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Photoshop: No image preview on Open dialog box in CS6

The preview window in the "Open" dialog box on Windows is gone in Photoshop. So if I click on a PSD file (once) to preview it, there isn't one. I have to completely open the file or go digging for it in Bridge. This is a very fundamental feature that needs to return, especially for those of us that have hundreds of files to dig through. PLEASE fix this.
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  • This makes my work very difficult, I cannot find anything!
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  • This is very annoying. Open is one of the most basic functions of any program. How can you screw this up? FIX IT NOW!

    Make it work in List view and Detail view. Switching to Bridge just to open a file - ridiculous. FIX IT NOW!

    It was in CS5, you must know the codes. FIX IT NOW.
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  • When open the "Open-file dialog" and choose a file to open:

    - In Photoshop CS5: you have the ability to see a preview of the selected file you are about to open in the preview section at the bottom of the dialog window.

    - In Photoshop CS6: No preview appears.

    I was using this feature a lot when I am trying to open a .psd file, and now it is gone.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Photoshop: Why is the Preview in the "open-file dialog" no longer available?.
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    Photoshop CS6 isn't able to show the preview in open dialouge box b/c Adobe wants that their user use Bridge for that purpose, & Bridge still builts heavy cache,
    check this link for Bridge.
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/745353
    after seeing this you must think that Adobe ............. !!!

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Photoshop's open Dialogue Box is not Showing PSD preview..
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    I saw this when I was running the beta version and then bought the full hoping they had fixed it. Now that I see they haven't it's just ridiculous. I hate bridge. It's clunky and slow.

    I work with raw CR2 files and TIFF's and I hate not being able to simply use the Open dialogue box to see what the image is. I should be able to see it without having to open it. And the fact that you can't even see a simple PSD file in the open dialogue is beyond stupid.
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    Not a big problem for windows users the can install the low cost FastPictureViewer codecs. The them installed you can view Thumbnails of RAW and PSD files in Windows File explorer in addition the the file formats Windows supports thumbnails for. Thumbnails are also available in File open dialog including Photoshop file open dialog.
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    I'm sorry John...but that is NOT a fix. I have something like you mentioned installed and while it's somewhat of an improvement over nothing at all, it's still extremely lacking. That still doesn't allow me to browse my files by LIST view. My customer folder may have as many as 100 files in each one. Scrolling through massive thumbnails with that many files isn't for everyone. A lot of Windows users actually prefer browsing via LIST view. Without the preview window at the bottom, your only option is to open it or switch to thumbnail view every time. I work as fast and efficiently as possible, and this really is one of those things that cuts down my momentum in workflow throughout the day.
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  • Adobe changes the behavior of their Products over time, Its not a bug a old feature has been removed. No different then other GUI Adobe removed. Other features like Extract(good thing to remove) and Picture Package. If the noise level is high like Contact Sheet II and PDF Presentation Adobe may restore the feature in the future. Its NOT a Bug no FIX is required.
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    I disagree John. Seeing as how the preview is still there on the Mac version of Photoshop, it sounds a lot more like negligence to take as much care on the Windows side as they do on the Apple side, or just something they flat out missed on accident. Plus, we're not talking about a stupid tool nobody uses or that another tool does better, we're talking about a very basic UI function that's been around in Photoshop for years that makes no sense to remove. It's almost like taking out the "Open" or "Save" function and Adobe just saying "Those don't need to be there because everybody should be using Ctrl+O and Ctrl+S." It's about options and customer usability. And usually the reason for pulling a feature is because there's a better, faster way to do it. In my OPINION, as well as the opinion of many others, the list view is the quickest, most efficient way to get around numerous files and distinguishing between file types, and without the preview pane, people that prefer the list view are crippled and forced to work a different, less efficient way. I'm not a creature of habit either. I'm usually the first to say "Give the new system a chance...it's better! You'll see!", so don't think I'm one of those "Leave it the way it was" kind of guys, cause I'm very much the opposite. But there's IMPROVING THE SYSTEM...and then there's just SCREWING WITH THE SYSTEM.

