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Icaros can provide Windows Explorer thumbnails, for essentially any video media format supported by FFmpeg, this includes popular filetypes such as: Mkv, Flv, Avi, Mp4, Mov, Rmvb, M2ts, Ogm etc. Besides the FFmpeg supported filetypes, Icaros also contains custom parsers, which can produce Cover Art thumbnails for Mkv, Flac, Ape, and Mpc files. Icaros also provides Windows Explorer properties for the following popular filetypes: Mkv, Flv, Ogm, Ogv, Ogg, Flac, Ape, and Mpc. Requires .NET 4.0.

Freeware
OS:Windows
Version:3.0.0 / 3.0.1 RC1
Released:Nov 13, 2016
File size:7.7MB
Portable version
Old versions available
Version history available
8.4/10
13 votes




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Latest version

3.0.0 / 3.0.1 RC1 (November 13, 2016)



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Download Icaros 3.0.0  [Direct link 7.7MB]  [Win]



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Download Icaros 3.0.0 portable  [Direct link 7.1MB]  [Win]

Download Icaros 3.0.1 RC1  [Direct link 8.1MB]  [Win]

Download Icaros 3.0.1 RC1 portable  [Direct link 7.5MB]  [Win]



Download Icaros old versions

NameDate(Y-M-d)Size
Icaros_v3.0.1_RC1.zip2016-11-147.5MB
Icaros_v3.0.1_RC1.exe2016-11-148.1MB
Icaros_v3.0.1_b3.zip2016-09-017.4MB
Icaros_v3.0.1_b3.exe2016-09-017.9MB
Icaros_v3.0.1_b2.zip2016-06-237.4MB
Icaros_v3.0.1_b2.exe2016-06-237.9MB
Icaros_v3.0.0.zip2016-05-177.1MB
Icaros_v3.0.0.exe2016-05-177.7MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc4.zip2016-03-218.7MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc4.exe2016-03-217.6MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc3.zip2015-11-078.5MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc3.exe2015-11-077.5MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc2.zip2015-10-148.6MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc2.exe2015-10-147.6MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc1.zip2015-10-028.6MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_rc1.exe2015-10-027.6MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b4.zip2015-08-208.4MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b4.exe2015-08-207.5MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b3.exe2015-08-157.4MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b2.zip2015-06-298.1MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b2.exe2015-06-297.2MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b1.zip2015-06-128.1MB
Icaros_v3.0.0_b1.exe2015-06-127.2MB
Icaros_v2.3.0.zip2015-06-027.7MB
Icaros_v2.3.0.exe2015-06-026.9MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_RC1.zip2015-05-017.2MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_RC1.exe2015-05-016.6MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b5.zip2015-02-217.1MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b5.exe2015-02-216.5MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b4.exe2015-02-116.5MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b3.zip2015-01-257.1MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b3.exe2015-01-256.5MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b2.zip2015-01-177.1MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b2.exe2015-01-176.5MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b1.zip2015-01-087.1MB
Icaros_v2.3.0_b1.exe2015-01-086.5MB
Icaros_v2.2.7.zip2015-01-056.6MB
Icaros_v2.2.7.exe2015-01-056.2MB
Icaros_v2.2.7_b3.zip2014-12-026.5MB
Icaros_v2.2.7_b3.exe2014-12-026.1MB
Icaros_v2.2.7_b2.zip2014-09-256.5MB
Icaros_v2.2.6.zip2014-09-026.4MB
Icaros_v2.2.6.exe2014-09-026MB
Icaros_v2.2.6_b2.zip2014-06-275.9MB
Icaros_v2.2.6_b1.zip2014-05-295.9MB
Icaros_v2.2.5.zip2014-05-296.1MB
Icaros_v2.2.5.exe2014-05-295.8MB
Icaros_v2.2.5_b2.zip2014-05-076.1MB
Icaros_v2.2.5_b1.zip2014-04-246.1MB
Icaros_v2.2.4.zip2014-04-245.8MB
Icaros_v2.2.4.exe2014-04-245.5MB
Icaros_v2.2.4_b1.zip2013-10-235.7MB
Icaros_v2.2.3.zip2013-10-237.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.3.exe2013-10-236.7MB
Icaros_v2.2.3_b1.zip2013-07-047.1MB
Icaros_v2.2.3_b1.exe2013-07-046.6MB
Icaros_v2.2.2.zip2013-07-047MB
Icaros_v2.2.2.exe2013-07-046.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.1.zip2013-05-277.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.1.exe2013-05-276.8MB
Icaros_v2.2.1_b2.zip2013-03-067.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.1_b2.exe2013-03-066.5MB
Icaros_v2.2.1_b1.zip2013-02-217.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.0.zip2013-02-197.3MB
Icaros_v2.2.0.exe2013-02-196.5MB
Icaros_v2.1.5.zip2013-01-027.3MB
Icaros_v2.1.5.exe2013-01-026.5MB
Icaros_v2.1.2.zip2012-12-257.2MB
Icaros_v2.1.2.exe2012-12-256.4MB
Icaros_v2.1.1.zip2012-12-107.2MB
Icaros_v2.1.1.exe2012-12-106.4MB
Icaros_v2.1.1b4.zip2012-11-307.2MB
Icaros_v2.1.1_b3.zip2012-10-206.6MB
Icaros_2.0.0.exe2012-05-135.9MB
Icaros_1.3.2.exe2012-03-01970kB
Icaros_1.3.1.exe2012-02-05940kB
Icaros_1.3.0.exe2011-12-14888kB
Icaros_1.2.5.exe2011-11-25868kB
78 files520.1MB



