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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:3.0.2 / 3.0.3 Beta 1
Released:Aug 15,2017
File size:8.4MB
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Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog


[Icaros v.3.0.3 Beta 1]

- Switched to the new FFmpeg decoding API
- Added prompt if IcarosConfig is closed while the cache indeder is running
- IcarosConfig now shows the filename of the file that is currently being processed by the cache indexer
- Fixed parsing of subdirectories if a root (e.g. C:) is added to the Cache Locations
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.3.0.2 FINAL]

- Replaced libarchive with libunarr for even better Comic Book file support
- Added Hungarian localization (Thank you nvi9!)
- Added Finnish localization (Thank you Nuihc88!)
- Added 'time elapsed' label to the Cache Indexer
- Fixed Comic Book cover selection (didn't always select the right cover image)
- Fixed artefacts showing in thumbnails of certain filetype/format combinations
- Fixed some names from getting 'cut off' in the contributor section on the about page
- Fixed some rendering bugs in IcarosConfig
- Improved the Icaros cache location folder permission check
- Slightly improved handling of dark frames
- Improved UI color calculations
- Updated Danish, Italian and Turkish localizations (Thank you Kawamoto!)
- Updated copyright to 2017
- Updated GCC to 7.1
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.3.0.2 Beta 2]

- Fixed Comic Book cover selection (didn't always select the right cover image)
- Fixed some rendering bugs in IcarosConfig
- Added Finnish localization (Thank you Nuihc88!)
- Updated Danish, Italian and Turkish localizations (Thank you Kawamoto!)
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.3.0.2 Beta 1]

- Replaced libarchive with libunarr for even better Comic Book file support
- Added Hungarian localization (Thank you nvi9!)
- Fixed artefacts showing in thumbnails of certain filetype/format combinations
- Fixed some names from getting 'cut off' in the contributor section on the about page
- Improved the Icaros cache location folder permission check
- Updated copyright to 2017
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.3.0.1 FINAL]

- Added support for Comic Book files (CBZ, CBR, CB7, EPUB)
- Comic Book files can contain any kind of image format (jpg, png, gif, webp etc)
- Added new commandline options (use -help/-? to view them)
- Added notifier to thumbnail page that shows results of drag n drop operations (see notes)
- Added 'Video Only' and 'Audio Only' presets
- Added option to enable/disable video reel thumbnail border

- Added Polish localization (Thank you Xyzzy!)
- Added Turkish localization (Thank you Torelafes!)
- Added Ukrainian localization (Thank you Darko!)
- Added Japanese localization (Thank you Donkichirou!)
- Updated Danish, German, Portuguese and Russian localization

- Fixed Optimfrog thumbnailing
- Fixed Optimfrog bitrate values
- Fixed duration/bitrate/channel properties for certain MP3 files
- Improved duration precision for some MP3 files
- Improved mkv handling slightly
- Improved donation links (labels and extra info)
- Improved -unlock command (will now perform a much cleaner unlock of Icaros)
- Recognize WEBP as an image format
- Fixed a handful of minor bugs
- Updated GCC to 6.2
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.3.0.0 Final]

[Major Changes]

- [NEW] Brand new modern GUI with advanced customization
- [NEW] Icaros Cache: an internal cache to help speed up thumbnailing
- Dynamic localization of GUI and Icaros Property labels in Windows Explorer
- All settings are now edittable, even when Icaros is activated!
- UI is now resolution-independent, which allows better dpi awareness
- GUI will now save Window position, size and UI settings on exit
- Settings are now placed in appropriate pages
- Added thumbnail offset timestamp option
- It is now possible to register thumbnail provider and property handler seperately
- Added 4 different ways to add new thumbnail filetypes to Icaros:
Default editting, Presets, Open File Dialog, and Drag n Drop; Last two automatically checks if the filetype is compatible with Icaros
- Added 'Export/Import/Reset All Settings' functionality (on the UI settings page)


[General Changes]

