Adjusting preview picture in columns (OS X)

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I was wondering, for all you in the know of OS X, if there was a way to adjust the picture preview size in the "Columns" mode when you are looking at a folder's content?

Suffice to say I want to make the preview larger.

Thanks!

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Try adjusting the width of th

Try adjusting the width of the preview column.

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Width gets bigger but the pic

Width gets bigger but the picture stays the same size.

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The experts have been stumped

The experts have been stumped!!! Tongue

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The experts have been stumped

The experts have been stumped!!! Tongue

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Re: The experts have been stumped

DoctorClu wrote:

The experts have been stumped!!! Tongue

Experts? *snirk* There's no such thing as a Mac expert. Nobody knows how they work.

The size of the picture in column previews is dictated by the width of the column. Grab the little slidy-handle at the bottom of a column wall and pull it wider. Viola, bigger picture.

(Edit: I guess you said you tried that. It works just fine on the Leopard laptop I have sitting right here. Whether it does in earlier versions, I dunno.)

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Experts Stumped....

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"Experts? *snirk* There's no such thing as a Mac expert. Nobody knows how they work."

That is what we in the Navy call "PFM", Pure F_ing Magic! Smile

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"(Edit: I guess you said you

"(Edit: I guess you said you tried that. It works just fine on the Leopard laptop I have sitting right here. Whether it does in earlier versions, I dunno.)"

Leopard is 10.4 right? For some reason the preview size is not adjusting on a machine of mine that I have 10.4.11 on.

Naturally also on a G4 Mac. So trying to see if these are factors too.

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Re: "(Edit: I guess you said you

DoctorClu wrote:

Leopard is 10.4 right? For some reason the preview size is not adjusting on a machine of mine that I have 10.4.11 on.

Naturally also on a G4 Mac. So trying to see if these are factors too.

Leopard is 10.5.

Just tried it on an 867Mhz Titanium G4 with 10.4.11, and the size of the preview seems to top out at about 100-some-odd pixels wide. It'll shrink if you make the column narrower then that, but that's it.

Sorta seems like that's just how it works.

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Hmmm will Leopard run on the

Hmmm will Leopard run on the G4 computers?

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Re: Hmmm will Leopard run on the

DoctorClu wrote:

Hmmm will Leopard run on the G4 computers?

It'll stagger along pathetically, just begging for someone to exercise mercy and put a bullet in the machine's CPU.

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Staggering Leopard

Eudimorphodon wrote:
DoctorClu wrote:

Hmmm will Leopard run on the G4 computers?

It'll stagger along pathetically, just begging for someone to exercise mercy and put a bullet in the machine's CPU.
--Peace

Is Leopard REALLY that slow? I've heard it works fine on that speed of machine (867MHz). Is it the extra 'features' or 'eye candy' or other things now built into the OS itself that makes it that slow?

With a 400MHz Pismo (actually three of them in various stages of disembowelment :^P ) as my fastest machine, I have never tried Leopard.

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Re: Staggering Leopard

unknown1 wrote:

Is Leopard REALLY that slow? I've heard it works fine on that speed of machine (867MHz). Is it the extra 'features' or 'eye candy' or other things now built into the OS itself that makes it that slow?

So, whether an given piece of software or OS version "works fine" is often *completely* dependent upon the point of view of the observer. I installed Leopard on a 1.33Ghz Powerbook G4 when it came out, and after about three hours of fiddling decided that on a PowerPC machine Leopard took away much more then it gave back compared to Tiger. It's noticeably slower across the board, it consumes more RAM (those 512x512 pixel finder icons add up), and you lose Classic, which is pretty much the only compensation in having a PowerPC machine. (Yes, I only use Classic to play an ancient game now and then, and I can run most of those same games just fine using SheepShaver, but I still out of principle sort of resent having a feature removed without any real reason. Yes, Apple doesn't care about the "Classic OS" anymore, but I'm sure it would of taken minimal effort to allow the already-working Tiger binaries to continue to run. And Classic is *nicer* then SheepShaver.)

Leopard may have gotten better with the later updates (It was garbage prior to 10.5.2), but I never bothered reinstalling it on a Powerbook to look for speed improvements for the following reason: there's just not that much software out there which *requires* Leopard that doesn't also require an Intel CPU. Or G5 in some cases, I guess, but that's not gonna last. The few new "non-eye-candy" features that Leopard offers, like "Time Machine", are pretty easily duplicated with free software anyway, so... why bother?

Other people would undoubtedly beg to differ with my conclusions, of course. It just seems to me that Leopard is officially the point where Apple declared that PowerPC users were second-class citizens. And if you're going to stuck in second-class there's no point in sharing your economy seat with an elephant.

--Peace

P.S. As for the original question in this thread... if you "need" larger picture previews of an image directory one solution I'd suggest is GraphicsConverter, if your machine came with it. (It was part of the standard PowerBook software bundle. But, if you have to pay for it it might well be worth it.) Its browser includes a fully scalable preview window.

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My 2¢

I'd like to point out that Leopard runs beautifully on my Dual 1.25GHz MDD G4, as well as on my 1.33GHz 17" G4 PowerBook. It isn't slow at all on either machine; it is in fact, quite snappy.

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