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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » February 26th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Yeah I ran into that since I have Cura, Simplify3D and other apps that all want to be associated with that file type

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » February 26th, 2019, 2:44 pm

Do the thumbnails work in icon view?

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Post by Roberts_Clif » February 26th, 2019, 4:10 pm

Yes it works.
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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by amandalove » March 2nd, 2019, 8:08 am

Krishty wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Amanda,

beautiful boxes you have there! Since I last posted here (almost a year ago, the time flies), I improved the setup, lowered the system requirements even more, fixed many small errors, and improved performance. With feedback like yours, I feel that work was really worth it :)

If you have any problems or questions, don’t hesitate to ask me …
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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » March 6th, 2019, 11:35 am

@Krishty , one thing that would be helpful is if you list these download links on the website

I'd love to mention your excellent viewer in an upcoming video but would prefer to link viewers to your website versus parsing out these links :)

Krishty wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 11:34 am
The Windows Explorer STL thumbnail handler? Here you go:

64-bit: https://papas-best.com/downloads/stlthu ... bnails.msi

32-bit: https://papas-best.com/downloads/stlthu ... bnails.msi

Run the setup and you should be fine. A restart may be required on Windows 7.

It does have the problem that the background of a thumbnail goes black occasionally. I’m still investigating that, but it’s one of the reasons I did not announce it publically yet.

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » March 8th, 2019, 7:48 am

Yes, that’s understandable – you can point them here: https://papas-best.com/stlthumbnails_en

Not much to see there, but like I said, not 100 % finished yet …

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » March 8th, 2019, 10:52 am

Krishty wrote:
March 8th, 2019, 7:48 am
Yes, that’s understandable – you can point them here: https://papas-best.com/stlthumbnails_en

Not much to see there, but like I said, not 100 % finished yet …
Great! I'm sure the questions will be asked.... Linux version? Mac version?

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » March 8th, 2019, 11:48 am

Mac brings native support for STL thumbnails; they come with MacOS without installing additional software (so I was told).

Linux … I have no idea quite frankly. While my viewer works well on Linux with Wine, I doubt that the thumbnails can be used there because the code is very Windows-specific. I currently don’t have any plans to target Linux (other problems have higher priority).

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » March 9th, 2019, 6:35 am

Just saying that my programs got a small update that fixes some minor problems and the viewer now remembers whether it was maximized the last time you used it.

@LePaul , thanks for the quick mentioning yesterday :)

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » March 11th, 2019, 9:23 pm

The installer still gives a Windows warning...which I think will scare some people away. Is there something you can do to remedy that?
It also appears to require a reboot?

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » March 11th, 2019, 9:26 pm

Still not showing on a reboot.
So I can't do a video on this since it's not working well enough for a basic user to utilize.

I'm right clicking on a STL file and go to Properties
When I try to change Open With, I am not seeing the Thumbnail viewer anywhere

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » March 12th, 2019, 3:53 am

Sorry to hear that … let’s check this:
  1. Did you install the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version?
  2. If you run regedit, is there an entry HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.stl\ShellEx\{E357FCCD-A995-4576-B01F-234630154E96} with the (Default) value {2E2F83C0-00D8-4504-B84A-31D6A29BFD80}?
  3. Is there an entry HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2E2F83C0-00D8-4504-B84A-31D6A29BFD80}\InprocServer32?
  4. Does that entry contain a file path?
  5. Does the file at that path really exist?
(This is basically how Explorer searches for thumbnail handlers.)

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by LePaul » March 12th, 2019, 10:30 am

64 bit

I had originally un installed it, rebooted it, and was recording the process to install it. Upon install, Windows gave me the blue pop up (Windows Defender?) blocking the install. You can still choose "Run anyway" but certainly that's going to discourage many from continuing.

I'm not at the PC right now to check those paths

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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Roberts_Clif » March 12th, 2019, 11:17 am

I do not use windows Defender thous did not see the warning screen.
I have found the windows defender is basically a waste of CPU power.

In fact most Antivirus programs today have grown so complex that they take most processing power to run themselves.
Thereby leaving you little for your personal use, an they get stuck in virus scanning an refuse service to the user.

Currently using Malware Bytes testing is proving it to be the best as of this date for my use.
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Re: I wrote a bloat-free STL viewer

Post by Krishty » March 12th, 2019, 11:18 am

Ooops, I missed that question!

The blue popup is Windows SmartScreen, and it’s “reputation-based” – i.e. Windows 10 reports to the Microsoft servers how often users run programs, and if there’s been less than maybe a few hundred users for a certain program so far, it’s categorized as potentially harmful and Windows displays this warning. When more people download and run it, the warning will eventually disappear.

The only way around it is buying a code-signing certificate from a Microsoft partner, which I didn’t do yet because 1) it costs a lot and 2) I think it’s a Mafia scheme.

tl;dr: Sorry, currently there is no way around the blue popup other than having the file downloaded and run on many Windows 10 machines …

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