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QLStephen, a QL plugin that understands README’s and more

QLStephen is a simple Quicklook Plugin that simply reads plain/text files.

I use the QuickLook feature of OSX 10.5 a lot. More than I ever thought I would. One niggling problem was though that it did not understand files like README, INSTALL, CHANGELOG .. etc that had no file extensions. I like to view these files before any other when viewing new libs or programs I may install, and using Quicklook would be ideal.

QLStephen

Quicklook support can be extended with plugins (I use QLColorCode) a lot, but after a quick scan I couldn’t find one that did the above. So I wrote one.

That’s it. You should now be able to view files like README, MakeFile, INSTALL etc. You may need to wait a few seconds for OSX to see the plugin.

There have been 5 responses to this post.

  1. phil

    awesome!! this has been my pet peeve ever since 10.5 came out.
    thanks so much.

    cheers

    phil

  2. Philippe

    Thank you very much! One problem : it seems that the plugin recognizes every file with text, even image files with headers. Thus, there are conflicts with the plugin EPSQuickLookPlugIn for example.

  3. Duncan

    Thanks Philippe, I don’t have the EPSQuickLookPlugIn plugin so would not see this. The plugin is quite crude being that is displaying data for a file it doesn’t understand i.e no file extension but I will look into this.

  4. Nicholas Riley

    Not sure why you use kUTTypeHTML instead of kUTTypePlainText, but the latter produces a result more consistent with Apple’s text QuickLook plugin.

    Thanks, though – this has infuriated me as well.

  5. Jenni

    GREAT. Thank you to the developer!!!


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