It feels like only a few days ago when I was discussing the RAW codec architecture on this blog…in fact, it was. It turns out that the timing couldn’t have been better, because today Nikon released their RAW codec for Windows Vista.
There are two ways to get the codec: You can download it directly from Nikon’s site, or you can use the Photo Gallery to assist you.
If you have .NEF files in any of the folders that are monitored by the Photo Gallery, you will have seen the following dialog on startup of the Gallery:
Clicking the download button will open a web page with information about the file formats that the Gallery has detected. If you have several different types of RAW files on your machine, you will see a web page open for each file format. The page for Nikon NEF files is here: http://shell.windows.com/fileassoc/0409/xml/redir.asp?EXT=nef, and takes you to the Nikon page to download the codec. Installation instructions are provided.
If you got tired of seeing that dialog, and checked the “Don’t show this message again” box, you can still get to this functionality from the Gallery. Click ‘Options’ under the ‘File’ menu, and then click on the ‘Check for updates’ button at the bottom of the ‘General’ tab.
Other codecs have ‘coming soon’ pages, but this mechanism will work for them as well when they are released. Of course, we’ll also announce the release of new codecs on our blog.