HOW TO VIEW SVG files for Windows 7- 64 bit
I use SVG files (or Scalable Vector Files) with my Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) program for cutting images from files rather than using Cricut Cartridges. However, since upgrading to Windows 7, I have not found a suitable “fix” for viewing the SVG files in Windows picture viewer. Even though “SCAL” let me view the files, I can only view them one at a time, and the image is rather small. I want to be able to view and organize my files without opening SCAL.
“InfranView” a free photo editor I already used for resizing photos, can be used to preview SVGs ! The trick is downloading the correct plugin for it. I tried the “download all current plugins” . I and also searched for “svg” on their site and found the exact plug-in that was required. I installed both of these to be sure I had it! Some people seem to do the “all” option and still don’t have it, so I did both.
After getting Infranview open, click “thumnails” under “file” menu. Navigate to your files. Under “options” you can make your thumbnails as large or as small as you want, and change your background colors.
You can also open an svg in your file folder, then select, under file properties, Infranview to always open this type of file. You can view images one at a time this way, and larger than in SCAL.
When inside the thunbnail Infranview viewer, you can can view ALL cut files in one folder, you can tell it to include all subfolders so you can see even all the images in your sorted SVGs at one time (as if they are not sorted by file), and you can organize, rename, and copy files into folders to organize. You can also delete unwanted files.
I could not find a way to create blank files in Infranfiew Thumbnail for creating NEW folders. A workaround for this is to create “new folders” in your Windows file manager, then just re-open Infranview and rename the “new folders” folders to whatever name you want as you need them.
I upgraded to Windows 7 about four weeks ago and this is the closest I’ve gotten to functionality with my svg files. Very excited, though I wish Windows would get their act together and just support the file type.