In this fourth and final part of the article, we'll discover the flexibility of the metadata system. For example, let's say you don't like the slideshow. A single picture is enough. You want, however, to inspect the metada. In the second part we learned that the command "Get Info" satisfies this need. The new command "Quick Look" can generate a different representation. It shows the same information (more or less), with an HTML layout and much larger fonts. In other words, it's more readable:
There is also the opposite way of doing things. Let's say that you want to see your list of files in text form, without icons and thumbnails, without the coverflow effect, but you want to see the preview of your files nonetheless. Here again the "Quick Look" command comes to the rescue. It opens a glassy, dark-grey window, that acts as an ispector. When you select a file, the preview window shows the internal pages. You can use the scrollbar (or the keys PageUp and PageDown) to move through the pages. If you select a different file, its contents are automatically shown.
The preview also includes an optional Full-Screen mode, when all the other windows are hidden and the background is black. You activate this mode by clicking the symbol with two white arrows. The full screen-mode is too large to be shown here.
None of things described in my article will help you to make a discovery. That's normal. Do you ask to the computer hardware to increase the number of your publications? I think not. Why, then, should we ask such a thing to the software?