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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view Desktop
Snow Leopard adds the ability to play audio files directly from a Finder window in Icon view (including your Desktop); 10.5 can play audio files in the Preview column when in Column view mode. Hover your cursor over the icon in Icon view, and a play/pause button will appear. As long as you do not change the selection in the Finder, the audio will continue to play even if you switch applications.

In Icon View, this integrates cleanly with Quick Look. You can press the Space Bar to open Quick Look on a playing audio file, and Quick Look will take over with no skips or jumps in the sound. Switching applications with Quick Look open still halts the audio, but another press of the Space Bar to hide Quick Look before going back to work will let you keep working to the music.

Unfortunately, Quick Look does not work as smoothly in Column View. Both the Preview column's player and Quick Look track their place in the file separately. Quick Look pauses the Preview column's player when it is opened and starts the audio from the beginning, but does not unpause in the same way when it is closed.

[robg adds: In 10.5, when previewing audio in column view, opening a Quick Look window would actually play the audio file twice, with no sync at all between the two.]
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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view
Authored by: vincentvw on Oct 01, '09 09:07:05AM
I noticed that when pausing an Audio track in an icon, the position is retained for a certain amount of time, don't know for how long.

Does anyone know of a way to extend this time? That would be awesome.

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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view
Authored by: zikman on Oct 01, '09 09:23:00AM

it only works in icon view if you keep your icons at 64x64 pixels or higher. I have mine set at 52x52 and it doesn't show a play button on hover



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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view
Authored by: atFault on Oct 02, '09 09:38:03AM

Two other features that relate to this hint. I couldn't figure out why they had the a double circle around the play button, but it ends up being the progress bar with 0 being 12:00 and 50% played back at 6:00. Odd UI, but makes sense and works well if you use the feature for longer video or audio.

Also, if you play in an icon then bring up quicklook and move the playhead to a different location when you hit the spacebar again to return to icon view the icon continues playing from the new location.



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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view
Authored by: edmechem on May 26, '10 11:06:02PM

Anyone figure out how to turn this off? I find it annoying... if I want to preview the file, I'll hit spacebar with it selected, to bring up QuickLook - and have an *actual* view of it, or listen to it... I find I'm clicking the play button mistakenly far too often, when I'm just trying to select it (to get info, or rename it, move/copy it, etc.).



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10.6: Quick Look and Finder audio previews in Icon view
Authored by: MJCube on May 27, '10 07:29:17AM

Just turn off icon previews in View Options.



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