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In the ThumbsPlus 10 evaluation and in the PRO and Network registered Editions there is support for .pdf, .ps, .eps and .ai files.

If you can't create thumbnails or view these types of files or if you are getting Ghostscript errors:

FIRST: Please check and make sure that you are running the latest build from Help>About - ThumbsPlus v10 SP2 build 4015.
(There were issues with builds 4013 and 4014 that would cause crashes rather than error messages.)

If you are running Build 4015 (and are NOT using the Standard Edition),  you are experiencing a problem with an incorrect .dll file, a problem in the Ghostscript plug-in options or the .pdf file type configuration is incorrect.

1. The configuration for .pdf files may be incorrect. Right click a pdf thumbnail and go to "configure type". The attached image illustrates the correct configuration.

2. ThumbsPlus requires the 32 bit Ghostscript .dll. You may have configured ThumbsPlus to use the 64 bit .dll.

3. It could also be that the proper Ghostcript.dll is not in the folder that the path indicates in your Ghostscript Loading Options.

4. It would be a very rare occurrence, but you may not have Ghostscript installed. (This is most likely not the problem, but if you do not have Ghostscript installed, please go to this site, download Ghostscript v9.x and then install it:
http://www.ghostscript.com/download/

For 2 and 3:

Go to OPTIONS>GHOSTSCRIPT PS/EPS/PDF

Take a look at the path to Ghostscript on the top of that dialog box.

Now click the browse button. The one that has ... on it.

When that folder opens you may see the 64-bit dll. If so, choose the 32 bit dll.

OR

It could also be that the proper Ghostcript.dll is not in the folder that the path indicates in your preferences.

You may see that the gs32.dll is NOT in that folder. If it isn't just browse to the folder it is in. (If needed you can do a search on your computer for gs32.dll.)

The attached image was created to illustrate how to solve this problem.

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How to increase the amount of thumbnails that an existing database can store:

If you have reached the 2 Gb default database size limit you now have the option to increase the thumbnail count capacity of an existing database!

(Please note that if you do not have keywords, annotations, udf's, offline thumbnails and and/or galleries, starting with a brand new database is another option. Please see FAQ about your database choices.)

To increase the thumbnail count capacity of an existing database that has reached the 2 Gb file size limit, you will first need to release some space that will allow this option room to do its job.

Before beginning, make sure that you have a backup of this existing database!

Database>Advanced>Backup

This way you will have it if anything goes amiss with this process. The ThumbsPlus database holds important data that you should always have a copy of. Databases can be damaged in several ways including a crash or a power outage while the ThumbsPlus database is open. When you are backing up your important data it is a good idea to keep a backup of your image folders as well.

1. Before beginning this process the database needs to be smaller than the 2 Gb size limit.

If there are thumbnails that are old that you do not need any longer, you can remove some of that data from the database.  For example you may have some folders with test images that you do not need thumbnails of.  Right click any folder of this type and go to "remove from folder". This will remove any thumbnails and the associated data for files you do NOT need thumbnails of. (You can always remove some thumbnails that don't have data attached to them and remake the thumbnails after this process has finished as well.)

2.  Run a repair and compact of the database to remove space that has not been recycled.  DATABASE>COMPACT and REPAIR

3.  After the compact, run a JPEG compress on the database as well. DATABASE>JPEG COMPRESS

4.  I suggest the quality to be set between 65 and 75.

Before beginning the process to increase your current database thumbnail count capacity, please note:

*You can NOT stop this process once it has been started or the database will be hopelessly confused and you will have to restore the database from backup.

*This process may take a very LONG time even if you have a fast system!

*If you have more than one database make sure that the database that holds all of your data is the database that is open.

5. Close ThumbsPlus and then relaunch.

6. Go to Database>Advanced>Move Thumbnails to Files.

7. Now you just sit back and wait. Again, the process may take a LONG time. It could be many HOURS. (I have had reports of 10 hours and longer.)

8. When the process is finished, do a another repair and compact.

Your database will now have the increased capacity for 6 to 7 million thumbnails and their associated data.

An image has been attached to illustrate this process.

