The Canon RAW Codec is software designed for owners of Canon mid- and high-range cameras who shoot in RAW. It adds support to Windows for CR2 image files which allows Windows Imaging Component (WIC) applications to import these files without extra software or plug-ins.
Depending on the software you have running on your system for developing your digital photos, installation of the Canon RAW Codec may or may not be necessary. For example, Adobe Lightroom offers native support for these files. On the other hand, if you're running less expensive software then having the codecs installed may be helpful.
Even though the program is outdated and has not been updated in a while, users with older systems owning a Canon camera may consider installing this official software. It is also helpful if you wish to preview your images in Windows Live Photo Gallery. Otherwise, Adobe users and those running newer graphics editing programs probably don't need to worry about the Canon RAW Codec.Canon RAW Codec features and highlights:
Canon RAW Codec is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from camera software without restrictions. Canon RAW Codec 188.8.131.52 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this RAW codec software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Canon.
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