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Print- & WebDesign Jenny C. Hofer


Quick Look preview for InDesign® documents

inddPreview – shows what’s usually hidden

New in version 2.3: support for InDesign® snippets and InCopy® documents.

Program icon inddPreview Download inddPreview on the Mac App Store

inddPreview enables Finder and Quick Look to show preview images of InDesign® documents.

You know that problem: searching for an InDesign® document, not remembering its name but how it looked like. Opening one file after the other in InDesign® – well, that’s the wrong document – closing – next try – also wrong – next – etc.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see what’s inside a file already in Finder – just like we can do with image files, PDF’s and many other file types?

Screenshot: Finder without inddPreview
Finder without inddPreview
Screenshot: Finder with inddPreview
Finder with inddPreview

inddPreview makes this possible! inddPreview enables Finder to show these – usually hidden – preview images which are embedded in Adobe® InDesign® documents. No need to run the app – it’s sufficient to have inddPreview installed. And all of a sudden Finder shows nice little preview images instead of featureless file type icons. By pressing the space bar a Quick Look window opens letting you have a more detailed insight.

The main goal of inddPreview is to provide this Quick Look plugin to the system. In addition, you can use the app and open an InDesign® file with it to copy those preview images to your clipboard to use them elsewhere.

Screenshot: Use inddPreview to copy preview images to clipboard
Access document preview images and copy them to your clipboard

inddPreview supports all InDesign® documents (.indd), template files (.indt), snippets (.idms) and InCopy® documents (.icml) of versions from CS2 up to current version CC2022. Precondition is to embed preview images when saving files with InDesign®. Whether and how many thumbnail pictures will be embedded and of what size they are, can be configured within the preferences of InDesign®.

inddPreview requires OS X 10.8 Snow Leopard or later.

By the way: inddPreview is the successor of inddQLgenerator, which was the first piece of Mac software I made in 2009. Learn more about the story behind inddPreview …