Why Do Thumbnails Of Edited Pictures Retain The Original Information ?

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Offline neilep

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I don't know if this is just a peculiarity of my ancient crappy laptop (soon to replaced by a desktop..thanks Mummy !!)

But when I crop a picture, why does the thumbnail image of it remain as the original ?...Even more extraordinary is that on some other pictures I have edited, the thumbnail is a completely different photo !!...I have three cropped and edited pictures of rings (we make them ewe know !)...and the thumbnails of them are all the same picture of another ring !

So, why does this thumbnail hostility happen ?


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Offline RD

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I often use the free GIMP photo editing programme.
When an image is edited in GIMP (2.6.5) its old thumbnail is only displayed for a fraction of a second before it is updated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP
« Last Edit: 06/02/2009 13:24:08 by RD »

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It's because of poor software design/implementation.
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If you're viewing folder contents as thumbnails your computer makes a file of the thumbnails the first time through; it then gets the folder contents from that file next time in. The file may be called something like thumb.jbf or such. If you delete that file, your computer will remake it with the latest image data.

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As vern said, this is generally known as "caching" and is the cause of all sorts of problems that are similar to this. However, it is poor implementation too, since the file browser could just see that the file has been updated since the thumbnail cache was created and make you a new thumbnail!  [:-'(]
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Offline Karen W.

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Mine asks if I want to replace the thmbnail...I click No and it saves both the old and the new pictures .
 If I say yes, it deletes the original thumbnail...and keeps the newly croped and edited piccy.

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Mine does it automagically without asking [:P] But then I'm not using Windows!
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