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i guess that makes sense, but why do they look normal when I download them to the internal hard drive?

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hollis_f wrote in post #12109660external link
DPP, LR, FastStone, Irfanview, etc, etc, are all very well. But they don't help if you want to see thumbnails in Windows Explorer or "File...Open" dialog boxes. That may not worry most people, but for some of us it is extremely useful.

When I'm using DeepSkyStacker for stacking multiple raw files I'll want to look at thumbnails to decide which files I want to stack. WIth a working codec I can just use 'File...Open' and the Windows dialog shows me the thumbnails. Without the codec I'll need to open Faststone, check the images, write down the filenames that I want to use, close Faststone, go back to DSS and select the files.

What? I thought all photographers can instanly remember and tell the difference between IMG_9999 and IMG _10000. ;)

I hear you on being able to view thumbnails. My laptop OS is Win 7 (x64). It'd be nice to have the right codec, so I'm trying to live with DPP/LR since I can't program it myself. ;)

I can switch to the (x32) version or other supported OS... nah.

Is this an issue with Apple/Mac OS?

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Okay, maybe I am missing something here....I have a 64bit win 7 pro laptop & am perfectly able to download & view the raw files (thumbnails) through zoombrowserEX (6.5.1)...with no issues..
Am I missing something here..?
Its free & it works...and I can call DPP from within to edit the files...

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Yes, you're missing something. Read the original post again; especially paying attention to this portion: "I need an image thumbnailer and viewer to view Canon CR2 Raw file in Windows Explorer under Windows 7"

In other words the original poster wants to be able to preview his raw files in Windows Explorer. The only way to achieve that is to use a Raw codec and 64-bit codecs are not free. Zoombrower is another application to open; not eveyone wants to open an application to view thumbnails when it can be done easily in Windows Explorer.


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Okay, maybe I am missing something here....I have a 64bit win 7 pro laptop & am perfectly able to download & view the raw files (thumbnails) through zoombrowserEX (6.5.1)...with no issues..
Am I missing something here..?
Its free & it works...and I can call DPP from within to edit the files...

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digirebelva wrote in post #12110051external link
Okay, maybe I am missing something here....I have a 64bit win 7 pro laptop & am perfectly able to download & view the raw files (thumbnails) through zoombrowserEX (6.5.1)...with no issues..
Am I missing something here..?
Its free & it works...and I can call DPP from within to edit the files...

I'd say for most people I don't think you are missing anything, but some people seem to have special needs -- Hollis above has other software that he wants to invoke from within the browser, for example.

I can empathize, I just don't have the answer!

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tonylong wrote in post #12110109external link
I'd say for most people I don't think you are missing anything, but some people seem to have special needs -- Hollis above has other software that he wants to invoke from within the browser, for example.

I can empathize, I just don't have the answer!


Yes - I'm sorry. That is the original posters question, but mine is that I have DPP, CS4 and bridge and I get crazy weird lines when I try to view and work on them in any of the three viewers, and I don't know why?

They look fine in the camera and and not every image is "corrupt" when comparing to the other each viewer.

Does that make sense or should I start a new thread?

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I understand your issue. I found it a pain when you are reviewing files in Windows and you don't get the thumbnail showing. It is even more of a pain when you then have to open another program to be able to view them. I don't think that this is what the OP was after.

I had the same issue and the solution that I went with is one form Adrfry.comexternal link. You have to be ready to invest up to 20.00 for this but it works great for me and does what it says it will do.

Post #22, Mar 28, 2011 14:39:22 as a reply to Mike T.M.'s post 30 minutes earlier.


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PixelMagic wrote in post #12110083external link
not eveyone wants to open an application to view thumbnails when it can be done easily in Windows Explorer.

Well apparently not in this case it can't...but I do see the missed point...I should read a bit more deeply and not skim...:oops:

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Mike T.M. wrote in post #12110224external link
Yes - I'm sorry. That is the original posters question, but mine is that I have DPP, CS4 and bridge and I get crazy weird lines when I try to view and work on them in any of the three viewers, and I don't know why?

