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Explore a Mac Apps Graphical Resources & GUI Elements with Preview

Jul 18, 2012 - 6 Comments

Designers and UI tweakers alike should get a kick out of this one: Launch Preview app, and then drag any application into the Preview Dock icon to view and explore all of that applications graphical resource files. Inside you’ll often find extensive amounts of graphics, icons, interface elements, screenshots, assorted images, and tons of other … Read More

View Keynote Presentation Files Without Keynote Installed Using Preview in OS X

Jul 9, 2012 - 3 Comments

If you don’t have Keynote installed and you need to view someones keynote presentation slides, don’t fret – you can view them all directly in Preview, the bundled image app in Mac OS X. Nothing special is required, just download a keynote presentation (.key file extension) and double-click it to launch the slides into Preview. … Read More

Batch Rotate a Group of Images with Preview for Mac OS X

May 11, 2012 - 2 Comments

If you have a group of pictures that are orientated incorrectly that you need rotated, you can do that in Mac OS X without any third party apps with the help of the bundled Preview app. From the OS X Finder, select the collection of images you wish to rotate and hit Command+O to open … Read More

How to Install the Older Preview App from Snow Leopard in Mac OS X Lion

Jan 27, 2012 - 35 Comments

Preview in Mac OS X Lion brought with it several improvements and new features like digital signatures, but it also removed some very useful abilities like the file size estimator, Save As, and added the sometimes obnoxious Auto-Save. If you miss the old version of Preview from Snow Leopard, and you either have a Mac … Read More

Convert a PDF to JPG with Preview in Mac OS X

Dec 13, 2011 - 27 Comments

Preview is an often underused Mac OS X app that can handle a lot of file and image conversion tasks without the need for downloading any third party tools. Preview also happens to be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X, and as such it can be used to easily convert any PDF file … Read More

Search the Web from Mac OS X Finder, TextEdit, and Preview

Dec 13, 2011 - 5 Comments

Mac OS X and several default apps have a built-in ability to quickly search the web. Highlight any text in the Finder, Preview, or TextEdit, and then hit Command+Shift+L to launch Safari with a Google search for the highlighted text selection. The web browser will be set to Safari regardless of your default browser settings … Read More

Set the Default PDF Viewer in Mac OS X Back to Preview

Oct 31, 2011 - 15 Comments

If you’ve downloaded Adobe Acrobat on the Mac you’ve probably discovered that it takes over Preview as the default PDF viewer in OS X, which is annoying because Acrobat is slow to load and a fairly bloated application. There’s little need to use Acrobat Reader as the way to view PDF files, so here’s how … Read More

Increase the Contrast of a PDF to Sharpen & Darken Text

Oct 24, 2011 - 3 Comments

With Preview you can adjust the contrast of a PDF, this makes the text sharper and darker, and for scans or dubious quality PDF’s this makes them significantly easier to read. Open the PDF with Preview From the ‘File’ menu, choose “Export” Click on the “Quartz Filter” drop-down menu and choose “Lightness Decrease” Choose “Save” … Read More

Use the Magnifying Glass Tool in Preview to Zoom Into Image Detail

Oct 3, 2011 - 10 Comments

Preview in OS X Lion has been updated to include a helpful magnification tool that follows the mouse cursor. To activate it, just hit the ~ (tilde) key with an image open in Preview, then by using the trackpad you can pinch or spread to increase or decrease the size of the magnifier. This is … Read More

Capture & Save Screen Shots with Preview in Mac OS X Lion

Sep 7, 2011 - 7 Comments

Preview in OS X Lion now includes the ability to capture screen shots directly within the app, with the resulting images opening directly into Preview rather than saving to the Mac desktop. There are three different capture modes available that are almost identical to the standard keyboard shortcuts, here’s how to use them: Launch Preview … Read More

Sign PDF Files with a Digital Signature in Mac OS X Preview

Aug 17, 2011 - 37 Comments

The newest versions of Mac OS X brings a revamped Preview app that includes the extremely useful Digital Signature feature built right in. Using your Macs built-in iSight camera to capture your signature, Preview can keep multiple electronic signatures on file which can then be appended to PDF’s.

Extract & Save High Resolution Icons from Mac OS X Apps

Jul 1, 2011 - 3 Comments

Using the same trick to create a new image file based on clipboard contents, you can extract high resolution icons from any Mac OS X application. Preview is smart enough to extract just the icon and not try to copy the app file itself (like Windows would). Select any app in Mac OS X Finder … Read More

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