- Added welcome screen on first time use
- Added auto-rotation of MP4/MOV thumbnails with orientation metadata embedded
- Added button to open the Windows Cache directory (on Tools page)
- Added new cli commands to IC (check -?/-help to view them all)
- Added TotalBitrate property to the 'Details Pane' in Explorer
- Improved track info displayed for FLV files
- Improved thumbnailing of incomplete and unseekable files
- Improved general cover parsing code
- Fixed crash when parsing invalid AVC tracks
- Fixed crash when reading PCM tracks in MKV files on 32-bit systems
- Fixed crash when parsing certain invalid AVI files
- Fixed corrupted Windows 10 Apps taskbar icons
- Fixed width/height properties in some files with H264 streams
- Fixed thumbnailing of some rare formats
- Fixed thumbnailing of certain FLV files
- Fixed gray thumbnails for TS files with HEVC
- Fixed property issues after upgrading or resetting Windows 8/10
- Fixed hang in Flac cover parser when parsing rare invalid flac files
- Fixed bug where WMP would no longer add AVI files when Icaros was handling the properties
- Fixed wrong 'data rate' properties in certain AVI files
- Updated Compilers
- Updated FFmpeg


[Localizations] (in alphabetical order)

- Added Armenian localization (Thanks Aram!
- Added Simplified Chinese localization (Thanks danei!)
- Added Traditional Chinese localization (Thanks Chi-Shiuan!)
- Added Danish localization (Thanks Anon!)
- Added French localization (Thanks Spirytus and ILVES!)
- Added German localization (Thanks Mike!)
- Added Greek localization (Thanks PyroStar!)
- Added Italian localization (Thanks brunosso!)
- Added Portuguese localization (Many thanks to Rubens)
- Added Russian localization (Thanks Ligre!)
- Added Spanish localization (Thanks Parody (zerouser)!)


[Icaros v.2.3.0 Final]
- Added 'estimate duration from bitrate' functionality for files with no duration info present
- Fixed scenario where error handling wasn't disabled
- Fixed hang on some files with h264 streams
- Fixed crash with certain RM files
- Fixed a few minor bugs
- Updated Readme file
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.7 Final]
- Added support for Tak thumbnailing
- Added support for Tak properties
- Added support for WavPack thumbnailing
- Added support for WavPack properties
- Added support for Webm properties
- Added support for DV-AVI properties
- Added support for Opus thumbnailing
- Added support for Opus properties
- Added 'Bit Depth' property to music files
- Made Ogg, Opus, Webm, Tak, and Wv default thumbnail filetypes
- Fixed gray thumbnails for certain HEVC/H265 files
- Fixed property handler hang with certain avi files
- Fixed thumbnailing of incomplete Wtv files
- Fixed small thumbnails for very large images
- Fixed channel count for mpc files
- Fixed property parsing for certain apetag files with covers
- Fixed Multiple artist entries not showing up consistently
- Changed Ogg to display music properties
- Improved Ogg/Ogm parser to get more metadata
- Improved HEVC level idc detection (shown in the Video Tracks property)
- foobar2000's album artist tag is now recognized
- In case of duplicate artist names, only a single entry will be displayed
- A couple of decoding tweaks to the thumbnail provider
- Many minor fixes and changes
- Updated FFmpeg

- Improved installer
- Locked files are now handled directly by the installer
- Installer should now work properly with /SILENT and /VERYSILENT switches. See all switches here: http://www.jrsoftware.org/ishelp/topic_setupcmdline.htm.


[Icaros v.2.2.6 Final]
- Improved the core thumbnailing code (should result in a small speed boost)
- Improved thumbnailing speed of HEVC files
- Improved swf thumbnailing in general
- Added support for rare on2vp8 format in ogv files
- Fixed Icaros on Win XP
- Fixed crash when thumbnailing shortcuts (Thanks Sahil)
- Fixed aspect ratio of specific mp4/mov files
- Fixed a couple of swf thumbnailing regressions
- Fixed rare jpg files displaying upside down
- Fixed crash with certain mkv files on 32-bit systems (Thanks hervansaputra)
- Many minor fixes and improvements
- Improved FFmpeg build
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.5 Final]
- Added the possibility of setting a timestamp offset (Only via the registry for now)
- Fixed SSE incompatibility
- Fixed association bug on Windows 8.1 Update 1
- Fixed parsing of properties in some incomplete mkv files on Windows 8
- Fixed thumbnailing of some incomplete mkv files on Windows 8
- Fixed thumbnailing of images with invalid orientation tag
- Fixed SWF Content Type
- Fixed and improved consecutive calls to thumbnail provider (related to thirdparty file managers)
- Improved filetype registration
- IcarosConfig now displays the proper version number
- Spring cleaning of code and project files
- Many minor fixes and improvements
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.6 Beta 1]
- Fixed crash with certain mkv files on 32-bit systems (Thanks hervansaputra)
- Many minor changes and improvements
- Improved loading of dependencies
- Improved FFmpeg build
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.5 Beta 2]
- Fixed thumbnailing of png cover art
- Fixed SSE incompatibility
- Fixed association bug on Windows 8.1 Update 1
- Fixed parsing of properties in some incomplete mkv files on Windows 8
- Fixed thumbnailing of some incomplete mkv files on Windows 8
- Cleaned up a bit more


