Photoshop: Need PSD thumbnails in Windows Explorer

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It's inexcusable that Adobe doesn't provide the necessary DLL so that Windows Explorer in Win7 x64 can display thumbnail images of PSD files. Much smaller companies do so for their proprietary image formats, and some of those programs are free. Shame on you, Adobe!
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Ken

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I feel like I entered the twilight zone when I upgraded my computer with Win 7 Pro 64 bit...suddenly I had no psd or nef thumbnails. No problem I thought...just locate the updated codec and install it...right? Well that's exactly what I was able to do with Nikon...new nef codec fully compatible with Explorer 64 bit. Not so fast with psd.

IMHO this is an Adobe problem...psd is an Adobe file format...not a Microsoft file format. If Adobe want's their customers to have the convenience of previewing thumbnails of psd files it is up to Adobe to release an updated codec...just as Nikon did for nef.

This negatively impacts the workflow of everyone that uses psd files...and I am aware of third party solutions...there are third party solutions for nef as well, but Nikon doesn't expect its customers to have to purchase third party software to solve their thumbnail problem.

Abode would do well to take notice and get an updated codec released to solve this annoying problem...it is just this sort of thing that encourages users to look at alternatives. Does anyone remember Lotus 1-2-3?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: PSD Codec for Windows.
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Gary, third party is not the answer. PSD is an Adobe format. Adobe is ignoring something important to all their customers.
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I'm guessing this is where requests go to die? I highly doubt anyone from Adobe ever looks at or pays attention to this, but I may as well post.

Not having a codec for your own formats is as wrong as it gets, but I know many have contacted you and never get a straight answer. If third parties can create a working set of codecs, so can you.

Today it's really bothering me as it's destroying my workflow. ALL my 3D software uses .psd files. ALL!!! Bridge should be integrated with Explorer or at least give us codec. You are interested in the 3D community right, what with Extended and all.

Right now I'm going to buy the third party solution because Adobe does not care about it's customers in such a meaningful matter. That is just sad considering what I paid for your software and .psd being proprietary.
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Why? Do you hate us and want to make our workflow more difficult? You are not as smart as the third party folks we have to buy the solution from? You don't care about the 3D community you are so entrenched in?

Nobody buys that this has anything to do with Microsoft or them being responsible for a codec for your formats. That is insulting.

Love Photoshop.

Hate having to spend hours creating preview sheets because you can't be bothered to include a codec.

Hate that you seem oblivious to the fact all 3D software uses PSD files and how no codec negatively impacts our workflows.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Adobe ignoring our need for .psd codec for Windows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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All of the above remarks about the .psd file format and the fact that when you save in Adobe's own format, it does not interface with Windows and therefore you do not get to see a thumbnail picture is true also in photoshop elements. There is lots of complaining about this on numerous forums and communities. It is just impossible to talk to a technical person at Adobe. They just route
you to the forums.

Adobe, you are offering very little support to your customers who really want to use your products. I have contacted Microsoft about this issue to see if they could do anything and they said the .psd is an Adobe product and you need to be the ones to fix this issue.

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