Zevrix’s Graphic Inspector is a remarkably handy, affordable utility for seeing every attribute of a vector or raster graphic file, and also for quickly finding all files that match any chosen criteria. For example, you could ask it to warn you about images below a certain resolution, or with/without particular ICC profiles, RGB mode, compression, camera settings, spot colors, or fonts.
Unfortunately for Windows users, Graphic Inspector only runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher.
To use Graphic Inspector, you drag one or more files or folders onto its icon or into its inspector window. You can also choose them from within its clever, built-in file navigator. For the amount of information displayed, its interface is impressively straightforward. You can even export file data as a text file, preview images, and open or reveal files in the Finder. I’m impressed with its rare combination of price, utility and thoughtful design.
Graphic Inspector costs $40.
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 iPodObserver.com, 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.