Great Workflow Feature in Leopard

There are so many new features in Leopard that digesting each — and figuring out what’s eye candy and what’s actually useful — is going to take some time. Fortunately MacOSXHints has excellent tips for the Macintosh operating system and Leopard tips abound.

I was reading this tip about Apple’s Quick Look feature. I’d seen this capability of selecting a file in the Finder and hitting the keys “Command-Y” and a preview would instantly popup. Cool….but then I thought about it and was demonstrating a few features to a new user in the office when a light bulb went on!

This woman takes about 1,000 photos per day at markets domestically and internationally and often needs to preview dozens or hundreds of images. Using iView Multimedia, iPhoto and other tools in the past were cumbersome since many of these photos are trashed. A quick look at them would be a huge enabler using the (aptly named) Leopard Quick Look feature.  Another tip tells how to select multiple files (e.g., photos) and have them popup in a slideshow view.

Sometimes this stuff is hard to visualize so I put together this quick tip screencast (1:08 in length):

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  1. PXLated on November 1, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Instead of Cmd-Y, just tap your spacebar, tap again to shrink it back. You can also use the arrow keys to navigate back-n-forth in either regular or enlarged view.

  2. Dave on November 1, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Not starting a Mac vs. PC thing here, but Windows has had this for ages and ages with its thumbnail view on a file folder. Works for most videos too. Hitting spacebar seems clumsy to me, but I guess they have the other view where you can scroll through the images like album art to compensate.

    Just seems strange to me, seeing as how Mac has traditionally been a designer’s PC choice that this wasn’t a feature until now.

  3. Amy Lenzo on November 1, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Dave, Not to continue a Mac vs PC thing :-), but Mac has always had a thumbnail view option on a file folder too – this is a much larger size view.

    Steve, I LOVE these little screen-casts! Thank you!


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