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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend Desktop
Tiger only hintOK, this is a very simple hint, but I've been using Tiger for nearly a week now and only found this by accident. It completely blew me away, so I thought I'd share it for the other 'mere mortals' out there.

If you select a range of graphic files in the Finder, you can control-click on the selection and choose "Slideshow" from the popup menu. This brings up an iPhoto-like slide show of the images. This is amazingly useful to me as a product designer, I have hundreds of images that I need to routinely review, and this makes it very easy to go through them.

But wait, there's more! If you click on the "Index sheet" icon in the controller at the bottom of the screen, you get an Exposť-like effect wherein all of the images are shown at once. This is gold to me, as I review lots of documents and need to pick just one from a range. Windows XP has had an image view for folders, and I was lusting even after that, but this is much better. This appears to work only for graphics files, including Photoshop, but it doesn't work for PDF files (single or multi page).
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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: domcon on May 13, '05 11:43:01AM

you can do that with pdf files too, you just have to open them in preview and press shift+command+F. after that documents opens as a kind of slideshow and you are able to step through all the pages.

greets
dominik



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 13, '05 12:32:33PM

Terrific hint! Who knew? Unfortunately, this doesn't work with native Illustrator .ai files- hopefully soon.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: Spartacus on May 13, '05 01:00:00PM

It would be indeed terrific if starting such a slideshow from a window in list view didn't display the images in random order.

It would be even greater if it were able to resolve aliases.

And don't mention how great it would be to be able to browse a slideshow manually without the annoying control overly popping-up every time you move to the next picture.

Apple has managed to unify slideshows between iPhoto, the Finder and Preview, meaning they're all three equally annoying and useless.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: gmartin on May 13, '05 02:01:17PM

For keyboard lovers out there, while in a Finder slideshow, pressing "i" will take you to the index of thumbnails; cursor keys to move forward/back or navigate in the index page; space-bar to play/pause or select an image in the index page; pressing "a" will display the image in actual size; pressing "f" will display the image full screen; the usual "esc" to exit. Interestingly "l" and "r" seemed to be mapped keys also but I haven't discovered their use yet.

Using the slideshow from Preview is almost an identical experience except that you can play PDF's as a slideshow, PDF's can't be shown as an index of thumbnails, only image files can be shown as an index. Preview also has an extra button in the slideshow pop-up for moving the currently viewed image (again not PDF) over to iPhoto.

Finally, if you hate the pop-up appearing as you navigate, and you have a PDF presentation in Preview, just click once on the background area and then leave the mouse alone - the keyboard navigation will now work without making the pop-up re-appear.

Finally, finally, Preview has some extra preferences for it's default behavior. Notably: Open all images in one window; open groups of images in single window; open each image in it's own window. If you have several/many images in a single window you can simply drag reorder them in the draw to make any fickle sequence you may want it to be in today ;-)



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: bgagnon on Jul 30, '05 06:39:17PM

I think I know what the l and r keys are for: rotation. In an application where rotating images is permitted (iphoto ? mail ?), l would rotate to the left and r to the right. Haven't tested this, though.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: gmartin on May 13, '05 02:32:43PM

Another feature to help slideshows, if you have a number of images (not a PDF) open in a Preview window's draw, as well as being able to drag reorder the images you can also ctrl-click to show a contextual menu for Sort by: name, path, date, size, kind, keyword, custom*. If you pick one of these the draw is reordered and that specific bit of sort information is shown under each image name.

*custom appears to be unavailable



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: sdunlapa on May 13, '05 05:57:52PM

Complain, Complain, Complain...Oh wait a minute this is a hints website. I almost forgot.

So that being typed, here's a hint for ya Spartacus...Don't use it. Pretty simple if you ask me. If you have a better idea tell Apple. As far as I'm concerned this is a great feature.



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it nice, but without the overlay
Authored by: AdrianB on May 13, '05 07:06:32PM

I think the slideshow is great if there only was some way of getting rid of that overlay navigation when you navigation with cursors (that goes for iPhoto as well).



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Slideshow support for RAW?
Authored by: twistedanchor on May 13, '05 01:12:59PM

For anyone out there using iLife '05, do previews/slideshows display for RAW images? I have Tiger but not iLife '05 and RAW is not supported. Thanks!



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Slideshow support for RAW?
Authored by: Black on May 13, '05 01:29:07PM

As much as anyone tries to make it otherwise, it is important to remember that RAW isn't a file type, it is a description of the contents of a file. Every camera manufacturer has their own "RAW" format. As such the make and model of your camera should be a key part of your question.

That said, I don't have iLife5, but the RAW files produced by my digital rebel are supported by Tiger (I can do slideshows and open them in Preview). Preview will even do simple conversions.



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Slideshow support for RAW?
Authored by: twistedanchor on May 13, '05 04:58:43PM

Yes, it does appear to be working now. My apologies for speaking too soon.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: Black on May 13, '05 01:37:15PM

I to have wanted this feature for a _long_ time. I was very excited when I tripped over it. I only have two additions that I'd like to see.

First, it would be nice if it wasn't just hidden in a contextual menu (or in the results of a search, which gives you a nice little button). I browse photographs enough that I'd like to be able to add a nice little button right to my finder windows rather than having to select the images first.

