Finder's preview and .eps files

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  1. kjid, Feb 1, 2012
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    kjid macrumors regular

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    I've updated my mac pro from leopard to Lion and what i notice is that it takes finder a few seconds to preview (inside finder) an .eps file, in opposite to the instant view on leopard.

    When i view the same files in coverflow, they all show up without delay.

    My question is if there is any option to show the eps files as quick as it used to do?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What other apps/processes are running? Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes", then click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top). Then look to see what may be consuming system resources.

    Also, check to see if Spotlight is indexing by looking at the Menu Bar icon: [​IMG] (not indexing) [​IMG] (indexing)
     
  3. kirky29 macrumors 65816

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    Same on my i7 MBP - I just always thought .eps files were always slow, I don't remember them showing any quicker on Snow Leopard!

    They also still take a few seconds to show up in coverflow.

    If this is an 'issue' I'd like to know a fix too, I'm starting to use the format a lot more now!
     
  4. kjid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply, however the problem is .eps specific. Large psd files even quicker than the eps'. I've read that finder converts the eps to a pdf to show the preview, and thats the reason its slow.

    In Tiger or Leopard they show up instant. (sorry not completely sure about the version we updated from, i think it was leopard)
     
  5. Mal macrumors 603

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    I've always seen that behavior, and assumed it was normal. Given that an EPS file is a vector image, it's having to process it before displaying it, and the Finder isn't designed for that. I'm not sure there's anything you'll be able to do to change that behavior.

    jW
     
  6. kjid thread starter macrumors regular

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    the eps files we use are pixel images saved in photoshop to eps. Delivered by the client :(
     
  7. talmy macrumors 601

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    EPS is "Embedded Post Script". It's basically a vector format description without an absolute coordinate system so the graphics can be placed anywhere on the page. PostScript allows bitmaps within, and most EPS files contain a TIFF preview so that the contents can be displayed without a PostScript interpreter. Any EPS file with the preview should display instantly, however bitmaps within the PostScript are in text that has to be interpreted and would take longer.
     
  8. kjid thread starter macrumors regular

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    sadly there are over 10000 images and resaving them is not an option. We get the complete directory replaced by our client about twice a year.
     
  9. kjid thread starter macrumors regular

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    The problem has not been solved yet. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
     
  10. talmy macrumors 601

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    I just did a little experimenting. EPS with or without TIFF preview do quick-look instantly, but opening the ones with the TIFF preview in Preview takes a long time.

    If I were in your situation I'd look into the combination of programs ImageMagick and Ghostscript which can convert all the files to jpegs for browsing or viewing. These are command line tools. You might be able to search for someone who has done this already for help. I've used ImageMagick for bulk format conversion many times but it needs to use Ghostscript as well to handle interpreting the eps format. Ghostscript is invoked from within ImageMagick so you need to install Ghostscript but don't have to interact with it directly. The whole thing can be put in a script and run overnight, if necessary.
     
  11. kjid, Feb 13, 2012
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    kjid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your help, however this solution does not solve my actual problem: I need to browse trough the images when placing them in my InDesign document directly. The files which I'm placing must link to the original files, because they'll be opened on serveral computers by different people.

    InDesign uses finder to place images, but the coverflow option is disabled, that would have fixed the problem.


    EDIT:

    Problem solved. Deleting the eps.qlgenerator from libary/quicklook/ was the solution. Sacrificed the vector quicklooks tough, but that's worth it.
     

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