Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lion Preview: Quick Look and Spotlight

Quick Look is the innovative technology that gives you a sneak peek of entire files — even multiple-page documents and video — without opening them. All you have to do is select a file in the Finder and press the Space bar. An elegant transparent window appears, showing you the contents of the file instantly. It’s great when you’re looking for something specific but don’t have time to open lots of files to find it.
In the past this only worked in the Finder but with Lion Apple extended Quick Look to work with basically any file reference, from transmitted files in ichat to file open dialogs, Quick Look works (nearly) everywhere.


They also changed the style of the preview window a little bit and added a option to open the file in a matching application.
Its also very useful to get fast information about folders and harddisks.
You can also extend the abilities of Quick Look with plugins, like showing the contents of compressed files or adding support for OpenOffice documents.
Another new Quick Look feature brings us directly to Spotlight.


With Spotlight, you can find anything on your computer as quickly as you type: opening apps, files, email, contacts, images, calendar events, and applications. And because it’s built into the core of Mac OS X, search results update instantly whenever files change.

Already a great feature in Snowleopard, in Lion they extended Spotlight with Quick Look features so you can check the content of files while you search. Just move you'r mouse-pointer over the results and you see a preview immediately.



When you search with Spotlight, you’re actually accessing a comprehensive, constantly updated index that sees all the metadata inside supported files — the “what, when, and who” of every piece of information saved on your Mac — including the kind of content, the author, edit history, format, size, and many more details. Most document types, including Microsoft Word documents, Adobe Photoshop images, and email, already contain rich metadata. And because Spotlight indexes content as well, your search results include what appears inside a file or document, not just its title.


In addition to the Finder, Spotlight search technology is built into other applications in Mac OS X: Mail, Address Book, iCal, System Preferences, Preview, even the Help menu so it shows you where you find the menu items you are looking for.


You even can use Spotlight as a basic calculator.


Conclusion
Quick Look and Spotlight are awesome time savers, instead of opening Photoshop or Office to quick check contents of a file you can get a "quick look" with just pressing the space bar.
Combined with Spotlight you have all the information on your mac available in milliseconds.


61 comments:

Raw said...

This looks really useful, great review!

SuperMan said...

i think im going to buy mac

Spike said...

as always, very helpful

TreeBranchez said...

Looks like it's coming along well :D

The Angry Lurker said...

I could use something like that now.

Alphabeta said...

Quicklook is nifty.
Photoshop can take quite a while to open, so good on apple for this one.

HurdyG said...

Thanks for the tip!

Patti D. said...

poor computer has to index and open all the files just in case.

Justin testing said...

Can't wait for that quick-look function, I barely use my trackpad as it is and more useful shortcuts are always welcome!

Something Concupiscible said...

That's really neat. I didn't know anything like this existed.

akrater said...

Seems to be quite handy software.

obi said...

cool post very helpful.

Justin said...

Oh cool, sounds useful :)

Alexander said...

Looks like some worthwhile upgrades, digging that quick look

elexerdelex said...

-.- why does Windows not have this feature?

Robert Fünf said...

That sounds like it would take up a lot of memory.

Sean Mokler said...

Pretty good info but I can see it being a resource whore

Aaron M. Gipson said...

With every post of yours, I have to admit that I like Macs a little bit more. I had no idea the Mac OS could support features like this!

mac-and-me said...

@Sean Mokier
actually its not Lions runs smoother then Snowleopard or Windows7 on my Macbook and iMac.

@Robert Fünf
same, its part of the operating system and has a very small memory footprint
on my macbook after 5 days uptime it takes around 50mb ram

@elexerdelex
Windows Vista and 7 has something similar but not so advanced and pretty
last timed i worked with linux gnome started something similar called bagle or something back in the days

@Aaron M. Gipson
few years ago i hated os x out of ignorance, then i gave it a try and 2 years ago i switched completely to Macs (work,desktop,laptop) i come from windows and unix (linux and bsd) world and imho os x represents the best of both worlds

in my next posts i show more features of the user interface i think you will like it :)

Ray Rousell said...

That sounds like a very useful tool.

Matt Neumann said...

I like your blog format...im following closely!

baxxman said...

cool feature. want to have it now

anonymous said...

looks great! please keep it up.

duffboi said...

That really makes me want a mac...

Malkavian said...

hey i need something like this. Thx for the info

Motivationalized said...

I don't really see the appeal of Quick Look, Spotlight makes sense tho.

mac-and-me said...

@Motivationalized
For example you search a specific word document revision to send to a customer, you are not sure which is the correct one.
so instead of opening word (30secs) you can just check your files with the press off one button (1s)
tl;dr
Quick Look is instant

Toto said...

thanks a lot!

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XXII said...

looks interesting

Piets said...

ill stick with my windows :3

thenitefalls said...

Quick Look will make life easier :D

Random Fan said...

Great for someone who has trouble organizing things. Not like that's me, or anything.

skinned sheep said...

thanks for the info!

The Game Store Guy said...

This looks pretty cool. Now if only I could find a PC version of this.

ed said...

looks like a great timesaver

CandleintheDark said...

That is a pretty neat idea. Not neat enough to get a mac though

A said...

Oh that's cool, it's like google's site preview, when you hover over a site and it shows you the website.

I don't know if I'd ever use it, but it's neat nonetheless.

KnightOnlineGoldMaker said...

interesting, sounds very useful.

thatguy said...

That sounds pretty handy, i wish I had a mac!
My computer is an HP that rips off of a mac, though. haha. Silver-looking body, black around the screen, black keyboard, and multi-touch keypad. It's pretty funny. but it was a good deal. haha

Paul Johannsen said...

Looks neat and sounds very useful. I'm stuck with PC's for now tho :P

Rabidmoose said...

Hmm sounds pretty useful, I'll check it out.

Shutterbug said...

That would be useful!

Questions said...

I had a quick look at this.

G said...

if only they had two button mice...lol
Just kidding I do love Mac OS' always have

Chuck said...

That's quite neat, good post.

Copyboy said...

Viewing without crashing my computer is always a plus!

tearinox said...

I was a big fan of Linux and Mac OS X is based on Unix so it should be pretty solid.

I was always amazed how smooth Linux was compared to Windows but I love my games.

A Beer for the Shower said...

As long as it doesn't hog a lot of memory, I'd be on board.

A Hermit said...

Yep that's a useful feature

Candlej- said...

this will be super valuable for sorting through professors' powerpoint slides

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AhDiu said...

Great review :D gonna be very useful .
Thanks

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Anonymouse said...

sounds pretty neat thanks.

imnotabot said...

Great ! Thanks for the awesome share!

Beau Thompson said...

Is this Mac only software?

I'm following so I can get future updates

Charles said...

looks cool. my friend will enjoy this

Salman A said...

This looks quite useful for many people! Thank you for sharing!

ankmanpro said...

Wow this looks really impressive...

moszels said...

not a huge fan of mac

Chuck said...

Think if I ran a business I'd have Macs in the office. Seem to user friendly.

Adventure Person said...

Big time saver :)

GADAFINY said...

great tip $upported