Second, I'd like to be able to do some simple file management from within the slideshow. Mostly I just want the ability to delete files (move them to the trash). I frequently will shoot a whole bunch of photos and then weed out the dross, and this would be a very convenient way to do that.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: asher on May 13, '05 01:45:51PM

Try GraphicConverter. There is a nice little droplet. Drag your folder over the droplet script, opens as a slide show. Lots of controls and settings available. Trash pictures as you see them with a click. Create aliases in different folders with a click.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: pub3abn on May 13, '05 01:52:53PM

...or you can try CocoViewX, or Slides!, or Footagehead ... all of which are nice freeware apps that feature slideshows that let you delete photos while you view them, and more.

GraphicConverter is also nice. I've purchased it. But it's a tad slow and clunky at times, and I prefer the above programs for doing what you've described.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: hoosker on May 13, '05 02:32:55PM

My favorite is Quickimage Contextual Menu Item. Does all this in the Finder and it is very fast -- no waiting for an app to load. Not sure if it works with Tiger.

Photo Tool is nice for lossless rotating, flipping etc.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: mhorn on May 13, '05 05:56:33PM
You can also use Picture Namer. It's made for quickly naming and deleting pictures downloaded from a digital camera.

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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: robarmo on May 14, '05 08:22:12PM

In Preview (Panther version at least), you can drag a thumbnail from the side drawer to the Trash icon in the Dock, and it will move the corresponding file. That's how I initially sort through imported images from my digital camera - just set Image Capture to open Preview once the import is complete.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: Black on May 16, '05 01:43:35PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I have used Graphic Converter and I find it is too slow when rendering RAW images (and I don't much of the results, either). I currently use QPict, which is a great little image management program for the budget challenged. It does give me all of the features I need.

However, I'd still love the Finder to support at the very least deletion so I could do rapid culling before involving another app...



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Problem with the slideshows...
Authored by: gschueler on May 13, '05 01:47:41PM

I noticed that feature after I installed Tiger. However, it recently STOPPED working for me!!

I can invoke the slideshow in only two ways now: open all the images in preview at once and have it display the slideshow, OR do a Spotlight search for images (not a Finder Cmd-F search) and click the slideshow button on the resulting images.

If I select a bunch of images in the finder and choose the Slideshow contextual menu, nothing happens. If I do a finder search and try to click the slideshow button on the image results group, nothing happens.

Has this happened to anyone else?

I can do the exact same search in finder or spotlight, and only the slideshow from the spotlight results works.

There is no information in the console.



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Problem with the slideshows...
Authored by: gschueler on May 13, '05 01:53:22PM
Problem with the slideshows...
Authored by: gmartin on May 13, '05 02:07:52PM

Yea, happened to me once. Just restart Finder and slide show will work again. I logged it in Apple bug reported and it came up as a duplicate report a day later, so I guess they know about this and have a fix in the works.



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Problem with the slideshows...
Authored by: dmmorse on May 13, '05 03:56:14PM

I too encountered this. I also figured out the reason it happened to my system.

Activating a screen saver on the desktop will disable the Finder's slideshow feature. Quiting and restarting the Finder will fix the problem.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: zane on May 13, '05 04:47:03PM

A new 'SlideShow' option also shows up in Mail.app 2 now on messages with image attachments.

The SlideShow control panel however has an additional "Add to iPhoto" button with a neat "suck" effect, similar to closing a widget (or the Docks hidden 'suck' minimize effect) when clicked. It also works with the Shift-SloMo technique. I haven't yet seen the "Add to iPhoto" button anywhere else but via. Mail's SlideShow invocation.

This was (and still is?) shown in one of the Tiger Theatre demos.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: frickster on May 13, '05 06:13:04PM

This also works in Spotlight searches. Do a search for .jpg, select a few items via shift-click or something, and you can do the slideshow from that too!! :) Sweet.

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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: Mr Clicky on May 13, '05 07:46:38PM

Works for me but the images are displayed as .gifs or some other lossy format, all blotchy and 256-colour like regardless of original being viewed. Anyone know of how to influence preferences for this feature?



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Create an archive too.
Authored by: jscarry on May 13, '05 10:50:08PM

I noticed that one of the options when you control click is "Create an archive". It makes a .zip file of the photos you selected.



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Create an archive too.
Authored by: eo on May 14, '05 11:01:14AM

Yup, that feature first appeared in Panther.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: gullevek on May 14, '05 08:09:07AM

It would be a great feature, but it doesn't work all the time. Often I click several times to create a slideshow, sometimes nothing happens at all. This is really annoying.
Plus, in the index (thumbnail view) it is not sorted by default and I feel like there are half of the pictures missing. But perhaps I am missing something.
Right now I can't get it to work, so I can't try it out.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: bluehz on May 16, '05 07:25:50AM

Me too... it was working fine - now nothing. Tried selecting several jpg and nothing. Any idea why???



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: horhey23 on Jan 01, '06 01:09:30PM

The slideshow seems to max out at 99 images.



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Slideshow contextual menu on folders
Authored by: dartar on Nov 16, '06 06:31:16AM

Has anyone come up with a brilliant idea to enable the slideshow contextual menu on folders and not only on selected files. It'd be great to be able to right-click a folder and launch a slideshow of its content.



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10.4: Finder slideshows are a designer's best friend
Authored by: buzzwig on May 10, '10 09:38:17PM

I love this and use it all of the time since I'm often receiving photos for the newspaper where I work. One thing I would like above all regarding this feature is to be able to open it with a keyboard command, or AppleScript support. Either way, I could activate it using key commands and System Events for automating it.



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