Those not in the know may tend to repeat myths. “The Mac is great for graphics, but not real work.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Myths have their roots in reality and Macs are graphic power tools. If you’re into graphics on your Mac and know you way around Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and other Mac graphic applications, you’ll like Graphic Inspector, the power user tool, that, well, uh, inspects graphics.
What Your Graphic Files Can Tell You
Mac files contain a lot of information that most of us never see. There’s the kind of file. The file size. And… what else? See?
Graphic aficionados and professionals know there is a lot more information lurking around inside a typical bitmap image or vector graphic file.
In addition to kind and size, Mac graphic files often contain color mode, color profiles, fonts, resolution, file type and creator, and in the case of photo images, EXIF data.
Is all that extra information really important? To the right kind of Mac power user, especially one who deals in many hundreds or thousands of images and files, the answer is a resounding yes.
For example, let’s say you are working on a big project with a few hundred graphic files. Wouldn’t it be nice to know which files are in RGB color mode versus which are not? Or, which ones have resolution of 300 DPI or less? Or, which files don’t have the ICC Profile you need?
In the case of Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks files, there may be embedded fonts. Your printer would like to know what’s embedded in your graphic files, too.
One File, Or Many Files At A Time?
Enter Graphic Inspector, a surprisingly powerful Mac graphic utility that gives you magic powers. Alright, forgive me for the hyperbole. It only seems like magic.
Graphic Inspector can dig through a whole folder of bitmap images and vector files to pull out the information you need on each file. In addition to file kind and size, and all the other file attributes listed above, Graphic Inspector pulls out all the necessary metadata.
That includes EXIF, IPTC, GPS data, even from TIFF and EPS files. If you’re looking for specific images with a certain color mode or resolution, Graphic Converter lets you filter them from thousands of images.
The whole process is typical Mac. Powerful and easy. Drag and drop files and folders right from the Finder into Graphic Inspector. Select folders from within, or select a folder that’s already open. No more digging through Get Info one image at a time.
Graphic Inspector looks familiar; like the Mac’s Finder has chosen to ignore everything else on your Mac except the files you want it to see. Folders are in the left column. Details on each file in the folder are in the right column. Sort through hundreds or thousands of images with a click.
Set up Checkup Presets if you use the same attributes on different jobs. Click a file to see all the metadata details. Click to scan a folder. Click to open the original or reveal the whereabouts in the Finder.
All you really need to know about a single bitmap or vector graphic image is a click away. Click for one file, or one click for thousands of files. Checkup Presets are easy, too. Select from pull down menus for Kind, Color Mode, Color Profile, Type, Size, Resolution and more. Save the Preset, then use it with a click.
The coolest thing about true power on a Mac is ease of use, elegance vs. complexity. Graphic Inspector is very powerful, yet instantly understood. If you’re a Mac user into printing, prepress, publishing, web graphic design, digital photography, or electronic publishing—and deal with hundreds and thousands of bitmap or vector images, you’ll see the power in Graphic Inspector.