Windows 7: Working With Images Leading to FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU

Microsoft Windows 7One of the issues which has annoyed me about Windows 7 for a while now has, since I started writing this blog, moved on from being an annoyance to being seriously aggravating. It’s a meme I don’t really like but it does perfectly convey my emotions;

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Codec Pack For Raw Image Files Now Available For Windows

Microsoft Windows LiveSlightly off topic posting today, but I work with several camera aficionado’s so this news story came to my attention this morning. Microsoft have released a Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7 and Windows Vista which allows direct handling of raw files within Windows. Previously this required third part programs from the camera makers as each of them has a slightly different, largely undocumented, raw format.

For those not in the know, raw is an image format of uncompressed, minimally processed, data from the image sensor of a digital camera (raw is popular with DSLR cameras). The file is of a higher quality with more image information and allows for finer control than other image formats such as JPEG.

See the Inside Windows Live blog for full details of the codec pack or go straight to the download.

Windows XP – 999 Days of Support

Microsoft WindowsOn the Windows Team Blog Steven Rose has posted a reminder that only 999 days of support remain for the now rather venerable Windows XP.

…reality is trophies get dusty, records are broken, and what it took to be the best ten years ago, just isn’t enough for today’s standards. Things get better, faster. And eventually, it’s time to move from good enough to something much better.

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