BetterZip Quick Look Generator
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BetterZip Quick Look Generator lets you view the contents of compressed archives through Leopard's Quick Look. Simply select an archive in the Finder, in Mail, or Spotlight and press the spacebar. You will immediately be presented with a neatly formatted table of the archive's contents that you can browse.

The currently supported archive formats are: ZIP, TAR, GZip, BZip2, ARJ, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO, RAR, 7-Zip, DEB, RPM, SIT, DiskDoubler, BinHex, and MacBinary.

You can change various view options, set whether hidden files in the archive should be displayed or
What's New
Version 1.2:
  • Fixes a few problems with previous versions, e.g., the latest WebKit (i.e., Safari 5) led to the BetterZip QL generator printing the header over the archive contents. Nasty. Certain tar archives couldn't be viewed anymore and a few other smaller problems.
  • I have also found a way to store your settings without editing a configuration file by hand, like it was necessary in previous versions. To achieve this, I have created a small program packaged with the QL generator, that's called from the QL panel itself. So, don't get nervous, if you click "Save as default" and Mac OS X asks, whether you really wish to start an external program. It will do this only once and all this little helper does is saving your settings to a preferences file (com.macitbetter.betterzip.quicklookgenerator.plist) in your preferences folder.
Version 1.2:
  • Fixes a few problems with previous versions, e.g., the latest WebKit (i.e., Safari 5) led to the BetterZip QL generator printing the header over the archive contents. Nasty. Certain tar archives couldn't be viewed anymore and a few other smaller problems.
  • I have also found a way to store your settings without editing a configuration file by hand, like it was necessary in previous more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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izeta reviewed on 09 Apr 2013
Simple & lightweight and works with 10.8 MOuntain Lion
[Version 1.2]


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Jimw commented on 12 Aug 2012
Does not seem to work in Mountain Lion
[Version 1.2]

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Jimw replied on 12 Aug 2012
I take that back. Had a copy error when adding it to my library. Works fine. Sorry about that!
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RodrigoT7166 replied on 03 Dec 2013
working perfect on mavericks 10.9
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Blamanche reviewed on 17 Jun 2012
Big help! Thanks, I have had no problems. Does exactly what is says but I agree w/ Richtheone. Merci Beaucoup Fishscale!
[Version 1.2]


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rtheone reviewed on 16 Oct 2011
The rows in the displayed list of files are too far apart (too much spacing). Only about 15 files can be seen in a standard view. I think the line density should be at least three times higher.

Also, I really miss the ability to close and open folders hierarchically.
[Version 1.2]

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Fishscale replied on 31 Dec 2011
I don't know if this is what you want but I have found a modded version of this excellent quicklook plugin. By examining what this user did to modify the plugin you can probably make one that suits your needs. I prefer the old style but maybe some of you want everything to look lion...

https://github.com/farfanoide/BetterZ-QuickLook-plugin-theme-for-Lion

This plugin deserves much more than 1 1/2 stars. Do you know of any plugin that does anything close to this? I sure as heck don't. Be grateful for something, you could have nothing.
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GeoProf reviewed on 25 Sep 2011
Works with Lion AND 7-Zip, Woohoo! Thanks, developer!
[Version 1.2]


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+24

Istra reviewed on 18 Aug 2011
one word: fan-ta-stic!
[Version 1.2]


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Roro01 reviewed on 24 Feb 2011
The best of its kind
[Version 1.2]


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Fishscale commented on 05 Oct 2010
Thank you, thank you, thank you! If your don't use this QL plugin your missing out, most QL plugins died on SL but this kept on kicking and now is even updated.

The dev could have made this plugin only compatible with betterzip but allows even those who don't own betterzip to use it, and function fully.

I would definitely thank the developer with a donation or buy betterzip or at least an email of appreciation. No I am not affiliated with the dev, I just think we should help the dev keep making our computers handle archives easier, taking less time, and a lot less headaches. Good mac software at a good price.
[Version 1.2]


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Negritude tipped on 05 Oct 2010
This was just updated to version 1.2. Read the details here:

http://macitbetter.com/node/398
[Version 1.1]


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Bruce_Y reviewed on 17 Sep 2008
Just gave this a whirl - Wow! Cool add-on for QuickLook! Great work Robert Rezabek.
Fabulously handy to see quickly what files are inside the zip (etc) without having to actually decompress the whole archive.

Apple should license this from developer! (with appropriate compensation)
. (Now if only Apple would provide similar quicklook into pkg files...)
One suggestion for BZQLG (minor): allow column width adjustment, if possible.

I had already been a registered user of BetterZip, but had been on Tiger/PPC so never had a chance till recently to even check this out.
IMO it's a must-have for any who work with lots of downloads or archiving data in zip format. Well, at least for major-geek-types (like moi) ;-)
[Version 1.1]


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rtheone had trouble on 16 Oct 2011
Invisible files are showing up in the list even if they are ticked off in the "Configuration" section of BetterZip!!!
(The same thing goes for package contents.)
[Version 1.2]


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BrentB had trouble on 18 Sep 2010
Was great when it worked, but really needs to be updated. The list it displays is jumbled at the top, as shown in this pic: http://i47.tinypic.com/33degir.jpg
[Version 1.1]



RodrigoT7166 rated on 03 Dec 2013

[Version 1.2]



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RONIN427 rated on 28 Sep 2013

[Version 1.2]



+5

Drking rated on 19 Jun 2011

[Version 1.2]



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Misha rated on 05 Jan 2011

[Version 1.2]



+20

Jolly_joker rated on 10 Dec 2010

[Version 1.2]


Downloads:18,136
Version Downloads:9,711
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:05 Oct 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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BetterZip Quick Look Generator lets you view the contents of compressed archives through Leopard's Quick Look. Simply select an archive in the Finder, in Mail, or Spotlight and press the spacebar. You will immediately be presented with a neatly formatted table of the archive's contents that you can browse.

The currently supported archive formats are: ZIP, TAR, GZip, BZip2, ARJ, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO, RAR, 7-Zip, DEB, RPM, SIT, DiskDoubler, BinHex, and MacBinary.

You can change various view options, set whether hidden files in the archive should be displayed or not, and whether you wish to look into file packages.


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