Online Help
book About cam2pc
pageIntroducing cam2pc
pageVersion history
book Setup
pageInstalling cam2pc
pageThe Configuration Wizard
pageAssociating image files with cam2pc
pageExplorer contextual menu
pageUninstalling cam2pc
book Transfering pictures
pageSetting up your camera
pageA simple download
pageUsing masks
pageRenaming Files
pageMiscellaneous transfer options
book The Image Browser
pageBasic image manipulation
pageThe clipboard
pageFinding your images
pageRenaming pictures
pageRotating/Fliping your images
pageDisplaying EXIF metadata
pageEnhancing images
pageResizing your pictures
pageConverting your pictures
pageAdding borders
pageWorking with movie files
pagePrinting images and contact sheets
pageCreating contact sheets
pageUpdating date and time of images
folderAdvanced topics
pageIPTC metadata
pageFixing dead pixels
pageWorking with RAW files
pageAdvanced EXIF data manipulation
pageThe thumbnail database
pageOffline contents
folderThe Album
pageLoading and saving albums
pageBuilding a slideshow
pageMailing the album
pageCreating web galleries
pageCreating video files
book The Image Viewer
pageViewing your images fullscreen
pageChanging the display options
pageViewing your images as a slideshow
book Wallpaper
pageUsing your images as a desktop wallpaper

Thumbnail database

Managing your database

By default, thumbnails are cached in a database in order to speed up browsing. You can disable this behavior (which takes some hard disk space) by going to the Browser tab in the Options dialog.

If you enabled the thumbnail caching then you might want to optimize the database from time to time. When you delete images, thumbnails are not explicitly removed from the database so the space needed for the thumbnail is still occupied on disk but cannot be reused. Running a database optimization will clean up the database and remove all those not-needed-anymore thumbnails.

You can also completely wipe out the database. Of course, if you have not disabled the thumbnail caching then cam2pc will immediately recreate the database file to store new thumbnails. If you delete a database and have not disabled the caching, then cam2pc will ask you if you want to disable it or not.

Feeding the database

Having all the thumbnails cached in the database speeds up considerably their update in the Image Browser. But the database is only filled when you browse a folder in the Image Browser. You can choose to feed the database by forcing it to find all the pictures located in a folder and its subfolders automatically. Use the Catalog Images from the Tools menu for this. Select a folder and click the Start button. All the images found in this folder will be added to the database. Next time you access one of these images in the Image Browser, then all the thumbnails and EXIF data (for the Details view) will be available much faster!