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Microsoft releases RAW Image thumbnailer and viewer Version 1.0 (Build 50)

Microsoft has released an update (version 1.0 build 50) of the RAW Image thumbnailer and viewer software. According to the accompanying documentation, this latest release contains support for new cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50, D70s, and a number of improvements and fixes. At the beginning of this month Microsoft had issued a press release that it was readying version 1.1 of the RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for customer release soon. However, looking at the description of the content of version 1.1, it seems that version 1.0 build 50 has it all...
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Change summary:
-  Support for the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon, including the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50, and others.
-  A new 'Save As...' button has been added to the Toolbar to allow you to save the current image as either a JPEG or TIFF.  (See 'Saving images' below for more details on how to use this feature.)
-  Significantly improved performance when displaying previews from certain Nikon cameras, including the D70, D70s, and D50.
-  Reduced memory usage when generating NEF thumbnails for most Nikon digital SLR models.
-  In Setup, 'TIFF' is no longer selected by default as one of the image types the RAW Viewer opens when you double-click the image in Windows Explorer.
-  A separator has been added to the Toolbar between the 'Highest Quality' and 'Edit' buttons to reduce the chance of the photographer accidentally pressing the wrong button.
-  Fixes for several known issues in version 1.0 of the software, including an issue that could cause certain files to become locked, preventing them from being moved or deleted in Windows Explorer.


Microsoft  PRESS RELEASE on Version 1.1
- Published: October 14, 2005
- Updated: December 6, 2005

Microsoft today announced it is readying version 1.1 of the RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for customer release soon. (A final release date has not yet been set.)

The updated version of the software adds support for the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50, and other recent camera models from Canon and Nikon (see list of new supported camera models below). In addition, a new Save As button has been added to the toolbar, allowing users to conveniently save either an embedded preview or processed RAW image to disk as a JPEG or TIFF file.

It also adds fixes for known issues in version 1.0 of the software, including the TIFF file locking issue, and a related problem with RAW files produced by the Canon EOS 5D. A complete list of fixes will be made available in the documentation for the new software.

Version 1.1. of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer supports thumbnails and previews from the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50 and other popular cameras.

Supported Camera Models

The following new camera models are supported in the version 1.1 release of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer:

• Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
• Canon EOS 5D
• Nikon D2Hs
• Nikon D70s
• Nikon D50

Camera models already supported in version 1.0:

• Canon EOS 1D
• Canon EOS 1Ds
• Canon EOS 1D Mark II
• Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
• Canon EOS D30
• Canon EOS D60
• Canon EOS 10D
• Canon EOS 20D
• Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D)
• Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
• Canon Powershot G2
• Canon Powershot G3
• Canon Powershot G5
• Canon Powershot G6
• Canon Powershot Pro1
• Canon Powershot s30
• Canon Powershot s50
• Canon Powershot s70
• Nikon D1
• Nikon D1x
• Nikon D2H
• Nikon D2x
• Nikon D70
• Nikon D100
• Nikon Coolpix 8800
• Nikon Coolpix 5700

Note that other models of cameras may work, but have not been explicitly tested by Microsoft.


About the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer enhances the Windows XP experience by providing thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images created by popular Canon and Nikon digital cameras.

Note: We've taken care to ensure that this tool operates as it should, but it is not part of Windows and is not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer.

Additional information: Professional Photography with Windows XP
December 18, 2005
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