More Preview Handlers

Tue, January 30, 2007, 05:27 PM under Windows | Vista
Remember the awesome Managed Preview Handler Framework for Vista and Outlook? Visit the author’s blog to download a Preview Handler Association editor.

I also found a preview handler, written with the framework, which is for code file extensions such as .cs, .vb, .js and .sql (link to download here).

Given that the visual effect is best described with a video, I’ve recorded a screencast on the topic.

After recording the video I came up with a slightly more useful preview handler than the one I showed there. How many times have you wanted to quickly extract the FullName or specifically the PublicKeyToken from a strong-named assembly? So I thought I’d write a managed preview handler that works for managed DLLs and shows some quick info when you select the file in explorer as the following screenshot shows:

Like the demo preview handler shown in the screencast, only one method has real code and I am sure you can imagine what it looks like... and if not, get it here (demoware).

...and remember that preview handlers also work in Outlook 2007... I guess that is what they mean when they say "better together" ;-)