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Old Jan 12, 2011, 6:42 AM   #21
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This is the only sony codec i can find right now:
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu...=4022&os_id=30
It says it's for vista. Did you use the same one for windows 7?
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 7:03 AM   #22
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If you use the link I provided in my previous post (to Sony Europe), you'll see Windows 7 specifically mentioned. Here's that post again:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ge...ml#post1187922

Here's the link I included to the Sony codec:

http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/...vr&m=DSLR-A500

I've also seen others mention that it works fine in Windows 7. It looks like Sony US just hasn't bothered to update the description for it to include Win 7. BTW, if you compare the two downloads, the files are identical (the one from the US support site is the same one they have on the Sony Europe site now). But, Sony USA has never updated the last modified date, operating systems supported, cameras supported, etc. The file you get is the same (SRD20_Installer0810a.exe). You can compare the two downloads using this type of utility, and you can see that they're identical:

http://download.cnet.com/ExamDiff/30...-10059626.html

But, no, I don't use it. I use the FastPictureViewer RAW codec pack instead (since it works with a lot of different raw files from other manufacturers, too; and it also includes more features.

Again, see the links in my previous posts and you'll see links to the current version ($14.99), and you'll also see links to an older version that some sites are still hosting that you can use at no charge, with the author only asking for a donation if you decide to use it.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ge...ml#post1187931

Keep in mind that some manufacturers still don't offer codecs for 64 bit Windows 7 or Vista (Nikon is one example), even though Sony does.

So, the codec pack from FastPictureViewer is a better way to go if you want to have thumbnails from more different types of raw files when using 64 bit Operating Systems (as the FastPictureViewer Codec pack supports XP SP3, as well as 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Win 7 and Vista; and it decodes raw files from a lot of different cameras so you can see thumbnails from WIC enabled applications).

It also has more features compared to most camera manufacturer supplied codecs (extra large thumbnail support, full size images in Windows Photo Viewer and Photo Gallery, better integration with Windows 7 Search, etc.).
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 9:00 AM   #23
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thanks. that's perfect.
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