I've downloaded a lot of schematics, and now have no idea what many of them look like. It's a pain to actually have to place them one-at-a-time in a world to see what you have. I've tried viewing them one at a time in MCFlash. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but MCFlash seems great for 2D viewing and figuring out what blocks make up each level of a schematic you are looking at. However, when I look at schematics using the 3D mode option, I rarely see a usable image. I often see an image that's almost off the "screen", zoomed in so much I can't tell what it is, or the viewpoint is right in the middle of the schematic, and I still can't tell what it is. The navigation buttons that work in 2D mode do not seem to work in 3D mode.
Wouldn't it be great to have a program that can read a schematics file and then generate and save an image of that schematic? Kind of like a schematic catalog. A Windows computer (and I'm sure other types of computers) can already do this for conventional graphics files, depending on how you set your folder options. There are also many good third-party applications that can create thumbnails of various file types and display them for easy cataloging and identification. I've used such a program for years, and it can generate thumbnails for image files, as well as PDF and other files.
MCFlash proves that an application can read and display schematic files. What would it take to develop a catalog application that can scan locations for schematics, and then create thumbnails for them so you can see exactly what you have?
Thoughts? Comments? Anyone capable of developing something like this? Thanks.