Using Quick Look in Mac OS X 10.5, you can view the contents of a file without even opening it.
I am proud to announce today that Mr. Genius Bernhard Jenny of the Swiss Institute of Cartography at ETH Zurich has created Quick Look and Spotlight plugins for GIS data for Leopard. Download here.
If you haven’t upgraded to 10.5 yet, this is good reason. If you don’t own a Mac, get one and run ArcMap via Parallels Desktop.
This software is donationware. You can freely use them at no charge. If you use them regularly, it is suggested that you pay a donation of €5 or a more suitable amount.
Supported file types include:
- ESRI Shape (.shp)
- E00 ArcInfo Interchange (.e00)
- ArcInfo Coverage (.adf)
Raster grids, such as digital elevation models or land cover data with a single band
- BIL (.bil), BIP (.bip) and BSQ (.bsq) with .hdr file
- ESRI ASCII Grid (.asc)
- ESRI Binary Grid (.flt with .hdr file)
- PGM (.pgm)
- SRTM (.hgt and .dem)
- Surfer Grid (.grd)
- USGS DEM (.dem)