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QLFits: Quick Look FITS header utility

One of the nice things in the latest Mac OS that I don't use enough is Quick Look.  Select a file in the finder and type the space bar and you'll see a preview of the file.  It saves a little time and effort compared with opening the file and works on many many file types.

Well, some cool astronomer has written a utility to extend Quick Look to FITS files.  I tried it a few days ago and it works as promised.  My only request is that it also work on gzip'd fits files.  Cédric (the developer) says adding that feature shouldn't be a problem and will come in the near future.

Installation is easy.  Here's the link:


Reader Comments (2)

I was passing by your website...

Hey, I indeed received your email and said it souldn't be so difficult to implement a quicklook for zipped FITS files. Well, I have some problems at declaring that .fits.gz is a correct extension. I'm working on it, I promise!


March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCédric

Dear Henry,
Just to say that QLFits 2.0 has arrived, and it generates on-the-fly previews of spectra and images, and support multi-extension FITS files. Everything at:

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCédric
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