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Dear ThumbsPlus friends,

Through the end of 2018, we're offering all single-user and home licenses and upgrades at 30% off!

To purchase or upgrade ThumbsPlus for yourself, your business or as a gift for someone special follow this link:
http://www.thumbsplus.com/ordermenu.html

ThumbsPlus would be a great gift for a friend or family member!

Sale pricing:

Purchase a new license
A new ThumbsPlus v10 PRO license is only US $83.95
A new ThumbsPlus v10 Standard license is only US $41.95
A new ThumbsPlus v10 Home Network license is only US $125.95

Upgrade from any previous version
An upgrade from a previous PRO license to ThumbsPlus v10 PRO is only US $35.00.
An upgrade from a previous Standard to ThumbsPlus v10 Standard is only US $21.00.
An upgrade from a previous Home Network to ThumbsPlus v10 Home Network license is only US $42.00.

Edition upgrades
You can also upgrade from any previous or current Standard license to ThumbsPlus v10 PRO for US $42.00.
Upgrade from any Standard license to a Home Network license for US $84.95.
Upgrade from any Standard license to a ThumbsPlus v10 PRO for US $42.00.

Please help us continue to improve and update ThumbsPlus by purchasing a ThumbsPlus license for yourself or a friend.

Happy Holidays!
ThumbsPlus.com

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Through December 10th, we're offering perpetual (lifetime) licenses and upgrades for home users of Standard and Pro editions of ThumbsPlus. When you purchase a perpetual license, we will send you registration key for every future upgrade at no additional charge.

Please note that...
- We don't offer perpetual licenses often
- We've never offered them at a lower price
- We won't offer them again until well after version 11 release
...so take advantage while you can!

Place your order here:
  http://www.thumbsplus.com/order-home.html

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Dear ThumbsPlus user or friend support@cerious.com,

1) For a limited time during this winter holdiay season, we're offering perpetual licenses and upgrades for home users of Standard and Pro editions of ThumbsPlus. When you purchase a perpetual license, we will send you registration key for each future upgrade at no additional charge. We don't offer these often, so take advantage while you can!

http://www.thumbsplus.com/order-home.html

2) We now offer two Small Business licenses. Small business licenses are perfect for SOHOs (small offices/home offices) and allow you to share a ThumbsPlus database on up to 3 or 5 computers concurrently. You may install on more computers, but only the licensed number of computers are licensed to run ThumbsPlus simultaneously. If you are not sharing a database, you may install and use ThumbsPlus only on the licensed number of computers.

The SB3 license is currently $179.95 and the SB5 license is $359.95. You may also upgrade from an existing Pro license for the difference in price ($60 and $240 respectively). Support and upgrades are included for one year. After that first year, you can continue to receive support and upgrades for one third of the current license price per year.

If you accidentally purchased a 5 user home network license for business use in the past, you may use the SB3 to SB5 to upgrade for $180.00.

You can order small business licenses here:
  http://www.thumbsplus.com/order-org.html

3) If you haven't visited our new web pages, they are now more usuable and friendly. They're especially improved for phones and tablets. Please visit us at:
  http://www.thumbsplus.com

4) The Program Updates within ThumbsPlus hasn't been working properly since we updated the web site. We're working to fix the problem, but in the meantime please check your current ThumbsPlus build in the About screen. If you're not running the latest, build 4015, please download it. We should have the issue fixed soon.
  http://www.thumbsplus.com/download.html

5) Several users have requested an easy way to donate money to us to help with our development costs while we finish up version 11. If you would like to help, use this link to send us any amount you wish via PayPal.
  http://paypal.me/donatethumbs

6) Version 11 is coming along nicely and we'll have a public beta available very soon.

Thank you so much for continuing to support ThumbsPlus!

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The ThumbsPlus installer is required by Windows Installer to uninstall the earlier build before beginning the install of a new build. If the uninstall files that Windows requires for an uninstall are missing or damaged the install will not continue.

If you are getting a message during install about a problem with an earlier build please try this method:

Open Control Panel>Programs and Features> Right click the ThumbsPlus v10 build 4011 and choose "change". Run the Repair/Install.

