Windows 10 will quickly have better raw support for photos

A new Windows 10 preview has been deployed, bringing by using it improved support for the raw image format, and further focus on the Light Theme, in addition to news the big ‘bug bash’ with this update has begun (more about that later).

Build 18323 (19H1) caters for photographers who like to utilize raw image files – pictures which haven’t been touched or processed through the camera, or subjected to compression just like a JPG – by improving native support under Windows 10.

The functionality comes using a raw codec package which may be downloaded in the Microsoft Store. Once installed, it enables for viewing image thumbnails, previews, and camera metadata in File Explorer (i.e. in your everyday folders under Windows).

And in addition it implies that you can open and view your raw files at full resolution in Windows 10’s Photos app (or any other application which utilizes the Windows Imaging Component framework, for that matter).

You are able to grab the appropriate raw Image Extension package at the shop here, although don’t try and install this if you aren’t running build 18323. As ever, expect some bugs, because the codec package continues to be currently in beta.

Light side

Furthermore, the sunshine Theme for Windows 10, which was introduced with Build 18282 (in November 2018) – and it is, unsurprisingly, the polar opposite of the Dark Theme – has gotten some useful tweaks.

These comprise of resolving various issues whereby certain elements of the interface weren’t correctly switching to a light shade, or were becoming unreadable. In other words, you should see fewer glitches when switching in to the Light Theme.

Finally, once we mentioned at the outset, the bug bash has just officially began, and will run through until February 3. This can be a big drive to stamp out bugs in the 19H1 update, also it comes with ‘quests’ which you can take a look at around the Feedback Hub.

For a full list of changes, improvements and known issues, check out Microsoft’s blog post on the new build.

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