You may have noticed that in Connect and Tray not all files appear as thumbnails. Wouldn't it be great to have thumbnails everywhere for every graphic file and bitmap including ALL RAW camera files. Even better if those thumbnails were generated using the support of multiple processor cores and took advantage of 64bit code under Windows 7 64. Here is how you can do this today.
First download MysticThumbs
Thumbnail provider for Windows 7, Vista and XP - x64 and x86MysticThumbs generates thumbnails of many image types not natively supported by Windows. It does this transparently and in the background for Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images.Being a native Windows Explorer plugin which means you don't have to do anything other than install it. This means you don't have any new interfaces to learn, think about or otherwise deal with.
File types supportedPhotoshop, Adobe Acrobat*, Targa, TIFF, RAW Camera, PCX, Windows Metafile WMF/EMF, Adobe PDF*, JPEG 2000, Maya, Google Sketchup, and many other formats as well as Postscript based images*.
MysticThumbs uses Ghostscript to provide support for PDF, AI, PS & EPS files. The 32 bit version of Ghostscript is an optional install included with CGS. You can also use the 64 bit version on Win 7 64 and other Windows 64 bit operating systems. Draw will also make use of 64 bit Ghostscript when it is installed.
MysticThumbs is pure Win32 code (reducing memory footprint and improving speed compared to .net options) and is highly configurable, allowing customisation of the choice of which files you wish to render and the placement of a graphic file type icon in the corner of the thumbnail. For many people this $20 program is all you will need.
If you are using RAW camera files MysticThumbs might be too slow to manage large number of RAW files efficiently. It is not unusual to need to view hundreds of RAW files following a photographic shoot. For this function you need something capable of jet-speed image processing.
FastPictureViewer Professional supports most image formats and comes with first-class support for raw formats from more than 350 digital camera models, while support for specialized formats - such as Photoshop PSD, OpenEXR, JPEG2000, TGA,
PNM, HDR or
DDS - can be added through our own FastPictureViewer Codec Pack add-in.
The trial version has an excellent viewer and costs $40. If you don't need the viewer then the Codec can be purchased for $20 and provide all the functions for creating thumbnails.
Simply turn off rendering of the RAW and other supported file types in MysticThumbs.
Deadset easy to install. Both websites have plenty of instructions. These program will provide thumbnail and enlarged views in Corel, Abobe, Windows Explorer, within file dialogues, EVERYWHERE within the your system.