NOTE: If you are running Windows 10 the following applies:

1. The Settings (instead of Control Panel) is "Add or remove programs" or "Apps & features"--both go to same dialog.

2. Left click on ThumbsPlus to get the choices of MODIFY or Uninstall.

When the modify process completes you should be able to install the latest build!

There is a Windows fix for other (sometimes MSI or other installation errors) but this process should be tried first.


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ThumbsPlus v10 FAQ / Do you have ThumbsPlus for a Mac
« on: 2018-05-22 14:19:44 »
Although ThumbsPlus is not written for a Macintosh,  there are many users that run the current ThumbsPlus (v10) on a Macintosh with a Windows emulator.

The most popular Windows emulating software reported is Parallels. (There are others available such as VMWare.) We do get positive reports from those who wish to use ThumbsPlus but have gone over to the Mac. However, we can not sguarantee support of ThumbsPlus if it is being used on a Macintosh, even using an emulator, as it wasn't written for that platform.

Currently we do not have the resources for or any plans to develop a Macintosh version.

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ThumbsPlus runs on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista.  Also supported are Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2003. Both 32 and 64-bit operating systems versions are supported, as are Server R2 releases.

Reports that ThumbsPlus will run on XP (SP3) are favorable but we do not officially support users that are running ThumbsPlus on XP SP3.

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ThumbsPlus v10 FAQ / Changing the thumbnail size
« on: 2018-05-22 14:05:55 »
The default size of the thumbnails in ThumbsPlus v10 SP1 is 160 x 160.

You have control of how large to create your thumbnails. There are 2 different options to increase the thumbnail size.

1. There is a % option at the top of the menu that will increase the thumbnail size. (NOTE that this only stretches the thumbnails, which doesn't give you as nice of a view than actually increasing the thumbnails size in OPTIONS>PREFERENCES>THUMBNAILS.)

If you wish to stretch the thumbnails and not regenerate them at a larger size, change the % size at the top of the ThumbsPlus interface then go to OPTIONS>PREFERENCES THUMBNAIL VIEW> and turn on the "stretched" option in order for the thumbnails to stretch to fit the thumbnail box.

2. To create larger, prettier thumbnails go to OPTIONS>PREFERENCES>THUMBNAILS to change the thumbnail size.

After changing the actual thumbnail size in an established database, you will have to rescan for the thumbnails to increase in size.

Note that the larger the thumbnails are in the database, the more space they occupy. Please see the FAQ about your database choices for more information.

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ThumbsPlus v10 FAQ / ThumbsPlus database choices
« on: 2018-05-22 13:40:25 »
ThumbsPlus v10 has several different options for creating new databases that are a little different than the default options.

There is a lot of information below but it is easy to understand. Creating a new database with different options is not difficult either!

Out of the box the ThumbsPlus v10 database has a 2Gb size limit. However, for quite some time there have been several ways to configure and/or use other databases or other database options that will allow for either a larger thumbnail count capacity, (even when using the default MS Access database), or a database without a size limit.

Below you will find information about the database choices you have so that you can make the best decision for your specific needs.

The default ThumbsPlus database is an MS Access database with a .tpdb8 extension. In ThumbsPlus v10 build 4015, the following (default) database settings allow for approximately 400,000 thumbnails:

160 x 160 sized thumbnails
True color (24-bit)
JPEG quality 80%

The amount of thumbnail data that is assigned, (keywords, annotations, udf's, etc..) does have an impact on your database size as well.

DATABASE SIZE:

If you wish to start from the beginning with a database that will store millions of thumbnails, you can start from scratch with a brand new database.

Creating a new database:

Either of these new database choices give you the option to create larger, prettier thumbnails as well without "filling" the database too quickly.

If you don't have keywords, annotations, udf's, off line thumbnails or galleries that are important to you, starting new is a great option as you can configure your new ThumbsPlus database in different ways.

To create either of the 2 new database options below, start by going to Database>New.

1. Creating the NEW database using the "THUMBNAILS IN FILES" option.

Configuring a new database using the option to "store thumbnails in files" increases the thumbnail count capacity giving you the room to store between 6 and 7 million thumbnails and their associated data! (This gives you the option to create larger, prettier thumbnails as well without "filling" the database too quickly.)

