To the editor of Digital Camera Magazine
Stunned! I was just overwhelmed by the March edition of DCM!
It contained exactly the articles I had been looking for! Professional
lighting, light meters, a plethora of goodies! Indeed it made
up for the occasional times I would find the same articles,
or very similar ones, in your sister magazine ...
In the article on "Album Software" you overlooked
a fabulous product "Thumbs Plus" by Cerious Software.
I am a dermatologist and as such, like my colleagues, am collecting
thousands and thousands of digital photos of patients with interesting
skin diseases, pre-op and post-op photos and the like, which
is all well and fine, but how do you retrieve just the photos
you want? In a review of Album Software, in a speech I gave
in India last year, the product that was at the top of the list
was "ThumbsPlus" as it has a plethora of features
including the ability to import and utilize EXIF info, see RAW
files (!) and perhaps most useful was the ability to create
categories of searchable data that you personally want to have
available, and do an instantaneous search on that data.
For example, I usually have the following data appended to
all my photos: First Name, Last Name, Disease Name, Date (of
photo) and Chart Number, though any number of fields may be
created. These fields, the EXIF fields etc can all be quickly
searched. AND! And perhaps you had better be sitting down for
this: when I had a problem with an earlier version the head
of the company Laura Shook personally answered my e-mail and
straightened it out! Had any personal e-mails from Bill Gates
By the bye, this program is used not only by small end-users
like myself, but also major organizations with millions of photos
(and movies and sounds etc). It's inexpensive, easy to use and
supported by nice folks, what more can I say?
I have (unfortunately) absolutely no financial interest in
the company or program, just a happy user.
Steven D. Emmet, M.D.
Professor Dermatology, UCSD
Fellow Jikei U. Dept. Dermatology (Tokyo)
I just want to tell you what a fine piece of software
you have with Thumbs Plus. We've been using version 6 for a
couple of years and will soon upgrade to v7. Our primary use
has been to create custom index prints for the thousands of
CD's we produce for our clients using your Contact Sheet process.
Recently we discovered that this fantastic program can do so
much more than just create index prints. We're using it to batch
process thousands of 100mb TIFF files to create smaller JPEG
and GIF derivatives, embed ICC profiles and move them to various
folders across our network. We're also using it to create "instant"
websites that our clients can use to remotely approve image
processing work we do for them. Since our clients are all over
the world, this is so much faster and more cost effective than
shipping CD's and hard drives via overnight courier. By the
way, while my team of technicians is handling the large scanning
projects, I'm out consulting on digital imaging, scanning and
workflow optimization to universities, museums, libraries and
corporate image collections around the country. I've started
showing them a demo of Thumbs on my laptop and telling them
how reasonably priced it is for the power they get. So, thanks
for a wonderful product and I hope I can help you sell considerably
more of it in the future.
WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
- Howard Brainen
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. There are very
few computer applications that are life altering. Quicken, Word
Processing and ThumbsPlus are reasons to buy a computer, upgrade
a computer or find a new hobby. I am not a computer 'geek',
but I have come to rely on this machine for everything from
dawn to dusk.... I am a customer for life. Thank you for making
my life so much easier for almost 10 years now.
- David Crocker
Two minutes after installing the beta upgrade
today and testing that its .raw support includes .nef support
for Nikon (yes, it does!) I write to thank you for perhaps the
longest sustained relationship I've had with one product since
getting a home PC in 1995. You've always offered upgrades at
friendly prices; the upgrades always work; the company obviously
has flourished; ThumbsPlus always has features I can grow into;
it's nicely coordinated with other vendors products (I can drag
your thumbnails into Photoshop or FrontPage without a glitch;
that is so wise of you; and a model for others); and although
I now use others products for some of my hobbyist photography/web
page building work, my photo inventory stays in ThumbsPlus because,
well, because it's there; and because of all the reasons above.
And you seem like nice people; I remember the pictures of children,
and dogs. Having that .nef support for me is key and very helpful,
and more useful than Nikon or Adobe's version, I can see already,
because I can dump my pics into ThumbsPlus and quickly find
the good ones, a very pokey process using the others .nef-supporting
viewing options. So many thanks for this latest improvement.
ThumbsPlus? We just cannot live without it!
It has been running most of the time for the past 2 years, converting,
cropping and resizing over 140,000 quality images!
- Andrea de Polo
ThumbsPlus is probably the single most useful
piece of software we have ever purchased and it is used constantly
on our computer. I give ThumbsPlus a huge thumbs up.
the full review!)
