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SageThumbs Alternatives

SageThumbs is described as 'Windows Explorer context menu extension allowing Windows users to preview enormous amounts of image formats directly within Windows Explorer' and is a popular Image Viewer in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to SageThumbs for Windows, Windows Explorer, F-Droid and Android. The best alternative is Icaros, which is free. Other great apps like SageThumbs are XnShell, SVG Explorer Extension, PicaView and ThumbView.

SageThumbs alternatives are mainly Image Converters but may also be Image Viewers or Shell Extensions. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of SageThumbs.
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  1. Icaros icon

    Icaros

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    5 alternatives to Icaros 

    Icaros is a collection of lightweight, high quality, Windows Shell Extensions, which is capable of providing Windows Explorer thumbnails for essentially any video media filetype.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionIcaros can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Icaros vs SageThumbs opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Icaros is still a legitimate alternative to SageThumbs, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    lauraet

    Whereas SageThumbs provides thumbnails for IMAGE files, Icaros works with VIDEO files.

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    BevansDesign

    Contrary to what others say, this DOES make thumbnails for image files. It seems to generate thumbnails for PSD files just fine for me.

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    Guest

    Icaros previews video files while SageThumbs is an extension for previewing image files. Completely different file types

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    XnShell

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    25 alternatives to XnShell 

    XnShell is a free File Explorer extension that installs a number of image-related tools in the right-click context menu, including a thumbnail preview, image conversion to a wide variety of formats, image resizing, editing image IPTC...

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionXnShell can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    SVG Explorer Extension

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    12 alternatives to SVG Explorer Extension 

    Extension module for Windows Explorer to render SVG thumbnails, so that you can have an overview of your SVG files.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSVG Explorer Extension can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Windows Explorer ExtensionSVG Explorer Extension can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Guest

    no .psd, .ora, or .sai thumbnails

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    PicaView

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    11 alternatives to PicaView 

    PicaView is the simple, no-hassle image viewing solution. This is an add-on for viewing images in File Explorer that lets you right-click on an image file to bring up a miniature image and image file information.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionPicaView can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    The product is no longer available on the official website, but you can still download it from OldVersion.com

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    ThumbView

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    9 alternatives to ThumbView 

    ThumbView enables image thumbnails and tooltips in Microsoft Windows XP Explorer (does not work on Windows 7) for filetypes that are not natively supported. It started with PCX, TGA, DDS and PNG images, but now ThumbView supports an amazing 19 image types - directly inside any...

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionThumbView can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    Discontinued

    No update has been released since version 1.0 was released on December 2nd, 2004.

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    MysticThumbs

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    8 alternatives to MysticThumbs 

    MysticThumbs generates thumbnails of many image types not natively supported by Windows. It does this transparently and in the background for Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionMysticThumbs can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    hermes3por3

    I have found MysticThumbs a longstanding success at generating thumbnails for file formats not supported natively by Windows. What I value most is its smooth blend with explorer, the fact that does not block drives when I eject them, and its useful tray icon that indicates when it's working on new thumbnails. For its usefulness and reliability I am a happy customer!

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    FastPreview

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    11 alternatives to FastPreview 

    FastPreview was created in need of a usable PicaView replacement which was discontinued at the time.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionFastPreview can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Pictus

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    15 alternatives to Pictus 

    Pictus is a fast, free image viewer that enables Windows to see thumbnails of supported formats, such as PSD. Give it a spin today!

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionPictus can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    Discontinued

    Last updated in 2008. See https://poppeman.se/pictus/

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  9. Instant ThumbView

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    9 alternatives to Instant ThumbView 

    Instant ThumbView is a tiny image viewer that displays image thumbnails in a tooltip window, when mouse pointer is hovered over an image file in Windows Explorer. It supports a lot of popular image file formats, including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, EMF, TIFF and is very handy for...

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionInstant ThumbView can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Context Viewer

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    10 alternatives to Context Viewer 

    Context Viewer is an explorer extension in the form of a Control Panel applet that lets you preview image files and text in the right click menu. It can also display customized information about images and set hotkeys to enable or disable the preview along with a few more...

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionContext Viewer can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    The official website is no longer available, but the last version, 1.41, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine

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