.ai and .psd preview on Windows 10

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Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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Hello,

I'm currently using a Mac but i will soon be working on PC: I was wondering if it was possible to previex the .psd and .ai files directly in the file explorer of Windows 10, without having to open them in Photoshop or Illustrator (as we can be done on OSX thanks to the spacebar)? It would be a great time saver!

Thank you,

Clara

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016
In the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, you can see previews for a variety of file types by going to the View tab and turning on the Preview pane. You can preview .ai files but not .psd files.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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In the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, you can see previews for a variety of file types by going to the View tab and turning on the Preview pane. You can preview .ai files but not .psd files.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017

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But why can not we see the .psd? When will it be repaired?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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You can always use Adobe Bridge to accurately preview these files.

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Engaged ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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I use SageThumbs to preview ai and psd files directly in Windows Explorer. You'll also have to download and install ghostscript as well, but there is a segment further down on the page specifically about which version you need.

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New Here ,
Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

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Okay, I'll try this. Thanks a lot for your help!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2018 Oct 25, 2018

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Back in my pre-retirement programming days I created previews for all of our products that would work on Windows.  Why doesn't Adobe supply a previewer with their products?

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Jan 12, 2020 Jan 12, 2020

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Because it is the responsibility of Windows, for example, apple has support for everything, but windows does not.

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2020

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I also think, that this is in the responsibility of Windows, however, Acrobat does provide previews/thumbnails for PDF files (although, you have to turn it on first - by default it's off). So if Microsoft isn't going to solve this, it falls back on the software provider to make their users happy. In the meantime I use Mystic Thumbs, it is an alternative to SageThumbs, which is mentionned above. But on directories with 1000+ files it consumes quite a bit of your pc resources to create the thumbnails. Once they are done, they're cached however.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2020 Feb 07, 2020

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Hi, I am not able to preview either .ai or .psd.  Is there a setting that I am missing?

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Explorer ,
Feb 10, 2020 Feb 10, 2020

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What have you tried so far? Did you install SageThumbs oder Mystic Thumbs? If not, you won't see a preview (icon) under any Windows version. If you have installed one of these tools, which one? The default settings of Mystic thumbs show you previews of .ai and .psd files by default and I assume SageThumbs does this as well.

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Feb 26, 2020 Feb 26, 2020

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NetHawk, Re MysticThumbs: https://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbs What about InDesign and other adobe software? Do you see all thumbnail from other formats when toggleing through placing or viewing like you can on a Mac? Do you feel the software is safe? I work on a governrment PC and cannot find the origin of SageThumbs.  

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Explorer ,
Feb 27, 2020 Feb 27, 2020

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@LRS: since there are problems with replying to a reply, I write my answer here.

  1. Yes, Indesign previews are available for MysticThumbs: here's a list of all the supported file formats:
    https://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbsFormats
  2. You see thumbnails from alle the formats in Explorer, you don't have to use the preview, but you can if you want a bigger view
  3. I think the software is safe. But feel free to throw the downloaded file at https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload and test ist against most, if not all popular virus checkers.

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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It have would be perfect if it diddn't change the folders modified date. I use it to find my recent projects and recent changed files.

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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I think this is a one-off thing. Once all the icons are generated, it should not change the folder date anymore. I also group my files by date and have never had that issue again. But right after installation it might have behaved like you are experiencing it now.

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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It is very helpful. Thank you thanks a lot dear.

