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How to preview dng pictures in windows 10 ?

New Here ,
Feb 24, 2018

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I -just- want to preview dng pictures in windows 10, without changing them or opening a product that takes up to a minute to load .. like lightroom or photoshop. Again, I just want to SEE the dng, quickly. I do not want to convert - please do not recommend Adobe's dng converter, that is NOT what I want. Thank you.

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How to preview dng pictures in windows 10 ?

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Feb 24, 2018

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I -just- want to preview dng pictures in windows 10, without changing them or opening a product that takes up to a minute to load .. like lightroom or photoshop. Again, I just want to SEE the dng, quickly. I do not want to convert - please do not recommend Adobe's dng converter, that is NOT what I want. Thank you.

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Feb 24, 2018

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Feb 24, 2018

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That's hilarious because, as you must already know, the microsoft forum answer says to "The easiest way to open a DNG file is to double-click on it and PC decide which default app or application is compatible to open the file" which, of course, leads to PS or LR. I have both but I want to PREVIEW pictures not, as stated already, take minutes to bring them into either PS or LR at least not until I've reviewed a bunch of them in advance. What I want as a user has nothing to do with whether Microsoft or Adobe is "right" about licensing or other issues. What I want is what I used to have - the ability to quickly see what I've got. Frankly I don't care who provides the solution. It's this kind of craziness that leads users to wonder whether GIMP isn't a better idea.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 25, 2018

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What does GIMP have to do with anything here?

Windows 10 shows you the embedded jpeg inside the DNG file, for quick preview purposes.

Bridge shows you the raw data with ACR adjustments, again for quick preview purposes.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 24, 2018

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Windows 10 should preview DNGs natively - both Windows Explorer and the Windows "Photos" viewer. Of course, what you see is just the embedded jpeg, not the raw data with any adjustments you've made. If that's what you want - why not use Bridge?

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Explorer ,
Aug 04, 2018

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Install Adobe DNGCodec. The latest version is 2.0 and I don't think Adobe develops it anymore, but it works for previews.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 04, 2018

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It's no longer needed. Windows 10 natively displays DNG files, in both Explorer and Photos.

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New Here ,
Sep 18, 2018

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No working for me All update installed

No thumbnails generated.

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New Here ,
Jun 22, 2020

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This answer should NOT be labeled as correct, I have had WIN 10 installed since it was possible to do so and NEVER has it had the capability to view DNG files as thumbnails.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 18, 2018

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I use Adobe Bridge... its free

other people can have one of 1/2 doz Windows apps or just explorer

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Jan 08, 2019

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It worked for me "out of the box" on a new W10 install (as do NEF files).  Except I just now figured out they will appear as blank "DNG" icons in the OneDrive folder until they are actually on the local drive. Either by downloading in place, or being moved to a local drive.

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