Elektriktrick STL, DXF, and GCode QuickLook for Apple OS X (including Mavericks)
by matthiasm, published
Current Version is 1.0.3! Please update for OS X 10.10 and 10.11!
QuickLook is a wonderful thing on Mac: just hit the space bar with any file selected, and a big preview of that file will be shown instantly. Unfortunately this will not work for STL files. Older QuickLook implementations will no longer work for Mavericks as OpenGL rendering is no longer possible due to sandboxing.
Elektriktrick STL QL uses standard graphics to get around that limitation, It works for QuickLook previews as well as for Icon previews.
Please see Instructions on how to install.
- Version 1.0.1 changes the camera position to a more common location
- Version 1.0.2 adds GCode rendering for files anding in .gcode and .bfb
- Version 1.0.3 fixes issues with Mavericks and makes installing easier by providing a simple app that is dragged into the /Applications folder
Download and open the disk image. Drag the Elektriktrick App into the Applications folder. The App itself does absolutely nothing, however it contains the QuickLook plugin and registers it for you.
The rest of this documentation is for back reference only
Unzip the .zip file and move the resulting
/Library/QuickLook if you want this module for all users, or into
~/Library/QuickLook if this is only for you.
Yes, the file is compressed only 16kB small. This is correct.
If QuickLook does not work right away, go to the shell and run
qlmanage -r and
qlmanage -r cache or log out and log back in again.
If it still does not work, and you see a white cup on a dark brown surface as a preview, a software named 'Pleasant3D' is installed somewhere on your computer (Autodesk360 installs it, for example). If you want Elektriktrick to work, you need to delete Pleasant3D completely (even empty the trash). I will try to fix that in the next version.
If you see no preview, but the logo of some other app, you most likely have some program that incorporates Pleasant3D, usually "Cura". For now, the only way I found to make Elektriktrick work, is to remove Cure from the Harddisk, including the Trash.
If that still does not solve the issue, please open the Terminal in
/Applications/Utilities/Terminal and enter this command
qlmanage -d 2 -p oneOfMyFiles.stl > ~/Desktop/qldebug.txt . This should generate a file named
qldebug.txt on your desktop. Please send that file to
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