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michele princigalli
spotlight and images
on Apr 28, 2005 at 6:18:32 am

Tomorrow Tiger is coming out. Will it fix the OS X image viewing problem? There is no mention of it on the apple web site (as if viewing images was not important to many Apple users). I think I saw an animation about Spotlight, where after finding images it was possible to have a slideshow, in real time, without funny drag-and-drop, preview programs, and slow image viewing. There is some hope! I think it will still be inferior to Windows simple XP integrated image viewing, but at least one can gain a minimum of functionality.

The question is, will we still need Iphoto then? If I can view photos faster in OSX, and can still assign keywords o files, baybe I can (finally) erase Iphpto 5 and all of its bugs!


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Mark Sloan
Re: spotlight and images
on Apr 29, 2005 at 10:56:54 pm

From: http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/9

"Some categories have more elaborate previews. For example, images can be displayed in a full-screen slide show. During the slide show, each image can be zoomed to fill the screen, or copied into the user's iPhoto library with a single click (complete with a genie-like animation). There's also a "contact sheet" effect that tiles all the images in a full-screen grid of thumbnails."


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michele princigalli
Re: spotlight and images
on Apr 30, 2005 at 5:19:37 am

thanks, great and useful article! I'm glad someone understands my concern and replies to my constructive criticism without calling me traitor and accusing me of provoking :-)


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Mark Sloan
Re: spotlight and images
on Apr 30, 2005 at 5:45:13 pm

Last I checked, XP didn't support PSD files, so the Tiger solution should work even better.


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michele princigalli
Re: spotlight and images
on May 2, 2005 at 12:05:34 pm

Yes, I noticed that Tiger supports PSD files very well. So between slideshow and Iphoto (properly configured) one has a very solid solution on Tiger. Iphoto on my Powerbook is now extremely fast even with thousands and thousands of high res images. The only thing I wish Apple did, is to let me erase photos from Slideshow. I think Apple thought of slideshow as a presentation featue, but it could be used for excellent browsing, because you can also put all the images side by side. Erasing and Rotate would make it perfect.


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Mark Sloan
Re: spotlight and images
on May 2, 2005 at 2:25:46 pm

when in slideshow mode, you can't hit Apple-delete? i won't be installing 10.4 for quite some time so i haven't had the opportunity to try it out... And if it doesn't, there is a section no the Apple website for suggestions.


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michele princigalli
Re: spotlight and images
on May 8, 2005 at 12:09:45 pm

Yes I sent apple a note on the issue. There are actually two problems with using slideshow for that: you can't delete pictures, and it shows a random order of pictures. Obviously the feature s only there for entertainment purposes. So for now, the only solution is to make sure IPhoto run as quick as possible, or use a Windows machine (or emulator) to view pictures, and OS X for everything else.


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