    That said, there seems be to an increasing number of things Adobe omitted or changed this version that are more of a pain than a help. If they are indeed doing this stuff on purpose, then it's pretty much slapping their users in the face and saying "To heck with user preference...we don't care what you like...this is the way we want it, and you'll just have to get use to it."
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    • Way to dodge that question.
    • I'm sorry that you feel inconvenienced

      I don't feel inconvenienced, I AM inconvenienced

      really sad that this employee is representing this issue as they are just saying we are dumb for 'oversimplifying' and that we shouldn't need this feature and that we should fix it ourselves or just deal with our inconvenience. Thanks Chris Cox, photoshop employee.
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  • How can this be a Windows problem? I am using the same Windows7 I used before. The only thing that changed is the Photoshop version. You can call this anything you want, but it is a huge inconvenience to many users and should be corrected. Adobe's relationship with it's customers will continue to suffer as long as this is not fixed. Until now this has been a great program, but there are alternatives. If your callous attitude about a problem that many consider serious is not reversed users won't feel so loyal for long. At least tell us you are working hard to correct this issue.
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  • Enough BS!
    Some of us rely on speed and efficiency, utilising detail view is the best option.
    Bridge serves its purpose for some but NOT FOR ALL.
    It was mentioned it's not an issue on the Mac, which suggests it IS an issue which demands immediate attention.
    Stop wasting everyone's time who has invested in your otherwise quality products and FIX THE PROBLEM NOW!
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    • I bring up Bridge because a number of threads and postings suggest using it to preview images prior to editing in PS.

      If in fact, Microsoft is the problem, please provide all of us the contact information for the appropriate people there so we can voice our concerns to them. I promise we will.
    • Chris Cox (Sr. Computer Scientist) June 23, 2012 15:22
      I'm sorry, I don't have names for customer level contacts -- I only work with corporate reps and engineers.

      But I would start with their user forums: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/...
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  • Yes, The image preview in The File open dialogue box is Missing in windows. I miss it dearly. I dont like using bridge either and sometimes i just want to see a small preview in the open box.

    PLEASE ADOBE reintroduce this function!
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  • I’m frustrated
    As a professional graphic designer and web developer, I have to agree with the this thread of complaint... seeing simply an 'icon' and not a mini preview (Windows 7) does indeed cause me a LOT of hassle. I also agree Bridge is far too slow and clunky. and I agree that this is new to CS6 (never encountered problem before). And I agree that when trying to select a file from several hundred folders holding several thousand files, this IS a real issue to me.
    A lot of agreement therefore. Yet purchasing bolt-on software to correct a CS6 issue seems the wrong way to proceed.
    I would very much like an answer, please, if it is ever found!
    Simon
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  • Where is the image thumbnail preview in the open dialog in photoshop cs6? PLEASE don't tell me it's gone! I don't know how to find the correct photoshop file without opening every single one to find the right one. I thought new versions were supposed to make our work more efficient. This is really, really bad. Please help.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Thumbnail preview gone in open dialog box.
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  • I really (REALLY) don't like Bridge for much of anything. It's slow. It's cumbersome. It's a resource hog. And regardless, showing a thumbnail preview of a selected file is all I need when using the Open dialog. This was a really really bad move guys...
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  • Well, I'm another one of the dissatisfied customers. This is a HUGE problem in our workflow. We open up to look for a file and see 20 psd files and have to remember what every single one exactly looked like rather than seeing simple thumbnails.

    This is CORE functionality, and Adobe removed it.

    What SHOULD have happened is, if Adobe felt it necessary to remove it, for Adobe to provide an acceptable and ALTERNATIVE means to view thumbnails *IN* Photoshop. SIMPLE.

    And I'm not talking about launching another program (Bridge) which will consume your RAM and breaks workflow.

    We all obviously like Photoshop, but are feeling pushed around and powerless when it comes to the Adobe executives deciding to remove core functionality, and then this Chris guy repeats the message basically saying, "well, deal with it."

    My question is, if Adobe is refusing to listen to the feedback from its customers in this regard, is there another up and coming software product in the photo and design marketplace that we could slowly start turning our attention toward?

    This is the first time many of us have been deeply frustrated with Photoshop by removing core functionality and simply suggesting we ought to deal with it. It would be good to have options in the marketplace when a corporation turns it back on its customers.
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    • I read this entire thread. I've also read many, MANY other forums outside of this one. Have you?

