FastPictureViewer Codec Pack

August 14, 2010

At first you might find this a product that doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on many of you. Let me describe it and then I’ll tell you an extra reason why you might find it useful. FastPictureViewer Codec Pack enables support for 38 additional image formats in Windows Explorer, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Live® Photo Gallery and, on Windows 7, also within Windows Media Center, with full 64-bit support. It also supports raw formats from more than 320 digital camera models, including CR2, NEF, DNG and more, plus specialists image formats like EXR, TGA…

This means that you will be able to see thumbnails for a lot of extra bitmap formats when searching your disks. OK, that’s pretty cool. Now let’s talk about the killer features for those of you who have upgraded to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. The Corel CONNECT utility added with CorelDRAW X5 uses Windows Explorer technology to display thumbnails. So you’ll find this codec pack will allow you to see all of those extra formats as thumbnails in Corel CONNECT. What I really like is that I can see previews of the RAW files from my digital camera! This pack is priced temporarily at $9.99 so I’d grab a copy now if it is something of interest. The company claims they will be raising it to $29.99 in the future. And if you haven’t yet upgraded to CorelDRAW X5, do it during August 2010 and get a free copy of my CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed Multimedia Training.

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