it was first released at the end of 2005 I only found out about it today! You can download it here :

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:13 AM
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Re: RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer


Will it handle the Canon .CRW files?

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:49 AM
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Re: RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

Yes, it will handle most Canon and Nikon models. Here's a full list:

The software supports the following image types:
Canon EOS RAW images (.crw, .cr2, .tif)
Nikon Electronic Format images (.nef)
Bitmap images (.bmp)
JPEG images (.jpg, .jpe, .jpeg)
Windows Metafile images (.wmf)
Tagged Image File Format images (.tif, .tiff)
Graphics Interchange Format images (.gif)
Portable Network Graphics images (.png)

Supported camera models include the following:
Canon EOS 1D
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Canon EOS 1Ds
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D)
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot s30
Canon PowerShot s50
Canon PowerShot s70

Nikon D1
Nikon D1x
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2x
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon D50
Nikon D100
Nikon D200
Nikon Coolpix 8800
Nikon Coolpix 5700

Note that other models of cameras may work, but have not been explicitly tested by Microsoft.

For a more detailed explanation of what it can do you can download the whitepaper
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:21 AM
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Re: RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

thanks for this, syd. i got it, installed it, and it works fine. and whereas i have cs2 which can handle raws very nicely, this MS piece is very slick for quick viewing when you dont want to wait for cs2 to load. and, if all you want is to open the raw and save as a .tiff, this is a VERY fast way to do it, again, saving the hassle of opening cs2 or 3. and, in my case, where i mostly use paint shop pro, i can simply open the raws in this viewer, save as .tiffs and then view and work on the .tiffs in psp. psp does handle some raw files, but not all of them and you have to know the original raw data, so this viewer makes things a lot easier for psp users too.

so again, thank you!
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:51 AM
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Re: RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

It's my pleasure Craig. Glad to be of help.

Sincerely Syd
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