They look fine in the camera and and not every image is "corrupt" when comparing to the other each viewer.

Does that make sense or should I start a new thread?

Ah right, signals got crossed!

So, they look bad when they are on the external, not from the internal.

Take steps -- try a different connecting cable, try using a different computer port -- hopefully it's the cable, but you never know.

And, right away -- if you don't have a backup external drive, get one and back your stuff up!! Drives do fail in time!

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ssim wrote in post #12110447external link
I understand your issue. I found it a pain when you are reviewing files in Windows and you don't get the thumbnail showing. It is even more of a pain when you then have to open another program to be able to view them. I don't think that this is what the OP was after.

I had the same issue and the solution that I went with is one form Adrfry.comexternal link. You have to be ready to invest up to 20.00 for this but it works great for me and does what it says it will do.

I've been looking for this solution for awhile as well. Got my hopes up when I saw canon offered the codec but as others have mentioned, its only 32 bit :(

I tried out the link that ssim posted and this thing works PERFECT! In my eyes 20 bucks is a small price to pay for how much effort this saves me. As dumb as its sounds I shoot in RAW+Jpeg med. quality JUST so I have a thumbnail version right beside the raw so I can see what it is quickly without having to pointlessly fire up another program just to view them. With this I've been going back deleting my doubles of jpegs as I have no use for them.

+1 to a great product :D

EDIT: Follow up: I wasn't aware of this when I got it but it also allows you to view all your raw files in windows photo viewer, so now by opening the raw file I can even see a full size version of it. Its great.

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Just over a year ago I downloaded FastPictureViewer codec pack from these guys:

http://www.fastpicture​viewer.com/codecs/external link

It was free of charge. I bought a new laptop recently and discovered they're now charging $15 for it? Luckily I still have the file I originally downloaded for free, so I'll use that.

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JoYork wrote in post #12157796external link
... Luckily I still have the file I originally downloaded for free, so I'll use that.

Be careful with that installation file - you want to have multiple backup copies. I'd recommend storing a second copy of the file offsite, perhaps on my hard disk. ;)

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Hey, I'm glad I happened to run into this thread. I had a huge problem culling photos in Lightroom - it was just way to slow. Then I found Faststone Image Viewer and was excited about how quickly I could get through a big stack of images.

Well, I just tried FastPictureViewer and it blows the doors off of Faststone. I can browse through full-screen CR2 (RAW) files as fast as I can press the arrow keys. Unfortunately, deletions require confirmation (delete confirmation can be turned of in Faststone) but things move quickly enough that I don't think it will be a problem.

Now back to the OP's original problem. After installing FastPictureViewer I am now seeing thumbnails of CR2 files in Windows Explorer. :cool: I think I have a free older version but I won't know for sure until some time goes by (it's complicated). Anyway, after reading some discussions, it sounded like Versions earlier than 1.4 were available for free home use. I was able to find all of the previous versions on filehippo.com so I selected the 64 bit version of 1.3 and it's working fine.

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cacawcacaw wrote in post #12160957external link
Now back to the OP's original problem. After installing FastPictureViewer I am now seeing thumbnails of CR2 files in Windows Explorer. :cool: I think I have a free older version but I won't know for sure until some time goes by (it's complicated). Anyway, after reading some discussions, it sounded like Versions earlier than 1.4 were available for free home use. I was able to find all of the previous versions on filehippo.com so I selected the 64 bit version of 1.3 and it's working fine.

I went to filehippo.com and found a list of versions including the FastPictureViewer 64-bit v1.3 http://www.filehippo.c​om ...ctureviewer_64/tech​/8977/external link
and downloaded it. I installed it, and it mentioned that it had installed a 'trial'. The software took me to the author web site to register the software. I don't understand what 'trial' will do after what period of time, but for now the v1.3 is working fine on my Win 7 64-bit machine, to allow me to see CR2 thumbnails in Windows Explorer, similar to what I had once enabled on my old WinXP machine.

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I don't understand what 'trial' will do

It's a trial to allow you to decide if you like it or not. If you like it then you should pay for it, morally if not legally.

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