What do the small icons on the thumbnail mean?

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helmut
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What do the small icons on the thumbnail mean?

Post by helmut »

Below please find a description of the overlay icons that are displayed in the XnView browser and what they mean.

What are overlay icons?
Overlay icons can be shown in the XnView browser for each thumbnail.

In the following screenshot of the XnView browser, you can see thumbnails with overlay icons:
Image

From left to right the overlay icons mean:

Arrow: The file is a shortcut to an image file.
[EXIF]: Image has EXIF information (Info written by digital camera)
[IPTC]: Image has IPTC information (Info typically entered by author of image)
Rotate symbol: The image is automatically rotated according to the EXIF orientation info.
Small square: For displaying the thumbnail of this image, the embedded JPG thumbnail is used.

Can I hide these overlay icons?
If you do not need the overlayicons and their extra info, you can hide the overlayicons. Open the options dialog (Tools > Options), category "Browser > Thumbnail", and deactivate the checkbox "Show overlay icons (EXIF/IPTC/Shortcut)".

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Part of the above info is taken from thread "Info Icons on Thumbnails"
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Re: What do the info icons on the thumbnail mean?

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This setting has been changed/extended at some point. Users are now able to show/hide each type of icon independently of the others:
  • Tools » Options... » Thumbnails » Icon info » File info
    • EXIF
      IPTC
      XMP
      GPS
      Shortcut
      Automatic Rotation
      Embedded thumbnail
      Has ICC profile
  • xnview.ini
    • [Browser]
      • IconInfo=
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Re: What do the info icons on the thumbnail mean?

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Overlay icons in XnView MP that might be displayed at top and bottom of the thumbnail(s):
Overlay-icons.png
Note: Icon for "Side car" is missing. I'll add it occassionally.
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