[Icaros v.2.2.4 Final]
- Added (Experimental) HEVC/H265 decoding
- Added VP9 decoding
- Added HEVC/H265 track definitions to property parser
- Added VP9 track definition to mkv property parser
- Upgraded compilers to MSVC 2013/GCC 4.8.2
- Updated Versioning scheme
- Improved FFmpeg compilation
- Decreased size of binaries by about 4-5 MB
- Fixed Green-ish image thumbnails
- Fixed 'Contains Chapters' property for certain MKV files
- Fixed a bug in the 'Reset Property Filetypes' function
- Fixed AVI regression (certain rare AVI files didn't generate proper thumbnails)
- Fixed thumbnailing of several m2ts samples (Thanks Lenmaer)
- Fixed specific m2ts crash (Thanks HD-False)
- Fixed some minor bugs
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.5 Beta 1]
- Added the possibility of setting a timestamp offset
- Fixed thumbnailing of images with invalid orientation tag
- Fixed SWF Content Type
- Fixed and improved consecutive calls to thumbnail provider (related to thirdparty file managers)
- Improved filetype registration
- IcarosConfig now displays the proper version number
- Spring cleaning of code and project files
- Many minor fixes and improvements
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.3 Final]
- Fixed thumbnailing of several files
- Fixed thumbnailing of rm/rmvb files
- Fixed WMC crash on Windows 8 with certain AVI files
- Improved parsing of FLV properties (especially files with no metadata)
- Several small improvements
- Updated FFmpeg

[Icaros v.2.2.4 Beta 1]
- Added (Experimental) HEVC/H265 decoding
- Added VP9 decoding
- Updated Compiler tools
- Improved FFmpeg compilation
- Decreased size of binaries by about 4-5 MB
- Fixed thumbnailing of several m2ts samples (Thanks Lenmaer)
- Fixed specific m2ts crash (Thanks HD-False)
- Added VP9 track definition to mkv property parser
- Updated FFmpeg

[Icaros v.2.2.2]
- Added Auto-rotation for JPG and TIFF files - Based on the Exif Orientation tag
- Added 'Contains Chapters' property (shown in MKV files)
- Added FLAC rating property
- Decreased overall size of Icaros
- Fixed Windows 8 image rotate bug
- Fixed parsing of mkv properties in certain files (Thanks bars)
- Updated FFmpeg
- Optimized general security


[Icaros v.2.2.3 Beta 1]
- Added black/white frame correction logic
- Improved Thumbnail generation speed
- Improved Thumbnail handling of H264 files
- Improved Property generation speed
- Added support for SV8 MusePack (MPC) files
- IcarosConfig: Enable 32-bit thumbnailing automatically if 32-bit Icaros is installed
- Set AVI as a default extension on Windows 8 (This allows Icaros to provide AVI properties without blocking AVI thumbnailing)
- Fixed PerceivedType for image formats
- Fixed thumbnailing for some edge case samples
- Fixed GIF thumbnailing
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.2 Beta 1]
- Added Auto-rotation for JPG and TIF files - based on the Exif orientation tag
- Added 'Contains Chapters' property (shown in MKV files)
- Added FLAC rating property
- Decreased overall size of Icaros
- Fixed Windows 8 image rotate bug
- Fixed parsing of mkv properties in certain files (Thanks bars)
- Updated FFmpeg
- Optimized general security


