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Codec Pack Brings RAW Support to Windows Explorer and Photo Gallery

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If you’ve been thinking about shooting RAW with your digital camera but put off by the extra work required this codec pack brings native Windows support of RAW files.

Traditionally you need special software from the camera’s manufacturer and/or additional third party software to work with RAW files. Working with RAW files in Windows just got radically easier, however, with the release of the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7/Vista. Not only can you view the files in Windows Explorer and Photo Gallery but Photo Gallery also now supports editing of RAW images. It’s not Photoshop substitute, of course, but it allows you to rapidly edit out minor imperfections like red eye while preserving your original image.

Hit up the link below to read more about the codec back and what it means for your RAW workflow in Windows.

Photo Gallery Now Supports Raw Format [The Windows Live Blog via Ars Technica]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/28/11

Comments (4)

  1. Troik

    “Hit up the link below to read more about the codec back” –> should be codec pack.

  2. Road Dog777

    The days of every digital camera/video-cam having a large install CD codec-pack/’photo-tweaker’ clone make my HD sigh with relief that I am not filling it up with follow-on ‘buy-print$’ loaded programs that all do the same thing, but only for their brand of camera.
    Now just pop-out the SDHC smart card (GB’s) and slap it into my card reader for raw image work with progs like Adobe Photoshop or Elememnts.
    (but check the list of models this pack supports B 4 U rush 2 d/l it)

    R D

  3. Dan

    This really sucks, because I have bought Nikon D3100 two months ago, and despite the fact it’s similar with d5000, and d3000, it’s not supported, but I am using Nikon NEF codec pack without to be able modify them from Windows Photo Viewer. I hope for an update … next year maybe.

  4. Road Dog777

    Can relate Dan,
    Softpedia © has a recent [January 23rd, 2011] link to the D3100 codecs/raw/NEF. 34.1 MB / Windows XP / Vista / 7.
    Nice camera! I use a Targus Universal 33-in-1 USB 2.0 card reader,
    a $9-12 buy Walmart-Amazon. Adobe PS CS5 refines most JPG’s well.
    Pulls from my 6 digital-still/cam-corders SDHC’s pretty fast/lo data loss.
    Hope that helps.

    R D

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