One of the things I adnire most about Eva, Eva Palmer, is as a hypnotherapist she is able to ask the right questions at the right time to get to the most basic parts of a situation. After her question yesterday, I realized that even what’s considered basic for some is not basic for all. So today, I wanted to take a little time and explain exactly what the new Microsoft Windows Update means for the computer user.
What is a camera RAW file? A camera RAW file is a type of file that is owned by the company that makes your camera. Two common types of RAW files are Canon CR2 files and Nikon NEF files.
When Windows looks at a file on your computer, it looks at the letters after the dot _____.jpg, _______.gif, _____.bmp, ______.tif
After it sees the type of file it is, it then thinks to its computer brain, “Hey, this is a JPEG (_____.jpg), which is a type of picture file. Since it’s a picture, I’m going to use __________, this picture program to open it.”
Now, we all know computers can’t think, yet, but for me, this is the easiest way to explain it.
Windows has taken the most popular types of picture files and, since it recognizes them as pictures, the program thinks to itself, “Since this is a picture and people are used to looking at pictures, instead of at the names of pictures, I’m going to show them a thumbnail preview of what this picture looks like.” This way, it is much easier to see what picutures are in a particular folder, or on a CD, or a memory card.
Every camera manufacturer I can think of that makes RAW files, has their own brand of RAW files. Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, etc. For whatever reason, the folks at Microsoft thought this was a lot of information, or too much information to keep track of, and they’re right. It is.
If the camera makers want their own particular brand of Camera RAW files, they should be the ones providing the necessary updates to Windows and Apple for their RAW files to play nice with the computer systems that people are using.
I’ve mentioned many times before why RAW files are more user-friendly for people who take their pictures seriously. So, I won’t go into that again.
If you’ve looked at your directory or folder in Windows and you’ve seen something like this:
And then you thought “Why doesn’t Windows recognize my pictures?” This was probably the reason why. After following the link below, and applying the plugin for Windows, Windows will recognize the pictures from all of these cameras as pictures, and you will be able to see a thumbnail preview of the pictures instead of just the names of the pictures.
Cameras covered by Microsoft’s new Camera RAW Update/Plugin:
◦Canon: EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS Rebel XS in North America), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2, EOS 1D Mk3, EOS 1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America) , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS Digital Rebel XT in North America), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America), EOS 40D, EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North America), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i in North America), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS 7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90
◦Nikon: D100, D1H, D200, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D300, D3000, D300s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90, P6000
◦Sony: A100, A200, A230, A300, A330, A350, A380, A700, A850, A900, DSC-R1
◦Olympus: C7070, C8080, E1, E10, E20, E3, E30, E300, E330, E400, E410, E420, E450, E500, E510, E520, E620, EP1
◦Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DS
◦Leica: Digilux 3, D-LUX4, M8, M9
◦Minolta: DiMage A1, DiMage A2, Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D in Europe, α-7 Digital in Japan)
◦Panasonic: G1, GH1, GF1, LX3
So, now, if you own any of the cameras listed above, after you install the update, Windows will recognize all of the pictures taken with these cameras as pictures, even if they’re RAW or JPEG files.