[Icaros v.2.2.1]
- Added support for MP4, M4V, WMV etc. Cover Art
- Added BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF and TIFF thumbnailing
- Added MKA thumbnailing and properties
- Added partial MP3 thumbnailing (including ID3v2.4)
- Added mk3d support (3D mkv) and .mk3d as a default extension
- Allow extensions to be written both with and without a dot in the 'Thumbnail Extensions' setting
- Fixed parsing of Mkv properties in certain files
- Fixed ID3v2 cover parsing in Flac
- Fixed swsscale crash
- Fixed green thumbnails in some files
- Fixed some memory leaks
- Fixed memory alignment errors
- Fixed Custom Properties conflict (X-Change Pdf)
- Added more track definitions
- Many small code improvements
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.1 Beta 2]
- Added TIFF thumbnailing
- Fixed Langauge properties in mkv
- Fixed swsscale crash
- Fixed green thumbnail
- Fixed a couple of small parsing errors in the mkv property handler
- Fixed some memory leaks
- Fixed memory alignment errors
- Many small code improvements
- Added more track definitions


[Icaros v.2.2.1 Beta 1]
- Added support for MP4, M4V etc. Cover Art
- Added BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF thumbnailing
- Added MKA thumbnailing and properties
- Added partial MP3 thumbnailing (including ID3v2.4)
- Fixed parsing of MKV properties in certain files
- Fixed ID3v2 cover parsing in Flac
- Fixed Custom Properties conflict (X-Change PDF)
- Updated FFmpeg


[Icaros v.2.2.0]
- Added Avi properties
- Added Real Media properties
- Moved Admin registry settings to HKLM
- Fixed very long names/titles in Flac properties
- Added the Vorbis Comment 'Ensemble' tag to the list of allowed tags
- Added more track definitions (e.g. readable name in place of fourcc)
- Added safeguard to prevent registry backup values from being overwritten
- Implemented several failsafes into the registration routines
- Added Reset functionality to IcarosConfig, that will revert native filetypes back to their default shell extensions
- Fixed Mpeg Com Surrogate error
- Other minor fixes and internal cleanup


[Icaros v.2.2.0 Beta]
- Added Avi properties
- Added Real Media properties
- Moved Admin registry settings to HKLM
- Fixed very long names/titles in Flac properties
- Added the Vorbis Comment 'Ensemble' tag to the list of allowed tags
- Added more track definitions (e.g. readable name in place of fourcc)
- Added safeguard to prevent registry backup values from being overwritten
- Other minor fixes


[Icaros v.2.1.5]

- Fixed two bugs in the ID3v2 property parser
- Fixed memory leak caused by invalid ape tags
- Added support for various pixel formats when extracting cover art.
- Updated FFmpeg
- Updated Licenses etc. to 2013


[Icaros v.2.1.2]

- Enabled Content View Properties
- Fixed thumbnailing and properties of certain Ape files
- Fixed parsing of ID3v1 tags
- Fixed two minor bugs in Flac parser
- Flac cover art created with AIMP's Tag Editor (3.20.11635 and above), should now display
- Incremented the parsing threshold of the FLV Property parser (Should fix certain files that didn't show properties before)


[Icaros v.2.1.1 Final]

Highlights
- Added support for thumbnailing in Windows XP (tested on SP3)
- Improved Windows 8 support
- Thumbnail Provider component completely rewritten in C++
- Icaros no longer requires VC++ Redist runtimes to run
- Added FLAC, APE and MPC thumbnailing
- Added FLAC, APE and MPC properties

Thumbnail Provider
- Improved Thumbnailing speed
- Improved security
- Improved Swf thumbnailing
- Reduced space used in the thumbnail cache by 25%
- All extensions are now optional in the thumbnail provider
- Can now use embedded cover art in MKVs as thumbnails
- Can now thumbnail video shortcuts
- Can now thumbnail files on removable media (e.g. DVDs)
- Can now thumbnail files in 32-bit dialogs on 64-bit systems
- Added option to prefer landscape covers, in files with multiple covers
- Fixed various rare bugs and thumbnail scenarios
- Changed incomplete file handling
- Updated FFmpeg
- Fixed Windows 8 Filetype association blocking issue
- Improved registration, preventing various situations where Icaros would be blocked
- Fixed hang on certain incomplete files
- Fixed corrupted thumbnails in certain TS files
- Fixed thumbnailing of MKVs with multiple video streams

