Copy folder thumbnails to a file

May 10, 2010 at 01:39:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have a movie archive. Each film and its poster image are in a different folder. So there are a lot of folders. Each folder has its image in it as thumbnail.

Anyway, here is my problem:

I want to copy all folder thumbnails, folder names and folder sizes to a file, for instance word, excel, image files...

I know that it can performed with printscreen key, and paste a file. But, the folder window can not show all folders in a screen. Think that there are 1000 movie folders. We can see only first 30 folders of them in a screen.

I need to print-screen all of them in one time, and paste it to a file.
Or, get thumbnails, folder names and sizes as a list with a program.

What do you offer me about it?

Thanks in advance.

Regards...



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#1
May 10, 2010 at 02:51:36
Yilmaz Ekici, never tried it so dunno for sure, but seems to me like you simply need to hilite the desired selections and 'copy to folder'.
Multiple copies may take some time. What if you were to create a shortcut and put all the shortcuts in the same folder instead?
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
May 10, 2010 at 03:49:36
@ Ed in Texas,
thank you for your answer.
But, I need a list file which includes thumnail pictures, folder names and folder sizes of all folders in the main folder.

According to your suggestion, ok, I have created shortcuts and put all in a folder. Then?
How I can list as a file like word, excel or jpg file includes folder name, folder size and folder thumbnail picture?

I think I need a program for it but which one?

Thanks...

Yilmaz Ekici


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#3
May 10, 2010 at 04:51:59
The thumbnail shown is generated by the .avi or .jpeg file and cannot be copied as such. In order for you to show a thumbnail with your list you will need to copy the movie file etc to that folder.

I can't think of any other way!


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#4
May 10, 2010 at 06:36:18
Actually the thumbnails are stored in Thumbs.db cache files. As Ewen explained, cache files cannot be copied without coping JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, PDF, PPTX, DOCX, HTML and many others file formats. Alternatively, use PRT SCR of the thumbnails view and save it as a file via Paint.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
May 10, 2010 at 07:06:13
@ XPUser,
thanks.
Ok, I use PRT SCR of the thumbnails, but as I said before,
I have a lot of thumbnails (about 10.000).
We can prt scr only 30 thumbnails with a prt scr process.
This means that I have to prt scr and paste it a file 334 times.
It is so trying job.
Moreover, I have to renew my archive file when I added new movies. (Every day almost)
So, this method is not optimal.
But, if there is a method that all thumbnails in a folder (also unseen thumbnails at the current screen area-they can show by scrolling the right bar) in a prt scr process, it is ok.

Is there anybody know a program for this?
Or a method...

Thanks in advance...

Regards,
Yilmaz Ekici


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#6
May 10, 2010 at 07:26:42
Not that I know of. How about upgrading your XP to Windows 7? In Windows 7 the thumbnails are scalable meaning the smaller the thumbnails the fewer PRT SCR.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#7
May 10, 2010 at 07:51:57
Thanks XpUser,
but I need more optimal solution.
I will keep to search it.

Yilmaz Ekici


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#8
May 10, 2010 at 07:54:21
OK I wish you the best but please do post back once you find the "more optimal solution."

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#9
May 10, 2010 at 09:44:53
I suggest you search for disk catalog software.

Such software, though developed for a different purpose, should be able to accomplish what you want, plus will have the ability to "search" with wild-cards and "re-scan" for file/folder updates whenever you like/have to.


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#10
May 11, 2010 at 01:13:15
Yilmaz Ekici, sounds to me like you're stuck unless IMpatient's suggestion works. Use whatever method you must, but end up with a CSV file listing the files in the folder Then, as things get added, it's simply a matter of editing the file. First time around to create the file may be a bear unless the 'disk list' works.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#11
May 11, 2010 at 06:24:45
Yilmaz Ekici,

Go HERE and download ThumbsUp. This open-source utility tool extracts thumbnails from a Thumbs.db file to a set of JPG files that you can save for your archives.

ThumbsUp is a JAR file. If you are not familiar with JAR, follow instructions HERE to extract it.

Let us know if this is the "more optimal solution" you are looking for.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#12
May 17, 2010 at 01:06:22
Thanks IMpatient, Ed in Texas and XpUser...

XpUser,
I can not succes with it. It looks like hard. :(
Thanks all.

If I find a solution, I share it here.


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#13
May 17, 2010 at 07:16:18
I didn't want to actually spoon-feed the info, but Googling for disk catalog would have presented you with tons of software (many free). One I know will do absolutely everything you asked for (and a lot more) is called Advanced Disk Catalog from ElcomSoft.

It is a measly 1.5MB download. Although it scans whole "volumes" (HDDs, External HDDs, CDs, DVDs), and not just selected folders, the extra info can be deleted from the "catalog". It will also record a lot more than just file names. You can export selectively in CSV (Excel), DBF, SQL, or XML formats. I really think you should evaluate that kind of software, and save yourself a lot of grief and wasted time.


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#14
May 18, 2010 at 00:06:14
@IMpatient
Thanks for your information.
Can the output of that program include the thumbnails of the folders?

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