Windows Explorer Image Thumbnail RAW Preview

If you're working a PC with MAC background, you're probably disappointed with the lack of specific image format preview in the explorer. Professionnals use Adobe Bridge browsing  but it's expensive. Even though serious imaging work  often requires  the Adobe suite, you might be tempted to go with cheaper or opensource solutions such as the famous GIMP for image manipulation, or inkscape for vector drawing. Image browsing is a feature windows explorer only provides for specific formats : jpg, gif, bmp. Raw files require specific add ons

  • Quick / most famous : FastPicture Viewer / includes support for all raw formats, DNG, Photoshop PSD
  • less famous but development still active : MysticThumb
  • Thumbnail display depends on specific dlls that can be installed for specific formats, such as
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