I feel like I just hit the jackpot.
I’ve been bemoaning the lack of support for Nikon NEF 64 bit support for as long as I can remember inside Windows Explorer. And I’ve been wishing for RAW support for NEF inside Media Center forever.
I’m happy to say that there is a really nice solution.
The free image codec pack at http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/ had all the answers and gave me the brass ring.
Here’s a snippet from their web site on what is supported:
Raw Image Formats
|*.dng||Adobe Digital Negative||Y||Y|
|*.cr2, *.crw||Canon Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.raf||Fuji Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.3pr, *.fff||Hasselblad Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.dcr, *.kdc||Kodak Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.raw, *.rwl||Leica Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.mrw||Minolta Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.nef, *.nrw||Nikon Raw Image||Y||Y||Can be configured to skip raw conversion and always use embedded previews.|
|*.orf||Olympus Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.rw2||Panasonic Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.pef||Pentax Raw Image||Y||Y|
|*.arw, *.sr2, *.srf||Sony Raw Image||Y||Y|
|All formats||WIC Thumbnail provider for XP||Provides support for thumbnail views in Windows XP Explorer (SP3), for all the above formats and all existing WIC-enabled codecs.|
|All formats||WIC Import Plug-In for Photoshop||Enables Adobe Photoshop to directly import images from any installed WIC codec. The plug-in is available as a separate download in 32-bit only at this time (so it won’t work on Photoshop CS4 64-bit edition for the time being).|
I shoot Nikon RAW NEF. And I have full support now inside Windows 7 RTM. Explorer thumbnails, even inside Windows Media Center. Here’s the proof. Worth 3,000 words and a whole lot more.
Thumbnails inside Windows Explorer of my NEF files in Windows 7
Picture Details inside Windows Media Center/Windows 7
A folder filled with NEFs is now viewable inside Windows Media Center
Yes, XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 all can play with this. I’m excited, are you?
“Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 11:01 AM
Subject: [STDS-802-11-TGN] Standards Board Decisions today- 11w and 11n approved
802.11 had two items under consideration during the Standards Board meetings being held this week.
I’m am very pleased to announce that both P802.11w and P802.11n were approved today.
Although this email vehicle falls far short of expressing the sentiment, Thanks to the hundreds of 802.11members that contributed to these efforts, as well as the 802 EC and the IEEE Staff.
With me here as I write this is Paul Nikolich who wishes to add his congratulations to the group.
I expect to extend the celebration of the success , (while we continue work on the other amendments in process ) when we convene in Hawaii two weeks from now.
Hope to see you there.
For most of us, this just means our Draft 2.0 802.11n equipment is now the real thing.