Weekend Widget: ST Thumbnails Explorer

August 16, 2008

How do you keep track of all the graphics on your computer? If you are strictly working with CDR files, I certainly hope you are using ROMCat! But what happens when you need to track CDR, CPT, TIF, PNG, PDF, AI, EPS and many other formats?

That’s where the ST Thumbnails Explorer utility, shown at right, comes in extremely handy. It does support CDR files as you can see with the top thumbnail shown. It starts with the bitmap thumbnail stored in the file. But it actually generates a higher quality thumbnail by launching CorelDRAW in the background. Of course, that assumes CorelDRAW is on the machine. If a user doesn’t have CorelDRAW, it can only use the thumbnail stored in the file. CorelDRAW X4 files have quite good thumbnails. Older versions look pretty lousy in comparison.

Also notice that it is previewing a CPT file. Yes, that includes files with multiple objects. Of course it also handles almost any graphic format you would normally receive.

If you’ve been looking for a program to manage all of your files, this is definitely one you want to try. You can download a free 30-day trial version, then purchase it when you find that it meets your needs. A single user license is only $29.95 and include free lifetime upgrades! Give it a try, I think you’ll find it indispensible.

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