Inkscape: A Vector Drawing Tool

Thumbnail preview icons on Windows

Reported by John Doe on 2011-08-07
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Inkscape
Wishlist
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Bug Description

If I change the Windows icons to show thumbnails in a folder, the SVG files keep showing the Inkscape icon. Instead I would like to see a thumbnail preview of the actual vector graphic.

~suv (suv-lp) wrote :

Please provide information about your OS and Inkscape version + revision number (see Inkscape menu 'Help > About Inkscape).

Possibly a duplicate of Bug #802904 “no svg file preview on Windows, build 10356” (a recent regression in development builds for Windows).
<https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/824018>

tags: added: ui win32
Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Incomplete
~suv (suv-lp) wrote :

>> If I change the Windows icons to show thumbnails in a folder (…)

Probably I misread the feature request originally and the reporter was asking about previewing SVG files in Windows Explorer (same as bug #880919).

Could you please confirm that the request is (unrelated to Inkscape) about providing a plugin for the native file manager on Windows?

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: desktop-integration
removed: ui
nevit (nevilo) wrote :

It would not differ from an end-user view that either microsoft or inkscape team makes a thumbnail explorer. Inkscape can do the job in file open dialog, or separate explorer.

Inkscape already has inkview.exe which can render svg's. Needed programming: 1. Render raster thumbnails (render without filters & extras). (Keepthem in a local database or delete them after closing file open dialog) 2. Sort them by name, time, etc. (I guess already present in file open dialog) 3. Click to open intended file in Inkscape

Microsoft has to write an entire SVG rendering engine to create thumbnails.

There is currently only one 3 party application which helps with creating SVG thumbnails. Irfanview. I attach a screenshot. Recent versions of Irfanview render SVG in Thumbnail browser.

This is just a suggestion. Inkscape can decide to be part of solution in managing large numbers of SVG files or say this is not our priority. I do not know how many people are affected but for whom who need a urgent solution Irfan v. provides one. Just a feature request. & Thanks Suv for tracking all bugs and requests.

~suv (suv-lp) wrote :

> Microsoft has to write an entire SVG rendering engine to create thumbnails.

The latest version of IE does support SVG -> Microsoft does have the knowledge as well as source code for rendering SVG files.

Related: Microsoft has joined the w3c SVG working group:
<http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/01/05/microsoft-joins-w3c-svg-working-group.aspx>
<http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/01/microsofts-collaboration-on-svg-is-a-win-for-the-open-web.ars>

> There is currently only one 3 party application which
> helps with creating SVG thumbnails. Irfanview

There is a widget for Opera which works as stand-alone SVG file browser (with thumbnails) and viewer:
<http://widgets.opera.com/widget/15172/>
Note: install the latest version (Opera SVG Viewer v2.0b5) from here:
<http://my.opera.com/SpShut/blog/>

~suv (suv-lp) wrote :

Setting bug status to 'Opinion' for now: Inkscape does not provide SVG previews/thumbnails for file managers on any of the supported platforms. Since the latest version of IE finally supports SVG images natively, it is more likely IMHO that Microsoft will also provide a native SVG thumbnailer/previewer as part of Explorer.

Changed in inkscape:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Deckard (carsten-schmitz-hh) wrote :

Hint: There is now an open source shell extension (Windows 32 and 64 bit) available at

http://code.google.com/p/svg-explorer-extension/

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