      The FACT of the matter is, ADOBE took core functionality out of its current product. Your customers (yes, that is ME and everyone else on this board) have told you, and your company (ad naseum) that your company has messed up, that we are upset, and that we would like a remedy to this.

      And your response is a simple one: Adobe will not fix it.

      We get it.

      But keep in mind, Chris. You work for ME! In fact, you work for all of us. Your pay check is dependent upon customers buying the products your company spits out.

      If you simply dismiss us, and tell us, "too bad -- deal with it", it's hardly an effective solution of building up a solid, positive reputation for Adobe.

      On a side note, for others, there is an alternative called GIMPshop, which is OPEN-SOURCE and FREE. It's no Photoshop (yet) but as the community grows ... who knows. :)
    • GIMP is the photoshop alternative I recommend to schools who cannot afford the licence for CS5 suites (I teach CS to many schools and kids).

      This thread confirms my suspicion that whilst Adobe products are unquestionably the best for professional use, the elitist attitude and blindspot to what is correctly identified here as a core issue in CS6 (shown well in the above thread) makes Adobe largely unsuitable for secondary education.

      Whilst increasingly recommending GIMP to schools, I shall be saddened that Adobe cannot see the consequences of their high pricing and poor (long time) customer support.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Bring back the files preview as thumbnails when trying to open a file!!!!

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Files preview.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I couldn't agree more with this thread, we need this fixed ASAP, Adobe.
    You guys have really made it harder for us to work with our files!
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  • I even can't believe we were in need to open a thread like this to complain on something that should have never happened. For me, Photohsop was simply "the best" by far, now, just because of this intentional lack of simplicity it is just one among many. It may sound stupid or extreme for some but for me this feature was as important as the most important and best features of other graphic design programs. I hope it is restored in the next days, shortly...
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  • Just posted in Microsoft's forums. If I hear anything, I'll let everyone here know.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...
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  • Not that I think this is the appropriate answer at all, but the PSD codec from Ardify (http://www.ardfry.com/psd-codec/) works in the CS6 dialog when using thumbnail view instead of detail view. it costs $19.95, but does also allow you to see PSD thumbnails in Windows Explorer.
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  • Adobe didn't have to remove the preview box. It wasn't as if Microsoft contacted them and said, "DON'T DO THIS. WE WILL SEEK LITIGATION IF YOU ALTER OUR OPEN DIALOG BOX."

    The proof is that Illustrator CS6 STILL has the preview box!

    It's almost as if Adobe is experimenting to see how users respond when they remove this functionality. They didn't want to go all the way in case this very thing happened -- everyone complains that Photoshop is now harder to use.

    I suspect they want to force users to use Bridge to browse files. What Adobe doesn't understand is *no one* wants to slow down their workflow by going to another software program (that can eat up 5-20 seconds per file) just to open a file.
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    • "No, it is not generally agreed -- Bridge is normally fairly fast and efficient."

      Chris, are you serious? Do you even use Bridge? I'm running a very well set-up PC, and Bridge is far from fast and efficient.

      And, if "this issue has nothing to do with Bridge. All it has to do with is the OS vendors tightening down on security issues and customization of their dialogs" is REALLY the reason for no image preview in Photoshop CS6, WHY IS IT PART OF ILLUSTRATOR CS6 ?!?!?! You're contradicting yourself. Did 'OS vendors' say 'ok, you can use image previews in Illustrator, but Photoshop? I don't think so!'. No, i don't think they did that.

      There is a lot wrong with Photoshop CS6, but the lack of image preview really messes with people's workflow.
    • Chris Cox (Sr. Computer Scientist) August 24, 2012 01:17
      Please read the entire thread. Photoshop removed the preview before the other apps, because we knew about the upcoming OS requirements.

      And yes, Bridge is quite fast and efficient on most systems: I use it all the time.
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  • This reply was removed on 2012-06-27.
    see the change log
  • Well.. what i find weird is that Other companies can create their own codec and sell it such as the one mentioned a few posts up ( from Ardify (http://www.ardfry.com/psd-codec/ ) and Adobe can't/doesnt want to /wont add something similar to this to compensate for the removal of the preview. If they cant add a thumbnail preview at the bottom of the dialogue box, At least provide some kind of psd preview on the icon itself like a JPG file...

