JoeJ wrote:Oooo that would be nice! Does that actually work on OS X and Windows? I'm guessing you have to save some type of metadata file for the OS to use.
This can be easily done on both OS X and Windows. On Windows it's called "thumbnail" view, on OS X its called icon view.
Both operating systems use different methods for this so Simplify3D would need to have different code for each platform.
On OS X it involves using creating a Quicklook plugin (see http://www.quicklookplugins.com/
Windows uses a thumbnail handler for this (see https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/librar ... s.85).aspx
Generating these thumbnails/icons can be very time consuming for the CPU and can dramatically slow down file browsing, especially when a folder is browsed for the very first time. Most software that generates these sorts of images will create a cache of generated file images, so that the images are only generated the first time the file is browsed, and then the already generated images re-used for subsequent file browsing. Opening a folder with hundreds of 3D files that need images generated for the first time could take many minutes to complete (this is more of an issue on Windows because it shows more images than the Mac shows).
For something like Simplify3D, it could generate these images only when it saves the factory files, rather than at browse time. That would lesson the impact on file browsing.