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Gloobus Preview is a "Quicklook" application for Linux which you can use to preview many kinds of file types - from images to fonts, music, documents and so on.

There haven't been a new Gloobus Preview version in quite a while but the application got some nice features since the last stable version (in BZR): Gloobus Preview can now install fonts, set an image as the wallpaper, uses a new fancy new look for previewing fonts and it can use your GTK theme instead of the default theme Gloobus Preview comes with.

Also, Gloobus Preview can now display slideshows. Simply open an image using Gloobus Preview and press "s".

Screenshots with the latest Gloobus Preview

New look for the font preview:

gloobus preview new version preview fonts

Font installed:

gloobus preview

Here is how the font preview used to look:

gloobus preview font old

Setting an image as wallpaper:

gloobus preview new set image as wallpaper

Install the latest Gloobus Preview via bzr

Don't be afraid to compile applications! It's very easy! Just copy/paste the commands below into a terminal:
sudo apt-get install bzr build-essential automake libtool bzr libgtk2.0-dev libgvfscommon-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libcairomm-1.0-dev libtag1-dev libpoppler-glib-dev libgnomeui-dev unoconv libgtksourceview2.0-dev libspectre-dev libdjvulibre-dev libswfdec-0.8-dev libbz2-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev
cd && bzr get lp:gloobus-preview
cd gloobus-preview/
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr/
make && sudo make install

If you don't want to compile Gloobus Preview, you can install it via a PPA but some features won't be available.

If you use Nautilus Elementary, simply press SPACE to preview an image, font, folder or whatever. If not, see the instructions at the bottom of this post: How To Install Gloobus Preview In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx [PPA Now Available] for setting custom keybindings for Gloobus Preview.