    The preview is absolutely needed. You guys are smart so provied us with a solution that allows us to see what were opening ( something built into photoshop not bridge or third party) that doesnt step on microsoft toes. OR work out a solution to get the security issues fixed with microsoft. It shouldnt be up to us ( the clients) to beg to microsoft... this is a real issue..
    • Chris Cox (Sr. Computer Scientist) June 27, 2012 17:31
      The OS API for the codecs is buggy and causes problems. We'd like to see that fixed, or for the OS to provide codec support directly.

      We tried supplying a codec, and ran into the OS bugs around the APIs and had to drop support because of the OS bugs (when it interferes with work, it's not worth the hassle).
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  • http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...

    This is the initial response from MS and my response.

    In the meantime, i have opened Illustrator and confirmed that the thumbnail preview does, in fact, show when selecting a file in the File Open dialog. Seems very odd to me that this would be available in Illustrator and not ALL other CS6 applications in the Suite.
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  • Many users are confused about the topic at hand: the OP talks about the single thumbnail of the selected file, not the thumbnails of the icons in the folder. Those are two different issues.
    • I may have unintentionally created confusion around this. Since the thumbnail preview in CS6 is erroneously (and counter intuitively) removed, I was thinking perhaps having a Windows codec that provided a thumbnail view in the file pane (large thumbnail view in Explorer) would at least give users the ability to see what file they are opening.

      This was NOT meant to be confused with Adobe getting their collective act together and fixing Photoshop CS6 which, IMO, is clearly broken because of the thumbnail preview omission.
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  • Yes 2 different things. But I would be happy if either one of those were implemented. I need somekind of Thumbnail to know what I'm opening Either in the form of the Icon thumbnail ( in the open dialogue box.. i dont care if the icon would show up or not in windows explorer) OR a preview thumbnail at the bottom of the dialogue box like before.... Adobe needs to solve this because theres alot of unhappy people. Regardless of Microsoft not wanting adobe to play around with Dialogue box settings They need to provide somekind of alternative/solution that isnt third party OR Adobe bridge...
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  • OK, let me clear something up so it will eliminate those posts that are muddying up the thread. We are talking about the PREVIEW PANE in Photoshop when viewing files in LIST VIEW. If anyone is perfectly content with just having the THUMBNAILS display a quick preview of what the file looks like, there have been a few recommendations for codecs you can install....

    Personally, I installed SageThumbs, which is free, just to have something to use for doing a quickview on thumbnail images. It works just fine and has plenty of options to tweak for personal preference. It shows previews in the thumbnail image for PSD, EPS, TIFF, AI, and many other file types. If that's all you need and prefer to browse your files by medium to large size thumbnails, than more power to you, and a codec just like that should more than solve your problem. I've attached an image just to show you basically what your open dialog box would look like in Photoshop in the Large icons view.

    The problem is, most of us are NOT satisfied with that and don't want to browse large obnoxious thumbnails. It's slow and inefficient.

    • I tried this SageThumbs - and it is almost the same as bridge... it loads every single preview and takes forever. I just want to see the difference between a couple files at a time - it's great if you don't have a lot of files in your folders.
    • Oh, I totally agree Kim. This isn't a solution by any means. More or less, I was just trying to shuffle people off this board that were just looking for a thumbnail solution in the list box like SageThumbs provides. If that's all they were looking for, there are plenty of third party programs out there like that for that purpose and they needed to stop posting on these boards with those third party solutions like that. But for the many of us that browse in list view and need to due to the hundreds of files we have with different versions of each, there is still no good solution and we are stuck in the middle a finger-pointing match between Adobe and Microsoft, both saying it's the other's fault.
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  • here is another related issue (dont think mentioned in this thread).

