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I appreciate that you have just learned a hard lesson, so you have my sympathy.
The only way to extract info from the cache that anyone seems to have found so far is to simply use PSA SE itself to display the largest thumbnail, do ascreen capture and save/trim in some other program. This is OK to recover low rez images, but I'm afraid it won't help you with you image comparison software.
I am hoping that someone from Adobe will take pity on me and assist here. Does anybody know what the size and resolution of the thumbnail cache images is? I can at least test the image comparison software with these settings and see if it may work or not.
If I had tens of, even a hundred missing photos I would try to screen-capture them, but we are talking thousands here. Any other assistance would be greatly appreciated.
There is really no comparison between a thumbnail and an actual image. To
put things in perspective, I have a large "thumbnail" in front of me. If I
do a screen capture, the image is quite clear at 300x400. This is a VERY
large thumbnail but it comes from an image that is 1200x1600.
Jim, thanks for the information. The images that I have recovered are at 1200x1600, there are just way too many of them to sort through and they have lost their original names and metadata in recovery. My objective is to identify and rename them using a comparison tool so they are organized again; if not I have to visually sort through 11 thousand images to find the one I want.
I have been using the image comparison software to try to eliminate duplicate images from my recovery. It has proven successful at matching up 1200x1600 originals with 56x75 thumbnail files of the same images.
Yes, if I screen capture, crop, and save each missing image I can rebuild my collection either as 300x400 images or link them back through comparison to 1200x1600, but there are thousands of these. I can't capture, crop, save, and rename thousands of files. The frustrating thing is that work is already done for me in the image cache. Are there no Adobe people browsing these groups that could cut me some slack?