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Old 01-09-2010, 08:50   #1 (permalink)
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Raw help

This may be a silly question but I have started shooting in raw more recently but a downside for me is that when they are downloaded onto the pc the icons show as CR2 and not thumbnails of the photos is there a way round this or do I just have to live with it?

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Old 01-09-2010, 09:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Raw help

If you are using a Windows machine there is a free download from Microsoft that will display RAW files as thumbnails in folders. Not sure if this will work with CR2 files, but Nikon ones work OK.

You could try downloading the Faststone Viewer which has some excellent features including a superb slideshow facility and some editing functions and is also free (although it will request a donation)

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Re: Raw help

I use ACDSee Pro 3 to download and view CR2 files (RAW). Once the program has downloaded the RAW files it will ask you if you want to view your pictures. Click yes and it shows them as a "slide show". You can then decide which ones to keep and convert in LR or similar program.
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Re: Raw help

Thanks for the replies but like an idiot i did not say that i am on Windows 7.
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Re: Raw help

I just open my canon software and look at them with that, convert the shots & want to TIFF and then you can just view as normal & open in PS.
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That's ok - I am on Windows 7 too
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Re: Raw help

You can download a codec from the Canon site which will enable you to see Raw thumbnails.

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I use picasa to organise my photos and they display cr2 thumbnails and viewable photos. It is free to download - search google.
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Re: Raw help

im on windows 7 as well,. what is the download from microsoft? im kinda used to seeing CR2 files in windows and i use lightroom but would sometimes be handy to see the shots without using lightroom
i dont install the canon software. so the codec no use to me
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what is the download from microsoft?
I'm on XP - so I'm not sure if there is a download for Windows 7. Photo gallery does not support RAW. I found the XP download by browsing the Microsoft site

This might be useful

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