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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:22 am

Yes, as I wrote: "The only way to view the skp files that possible for me is with SU browser window in thumbnail view"
via the "open file" Su browser.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:29 am

As I thought, the shell extension only works within 32bit applications that uses the 32-bit shell.

What I think you can do, in WinXP and Vista (not possible in Win7) is run this command:
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\explorer.exe /separate
That should start an 32bit instance of explorer.exe.
Mind you, you might find other issue with that.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:57 pm

thomthom wrote:As I thought, the shell extension only works within 32bit applications that uses the 32-bit shell.
Mind you, you might find other issue with that.


Other issues? Can you specify? :?:
I prefer to know before i do it. :geek:
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:22 am

If you have 64bit extensions for other apps - you might not see them in the 32bit version unless that was also installed.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:19 pm

Thanks Thom,
I entered this command and it poped up a explorer window in which wherever i browsed i could see the thumbnails previews (SU and PDF, yes the the pdfs are also unseen in the thumbnail view).
But if i brows from different/any explorer window the problem remains the same... :(
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:45 pm

yes, you have to launch explorer.exe with that command. Make a shortcut on your desktop to it for easy access.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:55 pm

A shortcut would be great :) . Can you please explain how can i make one specifically for this command ?
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:13 pm

  • Right-click your desktop
  • New->Shortcut
  • Enter C:\Windows\SysWOW64\explorer.exe /separate as the program path
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:57 pm

Thanks Thom Works great!
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby BorgMan » Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:02 pm

I have tried the Seperate command with Windows 7, but alas, it doesn't work. Has anyone come up with a solution for this rather annoying problem already?
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:23 pm

BorgMan wrote:I have tried the Seperate command with Windows 7, but alas, it doesn't work. Has anyone come up with a solution for this rather annoying problem already?

Nope. They changed something between the Beta and the RC so explorer.exe always spawn the 64bit version.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby EarthMover » Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:01 pm

Great trick Thomas! Thanks!! I'll just use the shortcut to search through components. At least I'll have a back button that way.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby Brodie » Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:44 pm

Great find! Thom's shortcut method is working great for me on Vista 64.

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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby BorgMan » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:05 pm

I'm going to bump this topic because I'm really curious as to whether this problem has been solved in the released versions of Windows 7. Hey Google, are you watching this? We want our preview back :evil:
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby Ecuadorian » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:06 am

Another bump from me. I'm in Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

I know the GSU team is working hard in V8, so I hope they add the much needed 64-bit shell extension for Windows Explorer.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:39 am

No - You can't run the 32bit explorer.exe in the final W7 either.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby EduardoNL » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:20 pm

Hi guys,

I'm using Win 7 64 bit and my previews are also lost.
Is there a workaround / solution?

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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby ye136577267 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:54 am

I'm going to bump this topic because I'm really curious as to whether this problem has been solved in the released versions of Windows 7. Hey Google, are you watching this? We want our preview back
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby Khai » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:58 pm

I have a work around..just noticed it.

I have Skp previews in FreeCommander....running on Win7 64...
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby kevsterman » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:38 pm

Thanks for bumping this guys. I saw Thom's suggestion of creating a shortcut to explorer on the desktop and it works a treat. Finally I have preview thumbnails of all my SU models and components. Hurrah! :berserk:
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby kevsterman » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:45 pm

Hmm.. I shouldn't have got so happy so soon. Whilst using Thom's desktop shortcut does enable me to view SU thumbnails, I'm finding Explorer constantly crashes. I was trying to sort out all my components into new folders but had to give up because it would crash every time I tried to do anything. Is there a fix for this?
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby bing » Sat May 08, 2010 7:16 am

what i'm doing is that when i want to view some of the su file i open a new sketchup window and i click open, when the whindow pop up i click the view menu to a large icon that's it you will see your su file with preview ...
Free Agent wrote:very handy thanx, my pc at work just started doing that the other day
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Sat May 08, 2010 9:07 am

FYO, I came across an app that does .skp thumbnails and .skm thumbnails on both 32 and 64bit systems.
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=27784&p=241632
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=27753&p=243280
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby J40 » Sat May 08, 2010 12:00 pm

Finally! and it works!
Thank you Thom so much for pushing it.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby olishea » Wed May 12, 2010 2:32 pm

is this possible with mac? dont get previews :(
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby setesur1 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:14 pm

Hello to all

Do you have this triedly?


http://mysticcoder.net/mysticthumbs.html

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A greeting. ;)
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:20 am

setesur1 wrote:Hello to all

Do you have this triedly?


http://mysticcoder.net/mysticthumbs.html

Discharge
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A greeting. ;)

Yes - It's great, .skp and skm - I personally requested it.
Well worth the money.

I removed the direct links to the downloads. They where out of date. He's got regular updates, so it's best to just link to his site. Also, it's good manners not to hotlink other sites resources + it's Donationware so I'm sure he'd like people who download to actually read about the product and see the donation button.
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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby Gaieus » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:42 am

thomthom wrote:I removed the direct links to the downloads. They where out of date. He's got regular updates, so it's best to just link to his site. Also, it's good manners not to hotlink other sites resources + it's Donationware so I'm sure he'd like people who download to actually read about the product and see the donation button.

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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby Brodie » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:23 am

mystic thumbs is well worth the $15 or whatever it's going for. I did the trial awhile back and loved it. Finally got around to buying it recently and it's wonderful. The only thing that surprised me was that it doesn't work with .hdr's, but I emailed the owner and he said that it'll be coming very soon :)

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Re: (TRICK) To re-enable skp file preview

Postby thomthom » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:12 am

Yea - he is very responsive to requests.
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