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3516 fixes database conversion from versions 4-7
8 is a Unicode application, and thus supports folder names,
file names and data in any language regardless of the edition
of Windows on your computer. This also makes version 8 incompatible
with 95/98/ME, which should have been retired about 5 years
Most parts of ThumbsPlus
are now ready to be built as a 64-bit application, which
will allow much larger images to be loaded and handled. Some
parts will have to remain 32-bit in order to call 32-bit
libraries from other vendors (at least until those are available
in 64-bit form).
The database schema
has been reworked to incorporate the most requested features,
including support for Date Taken as a primary (rather than
user) field, and addition of a Rating field, which can
be loaded from XMP or Vista metadata.
Additional version 8
- Support for longer
file and path names in databases which support them (400
- Tracking of which
user and system made or updated each thumbnail. (A history
log will be added in a future release).
- All dates and times
are now stored (and handled internally) in ISO 8601 standard
format for easier collation and readability. As in previous
versions, dates and times are stored internally as UTC
and converted to and from the user's local time zone for
display and searching.
- Some important database-related
information that was previously stored in the INI file
is now stored in the database, preventing accidental changes
- As an option, all
XMP metadata (including standard EXIF fields) may be copied
to the database. In databases which support it (i.e., SQL
Server), this information may be directly searched by queries
in SQL Server Management Studio.
- The JET database
engine (Access format) will continue be supported for a
the time being; however, SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres, Firebird
offer larger databases, and better performance
and reliability in multi-user
- SQLite3 offers improved
performance for non-shared database (standalone), and does
not top out at 2GB as A.ccess.
- For Access and SQLite3
databases, you can store the thumbnails in files extrernal
to the database, offering near unlimited support for the
number of thumbnails in even an Access (.tpdb8) database.
keyword size to 255 characters, with the ability to define
keywords, such as "Animal\Dog". The keyword list
will be available in tree format easier handling during
- Many changes have
been made to ease future internationalization of ThumbsPlus,
speeding localized releases.
- Python has been added
to ThumbsPlus for use as a scripting language. This will
enable both Cerious Software and our users to extend the
capabilities without having to release new versions. More
parts of ThumbsPlus will be moved to Python in the future
to allow easier customization, either by ourselves or by
you! Currently there is not a simple UI for adding Python routines,
but one will be available in 8.1.
- Support for themes and skins.
Additional panes in the main window are provided for easier
keyword assignment, searching, and metadata editing. All
menus, toolbars and keystrokes are now customizable. Any
menu selection or list may now be placed on the toolbar.
- ThumbsPlus is now
a Unicode application (16-bit characters), allowing better
handinling of filename and folder display (in their native
- ThumbsPlus is being
prepared for building as a 64-bit application, which will
improve some issues. Unfortunately, many libraries we use
are only available in 32-bit form, so we'll either need
to build a work-around or wait until the vendors release
- SQLite3 is now a
supported database type, and it's built-in like Access,
so you can create a new database directly (rather than
having to worry about SQL scripts and ODBC data sources).
Just use Database - New and select ThumbsPlus
Database (Sqlite3 format .tpdbs) in the drop-down.
Because of the way SQLite3 handles database concurreny,
it is not recommended for sharing by more than a few concurrent
users on either .tpdb8 (Access) or .tpdb8s (SQLite3) database
formats.. In that case, please use one of the supported
Client/Server databases (MS SqlServer, MySQL, Sybase, DB2,
- You can now convert
client/server databases within ThumbsPlus. Use Database
- Convert Client/Server. Make sure you convert
a copy or have a backup, as the process is not reversible.
- Improved XMP/IPT/EXIP
- Updated the bug reporter
(ThumbsBug) to create .7z archive for sending.
- Added more information
to the error message when copying the template database
- Fixed several display
issues in Windows 7.
- Improved performance
for network folders.
- Changed extensions
for schemes and sets.
- Fixed several problems
with printing images and catalogs.
- Set default monitor
to "Same" on first run or when the number of
- Improved automatic
- Fixed the database
extension and database options when creating database.
- Fixed loading ICC
color profiles from JPEG files.
- Changed database
row ID sizes to 64 bits on databases that support it. Converted
databases will still use 32-bit IDs.
- Several database
- Implemented upgrading
from several client/server databases (MySQL, Firebird,
SQL Server, PostgreSQL). Note that even a successful conversion
may list some SQL errors that you can ignore (I plan to
suppress the display in a future build). The last output
line will report whether the conversion failed.
- Fixed errors when
processing XMP updates.
- Very many user interface
issues have been updated and fixed. You can now customize
all menus (including context menus),, toolbars, and keyboard
- External programs
(File - Open With - Add Program) are implemented
on the File menus (main window and view
window), and during toolbar customization, you can drag
them to the toolbar.
- Creating thumbnails
with lots of automatic keywords is now considerably faster
on Access (.tpdb8) and SQLite3 (.tpdb8s) databases.
implemented the Metadata Batch Editor (XMP/IPTC/EXIF), File
- Edit Metadata.
- ThumbsPlus 8 requires
a new registration code. We have emailed codes to all eligble
to receive free upgrades; if you think we missed you, or
if your email address has changed, please use the <a
Request Form</a> to request your code. Please be
patent! we're a small company and anticipate many thousands
of code requests.
- Windows 7 support.
- Proper volume matching
for network drives. If you have previously thumbnailed
network shares using a Version 8 beta, I would recommend
creating a new database. There
have been an enormous number of fixes and changes.
- The Thumbs.typ and Thumbs.flt
files have been renamed to Thumbs8 because
of conflicts when version 7 and version 8 were isntalled
on the same computer.
- ThumbsPlus will now
read ratings from the file's metadata; however, modifying
the rating is not connected, you have to modify both the
database rating (in the "Info" section) and the
XMP rating (in the "Metadata" section). The same
is true for Date Taken (original date/time). This will
be fixed for improved intuitivity in a subseqpent release.
- The default display
layout, menus, and toolbars have changed. If you customized
prior version(s) of ThumbsPlus, you'll need to do so again
in version 8.!
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