Not long ago, I was reading a fellow's blog post about the risks inherent with the PSD file format because it is a proprietary Adobe format. I've been using PSD forever and I never thought about it. With the Creative Cloud stuff in the wind (no pun intended), the idea of proprietary formats does deserve attention. At this blogger's suggestion, I tried a layered TIF file just for grins. Seems to work with no disadvantages that I could surmise. About the same file size, and is compatible with everything I tested.
To my surprise, however, it has one distinct advantage that I hadn't foreseen. In dialog boxes (e.g., Open, Place) and in all basic Windows Explorer windows, the TIF thumbnails are visible just like JPG thumbnails are. What a huge advantage that is!
A few minutes research and I discovered a Windows shell extension that makes PSD thumbnails visible, too. It's called SageThumbs and works well, albeit slowly. Don't know why it took me so long to become proactive about this, but the icon representation of PSDs has been a frustration for years. SageThumbs solves it.
Not sure what my long-term strategy will be, but I sure like to hear what others are using and preferring. Any thoughts?
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