View PSD files as thumbnails

Community Beginner ,
Dec 23, 2008 Dec 23, 2008

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My PSD files used to be visible as thumbnails now they are shown just as PSD files with no preview pic. I have searched the older topics and couldnt find an answer. I am using CS2 with Vista Ultimate 64bit. Thanks in advance.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 23, 2008 Dec 23, 2008

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The built-in forum search is pretty useless.

If you googlit you'll be deluged with hits.

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Explorer ,
Dec 23, 2008 Dec 23, 2008

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Copy text between dashed lines to notepad and save as Install.reg

Right click on the resulting file and choose Merge.

You MUST have the psicon.dll present on your system and in the proper location (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell\)
------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\IconHandler]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PSDPage]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\MiscStatus]
"IconBits"="1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\MiscStatus]
"IconBits"="1"
------------------

To UNDO, copy text beween dashed lines, save as Uninstall.reg, blah blah blah.

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"=-

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PSDPage]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex\IconHandler]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Photoshop.Image.9\shellex]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\MiscStatus]
"IconBits"="1"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\MiscStatus]
"IconBits"="1"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"
------------------

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 23, 2008 Dec 23, 2008

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Usual caveats apply.

Bob

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Explorer ,
Dec 23, 2008 Dec 23, 2008

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>Usual caveats apply.

Add to the usual caveats that I DO NOT provide support for the preceding reg hack. Proceed at your own risk. Back up your system. Always wear a condom.

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Participant ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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See also
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2005/12/13/adobe-cs2-and-the-case-of-the-disappearing-thumbnails/

Use at your own risk.

--
Regards

John Waller

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Is there some reason why at least for Vista and XP (with an update that
Microsoft released) Adobe couldn't make a PSD codec? They have a beta one
for DNG, I would think that they should be able to do one for PSD.

Robert

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Could they? I'm sure they could.<br /><br />Is it worth it? IMO, no. I'm guessing we're going to wind up disagreeing <br />on that point. <g><br /><br />Bob

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Contributor ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Hmmm, I don't even have the folder:
(C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell\)

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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New>Folder>[Folder Name] :)

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Contributor ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Yeah, but where do I find the dll's? Just adding and naming the folder?

I notice that in the uninstall, you have a registry entry that installs that dll. (?)

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Enthusiast ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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you probably wouldn't unless you still have version 7 installed...

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Email me, Larry.

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Contributor ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Thanks, Ho. That worked. :-)

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 26, 2008

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Merry Christmas!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2009 Jan 22, 2009

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Thanks Ho! I had decided to ditch PS 7 and was wondering what happened to my ps thumbnails. I grabbed the shell folder from a backup,ran your install script and all went well in Vista.

Maybe I should heed those Common files uninstall warnings :o

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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The warnings you should heed are the ones about using those DLLs. They
were removed for a reason.

Bob

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Enthusiast ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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'They were removed for a reason...' so you'll use Bridge, not Windows Explorer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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Is that a question or a statement, Bart?

I'm a huge fan of Bridge. Is it perfect, no? But it's gotten better and
better with each release.

Bob

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Explorer ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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>it's gotten better and better with each release.

Well, considering its starting point, it just about had to. It's still cumbersome to fire it up if all you're doing is selecting a few files to open. It's an awkward file management tool. It still falls short of being a DAM solution.

So, viva la thumbnails in Explorer.

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Enthusiast ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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That is a statement. Adobe created this viewer, that barely relies on the OS, for it's own products .

I didn't like Bridge 3, it was really flakey, so I used Bridge 2 until I got the CS4 Master Collection. It now works as it should.

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I think if they just mimicked as much of explorer's navigation styles and methodology to manipulating files and folders, all complaints would go away.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 23, 2009 Jan 23, 2009

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> mimicked as much of explorer's navigation styles and methodology

I have created a Workspace for Bridge which does just that.

However, while it is fine for dealing with image files in its CS4 incarnation, and has a lot of very useful features, Bridge is still not an Explorer replacement.

The recent exchange between Adobe and Microsoft engineers on this very forum has convinced me that it is not "All Microsoft's fault".

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Enthusiast ,
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>Bridge is still not an Explorer replacement.

it needs to be if it wants full adoption. or at least you need to be able to maneuver around files and folders like you can in explorer.

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I don't see it as an Explorer replacement, it is a deluxe image viewer for working with Adobe products. I still use Explorer for other tasks.

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