QLFits allows you to see FITS header right into your Finder, without opening the file! It automatically generates on-the-fly thumbnail and preview of the fits header, with colors. Even more amazingly, it detects ESO keywords, and build automatic links to the proposal abstract, the file summary, and even the weather conditions!
Supports NES, FDS, SNES, VB, GB, GBC, GBA, NDS, N64 and more planned.
Allows you to preview your AVCHD (mts and m2ts) movies on the Mac.
A Quicklook plug-in for Mobipocket ebooks (.mobi and .prc).
You can download the plug-in from here.
GISLook shows various vector and raster formats used by GIS (Geographical Information Systems), e.g ESRI Shape, E00, ArcInfo Coverage, ESRI ASCII Grid, USGS DEM.
More information can be found on the GISLook webpage.
Thanks to Bernhard Jenny!
The Unofficial Apple Weblog has a post up today about how to set up your Mac to automatically preview all downloads with Quick Look.
FJNWebArchive allows viewing of Safari WebArchive files.
Download at QLPlugins, another great site for QuickLook plugins.
Allows for QuickLook previewing of Commodore 64 disk image files in the following formats: *.d64, *.d71, *.d81.
This plugin supports Entourage 2008 email for messages located via spotlight.
Randy Saldinger, developer of Suspicious Package, writes:
Suspicious Package, the QL plugin for examining Installer packages, has been updated to version 1.1.
This version adds mpkg support, fixes problems where install locations were not always displayed, and adds more information about the package — including administrator password and restart requirements, and what install scripts it contains.
Displays previews of QuarkXPress 7 files in Quicklook.
I’ve written a Quick Look plugin that someone might find interesting: it lets you preview standard Apple installer packages to see what files that will/would install.
The plugin is called Suspicious Package. It is free, and can be gotten from http://www.mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage/
I just wanted to mention that QLColorCode (a popular source code highlighting plug-in) has been updated to version 0.4.1 and that the screenshot you’re showing is somewhat out of date.Â The highlighting engine has changed and thus the appearance has changed as well.
Thanks, Nathan. Here is a new screenshot:
Reader Phouty sent in:
QuickChm is a quicklook plugin which lets you preview a CHM (compiled html) archive in quicklook.
Reader Matthias writes:
Janome Embroidery Machines (e. g. the MC350E) uses a proprietary file format for patterns. Most machines are able to preview these files, but sometimes you want to check them directly at your computer without the hassle of transfering.
JEFview previews JEF files.
We are interested to find out exactly which Quick Look plugins our readers would like to see developed. Which plugins would be most helpful in your day-to-day use of OS X 10.5?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments of this post, and we’ll follow up with a “most requested” post soon.
Update: Comments have been closed — thanks for participating! A tally of those most requested will be posted soon.
Reader Richard writes:
Bonjour, few words to let you know that the 3DCG software Shade got a free QuickLook plugin available here :
Note : even if the Web site is in Japanese, the installation is a mater of drag and drop and will work with any .shd (Shade 3D scene file format) files.
More infos on Shade can be found here : http://www.e-frontier.com/
The C64 Images plug-in that had previously been posted has been updated to support additional formats Hi-Eddi (.hed) and Fun Painter 2 (.fp2).
Reader Fred Duck has submitted a way to enable Corel Painter Essentials 4 Quick Look previews. Thanks, Fred!
Fred noticed that the free preview of Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes a Quick Look plugin for Painter files. The filename is “Corel Painter.mdimporter”. To avoid licensing issues, we have decided not to host the file, but rather direct users to the article where this is mentioned:
Here is a neat trick that I am sure could be expanded to include even more file types, as submitted by reader Frantz. Thanks, Frantz!
I’ve found a trick allowing me to display Matroska video files in Quicklook without the need of a plugin :
1 / First you need Perian for mkv support in Quicktime : http://perian.org/
2 / Then you need to add a Uniform Type Identifier in Quicktime Player :
– Edit QuickTime Player.app’s /Contents/info.plist
– Add the following code just before the last 2 tags </dict></plist> :
<string>Matroska Video File</string>
3 / In Terminal.app
touch /Applications/QuickTime\ Player.app
Et voila that’s all:
Provides a Quick Look preview of an AppleScript file.
This plug-in shows the Koala image .koa format — a common format on the Commodore C64. According to the developer, the plug-in will support more formats in the near future.
A plugin for text clipping file (.textClipping). and picture clipping file (.pictClipping).
Quick Look plugin for Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe InDesign® & Encapsulated PostScript.
Requires a payment of $5.
Allows previewing of the contents of .zip files.
A plugin for source code files that produces colorized output for the following languages:
- Shell scripts
- Assembly language
A syntax-highlighting plugin for source code displayed in QuickLook.
This QuickLook generator renders QuickLook previews for certain filetypes using the TextMate syntax highlighter. Currently itÂ’s configured to highlight Perl, PHP, Ruby, Shell, C headers and Obj-C(++) files.
Requires that TextMate be installed and running.
Enables QuickLook previews of Illustrator (AI) files saved with PDF compatibility.
Brainsight QuickLook is a Quick Look generator plugin that allows medical images in the MINC1, MINC2, DICOM, and NIfTI file formats to be previewed in the Finder and other applications.
(It is assumed this requires additional software.)
Extends QuickLook functionality to be able to display previews and thumbnails for eps files.
Works with standard Spectrum SCR files and those with enhanced Timex modes.
BetterZip Quick Look Generator supports the following archive formats: ZIP, TAR, GZip, BZip2, ARJ, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO, RAR, 7-Zip, DEB, RPM, StuffIt’s SIT, DiskDoubler, BinHex, and MacBinary.
Note that this plugin requires the $20 BetterZip be installed on your system, as it uses BetterZip to process the archive file contents. I have just been informed by the developers of BetterZip that the BetterZip application is NOT required, and thus this makes the plugin free!
Allows you to see the contents of a ZIP file in QuickLook view.
Folder.qlgenerator shows items contained in folders in a list view.
To install QuickLook plugins, you should copy the Â“*.qlgeneratorÂ” file into /Library/QuickLook/ or ~/Library/QuickLook/. Note that Â“*Â” in the filename will vary based on exactly which QuickLook item you choose to install.
If a QuickLook folder is no present, feel free to create one.
After copying the file into the directory you will need to logout and then back in to your account for it to become active. Alternatively, you can prevent having to logout by running the following command in Terminal:
This will force OS X to search /Library/QuickLook and ~/Library/QuickLook for plugins and load them accordingly.
ColorXML is a simple QuickLook plugin which enables to display XML files with indentation and XML syntax coloring.