- Matthew Quick
You must be Cerious! I am an engineer by trade,
so before I buy I carefully research the product - sometimes
adnauseum. When I decided I needed a cataloguing program, I
looked at many, finally narrowing down my decision to two....After
using both programs side by side for a number of days, it was
a no brainer decision as to which was best. ThumbsPlus was a
hands down winner. It did everything I asked of it and more.
No system crashes or error messages. You have quite a product
here. I use Thumbs Plus to catalogue large numbers of photos.
It is terrific!
- Myron Chaitoff
My problem is not with Thumbsplus as a program; it's with the fact that you
guys are just TOO good. You have ruined me for other companies. They may
have good products, but their customer service is in no way up to your
standards. You have set a high benchmark that is hard for other companies to
- Jack Driggers
I just wanted to tell you I use your software
everyday and find it to be the most important program in my
hard drive. Organizing and finding pics is accomplished easily
with ThumbsPlus. I used the free version for a while but I just
had to buy it. Tech support has been great as well whenever
I need them to answer a question. The web page wizard is great
for creating all my thumbnail pages... In my photography, 3d
animation and webmastering, ThumbsPlus makes my life easier.
Thanx for making this program.
- James Whitley
...Thank you very much for your help...ThumbsPlus is a wonderful
program, and the support is the very best I have encountered.
Please use my name as a testimonial. I would be honoured...Your
- John Brophy
I first started using ThumbsPlus approx.
18 months ago whilst running a web development group on the
recommendation of a colleague (also running a web development
group in another part of the company). In all the time I used
it, I found it extremely feature rich, intuitive and all at
a very reasonable price. This was then capped by an as yet unmatched
level of support when my licenses went astray, I got a response
to my inquiry in minutes. Definitely the tool for the job at
a price that no one can baulk at.
- Jordan Vaughan
I have successfully persuaded three more people
to buy ThumbsPlus! That makes 15 new customers this year! Why?
Simply because of all the programs out there that are more hype
than hip. And because of all the programs out there that lead
you astray rather than towards your goal. And because of all
the very, very expensive programs out there that are very, very
pleasantly sold to you, whose salespersons take your cash oh
so graciously, and then whose techs and sales force very, very
unpleasantly utterly ignore you forever afterward, after the
deal is done...no matter what disastrous complications...and
no matter that the program may ultimately stop functioning altogether!
Thank God for TPv4.1!
ThumbsPlus' editing ability is indescribably convenient. I had
to open up and use Adobe Photoshop5.5 about a dozen times, for
really difficult image repairs. However, I probably used ThumbsPlus
roughly 500 or 600 times!
By God let it out!...For the whole world to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love ThumbsPlus.....!
- Snapper McGauhey
Without a doubt, this is the most powerful and
easy to use graphics management program I've ever used. To be
honest, I wish I would have bought the registered version right
away. The manual is very easy (and fun) to read and I really
appreciate the way you folks seem so willing to help your users.
I am going to "Ceriously" recommend this program to my friends.
Keep up the good work, folks like you make computers fun!
- Chris Bower
All the new bells and whistles keep Thumbs a
very valuable tool to me. Guess that's why I've been with you
so many years, through so many paid upgrades(And worth every
penny). Congratulations and Continued Success.
- Ray Nichols
With ThumbsPlus, my digital camera, and my two
scanners, I could spend the rest of my life just doing graphic
things on my computer. I often pat myself on the back for my
talent in finding the very best of something, whether it's my
wife, the finest restaurant, or the most superlative graphics
software. How I ever stumble onto the highest of quality, I'll
never know. But I do!
- Rich Farina
I have been a longtime Cerious Software customer
and Thumbs user. I LOVE ThumbsPlus and can't imagine how I would
be able to manage the pictures on my computer without it!! Thumbs
Plus is a "must have" piece of software for anyone that has
a digital camera. I have tried other products that are similar,
but they don't come close to ThumbsPlus for functionality and
value. Your FREE "version" updates make your software one of
the best bargains available.
Web Page Wizard made an otherwise difficult task fairly easy.
Thanks for making a great product and supporting it like you
do. I recommend Thumbs Plus to all of my friends and clients.
- Bill Gouge
For $80, you guys sure pack a lot of functionality
into ThumbsPlus. I'm a pretty serious digital camera buff and
I've gotten a lot out of ThumbsPlus so far with my digital photos.
I just purchased a 35mm film scanner to scan and catalog all
of my old photos (20 years worth) and put them on CDs. The features
ThumbsPlus has for offline media will be fantastic.
I enjoy using the slide show feature to allow family and friends
to see the pictures I have cataloged. I also have video capture/editing
equipment that I will soon be using to put videos on CD for
archival purposes. So all the features oriented toward video
will be super as well. Thanks for a great product and one that
helps make my photo and video hobby more fun for me and more
rewarding for my family.
