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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

View Your RAW Photos as Thumbnails With FastPictureViewer WIC RAW Codec Pack

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/

"Windows Vista introduced a modern and extensible imaging framework called Windows Imaging Component (WIC). The operating system comes with built-in support for several common image formats including jpeg, bmp, png, gif, tiff and HD Photo. WIC makes it possible for 3rd parties to add first-class support for image formats to Windows, complete with thumbnails in Explorer, preview and slideshow support in Photo Gallery / Photo Viewer and metadata search integration. The FastPictureViewer WIC RAW Codec Pack provides such platform support for additional formats and turns Windows Explorer into a raw viewer, through read-only image decoders, simultaneously available in both 32 and 64-bit flavor for Win7, Vista and XP SP3. The codec pack contains 32-bit and 64-bit NEF and 64-bit CR2 codecs, along with 64-bit DNG and a lot more!"

If you've ever had the frustration of looking at a folder full of raw photos and seeing no thumbnail preview, this is your solution. This amazing codec pack is donationware - meaning if you use it, you're encouraged to donate a few bucks to the author - and for me, it's definitely worth the donation I just made this morning. I work with raw files inside Lightroom for processing, but often I'll want to jump into a folder and see the raw images there, and with Windows 7 lacking support for raw files, this tool fills the gap perfectly. Definitely worth checking out!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Tweak Time/Date Stamps with Attribute Changer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.petges.lu/windows/windows.html

"Attribute Changer is a power user tool to change all kind of file and folder attributes, date, time and even NTFS compression. Exif date and time information stored in digital images are easily altered with Attribute Changer. Basic features include changing file and folder attributes within en masse. More advanced features include relative and partial date/time stamp modifications. Realtime monitoring and reporting is also available. File and folder filters are available to include/exclude filesystem objects based on various criteria."

This is one of my favourite donationware programs out there when it comes to altering file stamp attributes. Here's the scenario I find myself using it in all the time: we were feeding Logan solid food for the first time last week, and I captured both photos and video clips of the event. I edited the photos, which of course have EXIF data, and dropped the photo into Picasa. Today I edited the video clips into a single video file, and the resulting video has a creation date of today. That's when it was created of course, but the video clips were captured the same day as the photos, and that's the date I want to reflect on my video clip.

Why? I've run into all sorts of software and Web sites that will look at a group of photos and videos in a folder and assign the event date for that folder based on the newest date of the files in the folder. So what you end up with is inaccurate dating. To fix that, I use Attribute Changer to modify the date of my video files so that they match up with the photos. It's a great little program that's well worth the donation I sent to the developer, and if you'd like to fix this problem, I'd encourage you to check out the software.


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