17. NeoFinder and Photos
NeoFinder can create thumbnails of photo and image files when a volume is cataloged.
To turn this feature on, simply use the checkbox in the NeoFinder Preferences or the catalog settings, and select the size of the thumbnails you want.
amazing and powerful feature allows you to change this rather dull
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You can also specify the size of the preview that NeoFinder generates. If you specify 160 pixel or less in size, NeoFinder will use any existing thumbnail that the photo already contains, greatly improving cataloging speed, but eventually reducing the quality of the thumbnail.
The size of the preview of course also influences the resulting catalog size. Since NeoFinder contains enhanced algorithms that allow very quick access to any such data, the Find and general display speed are not much affected by that size.
These photo and image types are currently recognized by NeoFinder:
Adobe Photoshop PSD and PSB (“big” data files)
Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
Maya IFF ("form4" only)
Of the huge amount of existing RAW formats, NeoFinder can create previews of these file types:
.nef, .raf, .orf, .dng, .mrw, .crw, .cr2, .kdc, .dcr, .ptx, .pef, .arw, .srf, .raw, .mos, .sr2, .erf, .nrw, .rw2, .3fr, .mef, .iiq, .rwl, and even the .fff files of the Hasselblad family of cameras.
Since NeoFinder uses functionality of the Core Mac OS X, it is always a good idea to update to the latest version of Mac OS X, and also make sure to install the frequent "Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Updates" from Apple.
If you find that NeoFinder can't create a preview for a certain file or file type, please contact NeoFinder Support, and we will try to work something out.
Also, you may want to try to open that file in Preview.app, as that uses the exact same code as NeoFinder to display photos, and check the results there.
To limit your Find results to files that contain a thumbnail, just use this new Find option:
Of course, you can do the same for files that have NO preview in the NeoFinder catalog.
If you wish to see if a particular NeoFinder catalog can contain any previews, please select that catalog in the Inspector. There will be a new entry:
NeoFinder even detects photo files which have no proper name suffix. This works like magic for PDF, EPS, JPG, TIFF and PSD files.
NeoFinder and other document thumbnails
There is quite a number of other valuable document formats of which you may wish to have a thumbnail.
Of those, NeoFinder currently supports:
Adobe InDesign (also with XMP metadata)
Quark XPress (requiring the free plugin for 10.5 and newer from http://alliance.quark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74:quark-labs-downloads&catid=66:quark-labs&Itemid=30)
Epub (new in NeoFinder 6.2.1, requires a Epub QuickLook generator, like https://github.com/jaketmp/ePub-quicklook)
Affinity Designer (“.afDesign” files, requires their Affinity Designer software to be installed on your Mac)
If you need to export or convert photos to a different format or size, look no further!
No need for any external software any more, let NeoFinder do the job!
Simply select one or several photo files in any catalog of NeoFinder, and open the Context Menu, and select Export Photos to...
NeoFinder will then ask you for the location, format, and size for the exported files.
Additionally, you can ask NeoFinder to add all EXIF and IPTC metadata (including geotags) to the exported photo files.
If the original volume of your photos is not online, NeoFinder will ask you to connect the device or insert the disk, to be able to read the original photo files.
17.1 Photo Contact Sheet
17.2 Adobe XMP, EXIF and IPTC meta data
• NeoFinder will first try to use any existing embedded EXIF or XMP thumbnail in the photo. If you request a size that is larger than this, NeoFinder will read the entire photo and generate a new thumbnail in the requested size. Please note that this will increase cataloging time, of course, as generating a thumbnail fresh from the image requires the entire image to be loaded and processed.
• When you change the pixel size, and update an existing catalog, NeoFinder will still use the older, smaller thumbnails from the old catalog during the update, to increase speed. So you need to create a new catalog to get thumbnails in a different size. Or update that catalog twice, one with no thumbnails, and then again with the size you require.