Generate thumbnails of all PDFs in a folder in XP

Posted on 2009-03-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi, Folks
I am trying to sort a large number of heterogeneous PDF files based on the layout of the first page.

I need to parse them, but the parsing logic will have to be specific to each format since in most cases the data is not tagged (i.e., the delimiter is a line break) and since there are a bunch of different formats.

For example, some files are this format
> Author Name
> Title
> Body

and others are this way

> Title
> Author Name
> Body


> First paragraph from body
> Title
> Author Name
> Body

and so on.

Anyway, I think the easiest way to organized them properly is to visually scan thumbnails of the first page and drag and drop into the appropriate folders.

Anyone know a freeware product that generate thumbs like this in XP?

The ideal situation would be for the thumbs to be visible next to PDF files in Windows Explorer (i.e., without me having to click on each one to review), but whatever works.

Question by:Leprechaun
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Expert Comment

ID: 24015263
On Vista Explorer autogenerates icon previews of PDFs in Explorer. I am not sure if XP will do this. Maybe if you have Adobe Reader 9?
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Wayne Barron earned 50 total points
ID: 24015315
Right click in the folder choose [Show Thumbnails]
Works for me...
XP Pro MCE...

Good Luck

Author Comment

ID: 24015528
Oh god, you're kidding! Why didn't I notice this before? I could've sworn PDFs weren't being thumbnailed.

Thanks, carrzkiss.
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Author Comment

ID: 24015547
Well, I feel dumb now, but the problem isn't entirely solved. The built-in thumbs are fine for some really obvious differences, but they're way too small to read.

Is there any software that works like Windows Explorer but allows you to see a larger preview (i.e., 50%) without opening it in Adobe?

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Expert Comment

by:Wayne Barron
ID: 24015762
Yes my Leprechaun friend.


Author Comment

ID: 24015887
Brilliant! Thanks.

Am also experimenting with Foxit Reader, PDF Explorer and SimpleQC to see if they streamline the review process.

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