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog

[Icaros v.3.0.1 RC 1]

- Added Ukrainian localization (Thank you Darko!)
- Fixed duration/bitrate/channel properties for certain MP3 files
- Improved duration precision for some MP3 files
- Recognize WEBP as an image format
- Update Russian localization (Thank you Ligre!)
- Update German localization (Thank you Mike!)
- Updated to GCC 6.2
- Updated FFmpeg

[Icaros v.3.0.1 Beta 3]

- Added new commandline options (see notes)
- Added notifier to thumbnail page that shows results of drag n drop operations (see notes)
- Added 'Video Only' and 'Audio Only' presets
- Added Polish localization (Thank you Xyzzy!)
- Added Turkish localization (Thank you Torelafes!)
- Fixed Optimfrog thumbnailing
- Fixed Optimfrog bitrate values
- Made EPUB a default filetype
- Updated Danish, Portuguese and Russian localization
- Improved donation links (labels and extra info)
- Fixed a handful of minor bugs

[Icaros v.3.0.1 Beta 2]

- Added support for Comic Book files (CBZ, CBR, CB7)
- Comic Book files can contain any kind of image format (jpg, png, gif, webp etc)
- Added Japanese localization (Thank you Donkichirou!)
- Added option to enable/disable video reel thumbnail border
- Improved mkv handling slightly
- Updated FFmpeg

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Media Preview





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Acronyms / Also Known As

Icaros Thumbnail Provider, shark007 Icaros



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13 comments, Showing 1 to 5 comments

Hi gaveitatry,

Please contact me directly with issues like these. I'm just one developer and I only have my spare time to work on Icaros,
but I'll gladly answer your questions and help you with problems, if you contact me via mail or through the dedicated Icaros subforum.
You can find links to both in the Icaros GUI on the About page, or here: Xanashi[at]gmail[dot]com.

Now as for your issue with the thumbnail adornments (movie reel borders):
These borders are added by Windows and not by the shell extensions themselves. Icaros only provides an image to Windows Explorer,
which is then post-processed by Windows, where it sometimes crops and adds borders to the thumbnails.

It is possible to enable/disable these borders/adornments via the Windows Registry. This affects all thumbnails instantly,
and can be applied to entire media genres (video/image/music files) or single filetypes (mp4, mkv, flv etc).

If you contact me, I can give you some more info on how to accomplish this using regedit.
The next version of Icaros will give the option to turn the video reel adornment on and off for video files.

To sum up, both bugs are not really related to Icaros, as it completely up to Windows how the adornments of every file
is handled.

I won't force you to continue troubleshooting this if you have everything working now, but you are more than
welcome to write to me if you wish to revisit these issues and find a solution.



Jun 11, 2016 by xanashi Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



UPDATE: Jun 10, 2016

Yeah there is definitely two bugs that I can see.

