icon previews pictures and movies

biohazard6969

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Feb 23, 2005
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hey, just wondering how to get files like pictures and mpg movies to show a preview of the file in the icon, like in XP with the pictures folder, i know that i have this on my other computer, imac G4, i don't want to do the thing like with folder actions, isn't there a default setting that will do this for me?
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Go to view options (you can get to it from the gear-shaped icon in the finder window) and select the "Show Icon Preview" option. The folder may have to be in the icon view before this option is available to you.
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Just out of interest, would it use up a significant amount of resources doing this? Does anyone know if it'll slow down the Finder because I've been getting more and more bouncing beachballs recently.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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I would recommend setting it to do this for your pictures folder and maybe your movies folder? (I'm not actually sure if this works for movies?). I don't think it would make Finder slower for other folders when these aren't open....
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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In addition to turning on the preview for the Pictures folder, I also made the icons huge, just for that folder (80x80, I think). I find it works out well. I don't know of an easy way, though, to cascade this to the subfolders, without applying it to all folders. So my iPhoto library isn't setup like this, since its in a subfolder. But I have some desktop images and other misc. T in my Pictures root, so it works for that. I don't manually snoop my iPhoto library often anyway.
 

mad jew

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mkrishnan said:
I don't manually snoop my iPhoto library often anyway.
Yeah, I just tried to then... Talk about a rabbit warren! When you consider how well iTunes organises your music, it just seems so weird that OSX makes such a mess of your photo directories. :confused:
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
mad jew said:
Yeah, I just tried to then... Talk about a rabbit warren! When you consider how well iTunes organises your music, it just seems so weird that OSX makes such a mess of your photo directories. :confused:
Well, it looks good as long as you're in iPhoto! :rolleyes: ;) :D
 
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