Use Quick Look to Preview Quark & Adobe Documents


The Mac OS X Quick Look feature can display the content from many file formats by simply pressing the Spacebar when the file is highlighted in the Finder. However, it can’t preview files from Adobe and Quark documents.

MetaDesign Solutions’ ADOVIEW adds Quick Look support for QuarkXPress 6–8, InDesign CS3–CS6 documents, templates and snippets, InDesign XML Interchange files, InCopy documents and templates, Adobe Swatch Exchange, PostScript, EPS and Illustrator files.

Quick Look also lets you view multiple files as a slide show, as thumbnails, or in full screen view. ADOVIEW adds the ability to view a list of fonts, images and swatches used in InDesign and InCopy Documents, as well as Character Styles, Paragraph Styles, Layout and Fonts used in QuarkXPress documents.

You can preview multiple pages from InDesign CS4–CS6 and Illustrator documents, and spreads in InDesign. You can even zoom into a page area. Buy it for $10 or download a 7-day free trial here.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.