- Mike Glish
Dear Tracey, a fellow ThumbsPlus user -- I just
want to say to someone who would understand: Aren't these people
just about the classiest software vendors you know? What a terrific
email notice and set of update policies/aids. On top of technically
excellent software and documentation.
PS to others -- I've prolly bored you with touting ThumbsPlus,
which I've enjoyed for 2-3 years. I got it after it became more
than a thumbnails/catalog gadget, and was still cheap. The original
author knows more about PC graphics etc. than anyone I can suggest,
and he/they share that beautifully. Now they do video and audio
- Bill Cole
I really love my ThumbsPlus and glad I bought
it. I use it with my digital camera to keep track of my grand
kids pictures and all the artwork I do. I know there are a bunch
of programs with viewers in them now days, but they can not
compare to ThumbsPlus - I like the fact that it is a stand-alone
software and can work with other software.
- Debra Wylie
Since retiring from work due to ill health,
my computer has become my main outlet, and I generally work
with graphics of one sort or another. I have sent this email
to thank you all for your product ThumbsPlus. It is beyond doubt
one of the best programs I have purchased. I can honestly say
that when the shareware version ran out I had to purchase the
full version as I literally could not do without it. The new
version 4.1 with its preview viewer and other enhancements is
a superb addition to my graphics setup. I thank you again.
- Barry Smallwood
T+ is one of the best cataloguing programs I
have seen - there are others that make thumbnails and albums,
but none that offer the features you do. The find by image similarity
is just fantastic. Your support is outstanding, and you all
go out of your way to help those with difficulty. At times we
complain, but only in terms of trying to make a great product
better. Keep up the good work and thanks.
- George Borton
Just a note to let you know how much I like
your product (Thumbs+), it has become an essential and reliable
component of my business and just keeps getting better... on
top of a great product your support through constant free upgrades
is fantastic. If only other shareware producers had the same
business philosophy... I wish you all success.
- Doug Beck
I think it may be the best software I've ever
Just a note from a person out there who really
appreciates good software and a fine bunch of people who go
behind it. Your support is excellent and my questions are being
addressed in a very timely manor. I have not yet purchased ThumbsPlus
but intend to do so shortly. I would find it a great pleasure
to support your company by registering ThumbsPlus.
- Emil Cost
[posted in rec.photo.digital]
I normally just lurk in this newsgroup, but
a recent positive experience prompted me to post.
For some time, I've been looking for an image
thumbnail/database application to handle my rapidly-mounting
pile of digital images (scanned negs, D-600L pics, and astro
images from an SBIG/Celestron CCD camera). The problem has been
to find a program that handles the images from the SBIG/Celestron
camera. After reading about it in this newsgroup, I checked
out Cerious Software's ThumbsPlus and was initially excited
to learn that it supports SBIG images.
However, for some reason the images produced
by my camera are slightly different from the "normal"
SBIG format, enough so that ThumbsPlus wouldn't read them. Not
hoping for much, I decided to email Cerious.
I guess it's really a sad statement about the
type of customer support I've come to expect, but to my surprise
they responded right away. A couple of days later my camera's
image type was added to the latest beta release of ThumbsPlus's
supported file types, and I now have a program that will handle
all my digital images.
I just wanted to pass on my positive experience
with this company and publicly thank them for great service!
Needless to say, my registration fee is forthcoming :-)
Without a doubt, you have probably had so many
compliments about your product that you just CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE
!!!!! Well, not until I get my praises "wired" to
you ! ! !
With my innate gift of Italian verbosity, I
could elaborate for a long while about how superb THUMBS PLUS
is as a software product. But simply, let me say that for some
twenty-five years I worked as a programmer, manager, and systems
manager using IBM's earliest minicomputers up to their small
mainframes. I'm keen on what good programming and systems work
is all about. In that quarter century, very, very few people
in the trade would ever make it to my "Top Five" list.
You are certainly on this list!!! I find that Italian words
are often more romantic-sounding than in our own
language, especially when spoken.........so to you, Phillip,
I say: Assolutamente Magnifico!
Regarding ThumbsPlus: Congratulations on an
incredible job, WELL DONE!
ThumbsPlus is fast, powerful, flexible, dependable,
amazingly useful, and a whole lot of fun! The intuitive-to-the-max
ThumbsPlus interface has turned the enormous task of cataloguing
images (and other files) and producing thumbnails into an almost-addictive
graphical pleasure! Virtually any option that can be thought
of (such as slideshows, scanner, image enhancements and more)
are built right right in. The intuitive-to-the-max menus are
simple, logically organized and easy to navigate.
