The trusty Preview app has been beefed up quite a bit in Mac OS X Lion, with its ability to serve as a viewer for MS Office documents , greater support for PDF docs and more. Sadly, I’ve found that it has also lost some little bits of functionality – and although these are quite […]
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Lion Pet Peeves – Lost Functionality in the Preview App

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The trusty Preview app has been beefed up quite a bit in Mac OS X Lion, with its ability to serve as a viewer for MS Office documents , greater support for PDF docs and more.

Sadly, I’ve found that it has also lost some little bits of functionality – and although these are quite small things they are things that were extremely useful for me before Lion, and are now more of a pain in the neck to deal with.

The most noticeable loss is when saving an image as a .jpeg file. Prior to Lion, when you saved as jpeg and adjusted the image quality slider in the Save As dialog it would show you the adjusted file size on the fly. Now that has been removed from the Export and Duplicate dialogs (the closest equivalents to the old ‘Save As’). So now instead of being able to see what file size you’ll get with quality adjustments (a very useful thing to know when you’re planning to upload images to the web) on the fly, you have to choose ‘Show Inspector’ from the Tools menu in Preview and close the image once you adjust quality etc, then re-open it to see the resulting file size in the inspector (which also does not update on the fly).

So again, this is just a tiny little feature – but why did it need to be removed? What’s the big benefit of having removed that from the Preview app?

Another daft thing about how Preview now works is shown when you use Export to work like ‘Save As’ (and why on earth did that command need to go away?). I tend to change the file name first when using Export, as it is the first field at the top of the dialog and with imported photos (for example) I usually want to change the file name from ‘Photo7262011’ to something more meaningful. But when you do that and then swap the file format from, say, .png to .jpeg, the filename change is lost.

Tiny things – but very annoying if you use the Preview app frequently for working with images. And yes, I’m well aware there are many apps specifically designed to work with images, apps that are far more powerful than Preview. I have a few of those installed, but the thing is before Lion the Preview app was simpler and quicker to use for just quickly resizing and re-saving an image.

What are some of your pet peeves about OS X Lion so far?

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