Microsoft has released an update to its RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP, which was made freely available in June this year. Version 1.0 adds support for RAW image files from selected Canon and Nikon cameras. The two Canons are the EOS 1D Mark IIn and the s EOS 5D. Supported Nikon cameras include the entry-level DSLRs, the D50 and D70s, plus the D2Hs It also fixes other bugs relating to the the TIFF file locking issue and problems with RAW files produced by the 5D.

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Press Release:

Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP

Version 1.0 (Build 50)

The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer provides the ability to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported Canon and Nikon digital cameras.

The updated version of the software adds support for the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D50, and other recent camera models from Canon and Nikon (see list of new supported camera models below). In addition, a new Save As button has been added to the toolbar, allowing users to conveniently save either an embedded preview or processed RAW image to disk as a JPEG or TIFF file.

It also adds fixes for known issues in version 1.0 of the software, including the TIFF file locking issue, and a related problem with RAW files produced by the Canon EOS 5D. A complete list of fixes will be made available in the documentation for the new software.

Supported Camera Models

The following new camera models are supported in the version 1.0 Build 50 release of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer:

• Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
• Canon EOS 5D
• Nikon D2Hs
• Nikon D70s
• Nikon D50

Camera models already supported in version 1.0:

• Canon EOS 1D
• Canon EOS 1Ds
• Canon EOS 1D Mark II
• Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
• Canon EOS D30
• Canon EOS D60
• Canon EOS 10D
• Canon EOS 20D
• Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D)
• Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
• Canon Powershot G2
• Canon Powershot G3
• Canon Powershot G5
• Canon Powershot G6
• Canon Powershot Pro1
• Canon Powershot s30
• Canon Powershot s50
• Canon Powershot s70
• Nikon D1
• Nikon D1x
• Nikon D2H
• Nikon D2x
• Nikon D70
• Nikon D100
• Nikon Coolpix 8800
• Nikon Coolpix 5700

Note that other models of cameras may work, but have not been explicitly tested by Microsoft.