The option to store the thumbnails in files, instead of storing the thumbnails in the database itself, stores the thumbnails in a file that resides in the same folder that houses the database. This does increase the amount of space needed for the thumbnail/data storage, but gives the ability to manage much larger quantities of thumbnails in a single database. This type of database is suggested for databases that are not shard on a Network.

2. In ThumbsPlus v10 SP2 the option to create an SQLite3 database has been improved greatly. To create a new SQLite3 database, choose this option when creating a new database. This type of database has NO SIZE except for your amount of disk space, but it does have its quirks.

There are many ThumbsPlus users that are choosing this SQLite3 database option with the latest v10 build and they are very happy to have this working option. (Note that running multiple thumbnail creation threads at the same time may give errors that will not have an impact on the stability of your database but may be annoying.)

I have attached 2 images that illustrate creating these types of databases.

3. There are additional database options for corporations that will be sharing a ThumbsPlus database over a company network. This option allows for the use of another client server database such as SQL Server.

Note that using another client server database is suggested only for those ThumbsPlus users with ADVANCED knowledge of client server database applications.

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ThumbsPlus v10 information:

ThumbsPlus is an image management software that uses a relational database that can be customized in many ways.  ThumbsPlus creates thumbnails and makes it easy to catalog, organize, locate and maintain all of your graphics, multimedia and font files.

ThumbsPlus runs on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and on Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2003. Both 32 and 64-bit operating systems versions are supported, as are Server R2 releases.
 
ThumbsPlus is a photo organizing and searching software that includes editing, viewing, BATCH conversion/editing/resizing, metafile support, image filtering, contact sheet creation, printed catalogs, display of slide shows, changing wallpaper, launch external editors, install and remove True Type Fonts, handle offline media and automatically save screen and window captures. ThumbsPlus supports all common digital cameras and file formats as well as digital video.

ThumbsPlus Partial Feature list:

ThumbsPlus supports over 100 file formats internally with many more configurable using OLE or filters

ThumbsPlus can write (convert to) jpg, jp2, gif, png, tif, tga, bmp, raw, wmf, ico, cmp and pcx.

Image Management/Image Information and FINDING FILES:

ThumbsPlus stores its information in a relational database, allowing enormous flexibility in searching for files. Each tab on the Find window allows for searching for different kinds of information, and the Advanced tab allows you to enter SQL directly.

User-defined fields for categorizing and searching
Keywords,
Annotations
Galleries
Found file lists
METADATA

You can search for files in hundreds of different ways including and combining the following:

User Defined Fields
Keywords
Partial and full file names
Duplicate and similar images
Annotations
Advanced SQL statements

EXAMPLES:

Searching with a partial filename and a UDF
Finding similar images to a specific image
Finding similar images in a current folder or file list
Searching the entire database for similar files


Editing images in ThumbsPlus:

Most editing features can be done in a batch mode.

Batch processing is one of the most useful and powerful capabilities of ThumbsPlus. A "batch" is a group of files, and batch processing performs a set of operations on each file in the batch. Here are just a few examples of the COUNTLESS batch processes that you can do:

Convert a group of files from one format to another.

Convert several files of varying types, including metafiles, rasterizing to 800x800, sharpening a bit, cropping to 800x600, then resampling to 640x480  and saving as JPEG to a different folder.

Create a bunch of thumbnail-sized JPG files for the Web (for complete Web page building, you can use the Web Page Wizard as well).

Convert a group of GIF or LZW-compressed TIFF files to PNG.

Rasterize several PICT or CGM files, with anti-aliasing, and storing as LZW-compressed TIFF.

Convert a bunch of files to a 256-color common optimum palette ("Super palette") for use in a GIF or other animation.

You can save defined batch sets and reuse them later on different sets of files. You can even call a batch set from within another batch set! (This can be useful, for example, to write two files say, a GIF and a JPEG from each input file.)