Bug #1 - Yesterday, when I had a MP4 video on my desktop, refreshing the desktop removed the reel decoration. For some reason, that is not happening today. However today, if I cleared my cache, it gave all my PNG images on my desktop a reel decoration. But if I refreshed my desktop, the reel decoration disappeared from two of my four PNG images. Wwhy half? why not all of them? Why won't the reel decorations stick? Why do they disappear on desktop refreshes? This inconsistency is so weird and frustrating.

Bug #2 - I have PNG excluded (by default), but I still get reel decorations on some of my PNG images. I don't remember if Icaros always put reel decorations over PNG images or not. But if I have PNG listed in Excluded, shouldn't that prevent PNG files from getting reel decorations? I associate reel decorations with movies not images. It would be nice to just see the images themselves without any reel decorations on them.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I reinstalled Media Preview and enabled Image Thumbnail Adornmenet with Border Style disabled and that got rid of the reel decorations on all my images. So that solved that problem. Media Preview has me interested now because I always thought that it was a bad program because it always showed a 123 on the bottom right corner in their screenshots and I didn't want numbers with my reel decorations. But I was wrong. There are no numbers. It's just like the reel decorations in Icaros. Now that I am getting more familiar with Media Preview, I might give it a chance some time. For now I will disable it and see if Icaros does what I need it to do. I've been using Icaros for years and I solved the problem with remembering window size and position and I solved the problem with reel decorations on PNG files. So I might be good now. Glad I got it all worked out... hopefully. Only time will tell.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I spoke too soon. Now I can't get those reel decorations to appear on my MP4 files using Icaros. I am starting to think that I need to use Media Preview instead. So I will install it once again. This time I will uninstall Icaros first an see if Media Preview will do what I need it to do.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I uninstalled Icaros. Insalled Media Preview. (By the way, I always do clean installs. I delete registry files and hidden AppData folders.) Media Preview seems to be working flawlessly. I get the reel decorations on MP4 files just like I wanted, and Desktop refreshes don't make the reel decorations disappear. Conclusion: Media Preview works just like I need it to and Icaros failed me. Making the switch now. No more Icaros for me. Thanks though. I am glad that Icaros is still around. Media Preview hasn't been updated since 2014 and if it ever quits working maybe you guys can carry the torch and get yours working and then there will still be a program out there for generating video thumbnails. But that's only if you get yours working. Keep at it. Hope you get it working perfectly one day.



Jun 11, 2016 by gaveitatry Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease: 7/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 4/10



Update. After installing other programs (Media Preview) and reverting back to 2.3.0, I ran into a problem where some of my PNG files were getting reel decorations and I don't quiet remember ever having reel decorations on PNG files before. It bothered me. So I tried to install 3.0.0 again hoping that I can find a way to get rid of those reel decorations once and for all. I haven't figured it out yet, but I did resolve an earlier issue. I found out that 3.0.0 has option in UI settings to remember window size and position. Perfect! That's what I needed. I can stick with 3.0.0 now. I just wish it worked with MP4s as well as other file formats (the reel decoration doesn't always appear unless I drag the file over to the Icaros window and the reel decoration disappears on desktop refresh) and even though 3.0.0 has PNG and JPG and GIF excluded I still see reel decorations on some of my PNG files and I don't know how to get rid of them.


Jun 10, 2016 by gaveitatry Version: 2.3.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



In 2.3, and possibly previous versions, I could never get a thumbnail to generate for some files such as .MP4. I even manually added .MP4 to the extension files.

So today, I decided to upgrade to the newest 3.0.0. Oh my God, it was horrible! It generated a thumbnail for MP4 files, but as soon as I right clicked desktop and hit Refresh the thumbnail disappeared. But my main complain is that in both the x84 and x64 versions, the Icaros window takes up entire screen. If you resize the window, close out of it, and open it up again. Guess what? It takes up the entire screen again!

So I have no choice but to revert back to 2.3.0 where at least the window can be made small and stay small. I want to like this program but I might need to look around for another program that actually gives me thumbnails for all video extension types.

Thanks anyway. You tried.



Jun 9, 2016 by gaveitatry Version: 2.3 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 7/10



Thanks for the 3.0RC2 bug fixed!
The issue was fixed!



Oct 15, 2015 by Neroldy Version: 3.0RC2 bug fixed OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 5/10 Overall: 8/10


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