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Nautilus Sushi quick previewer

Sushi previewer is now available in the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot repositories!

Sushi is a new GNOME 3.2 tool similar to Gloobus Preview that provides quick file previews. To use it, select a file in Nautilus and then press the SPACE bar.

Sushi works with both Unity and GNOME Shell and it actually doesn't depend on Nautilus so other file managers can make use of it.

Sushi is GtkClutter and Javascript-based and supports all kind of files like images, documents, PDFs, fonts, sound (by the way, you can't preview sound files by hovering them in Nautilus 3.2 like in older Nautilus versions) and video files, some text files and more. For audio files, Sushi even fetches the cover art from Amazon:

Sushi quick previewer nautilus 3.2

Sushi nautilus 3.2 quick previewer ubuntu

In my test, Sushi had a few annoyances though: window controls looked weird with some themes and there were also some visual glitches when launching it.

Here's a GNOME Sushi video I've recorded:

Install GNOME Sushi in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Sushi was removed from the WebUpd8 GNOME 3 PPA because the Ubuntu / Debian maintainers weren't sure on what name they will use. And indeed, the Sushi package now has a new name so if you've installed Sushi from our PPA, remove it:
sudo apt-get remove sushi
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then, install it from the official Ubuntu repositories using the following command:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-sushi

To use it, select a file (like a picture, sound file, etc.) and press the SPACE key. To close the preview, you can either press the SPACE key again or click the close button.

Note: after installing it, you may need to run "gnome-sushi" in a terminal to get it to run (or you can simply log out and log back in).

Thanks to Jeremy Bicha for the tip!