thumbnail images?


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bj

Is there a way to show the WMF images in a folder-view so I can see what the
picture *is* not just a generic icon? In XP the folder view would
show the thumbnails of all the pictures.

In XP when I clicked on a WMF file a picture-viewer would pop up & I could
proceed through the folder & see each picture.
Win7 just opens the image in Paint one by one.

This is annoying when I'm just trying to pick a picture for a publication
from a collection with filenames like monitor1...monitor9 & so on.
Thanks for help (Win help didn't, or I asked it wrong, or something).
bj
 
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thanatoid

Is there a way to show the WMF images in a folder-view so I
can see what the picture *is* not just a generic icon? In
XP the folder view would show the thumbnails of all the
pictures.

In XP when I clicked on a WMF file a picture-viewer would
pop up & I could proceed through the folder & see each
picture. Win7 just opens the image in Paint one by one.

This is annoying when I'm just trying to pick a picture for
a publication from a collection with filenames like
monitor1...monitor9 & so on. Thanks for help (Win help
didn't, or I asked it wrong, or something). bj
There are dozens if not hundreds of image viewers which allow
you to build, display, and print thumbnails of images, whether
for basic use or for web page use. Many are free. Google.
 
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Paul

thanatoid said:
There are dozens if not hundreds of image viewers which allow
you to build, display, and print thumbnails of images, whether
for basic use or for web page use. Many are free. Google.
This is what I got in a search.

http://code.google.com/p/emfplugin/

"As of Windows Vista and Window 7, the Microsoft Windows Explorer
no longer displays thumbnails image previews of EMF
(Enhanced Metafile) and WMF (Windows Metafile)
vector graphic images.

This Windows Explorer plug-in restores this capability."

It's hard to guess, what kind of security exposure such a plugin
causes. Or whether the designer of the plugin issues updates,
if security issues are discovered.

The pictures in the example image, don't look that nice, so I'm
not even sure the thumbnails will be suitable for sorting the
images.

Paul
 
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thanatoid

This is what I got in a search.

http://code.google.com/p/emfplugin/

"As of Windows Vista and Window 7, the Microsoft
Windows Explorer
no longer displays thumbnails image previews of EMF
(Enhanced Metafile) and WMF (Windows Metafile)
vector graphic images.

This Windows Explorer plug-in restores this
capability."
You just gotta LOVE Microsoft. Removing useful features and
adding spyware and bloat. Just out of curiosity, how big is your
entire Windows directory (folder)?
It's hard to guess, what kind of security exposure such a
plugin causes. Or whether the designer of the plugin issues
updates, if security issues are discovered.
I don't know what you do, but you could just convert WMF files
to another format. There are dozens of batch
converters/resizers. If you HAVE to use WMF, I agree, caution is
indicated, as with any MS product/format.
The pictures in the example image, don't look that nice, so
I'm not even sure the thumbnails will be suitable for
sorting the images.
First of all, Windows Explorer is NOT a file manager. It is a
torture device whose primary function is to prevent a new
computer user from understanding the basic principles of file
and directory organization, to keep him/her as ignorant as
possible, and to allow only the most basic of functions, the
execution of which is designed to be as troublesome as possible.

Second of all, I in no way suggested you use WE, even with an
add on, as nothing will ever make that piece of garbage useful
for ANYTHING.

Here's an example of twhat I was talking about, free:

http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/

They also make a fantastic (and also free) Notepad replacement.

http://www.fookes.com/downloads.php?product=notetab

(The "Light" version is free.)

If you ever want to get some real control over your computer,
try a real file manager. I recommend the one from
www.ghisler.com but there are about a dozen other good ones.

(Stay away from WE modifications, it's just more crap on top of
a big pile of crappy code.)

TC from Ghisler will run forever in demo mode, but it's well
worth paying for. It has a page of available plugins that will
blow your mind, including thumbnails, FTP, and file-management
options that would give MS nightmares. It integrates with Irfan
View to give you graphics capabilities you never dreamed were
possible.

If you just want a single program for thumbnails and don't like
ezthumbs, here's another nice one, also free for private use:

http://www.wildbit-soft.fi/index.html

And a sample of what /else/ is out there:

http://download.cnet.com/windows/image-viewers/

Like I said, there are MANY.
 
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SC Tom

thanatoid said:
You just gotta LOVE Microsoft. Removing useful features and
adding spyware and bloat. Just out of curiosity, how big is your
entire Windows directory (folder)?


I don't know what you do, but you could just convert WMF files
to another format. There are dozens of batch
converters/resizers. If you HAVE to use WMF, I agree, caution is
indicated, as with any MS product/format.


First of all, Windows Explorer is NOT a file manager. It is a
torture device whose primary function is to prevent a new
computer user from understanding the basic principles of file
and directory organization, to keep him/her as ignorant as
possible, and to allow only the most basic of functions, the
execution of which is designed to be as troublesome as possible.

Second of all, I in no way suggested you use WE, even with an
add on, as nothing will ever make that piece of garbage useful
for ANYTHING.

