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Nikon D800

Microsoft has released a new camera codec pack that will allow RAW files for supported cameras to be viewable in Windows Explorer and other software that’s based on Windows Imaging Codecs.

Loads of new and old cameras are supported, including the latest models like the Canon 5D mark III and Nikon D800.  More details on Microsoft’s website.

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Microsoft Camera Code Pack

Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack that (finally) allows you to view RAW files from a variety of cameras when browsing through Windows Explorer.  This is a really nice addition for photographers on the Windows platform. [click to continue…]

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The Case for Adobe OS

by on July 23, 2011

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Adobe OS

For the past couple of years, I’ve been known to rant to my friends and creative professionals with whom I work closely about OS choices – or the lack thereof.  This is particularly the case when I encounter some kind of Mac or Windows anti-solution.

In the whole wide world that we live in, there are only two operating systems on which most creative professionals can accomplish their work. It’s about high-time for a third, real choice.  Isn’t it? [click to continue…]

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While at Photokina, Microsoft’s Kostas Mallios took a moment to discuss the company’s efforts to help photographers solve problems. According to Mallios, Microsoft has been focusing on providing applications that help pros and advanced amateurs, such as Expression Media 2 (a professional asset management tool that comes bundled with Capture One).

Mallios also pointed to the investments Micorsoft is making to new ideas, such as Photosynth. He also discussed the Metadata Working Group:

The Metadata Working Group is dedicated to the preservation and seamless interoperability of digital media metadata and to interoperability and availability to all applications, devices, and services. When we started looking into some of the leading technology problems that digital photographers faced, we realized we needed to address the interoperability issues that still exist with metadata. For example, you may use metadata tags to rate your photos in Expression Media but if you use different applications, devices or services to process or share photos, that information may not be preserved. We knew we couldn’t solve the problem alone, so about a year ago Microsoft assembled leaders in the industry, including Adobe, Apple, Canon and Nikon to form a group with broad expertise. I’m pleased to say that Sony also recently joined us and that the group, led by Chairman Josh Weisberg of Microsoft, has already delivered its first metadata specifications.

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Photosynth Leaves Beta

by on August 21, 2008

in Software

As of this morning, Microsoft’s Live Labs project, Photosynth, is out of beta. The application / browser plugin combination allows you to stitch standard photos into 3-D panoramas.

Currently, Photosynth is Windows only — if you aren’t a Windows XP or Vista user, you’ll have to wait to get your photo-stitching fix. Photosynth uses a desktop application for creating your own ‘synths,’ and a browser plugin to see them online, if you choose to upload your work. All synths are public.

I’d recommend trying out Photosynth with only a few photos at first — it can take quite a bit of time to build a complex synth, though the end result is worth it.

We covered a new Photosynth demo at the beginning of the month.

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New Photosynth Demo

by on August 14, 2008

in News,Software

Last year, Photography Bay dropped a note on the power Photosynth technology that Microsoft is developing.

Microsoft has been working hard and has posted a new demo video of Photosynth, which is pretty darned amazing stuff.

[via Crunchgear]

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