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    Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP

    The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer provides the ability to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported Canon and Nikon digital cameras.
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      5.8 MB

        (This release contains support for new cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50, D70s, and others.)

        To understand how to get the most out of the software, please see our companion whitepaper in Related Resourcess at right.

        Often likened to a ‘digital negative,’ a RAW image is the native image format for a growing number of quality digital cameras. Because of the camera-specific nature of RAW files, they are not supported natively within Microsoft Windows. As a result, photographers shooting RAW have not been able to take advantage of the built-in features provided in Windows XP for viewing, organizing, and printing RAW photos--until now.

        After installing the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer Powertoy for Windows XP you will be able to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported Canon and Nikon digital cameras.

        This software offers the following benefits to digital photographers:
        • High image quality. This software uses the camera vendors' own processing libraries to provide the highest possible image fidelity for RAW images.
        • Superior color fidelity. Windows Image Color Management (ICM) is used to render images in the correct color space as determined by the photographer when the image was captured.
        • Familiar user experience. This software builds on the familiar Windows user experience and requires little or no learning curve.
        • Performance tuned for rapid previews. The software uses background processing and other techniques to ensure a good preview experience even for large images.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows XP, Windows XP Home Edition , Windows XP Professional N, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

        • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later is required. This program is not recommended for use on any other version of Windows.

        • A computer system with at least 256 Mb of RAM and a Pentium III or better CPU is required. For best performance, 512 Mb of RAM and a Pentium 4 or better CPU is recommended.

        • Version 1.1 of the Microsoft .NET Framework is required. If you download the full setup package, this software will be automatically installed if it is not already present on your system. If you download the small setup package, please be sure that .NET Framework version 1.1 is already installed on your computer before running Setup.
      • Download the software to your personal computer and double-click 'RAWViewerSetup' to install. Follow the instructions on your screen.
      • The RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer consists of two components: a lightweight "shell extension" for Windows XP that provides high quality thumbnails in Windows Explorer, and a RAW Image Viewer application with an interface similar to the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. (Please see the readme file or the companion whitepaper for complete details.)

        Supported camera models and RAW image types: Most current models of Canon and Nikon cameras are supported. Please see the companion whitepaper or the readme file for complete details.