If someone could help me with this, I'd be ever so grateful!
With Windows Vista and Windows 7 now, I do not get thumbnail previews of the .psd files when viewing the files in the standard windows. I've come to accept this. But, when I upgraded to Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 (and Elements 9 if that matters), SOME of the .psd thumbnails show up in Windows 7 and others do not...and I have no idea why some do and others don't and it's driving me crazy! Please, does anyone know what's happening, why some are showing up? I will attached a screen shot below. Thank you! (Note: I haven't added any extra software or third-party software to make this happen.)
I'll make a wild guess that that file is a JPEG saved with the wrong extension.
There is no 64 bit codec provided with any Adobe software that generates PSD file thumbnails. There were some very old codecs provided for 32 bit Explorer operation with old versions of Photoshop, but none are provided with any recent versions.
A good 3rd party package that really works well for not only PSD files, but also raw files from virtually all the modern cameras, is the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack. It's inexpensive and really adds to the integration in the Windows environment.
Hi, I appreciate the response, though it is a .psd file...I'll show a screen shot below when I opened it directly. CRAZY! Again, this only started happening when I added Elements 9 to the computer and CS5, etc. I wonder if anyone else is having this happen?! And again, it's not all, but some...so what could be triggering these thumbnails? I've opened folders in Bridge, Elements Organizer, all different ways and can't figure out what makes these files unique?!
Might be interesting to list the codecs you have installed to see if any could be interpreting the PSD format...
There's a good tool for doing that called AutoRuns and it's available here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902
I'm not sure exactly where to tell you to look, but with the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack I see all the entries as decoders in the Everything tab, under a couple of Class IDs with Instance subkeys...
Very cool. I will try this. I have to believe there's SOMETHING going on here that's conflicting. I've also noticed, when you go to post photos online, such as with Facebook, and you go to Upload to select an image, you can see the thumbnails of all of the .psd files now...and the "open/upload" box is a Windows function, but there's something else going on.
I appreciate the feedback!
Also, if you're currently using FastPictureViewer, any feedback on that? Does it slow your system, take a while to load? I get nervous about adding things like this, though that's probably due to misinformation, etc. Any feedback on that would be great.
I'll start by saying I have a very powerful 8 core workstation, but from where I sit FPV Codec Pack doesn't get in the way of anything I can see, and it seems very quick to be able to bring up thumbnails for newly created files. It's truly been a "set it and forget it" product.
My OS is Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.
But I think I may know what happened... Photoshop Elements may have provided a 32 bit codec that created and cached a thumbnail for the PSD file in question during a File - Open or File - Save operation. Then 64 bit Windows Explorer saw the thumbnail in the cache.