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Sqwertz
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      07-24-2012, 04:32 AM
I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
thumbnail picture.

I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.

TIA,

-sw
 
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      07-24-2012, 06:56 AM
On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
> thumbnail picture.
>
> I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
> does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
> it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
>
> TIA,
>
> -sw
>


EXIFtool, perhaps?

http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

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      07-24-2012, 10:17 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Sqwertz
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
> thumbnail picture.


asset management apps do this.

on a mac, you don't even need that, just tap the spacebar.
 
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      07-24-2012, 01:39 PM
On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
>stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
>info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
>thumbnail picture.
>
>I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
>does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
>it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.


What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
this.
 
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      07-24-2012, 03:18 PM
On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:

> On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz <(E-Mail Removed)>
> wrote:
>
>>I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
>>stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
>>info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
>>thumbnail picture.
>>
>>I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
>>does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
>>it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.

>
> What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
> this.


This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.

I should have mention I've tried that (using Firefox 13).

-sw
 
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      07-24-2012, 04:02 PM
On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:18:52 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:
>
>> What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
>> this.

>
> This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
> more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
> shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
> this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
> 1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.


OK, I did get it to show me one of the original thumbnails. First one
in about 20 tries. But it's far too unreliable to be used
consistently. There's no reason it should freeze trying to look at
local files.

-sw
 
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      07-24-2012, 04:20 PM
On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:02:12 -0500, Sqwertz <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:18:52 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:
>>
>>> What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
>>> this.

>>
>> This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
>> more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
>> shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
>> this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
>> 1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.

>
>OK, I did get it to show me one of the original thumbnails. First one
>in about 20 tries. But it's far too unreliable to be used
>consistently. There's no reason it should freeze trying to look at
>local files.


I have no issue with Nikon D200/300 files converted from raw with
Bibble os scans saved in PSCS2 or PSE6.
Just be sure to click the Display Exif button after you load the file
either from the file menu in Exif Viewer of using it's select file
button. I'm now running FF 14.0.1 with EV 1.80000000...1
Been using it for years with no problems under XP/32/64 now Win7/64
with even the last version of FF3.x at work. Sorry it doesn't work for
you.

 
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      07-24-2012, 05:50 PM
On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
> thumbnail picture.
>
> I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it does
> that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe it's a
> language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
>
> TIA,
>
> -sw


I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to check
if it's available for MS.
 
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      07-24-2012, 07:44 PM
On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
> thumbnail picture.
>


Have you tried PhotoME?
http://www.photome.de/



 
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      07-24-2012, 10:21 PM
On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
> thumbnail picture.


I can see a couple of potential snags with this. One is that Exif format
JPEG files are not exactly reliably formatted according to standard and
you get quirky thumbnail within thumbnail constructs and/or two
resolutions (and from Photoshop workflows sometimes two identical
thumbnails). The original thumbnail is often at least two!

Many ex-camera JPEG files contain some regions of total dross.

A utility to strip out thumbnails is relatively easy to code but I
cannot see why you would want to do this apart from on damaged media.

Several programs show the Exif thumbnails briefly in folder directory
listings before overwriting them with derived ones. This is obvious if
you have files that have encountered internal corruption.

> I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
> does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
> it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
>
> TIA,
>
> -sw


I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.
Thumbnails derived from the file contents are a better representation of
the JPEG stream.

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