MysticThumbs 4.4.3


MysticThumbs generates thumbnails of many image formats not natively supported by Windows. It plugs into Windows Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images, see them all in the native shell and Open/Save dialog boxes in all 32 and 64 bit applications. Thumbnails generated by MysticThumbs are stored in the system thumbnail cache by Windows so once they are made they are not remade unless the file is touched in some way, such as saving changes to a photo.

Feature highlight overview:

  • QuickView - if you miss your Apple Mac then press the Space Bar to QuickView files.
  • High DPI support for the vision impaired and extra high resolution displays.
  • Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, SVG, RAW Photography images, DirectX, Targa, PowerVR game textures and all sorts of other file formats never looked so good in Explorer.
  • No need for any other application to see your thumbnails and quickly preview your images.
  • All suported file types are all fully configurable.
  • Transparency support - opaque, transparent, checkerboard options to help clarify transparent thumbnails against window backgrounds.
  • Very lean and optimised, Win32 code only. Mo bloat libraries like .NET or MFC.
  • All rendering is GPU optimised where appropriate to improve performance.
  • Individual image customisation via context menu.
  • Embedded thumbnail or full image extraction.
  • Enhanced support for Windows native supported images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF).
  • WAV sound files displayed as a waveform.
  • Customizable file type icon overlays.
  • Thumbnail adornment option, shadow or flat (no frame).
  • Per image adjustments via context menu.
  • Force transparent thumbnails on desktop option.
  • Regular updates.
  • Plugin support so you can add your own formats.
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian.

Version 4.4.3 changelog:

  • new: Control panel sounds option, for a touch of distinctiveness. Comes with multiple volume levels and mute. Work in progress.
  • new: Cubic sampling mode. Only works on Windows 7 with Platform Update or newer with DirectX 11 capable hardware.
  • fix: PDF files were not working due to v4.4 ImageMagick upgrade.
  • fix: Some files were not supporting embedded thumbnails & metadata correctly.
  • fix: Issues with extra large images.
  • fix: Gamma restore icon was incorrect.
  • fix: Postscript / PDF, AI, ABR, PSP files fixed.
  • fix: Register nag balloon was being too naggy.
  • fix: Imprecise initial positioning of QuickView window in some situations.
  • fix: QuickView and possibly thumbnailer were holding a file lock on open files beyond completion of image composition. This could cause app saves & file copy/paste to malfunction.
  • fix: PaintShop Pro files transparent areas didn't respect transprency.
  • opt: Windows 7 & Platform Update, Windows 8 and all newer versions now used even more efficient GPU acceleration for compositing and rendering using DirectX 11.
  • opt: Context menu adjustments from Explorer will now be available if either thumbnail or small icon modes are enabled for a file.
  • opt: Various bug and stability fixes.
  • opt: Sound (.wav) rendering accelerated with GPU.
  • opt: Resizing large PostScript images to a reasonable size when required to make them render at reasonable sizes.
  • opt: PDF scaling in QuickView.
  • opt: Search extensions drop list combo had an erroneous border. It's been removed.
  • opt: Taller control panel file format/extension/search combo boxes. Don't forget these can all be searched by typing for what you want.
  • opt: Optimised realization of QuickView images.
  • opt: Improved icon composition / rendering esp. with multiple overlay complications.
  • opt: File types are now by default non-transparent capable. If any files you expect to be transparent no longer support it please send us a support request. This is a purity enhancement.
  • opt: Improved context menu icons with better clarity for restore/apply icons and a more accurate restore to state icon in most situations.
  • opt: Discarding thumbnail generation when file dimensions/size are set fixed.
  • opt: Improved rendering performance when generating multiple thumbnails concurrently.
  • opt: Improved real time scaling and interpretation for dynamic images (WAV/ABR etc.)
  • opt: Improved QuickView performance when scaling and changing image options, not requiring reload of image.
  • opt: Improved QuickView performance and image quality when running on Windows 7 with Platform Update or later.
  • opt: PaintShop Pro compositing layers improved positioning & scaling. Note: not all composite modes are currently supported so results may vary. This may be improved in the future. Best save with a flattened image/thumbnail for compatibility.

Notes: This release should fix a lot of problems created from the previous v4.4.x releases. As always, if you have problems, use an older version that suits until stability is maintained.

Download: MysticThumbs 4.4.3 (10 / 8 / 7 / Vista) | 20.6 MB (Shareware)
Download: MysticThumbs 3.0.8 (XP) | 9.9 MB
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