This has got to be one of the best things I've stumbled across in a long time!!
I started taking most of my photos in RAW awhile ago, and the most frustrating thing has been the inability to see a thumbnail in windows viewer.
I always had to open up my Abode bridge program or my Canon DPP program to see a thumbnail image. After uploading, sometimes I just want to VIEW the hundreds of new images so I can decide what to delete, what to keep, etc.
Now after installing this program, my files are supported!!! Yay!!!
Here's what it says on the website:
Nearly four years ago, Windows Vista introduced a modern and extensible imaging framework called Windows Imaging Component (WIC). The new Microsoft operating system came with built-in support for several standard image formats including JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF and HD Photo.
WIC made it possible for 3rd parties to add first-class support to the operating system for additional image formats, complete with thumbnail views in Explorer, previews and slideshow in Windows Photo Gallery / Photo Viewer and, on Window 7 Home Premium and Ultimate, also in Windows Media Center (so users can broadcast photos and slideshows to their living room's TV, provided they own the appropriate Media Center Extender hardware, or an Xbox 360).
The FastPictureViewer Codec Pack provides such "platform support" for many additional image formats beyond what's supported by Windows out-of-the-box, including most popular "camera raw" image formats covering the latest top digital cameras on the market, and turns Windows 7 and Windows Vista's Explorer into a raw image viewer (the codecs also works on XP SP3 with some limitations: thumbnail views are enabled in Explorer but separate applications, such as our own FastPictureViewer Professional or Microsoft's Window Live Photo Gallery, are required to open files for previewing and full-size viewing).
The FastPictureViewer Codec Pack, now at version 2.1, contains 22 different image decoders, or "codecs", each in 32-bit and 64-bit flavor, supporting 37 image file extensions such as DNG, CR2, NEF, PEF, ORF, SR2 and many more, including specialists formats such as OpenEXR, TGA, PNM, DDS and JPEG2000.
For digital cameras owners wanting to venture into "raw shooting" to get the most of their sophisticated equipment, the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack is simply a "must have", as it will make raw file handling in Explorer as simple and easy as it is with the usual JPEG format.
In addition to Windows Explorer, codec-enabled imaging applications such as Windows Live™ Photo Gallery and our own FastPictureViewer Professional, a fast image viewer designed expressely for digital photographers, "automagically" gain the ability to open and view new image file formats once the decoders are installed. When possible, the full metadata is exposed by the codecs so Windows indexing can pick up and index your files, gathering data such as date taken, camera model used, tags etc.
And the best thing of all.... it's only $8.99....seriously!
Easy install....working great! I'm a happy camper now!