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Finder preview pane functionality System
When in column view in OS X, the final column is designed to present a 'preview' of whatever file is highlighted in the previous column - text, image file, whatever. I've found that its behavior in the PB is somewhat unpredictable - sometimes you see a preview of an image file, sometimes you don't; text files seem to work regularly. Tonight, though, I noticed for the first time that Quicktime previews work really well. If you highlight a Quicktime movie in column view, you get a mini Quicktime player in the next column with audio and video controls. Easy movie browsing without launching anything!

When this feature is ironed out in the final release, it could be one of the nicer usability touches in the OS.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 17, '01 08:47:35PM

i just found out, that when you do a "get info" command in the finder, the get info-window is updated whenever you select another file/folder/whatever.
although it seems no longer possible to have multiple info-windows open (to compare stuff e.g.), one can use this as an alternative to the info-pane in pane-view: preview pics one by one, play mp3s, movies, etc.
PLUS: select more than one file and the os calculates the two file sizes into one. :)
pretty cool.
you can also select multiple files and assign a default-app that way...

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