Microsoft Adds Raw Support to Explorer in Windows 7 & Vista
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The Inside Windows Live blog reports that a new Microsoft Camera Codec Pack allows Windows 7 and Vista users to view digital camera raw files as thumbnails natively in Windows Explorer, and edit copies of them with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011. The author, Brad Weed, notes that “dealing with raw images on Windows hasn’t always been easy” but says that the update will likely make raw shooters’ lives “a little easier”. Unfortunately, the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack supports only an - apparently - arbitrary selection of some 108 raw-capable cameras, excluding a whole range of recent (and not-so recent) models. This may of course change in the future, albeit there is no information on when or if the list of supported models will.be expanded. By clicking through / scrolling down, you can view a short video detailing the benefits of the update.