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Thumbnails for a text editor?

The Visual Studio blog has a post on how to re-enable thumbnail preview in Visual Studio 2010 RTM.

I can't see why thumbnails in a text editor are compelling, myself.

Here are three thumbnails I took from text files, using Visual C++ Express 2008's Ctrl+Tab dialog:

Thumbnail 1 Thumbnail 2 Thumbnail 3

The first thumbnail is C# code from a file transfer program. The second thumbnail is C++ code from my POKEY emulator. And the third thumbnail is from a Persona 3 walkthrough.

Thumbnails are useful for images, but text files aren't terribly distinguishable in thumbnail form, especially when they're all from the same project and same language.


This blog was originally open for comments when this entry was first posted, but was later closed and then removed due to spam and after a migration away from the original blog software. Unfortunately, it would have been a lot of work to reformat the comments to republish them. The author thanks everyone who posted comments and added to the discussion.