Files in the RW2 format are used to store RAW raster images captured with a Panasonic device. RW2 files contain uncompressed and unprocessed digital images data, provided directly from the optics of a camera.
Due to its raw form, files in the RW2 format use a lot of disc space. Because of such storing method, it is possible to edit much data of the image, for instance – its exposition, contrast, colour saturation, etc..
RW2 files cannot be previewed, printed or edited with standard graphic edition programs, but only using specialised tools for processing raw images. Such files are utilised mainly in the Lumix series Panasonic devices.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open RW2 files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. RW2 files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening RW2 files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with RW2 extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with RW2 files.
Problems with opening and working with RW2 files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with RW2 files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Adobe Photoshop Elements or one to the listed programs: ACDSee, PaintShop Pro, Adobe DNG Converter. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support RW2 files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Adobe Photoshop Elements website and download the installer.
You still cannot access RW2 files although Adobe Photoshop Elements is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Adobe Photoshop Elements installed, it may not support RW2 format. The most recent version of Adobe Photoshop Elements is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Adobe Photoshop Elements (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open RW2 files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the RW2 file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the RW2 is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the RW2 file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the RW2 file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If the RW2 file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with RW2 extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with RW2 extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Panasonic RAW Image file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle RW2 files.
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