Users of Canon’s late-model digital SLR cameras were disappointed when, upon upgrading to Windows Vista, their RAW image thumbnails disappeared. Microsoft had an update for Windows XP that supported some RAW image formats, but said that any support in Vista would have to come from the camera manufacturer.
Thankfully, Canon has stepped up and released software that supports RAW image thumbnails and previewing in Windows Vista. Here is a direct link to the update (10 MB), but if it’s a dynamic link, it may not work for you.
- Go to Canon’s main support page
- Select “EOS (SLR)” as the category, “Digital EOS Cameras” as the type, and “Canon RAW Codec Software” as the model.
- On the next page, click the “Drivers & Downloads” tab (this is now the default page)
- In the “Select OS” drop-down box, select Vista
- Under “Software” find the “Canon RAW Codec for Windows Vista”
- I think you can figure out the rest ;)
Enjoy having thumbnails of your RAW images with this update! Dynamic thumbnail size even works, and it seems to be a lot less resource-intensive than Microsoft’s .NET based software used in Windows XP.
Update Both versions 1.3 and 1.2 are listed, and 1.2 has a newer date, which is confusing. The reason for this is that they put 1.2 back on after discovering compatibility problems with 1.3 (specially with Microsoft Pro Photo Tools). So unless you are using that program, you should probably use the latest version. Otherwise, stick with version 1.2.
Update Jan 2009: Version 1.4 is out, replacing versions 1.2 and 1.3.