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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images Apps
Tiger only hintWant to view the contents of a folder full of images in a hurry? Just drag and drop the folder on the Preview icon -- in the Applications folder, in the Sidebar, or even in the dock (you'll need to Command-Option drag it to the docked Preview icon, in order to force Preview to accept it).

Presto, all images within the folder open in one window (with a drawer) in Preview.
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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: mcroft on Jun 10, '05 11:53:18AM

If you have graphic converter (which IIRC, comes with 10.4), you can use the contextual menu to select a file, group of files, or folder, and do a slide-show of the selection. If you prefer GC to preview (and I do), this works well.



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GraphicConverter
Authored by: aaronrp on Jun 10, '05 12:45:08PM

GraphicConverter is bundled with PowerMacs but not with consumer-level machines like iMacs and iBooks. You can buy it separately at www.lemkesoft.de.



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: romzburg on Jun 10, '05 12:29:36PM

10.4.1

Does not work for me.

I tried the icon in the dock for when Preview is launched, I tried icon in the dock when not launched, I tried the icon in the Applications folder.

Nothing.

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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: Old Toad on Jun 10, '05 12:29:43PM

Preview has never open a folder for me, regardless of the System I was running. I have to open the folder and select those files I want to view and drag to the Preview icon. No big deal but different from what Anonymous reports.



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: rhowell on Jun 10, '05 01:25:42PM

Works for me, but if the folder contains all PDF images, they'll open in individual Preview windows.



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: Han Solo on Jun 11, '05 11:09:55AM
As long as each image is a single page, they should open as a group in a single window, with each file listed in the slide-out drawer. Any image file that contains more than one page will be opened in a separate window.

Sometimes I'd like to open single page image/PDF files as a group each in their own Preview window, but I have not yet come across a keyboard command that allows that. Anyone?

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command+option+drag
Authored by: itcomesinwaves on Jun 10, '05 01:27:13PM

To those of you having problems, remember to hold down command+control while you drag (as specified in the hint). Also, the hint states that you need to do this when dragging to the dock, but it appears that you need to do it regardless of where you are dragging to.



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command+option+drag
Authored by: RobertBen on Jun 11, '05 03:33:30AM

That should be Command+Option, as you wrote in the title of your reply.

With Command+Control nothing happens...



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command+option+drag
Authored by: itcomesinwaves on Jun 12, '05 03:03:20PM

You're right. I meant to type command+option. Sorry for the confusion.



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: romzburg on Jun 10, '05 01:36:01PM

It ONLY works for me with [Command+Option] and you have to select the folder BEFORE you press the [Command+Option] keys.

This is no matter where the Preview icon is that I am dragging to.

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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: Azark on Jun 10, '05 01:54:39PM

If you want to see them all at once:

Select them all, right-click, choose "diaporama" then click the index button, you'll have an Exposé-like view.

I never use the diaporama feature except like this.

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Or "slideshow"
Authored by: Tulse on Jun 10, '05 02:27:01PM

...for those using the English version of 10.4 :-)

And yes, I would second this recommendation -- it is very easy to do, and gives you full screen previews without having to launch an app.



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Or "slideshow"
Authored by: romulis on Jun 13, '05 05:29:56AM

Actually, the "slideshow" menu does start the preview application, and switches automatically to the full-screen slideshow view.

Move the mouse to see the actions.

For the mouse haters among us, you can also hit 'i' to get the exposé-like view of all of the images - I love it - now if only iPhoto would do something like this for the holiday snaps. (Don't you hate it when someone asks to go back to that pic we saw a couple of minutes ago? :-)

Cheers!



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 10, '05 02:56:50PM
I use Automator. Create a workflow with:
  1. Get Selected Finder Items
  2. Get Folder Contents (repeat for each subfolder found)
  3. Open Images in Preview
And save this workflow as a Finder plugin with name "open in preview". This now appears in the finder's Automator contextual menu.

I find this useful because it recurses through subfolders too, but you can omit that bit if required.

In general, Automator is your friend.

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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: fresler on Jun 10, '05 03:54:15PM

I may be missing something here, but I've been using this functionality even before 10.4. I just hilite a group of pictures (they have to be set to open with Preview) and double-click on them. Preview opens, displaying the images in a drawer. I discovered this quite by accident under 10.3 and have found it very useful. Perhaps I should have posted a hint about it....?



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: oliverchaddock on Jun 10, '05 05:12:54PM

The difference with this hint is that instead of highlighting a bunch of images (for which you must first navigate into the folder containing said images) you can now simply drag the folder itself.

Indeed, on 10.3 when i try to drag my pictures folder onto Preview I get this message: "Couldn't open the file. It may be corrupt or a file format that Preview doesn't recognize."



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: fresler on Jun 13, '05 03:13:41PM

Ah, got it! I knew I was missing something! :)



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: Lunatic Prods on Jun 11, '05 09:36:06AM

Mmm, nice tip!

And works for me easily in 10.4.1 with Ctrl+Alt (either before or after clicking on folder of images) ... in effect, it's just taking an alias of the images folder and that sparks Preview ... and it's much quicker than selecting all images and waiting for contextual menu.

Also worth noting that it seems to override 'Open with' preference - a photoshop jpeg in a folder of ordinary jpegs opens in Preview, instead of starting up Photoshop!



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: bauldrywc on Jun 12, '05 09:17:23AM

There is another behaviour that happens with this hint:
Drag a folder containing an application (app bundle), instead of a folder of images, onto Preview - the application's icon set and the masks will be displayed. Convenient and nice...



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10.4: Use Preview to quickly view a folder of images
Authored by: müzso on Mar 11, '07 06:55:19AM

The hint works only from Finder. It didn't work for me if I dragged the folder from Path Finder to Preview's icon in the Dock.



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