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Basically an non-compressed and non-processed camera picture.

(From Wikipedia):http://www.photo.net/learn/raw/

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I have an answer but a lot of people won't like it, judging from the "no scanning in Win2K = :evil:" type of comments I've received in the past.

RAW support would be a very involved undertaking, even more so than adding support for Photoshop plugins. I could spend 2 years straight implementing codecs for all the different camera's RAW formats. I'd have to buy every camera with a different RAW format, spend lots of time shooting test images, etc. Not exactly fun.

However!

Windows Vista comes with a built in library for loading images of various types. I think it's called Windows Imaging Codecs or something, I forget. And it has RAW support. For free. And when new cameras come out with different RAW formats they can just install a new RAW codec and voila, Windows can use it. Therefore, if/when Paint.NET supports RAW it will be a Windows Vista-only feature.

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Why would adding RAW format be an advantage? It is a digital negative not a working format. You would need to covert it another format to work with it and export it.

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But most people state that they get better RAW importing (or converting to another format) from the software that comes from the camera company. But don't take my word for it. I am now a proud owner of a Mac and I don't need to worry about all this. It just works.

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Methinks Neil's been watching too many of those Mac commercials. :wink:

Whereas I'm a lowly non-Digital-Camera-owner. :cry:

And I suffer from mood swings. :D

<_< And I'm done now... :P

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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It does just work. I plug in my camera. It opens up iPhoto. I click import. It imports, if it is a JPEG or a RAW file.

With Aperture it is even better when working with RAW files.

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I'm just curious, what if instead of trying to support every RAW out there, support was added for DNG (Adobe's Digital Negative). This seems like it would be of value to many digital photographers.

Info about DNG is here: http://www.adobe.com/products/dng

On that site you can also download Adobe's DNG converter which converts most RAW file formats into DNG.

If it's not too crazy I will look into writing such a plugin.

--Brandon

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bsiegel, Well instead of trying to decipher the DNG format we'll just hook in to the new Windows functionality :) That way it doesn't matter what format the picture is at all as long as Windows has a codec for it.

As for the codec stuff with .NET 3.0, that's news to me and I'll have to check that out. Bear in mind that .NET 3.0 requires Windows XP or newer and as such if I were to go that route I would have to drop support for Windows 2000.

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This is true, but at minimum it means waiting for .Net 3.0 - and most likely it means waiting for Vista as well. There is an SDK provided for the DNG format (written in C++). Documentation isn't super, but it looks like it might not be too hard to write such a plugin for PDN. As far as I know, there is no plan to support DNG files out of the box in .NET 3.0 - anyone with some of these files would still need to use a plugin until someone came out with an imaging codec for it.

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Why even bother with that when WIC / .NET 3.0 is officially supported and fully maintained?

Anyway, don't revive old threads like this. The thread is done.

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