Property Handler
- Added custom track info properties to MKV, OGM, and FLV
- Fixed and added some formats in the mkv property parser
- Make sure custom prop lists are not removed or overwritten
- Fixed audio channel info for matroska files with no channels property
- Fixed channels showing for consecutive audio tracks

IcarosConfig
- Fixed property filetype checkboxes
- IcarosConfig automatically downloads and installs missing wic library on XP SP2
- Added tooltips for the 'advanced' controls
- Fixed offset and cover options for non-admin users
- Rearrange the GUI slighty to accommodate the recently added filetypes
- Added several commandline options to IcarosConfig (Use 'IcarosConfig /?' to see them all)
- All advanced options can be enabled/disabled at all times
- Catch exception when trying to delete the thumbnail cache, while it is in use
- Improved cache clearing routine slightly
- Major internal refactoring of IcarosConfig

Installer
- Installer updated and improved.
- Installer can now activate icaros on completion
- Installer now supports silent install (Silent installs automatically activates Icaros)

Miscellaneous
- Fixed minor memory leaks
- Many minor fixes, improvements and structural changes


[Icaros v.2.1.1 Beta 4]
- Improved Thumbnailing speed
- Improved security
- Improved Swf thumbnailing
- Fixed various rare bugs and thumbnail scenarios
- Changed incomplete file handling
- Updated FFmpeg
- Fixed and added some formats in the mkv property parser
- Make sure custom prop lists are not removed or overwritten
- Fixed property filetype checkboxes
- Fixed issues that prevented Icaros from running on Windows XP
- IcarosConfig automatically downloads and installs missing wic library on XP SP2
- Added tooltips for the 'advanced' controls
- The 'Audio tracks' property will now display bitdepth if available
- Fixed audio channel info for matroska files with no channels property


[Icaros v.2.1.1 beta 3]
- Fixed two user account issues


[Icaros v.2.1.1 beta 2]
- Fixed channel info for consecutive audio tracks
- Fixed Windows 8 Filetype association blocking issue
- Improved thumbnail provider registration, preventing various situations where Icaros would be blocked
- Fixed offset and cover options for non-admin users
- Rearrange the GUI slighty to accommodate the newly added property filetypes
- Fixed a couple of minor memory leaks


[Changelog v.2.1.1]
- Added custom track info properties to MKV, OGM, and FLV
- Added Ape and Mpc thumbnailing
- Added Ape and Mpc properties
- Fixed remaining Flac issues
- Fixed hang on certain incomplete files
- Added 'poster' keyword as viable cover name in mkvs
- Added support for transparent covers in mkvs
- Installer now supports silent install via the '/SILENT' switch (Silent installs automatically activates Icaros)
- Installer can now activate icaros on completion
- Added several commandline options to IcarosConfig (Use 'IcarosConfig /?' to see them all)
- All extensions are now optional in the thumbnail provider
- Improved cache clearing routine
- Various minor fixes and improvements


2.0.0
- [NEW] Implemented new extraction core based on FFmpeg
- Highly improved thumbnail generation speed
- No longer depends on LAV or any Directshow filters
- Moved all Thumbnailing to isolated process
- Lightweigth: More memory and CPU effecient
- Maintains aspect ratio in thumbnails
- No more tearing artifacts
- Supports more formats
- Greater overall stability
- No more DirectShow conflicts
- Improved IcarosConfig startup checks
- Switch ContentID and Video Compression property fields
- Installer allows upgrading now
- Installer can now automatically install VC++ 2010 SP1 Redist if missing
- IcarosConfig can download and install the VC++ 2010 SP1 Redist if missing
- Bug with some unicode filenames fixed
- Icaros can now thumbnail files on network drives
- Plus many more overall improvements and fixes...


1.3.2
- Added Explorer properties for FLV and OGM
- Added Total bitrate property
- New IcarosConfig design
- Added About dialog
- Downgraded DotNet 4 to Client Profile
- Clear thumbnail cache from IcarosConfig


1.3.1
- Improved installer
- Added .Net 4 detection to installer
- Implemented MKV cue parser (increased mkv thumbnail generation speed)
- Updated licenses to 2012


1.3.0
- Adds MKV properties to Explorer
- bug fixes and code improvement
- Dynamic loading of shell extensions
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Aug 30, 2017 Version: 3.0.2 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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 Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 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 Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 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 Version: 2.3.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 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 Version: 2.3 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10


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