Solution for Mac OS not showing the thumbnails.

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I have tried to find a solution for this question for couple of years now.
There are lot of threads out there but no solutions...

I am looking for images from external hard drives on a daily basis and I really have to see the thumbnails of the images to be able to find the correct images.

Being a professional photographer I end up losing hours and hours of work each week because of this problem.

I have 5 different Macs and the problem is consistent regardless of the computer I use...

Does anyone know

HOW CAN I GET MY MAC TO SHOW THE THUMBNAILS OF THE IMAGES ?


Always open in icon view box is ticked and even tough I always hit the " Use as defaults"

button, usually when I come back to the same folder the the box is not ticked anymore and

ticking it again does not make any difference.


Result is always NO THUMBNAILS and therefore I have to open all the images in Photoshop to be able to find the file I am looking for...

I have tens of Terabytes of images on different hard drives and therefore the situation is unbearable...







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Hi Antti,
I'm a Mac user & professional photographer too, but honestly large files take so long to render thumbnails that I believe this is honestly a waste of time... however I have always used (various) cataloging (DAM) software and have only recently discovered Neofinder. 
Latest version is cheap (free to download) and great for finding images. Can't recommend it enough!
Peter 

Should have added  <http://www.cdfinder.de>
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Thank you Peter.
Does the Neofinder see the thumbnails ?
BR,

Antti
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It is a proper searchable database - looks like this!
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Thank you.

I am only interested in seeing the thumbnails of images on external hard drives, that contain tens of thousands of images in different folders - some of them RAW, some of them JPGs, some of them PSD files and some of them TIFFS. All shot with different cameras...

I am not looking for any other functionality.

Does it do that ?

Kind Regards,

Antti

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Its free to download - give it a try!
Peter
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Does it show the thumbnails ?

Kind Regards,


Antti
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Hi, ok, I've seen this before. Usually when the system is being very slow. However, I've just tried to recreate it but to no avail. I'm pretty sure its a system speed thing. Particularly if your files are on external - remote - network drives. It takes a while to pull them in, and convert them to thumbs. Then display them. 
So if you have a slow network - low RAM capacity - "something" running in the background hogging the CPU (that's a real killer) - or something else interfering - like virus scanners! that will do it.

If you have (many) thousands of images in one folder that will also slow down the thumb conversion.

I'm using Mac Mojave 10.14.4  or whatever the latest deal is. I don't have TB of images, but I do have 43,000 of them which runs to Gyga Bytes anyway.

I've three images included here. The first one showing a folder full of images and the "info" for the relevant folder.


This second image shows the thumbnails (set small) When I first double clicked on the folder to display just the images, they show the place marker but then changed to the thumbnail. really quickly.


So I thought, ok you are showing TIFF files, so I went and found a batch. Same deal. Thumbnails.






Don't know if that wil lhelp - hope so.


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Thank you very much for your answer and the input.

Why is it that many times when I return to "show view options" the box is un ticked even tough I am 100 % sure I keep ticking it every time I come across it ?

Why do my computers automatically "untick" this box and does it have something to do with my problem ?

If I see it unticked ( like in my screenshot attached ) and the thumbs not showing, Iĺl naturally tick it BUT IT DOES NOT BRING MY THUMBS VISIBLE...
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If all that doesn't work - try this. It's a bit brute force but may do the trick

Easy fix for Mac Finder preview thumnails not displaying

Every so often I find that my preview thumbnails through my Mac finder disappear. They don’t disappear entirely, they just stop displaying the preview of the file and show only the generic jpeg icon. It’s a fairly bothersome problem, especially when so much of my work is visual. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this, however the fix isn’t always easy to locate when searching the web for answers. So, I thought I’d share it here for you (and for me the next time I need it.)

  1. Open to the Preferences folder of your home directory
    (your home > library > preferences)
  2. Delete com.apple.finder.plist
  3. Right click on Finder icon and select Relaunch. (You can also open the force quit window and relaunch Finder.)



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Thank you very much for your time.
How do I enter my (your home > library > preferences) ?
Sorry for my stupid question.
I would really like to try this out...
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Use a DAM like Bridge to look through folders. Its included with the CC subscription.
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Never heard of DAM. I have to look in to it.
Is it a piece of software and if it is, what is it made for ?
Kind Regards,

Antti
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Hi,
could it be this? In your Finder -> Get Info about a directory, it defaults to locked.
See down the bottom of the image, the lock is ON. 
I haven't tried this, but perhaps you need to unlock that, then make changes then lock it again. So it stays with the setting you made.
Just an idea.
If you set it, and it changes back, then you need to unlock-lock something I think. Just an idea. Oh, and in your image, are you clicking on [Use as Defaults] at the bottom of that screen? I guess you are.




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