Partial editing feature list:

Rotate and Resize options
Color adjustment options
Color Depth
Color Balancing/in batch mode as well
Replace colors
SWAP Red and Blue
Invert Colors
Histogram/Equalize/Stretch
Set resolution
Crop/Autocrop
Create and Render Alpha channels
Assign color profiles
Image stamping (overlay text or image)
Image fading
Color Management support
Freehand select, paste into
Rotate to line.
Combine images (add, subtract, multiply, divide, and, or, xor, etc.)

ThumbsPlus Image Processes:
Auto Color Balance
Improve Video Capture
Fluorescent Lighting
General Enhancement
Contrast Enhancement
Cleanup Jpeg
Digital Camera Cleanup
Sepia Tone
Semi-Sepia Tone
Photo Negative
Equalize Channels
Stretch Channels

Many interesting image filters:
6 Blur filters are available including Gaussian
11 Edge Detection including Prewitt
11 Sharpen filters including Enhance Edges
22 Effects including Oil Painting and Embossing
9 Noise filers including Despeckle
6 Edge Process filters

MISC features:

Printing/Catalogs/PDF files
Digital Contact sheets
Slide shows
TWAIN including Multiple TWAIN acquire
Movie thumbnail and viewing options
Quick convert menu for converting multiple files
Computed similarity between selected images
OLE and Filter support for file formats not handled internally
Thumbnail creation for proprietary formats
Windows Still Image support
Web Page Wizard
Optimized palettes can be generated from multiple image files.
Extensive DDE commands and a command line utility
Extensive search capabilities with named search sets.
Folder operations (copy, move, and rename)
Many file sort options
Multiple customizable thumbnail views
Synchronized image scrolling, panning and zooming (for comparing images)
Image galleries for custom ordered slide shows and quick organization
Multiple monitor support
Photo printing options with print preview
Favorite locations for quick access to folders
Automatic file renaming (numbering)
Tagging images
Batch METADATA Editor
Loupe Display (magnifier)
Metafile functions, including converting vector to true wmf files
Multiple background tasks are supported

Available Plug-in's:

Plug-in for camera raw formats
Plug-in for EPS/PDF/AI files
Plug-in for Game Textures (.VTF and .DDS textures.)
Plug-in for Kodak DCR/DCS files

The data input and search capabilities are professional and advanced while at the same time ThumbsPlus is very intuitive and easy to use for beginners in the graphic world!

If you would like to see more information on any of the above you can do a search in the ThumbsPlus HELP file (images attached) or send an e-mail to support@thumbsplus.com

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Dear ThumbsPlus users,

ThumbsPlus 10 Service Pack 1 is released and available!

Please visit the Release Notes page for more information and to download the official release:
http://www.cerious.com/release_notes10sp1.shtm

Standard, Professional, Home Network licenses and upgrades are 25% off!

We have extended our 25% off sale for another two weeks, until June 17th, 2016. Licenses and upgrades for single-user Pro and Standard, and 5-user Home Network, are all 25% off! Please use the order pages here:
http://www.cerious.com/ordermenu.shtml

By popular demand, we're also offering Perpetual licenses until the 17th!

Perpetual licenses are for personal and home use only. With a perpetual license, you will receive all future ThumbsPlus upgrades at no additional cost.

New perpetual license pricing:

ThumbsPlus Pro Perpetual $149.95
ThumbsPlus Home Network Perpetual: $214.95

Perpetual upgrade pricing (from any version number):

From Pro to Perpetual Pro: $60.00
From Pro to Perpetual Home Network: $140.00
From Home Network to Perpetual Home: $80.00
From Standard to Perpetual Pro: $140.00
From Standard to Perpetual Home Network: $220.00

All prices are in U.S. dollars.

Please use the credit and debit card order page here:
https://phlipper.cerious.com/tporder_life.shtml

Or you may order using PayPal here:
http://www.cerious.com/orderpaypal_perp.shtml

If you have any sales or support questions about ThumbsPlus please e-mail sales@cerious.com or support@cerious.com

Thanks from all of us at Cerious Software for your continued support!

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Dear ThumbsPlus users,

ThumbsPlus 10 Service Pack 1 is released and available!

