Re: Better PDF/PS/Dia thumbnailers
- From: Martin Sevior <msevior physics unimelb edu au>
- To: Peter Harvey <pharvey uow edu au>
- Cc: nautilus-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Better PDF/PS/Dia thumbnailers
- Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:07:00 +1100 (EST)
On Thu, 20 Mar 2003, Peter Harvey wrote:
> Hi all,
> Since I have a large collection of PostScript and PDF files I found the
> thumbnailers posted (by Keith Conger?) very useful, but not fast enough.
> So I have modified them to improve both quality and speed. When
> installed these new scripts provide nice 128x128 thumbnails for:
> - PDF files
> - PostScript files
> - Dia diagrams
> They are essentially wrapper scripts around varying combinations of
> Ghostscript, ImageMagick's convert program, and Dia.
> - Fast generation of thumbnails on poorly-written Postscript.
> Only renders the first page using GhostScript, piping the result to
> ImageMagick which then scales it to generate the thumbnail.
> - Uses if statements to try and find the best tool for the job.
> - Robust handling of strange filenames (spaces, hypens, etc.)
> - Go ahead, butcher it, copy it, rename it, change the author.
> I just hope it makes it into Gnome. :)
> Latest version available from:
Way cool :-) I'll look into this code to see if I can get AbiWord to make
thumbnails of doc,rtf,dsdw,abw,kwd,html etc files.
(The idea would be to extract the first few lines of text and place it
inside a icon like the current text thumbnail does.)
Anyway this gives a starting point for this work.
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