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General Discussion / Re: Is ThumbsPlus still in business?
« Last post by Daan van Rooijen on 2024-02-15 15:50:04 »
FastStone Image Viewer is not a database, but it's a popular and free image browser/viewer/editor/converter. It supports all the common bitmap formats and raw formats, plus HEIC and WEBP (through codecs in Win10/11). Website:
General Discussion / Re: Is ThumbsPlus still in business?
« Last post by Gary on 2024-02-15 15:23:12 »
The closest I've found is XNView MP ( ).

The app is free for non commercial use and development continues.  I have used it on both Windows 10/11 and Fedora Linux (the program is faster on Linux!)
General Discussion / ThumbsPlus alternatives.
« Last post by GeorgeAdata on 2024-02-14 16:29:44 »
Are there any emerging software solutions that can rival ThumbsPlus in terms of functionality and user-friendliness, providing alternative options for managing and organizing image collections?
Thanks, that helps. Although the actual problem I have right now is the source code is too old, and the Visual Studio I'm using is too new. I'm sure there's a way to make it work. It'll just take time.
I've updated the archive to include a readme.txt - please download once more :)
Thanks, Daan. Now let's see if:
1. I have the time
2. I have the inspiration
3. and the ability

to write a plugin that can load HEIC files.
4. See if the source code can be built at all.
Warner, I have source code to a .BMP plugin that Cerious made available in 2006, I think to help others to make their own plug-ins. Please check if you can download it:

(note: I have updated the link because I found additional information that I have included in the archive as Readme.TXT)
Did Cerious ever give out information on how their plugins work? Or reverse engineer the plugins. I'm wondering if it's possible for someone dedicated enough to write a plugin to read HEIC files, for example.
Thanks, Daan, for all the years of helping all of us.

I'm still hoping, but when I emailed them a few months ago, I didn't get a response at all. The previous year, I at least got a reply of "we're still here".
Hi Warner, no, I don't know why development seems to have come to a standstill. I worded it like that because programming in general requires focus and inspiration (among other things).

Yes, support for popular new formats like HEIC en WEBP (and new camera raw formats) would be great to have.

The combination of database, file manager and image editor (plus metadata editing, batch editing, slideshows, printing, catalogs, etc) is still rare... there are alternatives, but to my knowledge none that do all of these things.
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