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.eps files not showing preview in finder

Community Beginner ,
Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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After upgrading to Monterey on my Imac all of my .eps files stopped showing the preview in the finder. This is a huge problem, has this happened to anyone else? Any idea on a fix?

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Contributor , Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

Updated to correct final file location:

 

This in link below worked for me in Monterey/Ventura.

 

  • Copy the "Illustrator.qlgenerator" from "/System/Library/QuickLook" to your desktop or any other folder you have read/write access to.
  • Open "Illustrator.qlgenerator" by right clicking it and select "Show package contents".
  • Open "Info.plist" in the "Contents" folder with a text editor.
  • Find the line "<string>com.adobe.illustrator.ai-image</string>"
  • Insert "<string>com.adobe.encapsulated-postscript</string>"
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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2023 Apr 10, 2023

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I had the same problem.

 

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Explorer ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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OK I solved it. Put the new Illustrator.qlgenerator file in /Library/Quicklook, not /System/Library/Quicklook. It worked for me, and I can see .eps previews againn

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New Here ,
Feb 21, 2023 Feb 21, 2023

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Yes! it does work, THANKYOUUUU!

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Sep 21, 2023 Sep 21, 2023

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Worked for me too! Thank you, @morganm46339060 

 

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Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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this does work, just follow the instruction carefully

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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Unfortunately, this link is dead.

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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Updated to correct final file location:

 

This in link below worked for me in Monterey/Ventura.

 

  • Copy the "Illustrator.qlgenerator" from "/System/Library/QuickLook" to your desktop or any other folder you have read/write access to.
  • Open "Illustrator.qlgenerator" by right clicking it and select "Show package contents".
  • Open "Info.plist" in the "Contents" folder with a text editor.
  • Find the line "<string>com.adobe.illustrator.ai-image</string>"
  • Insert "<string>com.adobe.encapsulated-postscript</string>" below it with the same indentation and save the "Info.plist" file and Save.
  • Copy "Illustrator.qlgenerator" to "Mac HD/Library/QuickLook"
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(https://www.reddit.com/r/MacOS/comments/qkkvbr/esp_file_preview_gone/)

 

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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I have done exacly this on my M1 Mac Mini and it just does't work for me. I don't know why. 

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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I restarted my system after that, not sure if that matters.

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Explorer ,
Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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Sorry to hear that. The fact that we have to do this at all is indicative of a huge failing on Adobe's part. I'm more and more tempted to switch to the Affinity suite for my photoshop and illustrator needs.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Sorry to hear that. The fact that we have to do this at all is indicative of a huge failing on Adobe's part. I'm more and more tempted to switch to the Affinity suite for my photoshop and illustrator needs.


By @morganm46339060

 

 

You'll not be happy to hear that Ventura doesn't even fully support EPS files anymore.

 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/10/26/apple-drops-postscript-support-in-preview-for-macos-ventu...

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Community Expert ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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"huge failing on Adobe's part"

It's Apple that has removed native support for the format in QL, so I think you're pointing the finger in the wrong direction.

Plus, EPS files come from many more apps than just Adobe's.

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Explorer ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Right you are. I lump Apple and Adobe into the same pile a lot of the time. Two major companies who are more interested in putting out the next big thing than making sure the things they arleady have work properly. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Lump Pantone into the same corporate greed pile. Did Elon Musk buy Pantone?

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Explorer ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Absolutely. Luckily I don't actually use Pantones that often in my work. Adobe no longer supporting Type1 fonts tho will be a huge hassle.

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Adobe no longer supporting Type1 fonts tho will be a huge hassle.


By @morganm46339060

 

Doesn't make a lot of sense to do that when the operating system doesn't support them https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251088254

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 12, 2023 Feb 12, 2023

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I managed to get this fix working on both an Intel and an M1 MacBook. It just took a bit longer on the M1 but the fix was the same on both laptops. 
In addition I decided to run the PhotoShop automation to create small thumbnails for the future. Thank you everyone for looking into this and providing soluitions. Much appreciated.

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Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Update - It seems the above solution is no longer working me. The updated "Illustrator.qlgenerator" file disappears. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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Thank you miss-charlotte for sharing that info -

I recently updated to Monterey and was lost without EPS QuickLook on all my files. I followed your instruction and restarted my iMac and now I have QuickLook back on my EPS files. Much appreciated.

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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Great. Hoping it stays, My updated "Illustrator.qlgenerator" file disppeared then reappeared in my QuickLook folder, and is working again. I'll take what I can get.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2022 Dec 19, 2022

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I'm running Monterey 12.6.2 and it miss-charlotte's solution worked perfectly for me. The only issue with the instructions is that you need to save the revised Illustrator.qlgenerator file to "/Library/QuickLook", not your user library like the bold parenthesis text states. (I had no QuickLook folder in my user library.) You will need to enter your administrator password to add the file to "/Library/QuickLook", but it will solve this issue. I also restarted my Mac after doing this. Probably recommended. Hope this helps, and thank you, miss-charlotte, for the solution. This issue was driving me crazy.

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Dec 19, 2022 Dec 19, 2022

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Hi Ash, thanks for noting that! I copied that bolded text from the source link provided, but I actually wound up placing the updated "Illustrator.qlgenerator" file just where you did, in /Library/QuickLook, not in my user folder! 

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Explorer ,
Feb 25, 2023 Feb 25, 2023

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How do you copy the file over? When I try it just shows a "no copy" symbol. I tried changing my permissions for that folder but it says I don't have permission even though I'm the Admin on this computer. So I don't even see the "enter your administrator password" option since It won't let me copy it in the first place. Anyone else have this issue?

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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If you go Sytem Settings > Users & Groups, click on the info icon to the right of your Admin name, is 'Allow this user to administer this computer' turned on?

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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Yes, it says I have full admin rights.

I am running an M1 macbook air and I'm reading that Apply is now restricting changing files in the library folder. Not sure if that's true or not but I can't seem to change it.

Took a picture of what it looks like. I couldn't screenshot it since it wouldn't show the no transfer symbol.

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