FastPictureViewer Image Formats Compatibility Chart
Find out what image formats are currently supported by FastPictureViewer.
 
FastPictureViewer's supports a number of file formats, depending on its edition. The freeware Home Basic edition supports the ubiquitous JPEG image format along with the new Microsoft HD Photo / JPEG-XR all-encompassing image format, which features lossy and lossless compression from 1 bit/pixel to 128. The Home Premium edition adds support for common Windows and Web image formats (PNG, GIF, BMP, ICO) while the Professional Edition supports TIFF and select camera RAW previewing. The current formats compatibility is detailed in the table below and it likely to be extended over time.
 
Image File FormatHome Basic Edition (Freeware)Home Premium Edition (Home & Hobby)Professional Edition
Version 1.0.36.0
Remarks
DisplayMetadata/RatingDisplayMetadata/RatingDisplayMetadata/Rating
JPGYesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarsYesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarsYesRead/Write, Write XMP Sidecars 
HD Photo / JPEG XR (HDP/WDP)YesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarsYesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarYesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarsAll variants, up to 144bpp
BMP, RLE, DIB  YesWrite XMP SidecarsYesWrite XMP Sidecars 
PNG  YesWrite XMP SidecarsYesWrite XMP SidecarsAlpha channel / transparency support.
GIF  YesWrite XMP SidecarsYesWrite XMP SidecarsAnimation support not yet implemented.
ICO  YesWrite XMP SidecarsYesWrite XMP SidecarsIncluding 32-bit Vista icons with alpha channel  & transparency.
TIFF    YesRead/Write, Write XMP SidecarsAll variants, up to 48bpp
NEF (Nikon RAW)    Preview OnlyRead Only, Write XMP SidecarsRequires free codec supplied by Nikon. (*)
CR2 (Canon RAW v2)    Preview OnlyRead Only, Write XMP SidecarsRequires free codec supplied by Canon. (*)
DNG (Adobe)
Hasselblad, Leica, Ricoh, Samsung
    Preview or full decoding if no suitable preview is availableRead Only, Write XMP SidecarsRequires free codec supplied by Adobe. (*)
DNG (Ardfry Codec)    Preview OnlyRead Only, Write XMP SidecarsRequires commercial codec sold by Ardfry Imaging, LLC. (*)
PEF (Pentax RAW)    n/a (**) Requires free codec supplied by Pentax. (*)
ORF (Olympus RAW)    n/a (**) Requires free codec supplied by Olympus. (*)
SR2 (Sony RAW v2)    n/a (**) Requires free codec supplied by Sony. (*)
TGA (Targa)    n/a (**) 3rd-party codec (LEADTools)
PSD (Photoshop)    n/a (**) 3rd-party codec(LEADTools)
DICOM    n/a (**) 3rd-party codec(LEADTools)
JPEG 2000    n/a (**) 3rd-party codec(LEADTools)
(*) Please also see the codec's supplier system requirements.

(**) We are constantly looking to expand the file format support. Please check back from time to time to see if the format you are interested in becomes supported by FastPictureViewer. Starting with FastPictureViewer Professional Edition 1.0.27.0, all WIC codecs are loaded and used so the formats will be recognized, however some formats require special treatments (e.g. for preview image handling or metadata reading/writing abilities). Those who are not explicitly handled are conservatively listed as not available (n/a) despite the fact that the formats will be recognized and (most certainly) displayed without problems.

Support for more image format through 3rd party WIC codecs for the Professional edition is currently being investigated from both a technical and licensing/redistribution standpoint. Formats under consideration includes DICOM, J2K, Targa and Photoshop's PSD.
 

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