After Installation of Monterey no more EPS previews

Community Beginner ,
Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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Hi there,

After the installation of Monterey all EPS are without preview... What can I do

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Participant , Apr 21, 2022 Apr 21, 2022
please try this way. it works for me on monetrey 12.3.1 (21E258)https://www.thetechexplained.com/fix-missing-icon-preview-for-eps-files-in-macos-monterey/546/

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Advisor ,
Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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Don't use eps?

I use them occasionally, but it's an old tech which hasn't seen any update in eons.

Any particular reason you need to use eps - old printer RIP?

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Explorer ,
Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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Getty images and many other vector based illustration services use EPS files to distribute artwork.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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Open the .eps in Ilustrator and save as .ai then, with pdf compatibility off.  If you need to drop into InDesign or after effects then turn on pdf compatible. Avoid using .eps & pdf compatible  and  your workflow will be more productive.

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Explorer ,
Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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Thanks for amazing tip, but I've got hundreds of these things! Maybe I can create a shortcut and process all at once. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2021 Nov 30, 2021

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Sorry, but I am a graphic designer and EPS is still used a lot for illustrations (vector) and for the distribution later.... This tip is not really a help!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 30, 2021 Nov 30, 2021

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This tip is not really a help!


By @nicolea54182876

 

As a Mac user it's your only option at the moment. Perhaps Apple will implement support for EPS again or someone makes a system extension that does.

 

But I would take it as a warning sign to change workflows and really only use EPS when absolutely necessary. All modern layout applications are able to use PDF.

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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I assume you don't work at a national design firm or ad agency? .eps is absolutely common for logo files/graphics, stock vector downloads from places like Shutterstock and Getty, so I'm not sure where you are getting your info. If you download say hundreds of shutterstock vectors it is an inefficient  workflow to change everything from .eps, I'm sure Apple will fix it but it's a pain. But definately email the Shutterstocks of the world and let them now they shouldn't use .eps

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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I assume you don't work at a national design firm or ad agency?

By @jonr32416655

 

I assume this isn't meant as a compliment.

 

Well, you don't have to rely on my word. I assume you don't know Dov Isaacs - just google him. On this page you can read what he has to say about EPS: https://printplanet.com/threads/the-case-against-the-eps-file.268330/

 

Thinking that EPS is a good idea just because Shutterstock uses it, is just kind of cute. They use that EPS Illustrator 10, which for a lot of files just doesn't make any sense at all. They use EPS because it is supposed to be editable with any vector application. A lot of their files contain transparency and won't be editable in any other vector app than Illustrator (or, in case they have been created in some other app , then that one). And cannot be easily changed to be editable. So it makes no sense to supply them as EPS in the first place (PDF doesn't make so much more sense, but at least transparency would be preserved).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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Did you read all the posts?

This is a Mac issue--not Adobe--and a work-around solution was posted on 2022/01/03.

 

Being an Adobe forum, the only Adobe-related answers are:

  • Don't use EPS,
  • Work without a desktop preview, or
  • Use Adobe Bridge to preview.
David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Unfortunately Monterey does not offer a preview for Illustrator files either. At least this is what I experience.
So using AIs instead of EPS does not fix the problem for me. Working with Illustrator PDFs only is not a solution for our agency either. So I really hope that the system will allow previews of EPS and AIs after the next update ... 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Did you post a feature request on Apple's support site? I don't think Apple actively reads these forums. 

 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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New Here ,
Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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thank you! it worked!!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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EPS is still used frequently in design. It's frustrating that Mac would drop preview support for these files.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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According to: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/253307271

 

This is caused by:

 

macOS Monterey is missing the generator needed to do this. It used to be in `/System/Library/Quicklook` as `EPS.qlgenerator`. Sadly, you can't just copy it over from an existing Catalina installation (I don't have a BigSur handy to try that), as that keeps crashing. Btw. you'd have to put it into `~/Library/Quicklook` as `/System` is not writeable anymore.

 

I can only assume that Apple had some issues with the generator and thus removed it.

 

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Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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I found this working solution on Apple forum.
I tested it and it works great. Please pay attention to copy modfied qlgenerator in Library/QuickLook, NOT in System/Library/QuickLook

 

 

 

  1. Copy the "Illustrator.qlgenerator" from "/System/Library/QuickLook" to your desktop or any other folder you have read/write access to.
  2. Open "Illustrator.qlgenerator" by right clicking it and select "Show package contents".
  3. Open "Info.plist" in the "Contents" folder with a text editor.
  4. Find the line "<string>com.adobe.illustrator.ai-image</string>"
  5. Insert "<string>com.adobe.encapsulated-postscript</string>" below it with the same indentation and save the "Info.plist" file.
  6. Copy "Illustrator.qlgenerator" to "/Library/QuickLook"

 

If you did everything right, you should now have .EPS previews back again. That's a workaround until apple fixes it in the System/Library, hopefully soon.

 

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Explorer ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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This worked. Thanks for posting!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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Thanks a lot. It works!

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Explorer ,
Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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Hi, have you noticed your machine freezing up after you made this change? 

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Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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I ma using this solution since two days and I didn't notice any freezing. Did you have a look at the Console?

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Explorer ,
Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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Thanks for replying. I did and it showed QuickLookSatellite as the culprit for numerous crashes. This is why I was asking. After removing, all was good. Perhaps I have a corrupt file that was crashing this process.

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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This worked! Thanks alot!

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Jan 14, 2022 Jan 14, 2022

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I've made it all the way to copy the illustrator.qlgenerator back into the Library folder. will not let me? I've tried safe mode, unlocking folders nothing works???

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Hi there, I am also trying to implement this workaround or whatever it is.
Unfortunately I'm already out of luck right at the beginning. My "/System/Library/QuickLook" folder in Monterrey is completely empty, no hidden files either.
Am I doing something completely wrong here or missing something from the description?
Thanks for any advice!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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I just found yet another workaround solution in case anyone is interested.
It's a plugin originally created for MacOS 15 but it seems to work on Monterrey, too.
No guarantee, of course. I'm in no way a coding guy either, so if you check it and find anything totally not cool in there, please let me/us know. Thanks.

I found it via quicklookplugins.com: https://www.quicklookplugins.com/2007/12/02/eps/ 
This is the direct link to the developer: https://www.eternalstorms.at/utilities/epsqlplg/epsqlplg/download.html 

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