Art View

Art View 3.1

Allows previewing dependent font and image files from within Quick Look.

Art View is intended to provide Apple’s Quick Look preview feature with support of dependent font and image files, particularly those formats used by such popular applications as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Swatch Exchange and Freehand MX. In this respect, the application can enhance not only Quick Look’s previews but also icons and thumbnails. Luckily, there is a guide tour about this product’s features.

Art View does most of its job in the background without the user even noticing it is running back there. Yet, you can preview images from within the application itself as well as receive information about the color palette used. In the case of documents, the application also shows additional data about linked images and used fonts. What is more, if you click on the images or fonts used in a document, you can preview them in Finder.

Fortunately, you can configure the default spread for multi-page documents. And in the case of CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC documents you may decide to include fonts, images and swatches. Moreover, you can set the maximum number of pages previewed.

All in all, Art View comes in handy for graphic designers, mainly if they use Illustrator and InDesign. Although it worked fine for me, some users have complained of blurry images and poor support. The product is shareware and its trial version can be used at no cost for a few days.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Enhances Quick Look’s previews, thumbnails and icons
  • Supports previewing multi-page documents

Cons

  • May show blurry images
  • Complaints about poor support
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