    If I am in Windows Explorer looking for a file (and seeing only these pesky icons), then I right-click to open it and Photoshop is no longer an optional choice, so I click 'Choose default program' and - here's the point - no matter what I do I cannot set Photoshop as the default programme (sorry UK spelling!) to open my file ... however, I CAN set Illustrator as the default programme to open my file... for a jpg/bmp/tiff..?!

    an explanation of such 'unholy anomaly' that was never the case with CS5 would be most helpful!
    • I really don't think that needs to go on this thread Simon. I can see how you would think it's related, but that's actually a pretty different issue. That said, I haven't had any problems with that. I'm running Windows 7 (Ultimate) and am able to right-click and select Photoshop CS6 easily. You might make sure you're not selecting multiple files and then trying to do that. I have noticed you sometimes can't do the "Open with" option correctly (or at all) when selecting multiple files. If you still have problems, please search the Photoshop forums for this same issue, or start a new thread about it if there's not anything about it.
    • Chris Cox (Sr. Computer Scientist) June 27, 2012 22:36
      That's not related at all - and indicates that something is messed up in the file associations (an OS thing) for those file formats/extensions.
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  • POSSIBLE SOLUTION---Chris, I know this is a little long, but please read this and pass along this idea.

    Ok, so let's just say there is NOTHING Adobe can do about the OS dialog box. I was just looking at Bridge, and maybe it IS the answer here, or at least a workaround. The problem in Bridge is that the Mini-Bridge version doesn't have a list view. Once you open a folder, a bunch of thumbnail previews pop up in the main window. One thing you guys could do and are absolutely, with no doubt whatsoever, ABLE to do, is provide a list view in Mini-Bridge. The stand-alone version of Bridge has the ability to do list view, and upon clicking on the file, you get a preview, regardless of the file type (AI, PSD, etc). That is one thing that Bridge has going for it that you can't do in the program you're working in. For example, in Illustrator, in the Open dialog box, you couldn't preview files created in other Adobe programs, like Photoshop (and vice versa). In Bridge you can click on a preview and see what it looks like, regardless of the native program it was created in.

    So, I've got some images here with some descriptions of what we have versus what we should be able to do:

    1) First of all, here's what the standalone version of Bridge looks like with the file List view shown, and the selected file showing a preview of the image. Good. Great. Love it. However, opening the Standalone version of Bridge over Photoshop to open files just isn't efficient, which Adobe obviously knew...hence the reason they introduced MiniBridge into Photoshop.


    2) Here's MiniBridge open on the bottom as they originally intended in CS6. As you can see, once I opened the folder that contains the files that the artwork I need is in, the pane on the left becomes blank, and I'm forced to browse via thumbnail view on the right. Once again, not very efficient.


    3) There's also the option to dock MiniBridge on the toolbars, but that doesn't help any either. Same problem as step 2 above.


    4) Now HERE's a way we could still have list view available and useful in Photoshop. In MiniBridge, there needs to be option we can select that will lay the windows out like this, to where when a folder is opened, the files are shown in the browsing pane on the left (or top, if docked to toolbar), and the preview of the file is shown on the right (bottom on toolbar dock). I did a quick mock-up in Photoshop to show you basically how this would look.
    First of all, docked at the bottom.....

    Then docked at the side...

    So for those of us that have systems that will handle MiniBridge running in the background just fine, this would be great and, more than likely, get us off your back about the OS dialog box preview pane being gone. All it would take is assigning a hot key to open MiniBridge just like many of us do with the Open dialog box (Ctrl+O on Windows), and boom...workflow restored. What do you think?
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  • Still curious on this issue...
    Where on the packaging under system requirements does it mention Windows 8?
    All I can see is XP & 7. One would think software should be designed for the OS it is designed for.
    Adobe may be working towards Windows 8, IT'S NOT RELEASED YET, tackle the "OS restrictions" then... ACROSS THE SUITE NOT JUST PHOTOSHOP

    It's really a no brainer... We all paid for a version to work on XP/Win 7...
    Any issues with Upcoming OS requirements should not be our problem.
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  • I’m annoyed
    I have Windows 8 beta and I've used PS CS5 with no issues with preview in the Open diolog box. CS6 however is a different story and this why I'm here. It really sucks.
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  • I am very disappointed and would not have purchased CS6 if I knew this problem exsisted. Photoshop has loss me as a customer who upgrades when a new product comes out
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  • I’m Angry
    Is this an oversight? I doubt it. So why on earth omit one of the most functional (dare I go as far as to say essential?) features of Photoshop. I can physically feel myself wasting time!! Inexcusable.
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  • I have posted this topic in a couple of places on Microsoft's forums. According to MS folks, this is an Adobe issue - not Microsoft.

