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?