December 11, 2007

Preview Illustrator, ID docs on Leopard

Mac OS X Leopard introduced a rather handy feature called Quick Look, offering the ability to preview a number of file formats right in the Finder, without opening additional apps.  (Select a file, then tap the spacebar–slick.)  Unfortunately Illustrator (.AI) and InDesign (.INDD) files aren’t supported right out of the box.  That’s where the $15 SneakPeekPro comes in, adding EPS, AI, and INDD file support to Quick Look.  I’ve taken it for a quick spin, and it seems to work just as advertised.  [Via]

As someone helping steer Adobe Bridge, I was initially concerned that Quick Look might erode Bridge’s reason for being.  After all, if you’ve got quick previews in an app you’ve already launched (the Finder), why launch another?

Now that I’ve lived with Leopard for a month, however, I feel confident that each tool has its place & its unique value.  Bridge offers rich metadata display and editing; file rating & filtering; richer PSD previews (no composite required); Camera Raw integration; hand-off to Photoshop, InDesign, and other Suite apps (for automated vectorization, contact sheets, Web galleries, etc.); integrated slide show; floating Compact Mode; and quite a bit more not present in the Finder/Quick Look.  That’s not a knock on the latter, of course; as I say, different strokes for different folks.

We now need to keep working on Bridge’s launch time (making it feel as much like a no-brainer to launch as a Quick Look window) while revising the interface to help people discover the good stuff that’s already present.  And, wouldn’t you know it, that’s what we’re doing. :-)

[Update: John Gruber points out this free QL plug-in for displaying the contents of ZIP files. Works great for me.]

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Lightroom Podcast #47: Catherine Hall

"So much of it is having faith in your work and your vision," says photographer Catherine Hall.  "If you believe in yourself, and you believe in what you’re doing, and you illustrate your vision, then the money will come, and everything will fall into place."  Adobe evangelist George Jardine writes,

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday November 21st, 2007 at Catherine’s family home in Lafayette, Calfornia. Catherine sits down with George to have a conversation about how her personal work inspires her wedding photography, about her personal approach to working with people, and how having the opportunity to work with people from many different socio-economic backgrounds makes it all worthwhile.

The 32:18 podcast, labeled "20071121 Podcast – Catherine Hall," is in George’s iDisk.  It can also be found on iTunes by searching under Podcasts for "Lightroom," or via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed.

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