Add-in Enable Support for RAW Image Formats, Adobe DNG, Photoshop PSD in Windows Explorer

February 14, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Geneva, Switzerland, February 14, 2011 Swiss software publisher Axel Rietschin Software Developments released an updated version of its FastPictureViewer Codec Pack product, a Microsoft Windows add-in enabling users to display raw images from more than 350 digital camera models, as well as Adobe DNG and Adobe Photoshop documents, directly from Windows Explorer without launching a dedicated application.

The product takes advantage of the open architecture of Microsoft Windows to provide enhanced image file formats support to the operating system. Once the image decoders also known as "codecs" are installed on a given computer, Windows Explorer is able to open and display new image formats in a natural manner, similar to the way it handles standard image formats such as JPEG and TIFF, complete with EXIF data display, Windows Photo Viewer slideshows and desktop search integration.

The software also supports specialized image formats like OpenEXR, Radiance HDR, Truevision Targa and DirectX DDS, as used in the computer gaming and graphics industry.

"Codecs are difficult to author and traditionally troublesome components" said Axel Rietschin, founder of the company. "We took extra-extra care and paid minute attention to details to make sure our product is dependable". "Installing the Codec Pack is like lighting up Windows Explorer" said a local photographer, early user of the product. "Sorting Canon RAW images on my new 64-bit laptop is now so much easier".

The FastPictureViewer Codec Pack was designed from the start to work with Microsoft Windows 7 and is listed in the official Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Windows Vista is also fully supported as well as Windows XP, with some restrictions. All current 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows are supported.

More information and trial downloads available on the web at

About Axel Rietschin Software Developments

Axel Rietschin Software Developments is a niche innovator of imaging software and components. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the company specializes in developing software solutions that meet business and consumer needs. Also known for its FastPictureViewer Professional photographer-oriented image viewer, the company's technologies have been used by individuals and organizations across the world.

Axel Rietschin Software Developments
36 rue de Carouge
CH-1205 Geneva

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Axel Rietschin, founder