How can a view raw files with Windows 8?

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I need the ability to view RAW photo files (actually their extension is NEF but that's Nikon's RAW format). With Windows 7 I could download "Microsoft Camera Codec Pack" and add that ability but that software isn't compatible with Windows 8.

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You may need a third party application to do so, if Windows 8 doesn't do it natively or a codec isn't available. 


You can try Google Picasa to open it (and convert to other formats from there).
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Download latest ViewNX2 application from Nikon site below, accesses all formats for Nikon:

 

http://nikonasia-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/162/theme/au

 

Works with W8, have been using for several months myself.

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Hi,

I haven't explained myself like I should last night about this issue. I'm sorry for that... It was very late and i wasn't thinking good!!!

I know I can use 3rd party software, like Picasa or Nikon's ViewNX2; actually I have ACDSee and it work under Windows 8. But thanks for the info on ViewNX2.

The feature I'm after gives Windows the ability to preview on Windows Explorer the RAW files.

For Windows 7, installing "Microsoft Camera Codec Pack" added that feature. It's easier when you have lots of files all in RAW format (or Nikon's NEF in my case) to just open Windows Explorer and browse a folder to find what you want to process/edit.

Just a "nice to have" feature, that's all...

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Hi

Does Nikon have it's own codec for this, not sure as I'm a canon user and know they have one, been using it for a while on my laptop I do training with.  But on my main I use Lightroom so am not too bothered about the thumb nails.

Hope that helps.


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Hi

Does Nikon have it's own codec for this, not sure as I'm a canon user and know they have one, been using it for a while on my laptop I do training with.  But on my main I use Lightroom so am not too bothered about the thumb nails.

Hope that helps.


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Hi,

Yes, Nikon has it's own codec ("NEF Codec"). Actually on my main computer I use CS4 but this laptop with Windows 8 is my "testbench".
I'm a System Engineer and I'm currently testing Windows 8 on this laptop before deployment to my users. I know everybody uses their laptops to save/edit their home photos and I have no problem with that. I'm just trying to solve some future "issues"...

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did you try installing the microsoft codec pack for windows 7 on win 8 using
compatibility mode? (not sure this will work).
 
 
 
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did you try installing the microsoft codec pack for windows 7 on win 8 using
compatibility mode? (not sure this will work).
 
 
 
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 Hi Barb,

You can run a program in compatibility mode but not install in compatibility mode (I think!?!?). The microsoft codec (x86 or x64, tried both) doesn't pass the install phase - right ate the beginning a error message is displayed saying the software is not compatible with Windows 8 or 2012.

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There is no way at this time to do what you want.  You will need to use 3rd party software until such a time comes that the Microsoft Codec is updated,  It will most likely be after the Oct 26th release of the final product now that it is finished.  They are not going to update the codec for use with an OS that is already out of life.
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Yes, it seems like it... I was expecting that Microsoft would integrate this preview ability on the OS itself rather than a Codec or at least make it available as an App on the Store.
But I think you are right, this is still an preview version of Windows and it's not likely that they update an application before the OS is fully released. Just have to wait for it and see what they do, otherwise there's always 3rd party software.

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Things like including this codec will take time to get incorporated into the OS itself.  Look how long it took them to get PDF files incorporated into Office and get a reader.  The use of such a codec could also fall under licensing use.  The same type of licensing that has "forced" Microsoft to neglect adding DVD Playback support to WMP and only include it with a purchased addin Media Center.

 

Not saying I agree with the situation, but it is one that we have to deal with.  RAW format is becoming more popular, but it is not the only format used by Digital Cameras.  So they might not include it by default for that very reason.

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