Until today, if you wanted to have proper RAW image previews across Windows (mainly the File Explorer), you would have had to use commercial solutions such as Ardfry’s custom codec ($19.95, Canon CR2 and Nikon DNG and NEF only), or use a separate application like Adobe Bridge. Finally, Microsoft came to their senses, and released their own codec which adds support for many raw image file types all throughout Windows. There’s even a nifty intro video for the new feature:
If you didn’t know already, RAW is the best way to shoot photos if your camera supports it, as it maintains the exact uncompressed image as the camera saved it, with no modifications whatsoever. If you don’t shoot in RAW yet, now is the time.
By the way, you can even edit the files in Photo Gallery now – the file saved will be a JPEG based duplicate, so the RAW file will remain untouched. Grab the codec right here! 32-bit and 64-bit are available.
On with today’s batch of reviews!
- AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Llano APU Review @ Legit Reviews
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Super Overclock review @ Hexus
- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 (AMD A75) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
- ASUS Xonar DG Sound Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- Bitfenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Rosewill Blackhawk Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Sentey GS-6500B Burton Full Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin
- Enermax MAXREVO 1350W Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs
- Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Review @ VRZone
- Roccat Kulo – Virtual 7.1 USB Gaming Headset @ Rbmods
- RaidSonic Icy Box IB-4320STu3 USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure Review @ RWLabs
- PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 X2 review @ Hexus
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 Motherboard Review @ HotHardware
- Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage Review @ Legit Reviews
- Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Edition PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX Dual Channel 2133Mhz CL9 Memory Review @ Ninjalane
- Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC @ PureOverclock
- EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair H60 Self-Contained Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
And if you have news for us, please submit it to [email protected] and we’ll be sure to include you.