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12 Days Of Xmas: Best Apps of 2009 – Day Two

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With 2009 drawing to a close we’re getting all retrospectical* here at OMG!Ubuntu! (*That’s not a real word, but it sounds good.)

Today we present our second favourite application of 2009 – Gloobus Preview.

For those who have yet to hear of Gloobus Preview it is essentially a “file peeker”; allows you to preview pretty much any file by selecting a file then tapping the space key on your keyboard – an elegant window pops up instantly showing you the contents of the selected file.

Like so; here’s a python script previewed: -

As i said above, it can preview pretty much every file type you can imagine: -

The last release in October was just a bug fix release, but the 0.4 release in June was a bit more substantial and added a coverflow-esque feature for previewing files.

Install
Add the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/gloobus

followed by

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview

The PPA contains a patched version of nautilus with the key-bindings for Gloobus built in. It doesn’t deviate in any way other than this and is safe to install.

Official site @ http://gloobus.net/