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SneakPeek Pro and SneakPeek Photo, Free Updates, Lion Compatible


SneakPeek Pro and SneakPeek Photo are Quick Look plugins for the Mac.

SneakPeek Pro allows you to preview graphic design files from within any application that supports Quick Look. That means you can preview the contents of an Illustrator file someone just emailed you without ever having to leave Mail. And Pro goes beyond just displaying previews. It also lets you know what fonts, images and swatches were used in many file types. SneakPeek Pro supports Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Swatch Exchange, EPS and Freehand MX files.

SneakPeek Photo is the Quick Look plugin for digital photography. Photo's previews don't just show you previews of image files. It digs deep to display the digital photograph's metadata, histogram, camera settings and more. No longer do you have to open a JPG for PSD file in a photog app to find out what f-stop you used on a particular shot. Just pop open a Quick Look preview window and the information is presented neatly along with the photo.

Lion Compatible
Our SneakPeek line for Mac has been updated for Lion. That means both SneakPeek Pro and SneakPeek Photo are working just fine under Mac OS X 10.7. But unlike Snow Leopard, Lion introduced some changes to Quick Look. We, in turn, updated our SneakPeeks.

Grey is the New Black
First off, we updated our skins to match the new Lion Quick Look. I actually like the way this worked out. The original Quick Look’s black always seemed a little harsh to me. In either case, whether your preview windows are black or grey, SneakPeeks know which outfit to wear.

Quit Mousing Around
Lion’s Quick Look no longer responds to mouse moves and hovers. That means you’ll need to do some clicking and dragging to recreate some of the old functions, like view metadata in Photo and using the updated Loupe in Pro. But rapid clicks can lead to accidentally “opening” the preview document, so hold down “Command” (⌘) to avoid that.

Free Update
Version 1.6 of SneakPeek Pro and 1.1 of SneakPeek Photo are free updates for current users. These versions are recommended for Mac users with Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion.

For more information, to download a demo, or to purchase our SneakPeek line of Quick Look plugins, visit our website at code-line.com.

Art Directors Toolkit, Big Price Drop, Mac App Store

On January 6th, Apple made the Mac App Store (MAS) available. It's a lot like the iPhone's App Store (AS), but for the Mac. It has some neat features for most individuals. For one thing, its purchase, install and update process is about as simple as can be. And you don't have to worry about keeping track of serial numbers. It's all handled automatically.

But the Mac App Store does have some drawbacks. One significant problem is that there's no upgrade path. Upgrades allow users of software to purchase newer versions at a discounted price. Since the MAS doesn't support "upgrades", developers are forced to come up with ways to continue selling new versions without making current users feel cheated. It's not easy, and we've witnessed some pretty vocal users of both the MAS and AS share their feelings with developers.

Once License Fits All

Code Line is facing the same quandary with Art Directors Toolkit (ADT), but I think we have a fair solution: Offer full licenses for the upgrade price. So from this point forward, you can purchase a full license of Art Directors Toolkit 5 from Code Line, or from the Mac App Store, for the same price an upgrade used to cost.

And for the record, whether you buy from us or from MAS, they're the same version (Art Directors Toolkt 5). We'll be supporting both with maintenance updates concurrently. So current ADT5 users are covered.

I hope this sounds fair. Feel free to sound off in the comments.