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Using PhotoExport to Export Thumbnails from Sims.net

I have just added an option to export thumbnails from Sims.net using our free PhotoExport tool.

The driver behind this was to load the photos into Active Directory for use in Outlook/Exchange 2010. For use in Outlook the photos need to go into the thumbnailPhoto attribute. The attribute’s maximum size is 100Kb, however the Exchange commandlet Import-RecipientDataProperty puts a 10Kb limit on it. In addition the recommended size for images in Outlook/Exchange is 96 x 96 pixels.

So when the thumbnail option is used for PhotoExport, it first checks to see if the image size if over 10Kb and if it is, it then resizes the image so the longest side is 96 pixels. How large the image file size actually is will depend on it’s format of course. With the images from the Sims test database a 96 x 96 bmp is about 22 Kb while the same size Jpeg is only about 3Kb. As the file format required by Outlook/Exchange is Jpeg, then that works out as a good size.

The switch to export thumbnails is /thumbnail, so to export thumbnail jpegs for staff the command would be

PhotoExport username password outputFolder /format:jpg /thumbnail /staff

Here’s a screen shot showing the difference in sizes


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  1. Ed
    October 12th, 2011 at 14:15 | #1

    The download link appears to be broken at present. Any ideas?

  2. David
    May 31st, 2012 at 11:37 | #2

    Love this tool, is there a switch to narrow the export to a registration group?

  3. September 19th, 2012 at 09:07 | #3

    No, just to year.

  4. Steve Coombs
    December 19th, 2013 at 13:47 | #4

    This is a great tool! I have one issue though, its not resizing the image.

    Here is the cmd I’m pushing:

    PhotoExport USER PASS “C:\PhotoExport\Staff” /format:jpg /staff /thumbnail /nameAsId

    Am I doing something wrong?

  5. December 19th, 2013 at 15:20 | #5

    It only resizes if the image is greater than 10240 bytes. Could that be the problem? That’s the maximum size for Exchange thumbnails.

  1. October 12th, 2011 at 21:34 | #1