All commands and options are right where you
would expect to find them. With drag and drop simplicity, moving,
renaming, copying and deleting thumbnails (and/or their disk
files) an absolute breeze! I can't imagine a World Wide Web
planet without ThumbsPlus!
I just downloaded the release version of 3.0g
and I managed to fall in love all over again. Your image enhancement
hot keys are just fantastic. Not only do they improve on what
Photoshop has been giving me but when I save the newly enhanced
files I'm saving 5-12k on files of 30-55K and my smaller 4-5k
thumbnails are being cut in half.
Wonderful stuff. Thanks for your sleepless nights.
My hat is off to you again; good job on version
3.0. As you are aware, I have been using your product for some
time. I find it the best in the business. Version 3.0 demonstrates
your dedication to this product.
I have used other products, some costing more,
and by far this product gives me the abilities to do so much
more with ease. As a VP of Sales and Marketing for a network
company, NetGuard Technologies, Inc., it is advantageous for
me to demonstrate graphically what I would like to promote within
the North American continent. This product is the best tool
I have to view what is available to me and convert to a publishing
- Dave Majeski
VP Business Development
NetGuard Technologies, Inc.
I just wanted to thank you for always alerting
me to updates for your excellent program. It is this type of
support that makes shareware my software of choice. I also wanted
to let you know that Thumbs Plus is one of the most valuable
and most used programs on my system. The ability to quickly
browse both installed and uninstalled fonts and to view thumbnails
of graphics stored on removable media alone was well worth the
registration price. All the additional power features and the
customizability of the interface are unparalleled in any other
package of this genre' that I have tried - and I tried more
than a few!!
Again, THANK YOU and I look forward to the continued
evolution of the best media catalog system on the planet...
possibly any planet!
- Craig Roberts
Just a short note to let you know what an asset
your Thumbs software is to the overall operation of my computer.
I have two 1 GB hard drives, and quite a few CDs, chock full
of graphics, including GIFs, JPEGs, TIFs, MPEGs, etc. If it
were not for the effectiveness of your software I would be hopelessly
lost trying to keep track of all the images.
Thanks again for a wonderful product, the most
I have ever gotten for my money.
- Ray Kangas
Having used an awful lot of shareware, and even
registered the good stuff <vbg>, I'd like to pay a small
compliment to all at Cerious. Quite a few companies produce
excellent shareware these days, but they don't always back it
up with good customer support. All too often you're left to
download the revisions and help is only available on-line -
great if you're on free local calls in the US, but tough this
side of the pond! Cerious scores both on excellent software
AND excellent customer support. Thanks!
- Ian Barnes
"I had to thank you personally for a brilliant
piece of software. Keep up the good work, and I hope you will
become the standard way to see images on a disk. I sure will
point to ThumbsPlus for this task!"
Shalom, Sr. System Software Engineer, Eastronics
"Every time I turn around, ThumbsPlus becomes
an even better program than it was before. I'm surprised it's
not in the stores everywhere."
- Mark Kaplan
"I just discovered the different sharpen
filters and they work great! Everyday I find something new and
if it keeps going this way I may just replace my Picture Publisher
95 completely! Seriously Laura, this is a great product you
have. How about letting PC Magazine get a shot at it, I'm sure
they will be as impressed as I am! You have become my favorite
customer support representative!"
- Carlos M. Sanchez
"I've noticed I'm not the only one disappointed
with Hijaak 95. I love ThumbsPlus. It's the program I wanted
Hijaak 95 to be."
- Anjan Sen, on Quarterdeck Forum, CompuServe
"Again, a million thanks for a great program
that keeps getting better."
- John Crea, CompuServe Sysop, Scuba forum;
Section Leader, Symantec SymNew forum
"To tell the truth, I find the program
so intuitive that I seldom look at the help. Lots of power but
easy to use. My personal favorite is ThumbsPlus."
- Ray McVay,
CompuServe 'GO GRAPHICS' Sysop
"I have dealt with MANY hardware and software
vendors over the years and feel that my opinion of same may
be more valid than most... and I would like to thank you for
the way you run your company. I just received my registered
copy of Thumbs PLUS for Windows 95 as a follow up to my registered
copy for Windows 3.x exactly on time just as the delightful
young women who took my order over the phone had promised. I
installed it immediately and am quite pleased with its enhancements.
As a DP professional, it is a genuine joy to see a product that
is engineered and developed with the obvious attention to detail
that you folks provide."
I have tried ThumbsPlus and found it outstanding
for my needs to keep track on my MM-files. This is one of the
absolutely best shareware programs I have tried since I started
as a BBS-Sysop 1986. It will became a standard program to me
like another shareware I found in the late 80«s (Procomm
- Leif Wahlberg