ThumbView Alternatives

    ThumbView is described as 'enables image thumbnails and tooltips in Microsoft Windows XP Explorer (does not work on Windows 7) for filetypes that are not natively supported' and is an app in the File Management category. There are eight alternatives to ThumbView for Windows and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is SageThumbs, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like ThumbView are Icaros (Free), SVG Explorer Extension (Free, Open Source), Pictus (Free, Open Source) and MysticThumbs (Paid).

    This page was last updated Dec 3, 2020

    1. SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author).
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    2. 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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    3. Extension module for Windows Explorer to render SVG thumbnails, so that you can have an overview of your SVG files.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows Explorer
      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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    4. 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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    5. 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.
    6. The FastPictureViewer Codec Pack is a one-stop shop that enables support for 44 additional image formats in Windows Explorer, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Live™ Photo Gallery and, on Windows 7, also within Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player 12...
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    7. This shell extensions will show you a thumbnail of an image file, as well as its dimensions, when you right click on a filename inside Explorer.
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