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Explorer ,
Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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When OS X first came out, I thought to myself that Windows would surely have a similar overhaul and become amazing like OS X, but it never happened.  Quick Look was and is among the greatest things ever for people who deal with graphics.  Why Microsoft doesn't  respond to this is hard to understand. But, there are a couple things that are available to try.  There is a free app called Quick Look which you can download from the Windows store which does exactly what Quick Look does, just not nearly as elegantly.  select a file, press spacebar and it will enlarge and become visible just like on a Mac.  But it has one flaw.  If you are typing two words and you press the spacebar in between, Quick Look will attempt to show the file that is selected.  It's a small price to pay.  I would rate Quick Look on Windows as 8 out of 10 with regard to how well it works.  The next thing to "try" is Sage Thumbs to show the actual thumbs of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat files.  Sometimes it works and sometimes doesn't.  Some thumbs may be visible and others won't.  Some thumbs may appear after some time, or not.  It's a 4 out of 10 in terms of how well it works.  It's free though.  There's another solution which is not free.  I can't remember the name of it at the moment, but it is also a 4 out of 10 in terms of reliability, plus it wants you to continuously pay for updates.  This situation will remain sad until Microsoft understands that people use PCs for more than Word and Excel.

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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This tool works perfectly, although it is not free ($US34.95😞
https://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbs

I haven't had an AI file so far, that could not be displayed / previewed. It shows the content as a file icon. It's like on a Mac.

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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I tried Mystic Thumbs.  It worked about as well as SageThumbs.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.  And I had to buy it over and over because of how the licensing works.  Basically, you'll keep pooring money into it.  After I payed for it 3 times, I just stopped using it.  Like I said, it didn't work any better than SageThumbs anyway.  I suspect that a part of the problems might be the inherent lack of quality of Windows itself.

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Strange, because the version I bought is years old and works with all new Illustrator files. But also all other formats are displayed without any problems. SageThumbs does support less file formats, that's why I never tried it. Next time you encounter a file that Sage Thumbs (and/or) MysticThumbs can't display, you might consider to make it available to the community. Maybe there's a specific problem in your environment (or I might learn where the limit of Mystic Thumbs is). However, Quick Look would not be a solution for me, I need to see all the file previews at once to help me pick the one I'm looking for. Hitting the space bar for every file just doesn't cut it for me.

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2020 Jun 15, 2020

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I have never been able to view ai files as preview thumbs and have tried everything under the sun.  Sage thumbs dont work, nothing works.  Its a problem I have had for years.  I know you can use bridge but sometimes that takes too much time and is only folder specific.  Say I want to do a search for an image but not sure where its at.  I get my results, all the images show as preview thumbs but not AI files.  Its a problem Adobe has had for a long time and I have yet to get accurate info on how to do it.  I am an artist-specialise in metal work.  So if I want to do a search for "tribal" images I get a ton of results through years of collecting files-all the images except AI show as preview thumbs.  Nothing I do can change that and I have tried everything.

 

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New Here ,
Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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There is an amazing app in the windows store call "QuickLook". It gives windows a very similar function of quickly previewing with spacebar. Life changing on windows!

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Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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That is true.  I've been using it for a year or so now and it is absolutely life changing.  I can remember when Quick Look first appeared on MacOS way back in the early 2000's.  I thought, Surely, Microsoft is going to copy this feature because this is simply the most amazing thing.  But nope!  Never.  In fact, Microsoft proceeded to make Windows less visually functional in terms of viewing images.  Windows 10 got rid of the preview pane that was on the bottom that made it easier to view a decent size image at the bottom of the Explorer window.  They moved it to the right side, but that is a terrible place to put it since it forces you to use a much bigger Explorer window.  There's another app called oldnewexplorer that actually puts the preview pane back on the bottom, just like it was in Windows 7.  I've been using that for years and it works great.  MacOS is just a million times better than Windows when it comes to being able to just view images and file types.  I'm also using SageThumbs to "help out" with viewing file types but it is completely hit and miss. You never know what it will view and what it won't.  If I have a folder full of Illustrator files, it will view some of them, some of the time and not others.  But the next day it might view other files and not the ones from the day before.  So it's a real mess on Windows.  I don't understand why Microsoft won't solve it.

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Insanely awesome! Thank you! I just installed it on my Win10 64-bit PC and it works like a freakin charm! A simple workaround to a problem that has plagued Adobe for years with zero relief brought to the community.

And who doesn't love free when the next best utility costs $35/year/user? 

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For someone who doesn't have tons of RAM, adding more adobe apps isn't always the first solution.

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