    Staff on this forum have indicated the change was made due to MS's dialogue box security guidelines. So us users are basically screwed in the crossfire...
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  • Photoshop file preview missing in open dialog for PS6/Windows. What's the ETA for this be corrected?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Photoshop open dialog/Photoshop CS6/Windows missing preview.
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  • I’m Satisfied - but not with Adobe
    I detest Bridge and I'm guessing Adobe won't be doing anything about this any time soon so I just purchased FastPictureViewer Codec pack. It's around a tenner (UK) and has other benefits aside from Photoshop previews. I should add that medium/large/extra large icons must be chosen in the 'Open' dialogue box in order for this to work.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Another vote to put Open dialog preview back in - it's so frustrating browsing through a huge database of images, and having to open each similarly name image to find the right model without a preview. Bridge is way to big, and the images I need to browse are to large for mini bridge - if it doesn't crash my system, I have to wait up to 10 minutes for images to load - Bridge is a useless program, a time and space hog.
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  • I’m wainting for a patch
    same problem as others...
    I'd like to see a Preview of pic inside Windows OS dialog.
    It's faster and useful.

    Please FixIT
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  • John McAssey mentioned up thread the FastPictureViewer codec pack.

    That package not only gives you thumbnails in the Photoshop file dialogs, but also enables thumbnails in Windows Explorer and any other application that uses Explorer's file dialogs.

    I have the Fast Picture Viewer codec pack (I had it even when Photoshop did put up the little preview) and I wouldn't want to be without it. It's professional quality software, causes no problems with Windows, and enables MANY things, including the ability to see all the various kinds of raw files, ALL OVER WINDOWS. It even facilitates previews with the Windows Photo Viewer, and even handles color-management.

    It seems a bit silly to complain loudly here about a minor feature having been removed from Photoshop when there's such a much more functional and integrated solution available.

    The only thing I don't like so far about the FPV codec pack is that they don't (yet) show thumbnails for PSB files. I've requested that support, and I think they may have misunderstood the request, since they said they're worried that interpreting BIG files in memory during thumbnail generation could be a problem, but I let them know PSB can contain everyday small files as well. Fortunately I don't use PSB files for much.

    -Noel
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  • Good news but...
    why i have to pay a plug-in, for that basic feature, after paid over 1000€ for the upgrade to CS6?

    If a 3rd part plugin is the only solution i'd like to find a free version.
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    • All the third party codec thumbnail companies are circling like scavengers.

      Frankly, I don't want to pay $10 or more for another solution that could be easily integrated into Photoshop CS6 and is ALREADY integrated into Illustrator CS6.

      We pay enough for Photoshop CS6 to get out credit cards again for more solutions that do what all other previous versions of Photoshop used to do.
    • Don't get me wrong - I agree with you - I just needed an immediate solution to a vexing problem. Adobe can't/won't 'fix' the issue any time soon so I had to take the best alternative route I could find. It just so happened that the codec pack I bought did genuinely have system wide benefits which I think should be brought to everyone's attention. After that, the decision's yours.
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  • Please fix this Adobe.
    No, I will not use clunky Bridge or pay for a third party patch.
    Press the rollback button and make us happy.
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    • Okay, you have some experience. Fair enough.

      But do you think maybe other folks, who haven't tried the codec approach yet, might benefit from the info? Do you think offering up a workaround to the Adobe shortcomings is somehow hindering the efforts to get Adobe to change their software? Do you believe they really care what you say here?

      And talk about splitting hairs... You act as if the difference between looking over your photo sets as groups of icons vs. a list will literally make or break your workflow, which we both know is an exaggeration.

      -Noel
    • Yes, Noel, I do believe that the codec might suffice for a handful, but it's been mentioned enough in this thread, and now I actually believe you're giving Adobe ammo for feeling like they don't NEED to provide a solution. Even that employee Chris up there mentioned that there are 3rd party codecs that will solve the problem. So great...now HE actually thinks those are good enough thanks to you and like one other person thinking those codecs are so glorious.

