Im looking an image viewer for windows 11 that will open raw files quickly, what are you all using? do Nikon have one without editing capibilities?
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Posted 15 January 2023 - 03:28 PM
Unfortunately, Nikon have pulled the free View NX app. The viewer is now baked into the NX Studio app.
I use Photo Mechanic for viewing, selecting, culling and DAM. It is said to be as fast on Windows boxen as it is on the Mac platform these days. I don’t know if that is correct as I haven’t owned a Windows machine since the XP days…
If you have the Adobe photography plan, Bridge works well to view raw files without having to import them into Lightroom.
A useful free viewer is Irfanview.
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Posted 17 January 2023 - 03:32 PM
Windows has a built in image viewer. I don't use Windows 11 and, unfortunately, I don't seem to have any RAW files on the Windows 10 laptop I'm using at the moment. However, Nikon does have a Windows codec for Windows that should allow you to view Nikon RAW files natively.
If you can't currently use Windows Image Viewer to view Nikon RAW files, my suggestion would be to download and install Nikon's RAW codec and try again.
I would avoid installing Irfanview even though it's a good image viewer. During install it will change all of your image file associations to irfanview. Changing them back to their native associations can be a chore.