Nikon is developing an update to its NEF codec for Windows Vista that will fix a problem with NEFs being rendered incompatible with various third-party RAW converters after they've been tagged in Windows Photo Gallery or Microsoft Photo Info when the current NEF codec is installed. The updated codec is to be released in the "very near future," says a post by presumed Microsoft employee 'pixblog'
on the Microsoft PhotoBlog.
The post also states that no damage is done to the NEFs by the current codec (which has been pulled from the download site
), though by this the post's author appears to mean that the RAW image data isn't harmed, even though the NEF's contents are changed in a way that prevents them from being properly processed through Camera RAW in Photoshop and certain other RAW conversion tools.
The post doesn't say whether Nikon or Microsoft are working on a repair mechanism for NEFs that have been tagged through v1.0 of the Nikon codec that would render them compatible with a broad range of third party RAW converters once again.
For those who want to know more about how a NEF is tagged when the Nikon codec is installed in Vista, check out the posts by Dennis Walker in this thread
on the Camera Bits software forums. Walker is the President of Camera Bits, the developer of the pro browser Photo Mechanic.