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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons' System 10.4
I'm an graphic artist who downloads lots and lots of preview JPEGs from commercial photograph websites. I also have a large photo collection of my own. One of my problems was that not all JPEGs have an icon that shows a picture of the file. So when I've downloaded dozens of pictures, it's sometimes hard to know which is which.

I found using Spotlight is the easy answer.

I put all my JPEGs into a folder, open the folder, and in the Spotlight search panel type jpg, and search that folder only. Presto -- up pop the JPEG icons of all my downloads as little pictures, so I can either rename or remember which is which. And of course, the same applies to other similar graphic or Photoshop files.

[robg adds: There are many third-party apps that can add image previews, saving the Spotlight step. Off the top of my head, GraphicConverter comes to mind.]
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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: fds on Mar 05, '07 07:51:06AM

Or you could press Command-J in the Finder and turn on "Show icon preview"



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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: simbalala on Mar 05, '07 08:48:04AM

And set the preview size as well! :-)



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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: Phosphor on Mar 05, '07 09:40:40AM
FDS...

Command + J works, but if the folder is set to icon view (the Mac OS generates the icons from the full image).

Unfortunately, if the JPEGs don't have icons or previews integrated with the file structure, they won't appear if the folder is in column or list view.

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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: Peganthyrus on Mar 06, '07 07:48:52PM
Yeah, this is how I navigate my folders-o-images. Works great for navigating through my folder of more than a thousand sketchbook scans.

if I really have a desire for preview icons I have the QuickImage control menu module but honestly, I never use it for that now that I clued in to "icon view + show icon preview". I use its multiple-file-rename capability a lot more.

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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: Phosphor on Mar 05, '07 09:24:04AM
Something to consider, however, is that there is a reason many JPEGs are missing previews & icons. That is: since JPEGs are most often used for images to be displayed online, previews and icons are intentionally excised to tighten up the file size, optimizing them for fastest possible download.

Best move is to make copies of these JPEG files and—if you must—add the previews and icons to the copies instead, leaving the originals untouched.

Why? Because every time you re-save a JPEG you lose image data. If your goal is just to be able to identify them with a preview (say, in folder view), do it on copies, and leave the originals intact unless you need to edit them. And if you need to edit them more than once, convert them to PSD files.

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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: pub3abn on Mar 05, '07 02:12:53PM

Adding or removing previews with a dedicated preview-adding program (like the free CocoThumbX) does not affect the image data.



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sips
Authored by: jecwobble on Mar 05, '07 12:10:12PM

From Terminal or Automator: sips -i *.jpg

Don't know about how this affect the quality of the image; i.e. does it re-save the JPEG thereby degrading the quality as mentioned above.



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sips updates ctime
Authored by: lullabud on Mar 05, '07 12:12:23PM

Using sips is a great way to save time with icon viewing, but it resets the ctime of the file which might be important to some people. I really wish sips wouldn't do that...



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10.4: Use Spotlight to view missing 'image icons'
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Mar 05, '07 12:39:30PM

I use a Folder Action Script to add icons to image files. I just attach the action to a folder, and when I drop images in it adds the icons.

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