I have been installing PS7 to get PSD thumbnails to show their image (rather than a generic icon) in Windows. I understand this facility was dropped in CS. Does anyone know if this has been restored in CS4 or will I have to continue to install PS7 before CS4?
David Blake, Jan 30, 2010 7:51 AM
> ... and Bridge CS4 is faster and better than CS3.
I wouldn't expect anything less from an upgrade.
The question is whether it's fast enough and better enough to improve, or
warrant changing, my existing workflow.
I really hope so because I have found each incarnation of Bridge rather
clunky and frustrating to use to date, especially for ultraquick flicking
through images when Bridge doesn't happen to be launched.
Despite the advice here to the contrary, when I install CS4 I'll probably stick with PS7 to deliver picture thumbnails - I have been doing this with CS3 since it first came out with no problems. If CS4 doesn't like it I'll take it off my machine.
Actually with Vista and XP it would be even easier. All they have to do is
create a WIC codec. They have one for DNG in beta, they need ones for their
other formats, including things like brushes, gradients, shapes, etc. so
that you can see thumbnails of them as well.
There is an add-on for Vista but now I know what Bridge CS4 is like I'll wait. Apart from being
much faster to load and run, one minor improvement that I love is that it shows the full path to the image up top.
Well where do I sign the petition to get Microsoft to pull the finger.. seeing as YOU guys(adobe) have spewed out the same damn pitifully improved CS releases without bloody proper explorer thumbnail file formart support!..
You are ADOBE and you don't have any pull on getting Microsoft to sort some explorer API issue? after how many years??? gimmie a break you guys are taking the piss.. a bit like forcing that crap Bridge junk on user installations!!!!.
As I already said: the Microsoft API is broken. For one thing it leaves files open and fails to close them, so you get complaints about "the file is open or in use" when you shouldn't. Adobe cannot always work around something that is broken at the OS/Explorer level.
If you use IInitializeWithStream for your thumbnail provider, that will help prevent your code from messing up others trying to access the file. Just don't leak any references to the stream.
If you are having the shell initialize your handler with a file path / IShellItem / pidl, and having problems properly managing access to the file, you should let me know and I'll do my best to help you (or get you in touch with our platform PM who I know would be happy to help you out).
Welcome, Brandon, thanks for offering a helping hand! I'm wondering: is it Mark Hamburg that suggested Microsoft Employees to show up in here?
Having Icons of Photoshop files in Explorer is sure part of our User Experience!