Here's an example of twhat I was talking about, free:

http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/

They also make a fantastic (and also free) Notepad replacement.

http://www.fookes.com/downloads.php?product=notetab

I like Notepad++ as a replacement. Has many features that notetab light
didn't have, and also is free.

http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
 
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Paul

thanatoid said:
Here's an example of twhat I was talking about, free:

http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/
After watching how my computer performed when thumbnails
were enabled here, I want no part of thumbnails :)

I use a foolproof scheme for cataloging things :)
I append keywords, suitable for finding items later
with a search. If I download a picture of a dog,
AD249GEC.jpg, then in my download folder, it becomes

AD249GEC__dog_brown_three_legs_ugly.jpg

and then later, I search on "dog" or "brown" as
appropriate. That way, I don't have to sort them
in folders, or heaven forbid, look at thumbnails
or slide shows. If the dog picture had come from
Amazon.com, the picture might be named

AD249GEC__dog_brown_Amazon_com_puppy_mill.jpg

If there is nothing noteworthy about the dog,
then the file remains AD249GEC.jpg until I sweep
the download folder a year from now, and throw
out the unused crap.

Paul
 
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Gene E. Bloch

If the dog picture had come from
Amazon.com, the picture might be named

AD249GEC__dog_brown_Amazon_com_puppy_mill.jpg
Puppy mill as in Coffee mill? Scary :)
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Gene said:
It was supposed to be a pun.
Confusion between 2a and 7b, below. :)

Definition of MILL
1: a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour
2a : a machine or apparatus (as a quern) for grinding grain
2b : a machine for crushing or comminuting
3: a machine that manufactures by the continuous repetition of some
simple action
4: a building or collection of buildings with machinery for manufacturing
5a : a machine formerly used for stamping coins
5b : a machine for expelling juice from vegetable tissues by pressure or
grinding
6: milling machine, milling cutter
7a : a slow, laborious, or mechanical process or routine
7b : one that produces or processes people or things mechanically or in
large numbers <a diploma mill> <a rumor mill>
8: a difficult and often educational experience —used in the phrase
through the mill
9: the engine of an automobile or boat
 
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thanatoid

email.me:

After watching how my computer performed when thumbnails
were enabled here, I want no part of thumbnails :)

I use a foolproof scheme for cataloging things :)
I append keywords, suitable for finding items later
with a search. If I download a picture of a dog,
AD249GEC.jpg, then in my download folder, it becomes

AD249GEC__dog_brown_three_legs_ugly.jpg

and then later, I search on "dog" or "brown" as
appropriate. That way, I don't have to sort them
in folders, or heaven forbid, look at thumbnails
or slide shows. If the dog picture had come from
Amazon.com, the picture might be named

AD249GEC__dog_brown_Amazon_com_puppy_mill.jpg

If there is nothing noteworthy about the dog,
then the file remains AD249GEC.jpg until I sweep
the download folder a year from now, and throw
out the unused crap.
I am not exactly sure what the above has to do with your
previous post about the dangers of WMF, and also, while I admit
I was too lazy to click on the OP's message-ID, I was basically
replying to bjones44, who, as is often the case, asked a
question and disappeared. Very tiresome.

As for your manner of cataloging and managing images, it's
somewhat medieval. I don't use thumbnails except for sorting
things, but the description of your procedures makes me ask,
isn't Windows Explorer just the most useful and flexible file-
management tool around? Sigh.
 
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bj

"thanatoid" wrote in message

...., while I admit
I was too lazy to click on the OP's message-ID, I was basically
replying to bjones44, who, as is often the case, asked a
question and disappeared. Very tiresome.
============================================

I asked the question 24 hours ago -- & have been having connection problems
since last night anyway -- I hardly call that "disappearing"! I like to give
people a chance to answer before I start complaining about "doesn't anyone
know?"

I'm sorry you find that tiresome. (I think you find a lot of things tiresome
but if that's how you get your jollies then soldier on...we all have our
little eccentricities....) Not sure what info you would find useful (or
derogatory) in my message id. I'm using WLM2011 & posting through giganews.

To those who provided any sort of answer -- thank you.

Apparently whatever was built-in in XP is no longer there in Win7 so I'll
have to find another way to do these things. BTW I can't just do a keyword
search -- I still have to *look* at an image to see if it's what I want to
use; sometimes I look at quite a few images before I find one that seems
"just right".
bj
 
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thanatoid

"thanatoid" wrote in message

..., while I admit
I was too lazy to click on the OP's message-ID, I was
basically replying to bjones44, who, as is often the case,
asked a question and disappeared. Very tiresome.
============================================

I asked the question 24 hours ago -- & have been having
connection problems since last night anyway -- I hardly
call that "disappearing"! I like to give people a chance to
answer before I start complaining about "doesn't anyone
know?"
I'm sorry you find that tiresome.
I didn't mean to offend you. Maybe you haven't noticed just HOW
many people NEVER acknowledge replies or thank anyone - after
years of dealing with it, I am a little sensitive about it.
(I think you find a lot
of things tiresome but if that's how you get your jollies
then soldier on...we all have our little
eccentricities....)
Was ANY of that really necessary?
Not sure what info you would find
useful (or derogatory) in my message id. I'm using WLM2011
& posting through giganews.
It would have allowed me to bypass Paul (who seems to have had
issues with my post and the concept of a 'Usenet thread') and
follow up to you /directly/.
To those who provided any sort of answer -- thank you.
Am I included, or am I just dead meat? Just asking, I won't be
offended.
Apparently whatever was built-in in XP is no longer there
in Win7 so I'll have to find another way to do these
things. BTW I can't just do a keyword search -- I still
have to *look* at an image to see if it's what I want to
use; sometimes I look at quite a few images before I find
one that seems "just right".
bj
You won't SEE anything unless you do a keyword search and either
look at screenshots (not ALL sites provide them) or just DL and
try a program. I gave you two links to what appear to be very
nice thumbnail programs, and I also gave you a good suggestion
about using a real file manager which can do thumbnails. Did you
even bother looking at those sites?

Excuse me for trying to be helpful.
 

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