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05-20-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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Raw Image thumbnails in Windows Explorer

The question is simple enough. Is there a way to see some sort of thumbnail image of the raw files in windows explorer?

05-20-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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there's a vista codec.
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Yes there is. Look for dpmagicCE. If you can't find it let me know, I'll email it.

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If you are using XP Pro and shoot DNG files, this will work:

Take the following code and paste it into a text editor.
Save it as dng_thumbnails.reg.
Click on it. You will be asked if you want to add it to your Windows registry.
Click yes, and viola!! Your DNG files will be thumbnailed.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dng\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{3F30C968-480A-4C6C-862D-EFC0897BB84B}"

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I got an error message when trying your method Wheatfield. here's the message i got:
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Cannot import C:\*\dng_thumbnails.reg: The specified file is not a registry script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.
my raw files are actually .pef, not .dng...but I tried it exactly as you have it stated also just to see if it would work on my xp sp2 machine. still no luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by irishwhite Quote
I got an error message when trying your method Wheatfield. here's the message i got:


my raw files are actually .pef, not .dng...but I tried it exactly as you have it stated also just to see if it would work on my xp sp2 machine. still no luck.
Here, I put the file on my website for you.
Unzip it and run it.
http://users.accesscomm.ca/wrobb/dng_thumbnails.zip

Arcsoft has a free thumbnail viewer as well, but I don't know if it does pef files. I think the Microsoft Power Toys page might have some usefull stuff as well:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
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For Windows Vista:

DNG RAW Codec:
DNG Codec - Adobe Labs

PEF RAW Codec:
Software Downloads : Support & Service : PENTAX
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Anyone have issues getting the Pentax codec to work? I have installed it two times and still thumbnails of my .pef files will not display. This is on 32-bit Vista Business running SP2.

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I've had no issues installing the codecs. A word of warning, Windows picture viewer and RAW files make a diabolical combination due to seriously slow load file times as well as occassional lock ups. Picassa on the other hand makes a lovely default viewer for both DNG and PEF files.
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To install the Adobe DNG codec for Vista in XP you can try the following. This information was obtained from the net and did not originate with me. I am not a programmer but this fix worked with me. This is only for those who want Windows Live Photogallery to work with DNG images.

Step 1: Download Adobe DNG codec for Vista.
Step 2: Copy the following and paste in notepad:

Option Explicit

Const msiOpenDatabaseModeReadOnly = 0
Const msiOpenDatabaseModeTransact = 1

Dim argNum, argCount:argCount = Wscript.Arguments.Count
If (argCount < 1) Then
Wscript.Echo "Please supply the name of the msi file to be modified."
Wscript.Quit 1
End If

' Scan arguments for valid SQL keyword and to determine if any update operations
Dim openMode : openMode = msiOpenDatabaseModeReadOnly
openMode = msiOpenDatabaseModeTransact

' Connect to Windows installer object
Dim installer : Set installer = Nothing
Set installer = Wscript.CreateObject("WindowsInstaller.Installer") : CheckError

' Open database
Dim databasePath:databasePath = Wscript.Arguments(0)
Dim database : Set database = installer.OpenDatabase(databasePath, openMode) : CheckError

' Process SQL statements and delete the crap out of this installer!
Dim query, view, record, message, rowData, columnCount, delim, column
Set view = database.OpenView("Delete from LaunchCondition") : CheckError
view.Execute
wscript.echo "Launch Conditions Removed"
Set view = database.OpenView("Delete from InstallExecuteSequence where Action='OnCheckSilentInstall'")
view.Execute
wscript.echo "OnCheckSilentInstall step removed"
Set view = database.OpenView("Delete from Property where Property = 'ISSETUPDRIVEN'")
view.Execute
wscript.echo "Property ISSETUPDRIVEN removed"
Set view = database.OpenView("INSERT INTO Property (Property,Value) VALUES ('ISSETUPDRIVEN',1)")
view.Execute
wscript.echo "Property ISSETUPDRIVEN added"
database.Commit
Wscript.Quit 0

Sub CheckError
Dim message, errRec
If Err = 0 Then Exit Sub
message = Err.Source & " " & Hex(Err) & ": " & Err.Description
If Not installer Is Nothing Then
Set errRec = installer.LastErrorRecord
If Not errRec Is Nothing Then message = message & vbLf & errRec.FormatText
End If
Fail message
End Sub

Sub Fail(message)
Wscript.Echo message
Wscript.Quit 2
End Sub

Step 3: Save the above as "RemoveOSCheck.vbs" (make sure that "all files" is selected in the save as field.
Step 4: Drag the downloaded DNG codec file and drop it on the RemoveOSCheck.vbs file.
Step 5: Duble click on the codec file to install. You may have to restart the computer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by buckethead Quote
Anyone have issues getting the Pentax codec to work? I have installed it two times and still thumbnails of my .pef files will not display. This is on 32-bit Vista Business running SP2.
You are experiencing this because the codec does not allow explorer to view the PEF thumbnails. All it currently does is allow WIC compatible software to view the PEFs, such as Windows Photo and Fax Viewer or Windows Photo Gallery. If you want PEFs to display in Vista Explorer then you will need to pay for a third party codec from Ardfly.com

The same proviso goes for the Adobe DNG codec and Vista.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WheresWaldo Quote
All it currently does is allow WIC compatible software to view the PEFs, such as Windows Photo and Fax Viewer or Windows Photo Gallery. If you want PEFs to display in Vista Explorer then you will need to pay for a third party codec from Ardfly.com
Actually, the Vista thumbnailing system IS based on WIC. Most likely you have a third party piece of imaging software which has changed the file classes for PEF so that Explorer isn't even trying to thumbnail them anymore.

This can happen if you have something like, say ACDSee installed.
What you need to do is set the class back.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cpopham Quote
Actually, the Vista thumbnailing system IS based on WIC. Most likely you have a third party piece of imaging software which has changed the file classes for PEF so that Explorer isn't even trying to thumbnail them anymore.

This can happen if you have something like, say ACDSee installed.
What you need to do is set the class back.
This is not the issue with Explorer and Vista64, it doesn't work even on a new installation.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WheresWaldo Quote
This is not the issue with Explorer and Vista64, it doesn't work even on a new installation.
No, of course not. The issue there is the 64-bit explorer process can't load a 32-bit codec.

However, I was responding to a question about a 32 bit edition of vista....
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Windows 7 PEF thumbnail situation

Once again, it does not work. Windows 7 x64.

Are there any solutions?
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