      Now am I going to say I absolutely cannot get any work done without the preview pane? Of course not. But it grinds on my nerves every time I'm sailing through work, pumping stuff out, and then come to a halt when I hit the open dialog box, am scanning through files, click on it to preview it....and nothing happens. So what do I do? I roll my eyes, as I forgot once again about the proverbial shaft that Adobe has lodged in it's customers backside on this issue, and open the file up all the way in Photoshop just to see that it's not what I was looking for. And Noel....look again....apparently you are excessively outnumbered on this thread by people that believe it IS a big deal about browsing through huge lists of files in thumbnail view. I've tried doing it on numerous occasions, and half the time, I can't find what I'm looking for. I'm looking for file NAMES first, then images second. You have trained yourself to do the process in reverse, which is out of the norm for most designers. Do you do photography? If that's the case, maybe that's why....you're looking for an image and not a file name. I understand that. Whenever I'm browsing through photos, I normally open windows explorer, set it to thumbnail view, and can find what I'm looking for much easier.

      But put yourself in my (and many others) position: You're browsing through a company's folder looking for the business card you did out of 30 different cards you did for different employees there. All of the cards have the format of "Synergy_card_John_front.psd". Then there is a back for that card. Then there is a JPEG version for the customer to proof and a PDF print file. So imagine browsing through 90 different versions of each side that look the same on the thumbnail preview. How can you NOT see the kind of pain that would be? If I was just looking for card fronts, I could easily scan through them in list view, and then also find "John" quicker. If you don't understand the difference and how much easier it is, then you obviously haven't seen how quick a designer can really navigate the system. I've brought in interns before, and I get very antsy watching them navigate files, because they are SOO slow. Opening files shouldn't even BE part of a designer's workflow....it should be second nature that they don't even have to think about. When I'm looking for a file, I would say my average search time to open the dialog box, track down the folder, and find it in that folder is less than 10 seconds.

      So there you go. Glad that codec works for you, but just move on man and accept and understand that we KNOW how the codec works and it isn't for everyone.
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  • well, here's a possible odd fact for the (guinness book of) records on this topic:

    I have never yet seen (or heard of) any software on the market that cannot visually preview its own files before, and requires a third party codec to facilitate such an essential need. Photoshop CS6 can surely go into the record books therefore.

    ...this fact, if true(? ) remains a dubious wooden spoon from where I am.

    I would add 'thank goodness to FPV for having come to the rescue'!

    Simon
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  • Hi everybody, again
    I found this free software that, for me, works (Windows 7 Pro 64bit, CS6)

    http://code.google.com/p/sagethumbs/
    Note: I have installed also Ghostscript 8.54

    Now i can see .psd and .ai preview through Windows Open Dialog, but sometimes i see a little flickering for some image..

    Anyway, waiting for an Adobe Patch, i hope this can help somebody else
    I'll stay tuned for other suggestions..
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  • it seems to me this thread has become a series of personal attacks on people who are struggling to use software for which they (in the past) have evangelists. I know I have always been a strong supporter of Adobe, and Photoshop in particular.

    The fact that there are 3rd party products that allow for thumbnail views of files is mildly helpful for those of us who only have a few images in a folder. But at the end of the day, the product is broken.

    I have installed a codec so I can see the preview. It's not elegant. It's not streamlined. If you have more than a dozen or so images, you either have to resize the dialog (more time), use smaller thumbnails (not particularly helpful), or guess (obviously not a good workflow suggestion).

    One way I've discovered is mildly efficient is to open Photoshop and a Windows Explorer window fullscreen with thumbnails. Then right-click and open with Photoshop. At least this way, I can view larger images with one instance of PS running. Again, not nearly as nice as previous versions, but better than the broken method currently required.

    Adobe, I certainly hope your listening.
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  • This reply was removed on 2012-07-30.
    see the change log
  • When I accidentally click on “Browse in Bridge” in the CS6’s Open menu, it ruins my day a bit. It’s that worthless. These you-can-view-huge-icons-in-your-Explorer-window-with-one-of-these-crappy-CODEC-apps that are being peddled here are almost as worthless, as has been evidenced by the majority of sentiments expressed already.

    I never realized how much I (and apparently many others) relied on the Open Dialog image preview until it was yanked... or forgotten... or whatever.

    Any which way you cut it, this sucks.
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