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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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OS:Windows
Version:3.1.0
Released:Sep 28,2018
File size:9.7MB
8.7/10
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Latest version

3.1.0 (September 28, 2018)




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Supported operating systems

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


[Icaros v.3.1.0 Final]

- Added new Dark theme (UI settings page)
- Added support for AV1/AOM decoding
- Added "test mode" on thumbnailing page
- Added Dutch (Netherlands) localization (Thank you mavanmanen! ^__^)
- Added support for cover art embedded in MKV by TagLib#
- Added the extensions: mpv4, hdmov, f4v to 'video only' and 'most known' presets
- Improved Icaros Cache so it now returns a resized thumbnail if a larger version of that thumbnail has been cached already
- Fixed crash for audio files with corrupt album/cover art
- Fixed framerate property not displaying fragments (only works on latest Win 10 builds)
- Fixed crash when decoding HEVC on newer CPUs
- Fixed thumbnailing of certain MP4 files
- Fixed several Icaros Cache Indexer issues
- Fixed file count limit shown in IcarosConfig while running the indexer
- Fixed metadata parsing in some AVI files
- Fixed some minor GUI inconsistencies in IcarosConfig
- Installer now installs 32-bit components by default on Win 64 systems
- Made time elapsed label on indexing page translatable
- Refactored a good amount of libav code
- Discontinued support for Windows XP (check developer notes below. Use Icaros 3.0.3 for XP support)
- Icaros now outputs some more comprehensive minidumps (while hopefully not increasing the size too much)
- Improved compilation of FFmpeg
- Updated localizations
- Updated GCC to 7.3
- Updated FFmpeg

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Review by q3fuba on Sep 12, 2018 Version: 3.1.0 Beta 2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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Review by Splaturbate on Sep 11, 2018 Version: 3.0.3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




There's a big conflict with the bottom properties bar in Windows Explorer. Usually, if it's an audio file, you could edit the ID-Tag just by clicking in the bar, rather than opening up the Properties and heading over to the dBpoweramp ID-Tag. Icaros, if enabled for audio, disables this option. It also sometimes fails to show information (often in older files) entered into the ID-Tag that's there and can actually be fixed by changing anything in the ID-Tag, which appears to refresh the data in the bar so everything shows up.

I recently did an update on codecs (big mistake), so I had to reinstall a few things. I used to have Icaros disabled for audio property handling because of these bugs. Now when I turn it off, all the property data disappears until I re-enable it. I used to have the best of both worlds, but Windows Explorer's handling of the ID-Tag properties seems to have been overridden by Icaros not reverting to Windows default.

Please make it so that Icaros can fully integrate with all of Windows Explorer's standard functionality when it comes to being able to edit file data with a click, as well as the aforementioned bug of not always displaying every standard file property, whether filled out or not.

One of my biggest reasons for having the full Icaros installed is because of the refresh option. Windows Explorer occasionally needs it.


Review by NileQT87 on Aug 23, 2018 Version: 3.1.0 Beta 2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10




Great program but I wish it could do more. The whole purpose of these types of programs is to cache thumbnails and icons to load fast. There is a problem I donít see being addressed. Just about everything besides videos and pictures have icons. Game icons, program icons, you name it. These are the areas I would love to see being integrated into these programs. Try creating some folders with nothing but game and program shortcuts in them. Each day loading those folders, it take from 30 secs to a minute to load all the icons. Even in the same day if you have these folders closed for a period of time, and open them again, that same process starts all over again. I donít understand why all those icons canít also be cached for instant retrieval like video files are. It just canít be that big of a deal to make this happen or no one has figured out a way yet. Microsoft sure hasnít. Doesnít make sense in this day and age of fast computers the we still have this kind of stuff happening.

Review by MikeO on Apr 7, 2018 Version: 3.0.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Great program but I wish it could do more. The whole purpose of these types of programs is to cache thumbnails and icons to load fast. There is a problem I donít see being addressed. Just about everything besides videos and pictures have icons. Game icons, program icons, you name it. These are the areas I would love to see being integrated into these programs. Try creating some folders with nothing but game and program shortcuts in them. Each day loading those folders, it take from 30 secs to a minute to load all the icons. Even in the same day if you have these folders closed for a period of time, and open them again, that same process starts all over again. I donít understand why all those icons canít also be cached for instant retrieval like video files are. It just canít be that big of a deal to make this happen or no one has figured out a way yet. Microsoft sure hasnít. Doesnít make sense in this day and age of fast computers the we still have this kind of stuff happening.

Review by MikeO on Apr 7, 2018 Version: 3.0.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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