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request for support in other file formats
« on: August 03, 2006, 11:36:48 AM »
Hi Kirk-
Thanks for 4.4.3.2 & for the "generate finder icons" command. I tried it & it worked great. I was just in a meeting & we were looking over some folders that had EPS files in it along with photos. My boss said it would be great if PM could display EPS & PDF files (and Illustrator/Quark files). Our department is comprised of both photographers & designers and currently our designers don't use PM. I know they would love it if they could. I think it would open up Photo Mechanic to many more people in other industries besides photography.
Just for kicks I decided to try opening a folder in Adobe Bridge & all of these formats except Quark were displayed. I was thinking there must be a reason it couldn't be done, but I guess it can. Am I asking too much, or do you think this can be done for the next BIG update ... 4.5?

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Re: request for support in other file formats
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 01:53:15 PM »
Caryn,

Thanks for 4.4.3.2 & for the "generate finder icons" command. I tried it & it worked great. I was just in a meeting & we were looking over some folders that had EPS files in it along with photos. My boss said it would be great if PM could display EPS & PDF files (and Illustrator/Quark files). Our department is comprised of both photographers & designers and currently our designers don't use PM. I know they would love it if they could. I think it would open up Photo Mechanic to many more people in other industries besides photography.
Just for kicks I decided to try opening a folder in Adobe Bridge & all of these formats except Quark were displayed. I was thinking there must be a reason it couldn't be done, but I guess it can. Am I asking too much, or do you think this can be done for the next BIG update ... 4.5?

I'm not surprised that Bridge can display most of the formats you listed (Adobe is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to EPS and PDF)

Photo Mechanic can display EPS-TIFF files (EPS files with a TIFF preview) so if your coworkers can generate EPS-TIFF instead of plain EPS files that would work.

As for PDF, it would be possible on the Mac without too much effort.  On Windows it is an entirely different story.  We would have to license a library.

I don't think we would ever support Quark files unless Quark provided a library for rendering them.

What we want to do is have the ability for the user to list filename extensions for files they want minimal support for.  These files would have a generic image, but could be copied/moved, renamed, and launched with a specific program.

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Re: request for support in other file formats
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2006, 09:10:49 PM »
Kirk I agree with the "minimal support" idea  - I would like say a blank image in a contact sheet for a PSD file - at least I would know it's there.
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Re: request for support in other file formats
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2006, 10:13:10 PM »
Joe,

Kirk I agree with the "minimal support" idea  - I would like say a blank image in a contact sheet for a PSD file - at least I would know it's there.

We already support PSD files as long as you have QuickTime 5 (or higher) installed.  Install QuickTime and you'll be able to see thumbnails and previews.

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Re: request for support in other file formats
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2006, 03:53:59 PM »
Kirk-

Is ""minimal support" slated for the 4.5 release?

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Re: request for support in other file formats
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2006, 07:07:16 PM »
Delane,

Kirk-

Is ""minimal support" slated for the 4.5 release?

I plan to get it in for 4.5, but maybe not in the initial release, but an early update to 4.5.

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