SQL Image Viewer was released 9 years ago, and over the years, it has accumulated a lot of code that is user-specific. When we made the decision to create a 64-bit version of SQL Image Viewer, we discovered that it would be pointless to port those user-specific functions over too. We did not want to leave our existing customers with a new version that did not have those functions, so we renamed the new product SQL Blob Viewer.
SQL Blob Viewer has almost the same feature set as SQL Image Viewer. The most obvious difference is how it displays images – it does this by displaying the images together with the textual data –
while SQL Image Viewer displays images separate from the textual data (we’re still gathering feedback on whether users prefer the SQL Image Viewer way of displaying images).
SQL Blob Viewer can also embed images in exported Excel spreadsheets, has a user-friendlier interface to configure incremental exports, supports 64-bit versions of Access, and supports larger data sets with the 64-bit versions. The plan is to improve on SQL Blob Viewer, while SQL Image Viewer will be updated only with bug fixes. As both products were developed using different tools, it would be too much work to maintain 2 code bases.
In the near future, probably when we’ve decided if we should support the same views as SQL Image Viewer, we will release SQL Blob Viewer as SQL Image Viewer (new), as the name SQL Image Viewer seems to attract more traffic (I suppose SQL Blob Viewer is just a tad too technical). When that happens, you will still be able to install SQL Image Viewer (new) alongside SQL Image Viewer (old), so you can still use both versions concurrently. Existing users with valid licenses can request for a SQL Image Viewer (new) license.
I would encourage you to give SQL Blob Viewer a try if you have not already done so, and let us know what you think. If you’re a SQL Image Viewer user with a valid maintenance license, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a SQL Blob Viewer license.