XP thumbs.db file

Peter T. Evensen pevensen at siboneylg.com
Wed Oct 18 12:33:40 EDT 2006


In searching on the web, it is an OLE structured data file.  Here is a 
library someone wrote to parse it: 
http://www.petedavis.net/MySite/DynPageView.aspx?pageid=31

and a pdf describing the file: 
http://www.accessdata.com/media/en_US/print/papers/wp.Thumbs_DB_Files.en_us.pdf

You could probably use the Revolution file functions to create your own 
code to read and process this file.

When it is all said and done, it is just a file.  Revolution can read and 
process it if you know what you are doing (and know the format of the file).


At 11:20 AM 10/18/2006, you wrote:
>I have recently had XP users complaining about 'blank' images in what is 
>in essence a slide show of images contained in a folder.  The standalone 
>assumes everything in the folder is an image, and tries to display each.
>
>I had carefully deleted OS X invisible files (the file database and custom 
>icon files) from the folder, so I was surprised something had seemingly 
>sneaked through.  I have discovered that the problem is an ordinarily 
>invisible file created by XP, called thumbs.db, containing, 
>unsurprisingly, the thumbnails used in the rather nasty filmstrip view.
>
>Now I know it exists, I can 'filter it without' so that  thumbs.db is not 
>included in the list of images to display.  However, it got me to 
>wondering how hard it would be to display the images stored in the 
>thumbs.db file.
>
>If the answer (using Rev) is 'impossible' or 'tricky', either single word 
>response to this post will do.  Only waste brain and finger energy if it 
>is more easy than might be expected  ;-))
>
>Best Wishes,
>
>David Glasgow
>Carlton Glasgow Partnership
>
>http://www.i-psych.co.uk
>
>
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