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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.

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Version:2.2.7 / 2.3.0 Beta 5 History


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Here is the first beta of 2.3.0. (EDIT: Beta 5 is now out)

I've bumped the version number a bit, due to a major change in this release.
I'm aware that this version number has already been used for another alpha release,
but since I discontinued that branch quite a while ago, I believe it wont confuse anyone,
if I use it once again now.

Over the span of this past year, I've been working on and off on rewriting the
Icaros Property Handler shell extension in C++.

Besides fixing a good number of issues, which the old property handler was suffering from
(such as the .NET error in the event log), this also gave me a chance to improve the underlying
framework, allowing much better handling of tags, and easier implementation of new file parsers.

On that note, a couple of new formats has been added with this new handler (see changelog below),
so the property handler now supports the following filetypes:

.mkv, .mk3d, .webm, .ogm, .ogv, .ogg, .flv, .avi, .rm, .rmvb, .flac, .opus, .spx, .ape, .mp3, .mpc, .mka, .tak, .tta, .ofr, .ofs, .wav, .wv

Since the current GUI has limited space, some of these new filetypes can only be disabled via the registry.
I will be working on finishing the new gui, so hopefully I won't have to modify the old one,
but I may end up doing so anyway, to get 2.3.0 finalized earlier.

Below are the most significant changes and fixes, however since everything has been rewritten,
there could easily be many other minor fixes (or maybe a couple of regressions as well),
so be sure to look out for that.

All feedback is, of course, very appreciated.
Happy New Year! ;)
Main new changes and features:

- Property Handler completely rewritten in C++
- Added support for MP3, Speex, TrueAudio, OptimFROG, and Wav properties
- No .NET dependency or any other dependencies for any of the shell extensions
- Fixed .NET error in the event log while indexing properties (Message ID: 0x2509)
- Fixed crash in Metro File Picker
- Fixed property indexing on Windows 8+
- Fixed handling of AVI properties on Windows 8+
- Fixed handling of MKV properties on Windows 10
- Improved registration of property handler
- Can now read and manage multiple tags in files
- Improved many of the property parsers
- Now fully conforms to MS guidelines
Implemented features that have not yet been activated (due to lack of testing):

- Property editing of the following filetypes:
Flac, MP3, Ape, Mpc, Tak, Tta, Ofr, Ofs, Wv

- Following tags can be editted:
ID3v1, ID3v1.1, ID3v2.2, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, ApeTag, VorbisComment

- Custom properties are now localizable

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Alternative to Icaros:
Media Preview

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Acronyms / Also Known As:
Icaros Thumbnail Provider, shark007 Icaros


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I downloaded this program and had a lot of problems with it. Icaros did indeed generate thumbnails for all of my video files as advertised but it didn't always seem to play nice with Windows 7. On numerous occasions I would open a folder containing video files and the screen would lock up while Icaros was generating icons--I would get a swirling circle in the folder for several minutes or more before I could do anything. This did not happen every time I opened a folder with videos but it became enough of an issue that I finally uninstalled icaros--and all of my problems with the folders went away. I liked having thumbnails for everything but not at the expense of the computer freezing.

Posted October 12, 2013 by . Tool version 2.2.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

Great Tool!!!
I tried a lot of other tools for displaying thumbnails for mkv and flv files.
But I didn't found a working tool. E.g. I tried Haali Media Splitter but this tool created some black thumbnails and other were completly white.
With Icaros I can even display thumbnails for .vob and .flv files.
Thanks for programming this masterpiece.

Posted May 26, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Icaros is awesome great tool thanks!!!

Posted March 06, 2012 by . Tool version 1.3.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Installed and seems to work fine/stable. Allows me to get thumbnails in Windows Explorer for FLV files when I couldn't get them before. Requires you to install the LAV filters. So if you have the Haali splitter installed, you will need to uninstall that first.

Posted December 01, 2011 by . Tool version 1.2.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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