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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view Desktop
Viewing images in Cover Flow sometimes shows a high resolution preview, and sometimes not. At first I thought the Finder just needed time to "catch up," but I sat and waited a long time for a high res preview to be generated, and nothing ever happened.

It turns out Cover Flow will generate a high res preview only if a preview is not already associated with an image file. The existence of a preview depends on what application created the file. Photoshop creates a low res preview (by default, this can be changed in its prefs). So did Image Capture in Tiger. If you do a Get Info on one of these image files and delete the icon in the upper left, a new one will be instantly generated (even if Show Icon Preview isn't checked in View Options). Now, Cover Flow will show a high res preview.

[robg adds: Queue user fds points out that you can remove the icon from a number of files at once. Just select them all in the Finder then press Control-Command-I. Select the icon and delete, and you'll remove them all.]
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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: whoadoggy on Dec 18, '07 08:46:36AM

I recently found this fix solved a similar issue for me. When I upgraded to 10.5 my music and documents icons were the old tiger variety and looked odd among the 10.5 subtle icons. Just deleting the icons in a get info window regenerated the proper icons.



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: tonyo on Dec 18, '07 09:55:07AM

Great hint. I'd no clue it would be that simple. Dur! Thanks!



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: dean_muc on Dec 18, '07 10:41:46AM

To speed things up you can use CocoThumbX (freeware) http://www.stalkingwolf.net/software/cocothumbx/ to batch delete the icons of several files at once.



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 18, '07 04:19:43PM

Regarding the tip added by fds- I'm trying this method of deleting multiple preview icons at once, and it seems not to work at first. The ctrl-command-I opens a single info window (so does command-I if more than 10 items are selected), but when I select the icon and hit command-x, nothing happens. Interestingly, though, if I do a paste (with any icon in the clipboard) and THEN delete, it does work. Great!



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: fds on Dec 21, '07 02:38:25PM

Why would you hit Command-X? Just hit the Delete button. :)
(That's the Backspace key for PC converts.)



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 22, '07 04:28:31PM

I tried Delete. It doesn't work for me. So I hit Command-X. Why does it matter?



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 22, '07 04:29:48PM

oops, I forgot the ;)



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: bbell2000 on Nov 01, '08 08:09:00AM

I had the same problem... the copy/paste worked, but I still could not see the images in cover flow. Relaunching Finder fixed the problem.



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: VMan of Mana on Dec 18, '07 08:20:13PM

Question is, is there a command tool utility that allows you to strip the preview image? (kind of a non-GUI CocoThumbX)?



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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: Ronald Lanham on Dec 19, '07 04:51:21AM
QuickImage will batch remove thumbnails or add thumbnails to image files.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/19253

Though some say that they can't get it to work in Leopard (maybe Intel related?) I've been using it on a G5 with 10.5.1 with no problems.

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10.5: Strip icon previews for better Cover Flow view
Authored by: microbians on Jan 10, '08 06:19:04PM


tell application "Finder"
set sels to selection
end tell

repeat with sel in sels
tell application "Finder"
activate
set odate to modification date of sel
open information window of sel
tell front information window
set current panel to General Information panel
activate
tell application "System Events" to tell process "Finder"
keystroke tab
keystroke (ASCII character 8)
end tell
close
end tell
set modification date of sel to odate
end tell
end repeat



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