Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Hello Affinity people!

Is there a chance we could see larger file previews in Finder / Path Finder? As of this moment all Affinity files' previews are tiny compared to PDF, JPG and all the other types of files, for that matter.

Talking about Spacebar previews.

Please check screenshots.

Thanks in advance!





Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

As I see it, this has to do with the fact, that MacOS can natively read pdf-files.

If you, for example, preview an ai-file (which is usually saved as combined pdf/ai-file) Finder reads the PDF-contents and also displays it resolution-independent.


The ideal way would be for Affinity to make a "quicklook-plugin", which is the native way for Finder to display ANY file`s content as long the corresponding plugin is installed.

• examples: https://www.quicklookplugins.com

• documentation on apple's site: https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/Quicklook_Programming_Guide/Introduction/Introduction.html

As this is an archived article, I'm not sure what the actual state-of-the-art is. For me, quicklook-plugins work on my 10.14 Mojave system– obviously on 10.15 Catalina the older 32bit plugins would not work anymore...

  • Production-System: iMac (21,5-inch, Late 2013), 16GB RAM, 2TB nvme-SSD, running on 10.14.6 Mojave;
  • Display Setup: 27" Thunderbolt Display primary + 21,5" iMac-Display secondary for palettes;
  • Keyboard-Layout: German apple extended keyboard (aluminium);


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just purchased a license as an alternative to the expensive competition. Everything works brilliantly, except for this. Very annoying not having a proper preview.

When previewing a large document (dimensions) I'm unable to see any details and cannot compare similar files.

Would be great to have an option to 'save preview as pdf' in a future update.

Edited by saitarion

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


Important Information

These are the Terms of Use you will be asked to agree to if you join the forum. | Privacy Policy | Guidelines | We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.