Please visit the Release Notes page for more information and to download the official release:
http://www.cerious.com/release_notes10sp1.shtm

Standard, Professional, Home Network licenses and upgrades are 25% off!

We have extended our 25% off sale for another two weeks, until June 17th, 2016. Licenses and upgrades for single-user Pro and Standard, and 5-user Home Network, are all 25% off! Please use the order pages here:
http://www.cerious.com/ordermenu.shtml

By popular demand, we're also offering Perpetual licenses until the 17th!

Perpetual licenses are for personal and home use only. With a perpetual license, you will receive all future ThumbsPlus upgrades at no additional cost.

New perpetual license pricing:

ThumbsPlus Pro Perpetual $149.95
ThumbsPlus Home Network Perpetual: $214.95

Perpetual upgrade pricing (from any version number):

From Pro to Perpetual Pro: $60.00
From Pro to Perpetual Home Network: $140.00
From Home Network to Perpetual Home: $80.00
From Standard to Perpetual Pro: $140.00
From Standard to Perpetual Home Network: $220.00

All prices are in U.S. dollars.

Please use the credit and debit card order page here:
https://phlipper.cerious.com/tporder_life.shtml

Or you may order using PayPal here:
http://www.cerious.com/orderpaypal_perp.shtml

If you have any sales or support questions about ThumbsPlus please e-mail sales@cerious.com or support@cerious.com

Thanks from all of us at Cerious Software for your continued support!

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Announcements / ThumbsPlus v10 SP1 BETA 3 BUILD 4009
« on: 2016-05-06 16:17:10 »
ThumbsPlus 10 Service Pack 1 Beta 3 (build 4009) is now available!

Please visit the Release Notes page for more information and to
download build 4009:

    http://www.cerious.com/release_notes10sp1.shtml

We plan for this to be the final beta, with SP1 release to follow soon.

Standard, Professional, Home Network licenses and upgrades are 25% off!

For two weeks, until 20 May 2016, Single-user (Pro and Standard) and
Home Network licenses and upgrades, are 25% off! Please use the order
pages here:

    http://www.cerious.com/ordermenu.shtml

Thanks for your continued support from all of us at Cerious Software!

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ThumbsPlus v10 Questions / METADATA/IPTC/EXIF/XMP #2
« on: 2015-10-14 18:03:39 »
ThumbsPlus uses the XMP format, which stores all metadata an an XML tree, and Adobe's XMP library, to store and maintain metadata. ThumbsPlus has its own internal list of "supported" XMP fields, but can display metadata not on that list.

ThumbsPlus allows you to modify or add many fields, but for compatibility with other applications, only those on its supported list, and only those which make sense to edit. For example, it doesn't allow you to edit the Exposure Time, since that is static information about how the image was created.

The Metadata panel shows the metadata for the current file. When you have selected a single file, you may edit the supported metadata in that file directly within the panel. To edit the metadata in multiple files, use the Batch Edit Metadata function on the Image menu.

Metadata in the ThumbsPlus database

ThumbsPlus automatically imports metadata for several items so they may be used to quickly search for images based it. These database items are handled automatically:

Date Taken

ThumbsPlus loads the Date Take in the database from the XMP/EXIF field Original Date Time.

Rating

ThumbsPlus will load Rating from the XMP rating field (xmp:rating) or the Microsoft rating field (MicrosoftPhoto:Rating). The Microsoft rating is converted from its 0-100 range to the standard 0-5.

Keywords

Database keywords are automatically created from XMP keywords, based on the XMP Keywords setting in Keyword Preferences. (For historical reasons, these are stored in the XMP bag named dc:subject. ThumbsPlus and most other software always refer to them  as keywords.)

Annotations

Subject to the option in the Metadata Preferences, ThumbsPlus copies the XMP Caption (also known as Description and Comment in some software) to the database Annotation field.

User Fields

You can also create User Fields for any metadata item, and if it has the exact same name as an XMP field, ThumbsPlus will automatically populate the field from the metadata item. All metadata fields in the database should be stored as Text, rather than numeric or date/time. You may disable this behavior in Metadata Preferences.

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